This installment in the Godzilla: The Heisei Years series looks at the 1993 film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (known in the U.S. as Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II)
In 1992, the U.N. establishes United Nations Godzilla Countermeasures Center or UNGCC. This task force is to deal with Godzilla whenever he appears. The UNGCC salvage from the ocean the remains of Mecha King Ghidorah (connects back to Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah) and create two weapons to fight Godzilla. One was a flying gunship named Garuda and the other was a machine modeled after Godzilla called Mechagodzilla.
Several years later, during an expedition to a remote island, a strange egg is discovered that attracts not only Godzilla but also another monster in the form of Rodan. The research team was able to rescue the egg while Godzilla and Rodan fought. The egg is taken to Kyoto and later hatches and reveals to be a Baby Godzilla. The Baby Godzilla imprints itself on one of the female scientists.
Godzilla is still attracted to finding Baby Godzilla and comes to Kyoto. The Japan Self Defense Force gets the UNGCC to mobilize Mechagodzilla to try and defend the city. Godzilla defeats Mechagodzilla and comes into the city. The UNGCC are able to shield the link between Godzilla and Baby Godzilla. Godzilla ends up leaving Kyoto but not before destroying a good part of the city.
After studying Baby Godzilla, they discover there is a weakness that they could exploit in defeating Godzilla (a second brain). So they equip Mechagodzilla to be able to expose and exploit the weakness and send Baby Godzilla (along with the scientist that Baby Godzilla was connected to) out as a decoy. However, Rodan ambushes the transport with Baby Godzilla and the scientist.
The UNGCC is forced to send Mechagodzilla and Garuda after Rodan. An epic battle happens between Mechagodzilla, Rodan and Godzilla. In the end, Godzilla ends up being the lone victor. Godzilla, with help from psychic Miki Saegusa who is a part of the UNGCC, accepts Baby Godzilla and the two head out to sea.
In this film, Godzilla is not really protrayed as a villain. He’s more just going about things and gets attacked because he’s trying to get to Baby Godzilla. If there is a villain it would be Rodan. This film continues the trend of growing sympathy for Godzilla. We see this not only in the returning character of Miki but also several of the scientists and children who interact with Baby Godzilla. This version of a younger Godzilla is different from the Showa era Minilla as a more serious version (or at least will grow into that).
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla continues the storyline of the Heisei series and tells a good story not only in it’s own right but also within the series as a whole.