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Kaiju
Kaijū (怪獣, kaijū) (from Japanese "strange beast")[1] is a Japanese film genre that features giant monsters, usually attacking major cities and engaging the military and other monsters in battle. It is a subgenre of tokusatsu (special effects-based) entertainment. This word originated from Shan Hai Jing (Classic of Mountains and Seas).[2][3]Contents1 Origins 2 Terminology2.1 Kaiju 2.2 Daikaiju 2.3 Kaijū Eiga 2.4 Suitmation3 Monster
Monster
techniques 4 Concept 5 Selected media5.1 Films5.1.1 Japanese 5.1.2 American 5.1.3 British 5.1.4 Korean 5.1.5 Thailand 5.1.6 Danish5.2 Comics5.2.1 Japanese Manga 5.2.2 American comics5.3 Video games 5.4 Board games 5.5 Television6 In popular culture 7 See also 8 ReferencesOrigins[edit] Kaiju
Kaiju
originally referred to the monsters from ancient Japanese legends before the arrival of writing.[4] The word "Kaiju" first appears in Classic of Mountains and Seas
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Kaijin (cryptid)
The Kaijin (海人, literally meaning "Sea Man") is a cryptid, an alleged sea monster living in Japan. It is mentioned in the books of the Edo period. Overview[edit] According to a Japanese Materia medica, he was almost close to a man, in addition to chin hair and eyebrows, between the fingers and limbs is a description of some skin. He ate food and drank but never spoke.[1][2] According to Nagasaki's records, in addition to these features, there was probably a Hakama
Hakama
and a flap of skin around the waist, and could live for only a few days on the ground, after coming up from the sea.[1] One theory suggests that it was a Sea lion
Sea lion
or seal.[1] Many Japanese legends say that Kaijin-sama is a kaze-kami (species of god of the winds) and it appears inside the clouds in a purple cloud, taking sacrifices in every village to calm down the winds. References[edit]^ a b c Hazama Yoshihiko, ed. (2005)
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Atomic Weapons
A nuclear weapon is an explosive device that derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions, either fission (fission bomb) or from a combination of fission and fusion reactions (thermonuclear bomb). Both bomb types release large quantities of energy from relatively small amounts of matter. The first test of a fission ("atomic") bomb released an amount of energy approximately equal to 20,000 tons of TNT (84 TJ). The first thermonuclear ("hydrogen") bomb test released energy approximately equal to 10 million tons of TNT (42 PJ).[1] A thermonuclear weapon weighing little more than 2,400 pounds (1,100 kg) can release energy equal to more than 1.2 million tons of TNT (5.0 PJ).[2] A nuclear device no larger than traditional bombs can devastate an entire city by blast, fire, and radiation
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Computer-generated Imagery
Computer-generated imagery
Computer-generated imagery
(CGI) is the application of computer graphics to create or contribute to images in art, printed media, video games, films, television programs, shorts, commercials, videos, and simulators. The visual scenes may be dynamic or static and may be two-dimensional (2D), though the term "CGI" is most commonly used to refer to 3D computer graphics
3D computer graphics
used for creating scenes or special effects in films and television. Additionally, the use of 2D CGI is often mistakenly referred to as "traditional animation", most often in the case when dedicated animation software such as Adobe Flash
Adobe Flash
or Toon Boom is not used or the CGI is hand drawn using a tablet and mouse. The term 'CGI animation' refers to dynamic CGI rendered as a movie. The term virtual world refers to agent-based, interactive environments
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Puppetry
Puppetry
Puppetry
is a form of theatre or performance that involves the manipulation of puppets – inanimate objects, often resembling some type of human or animal figure, that are animated or manipulated by a human called a puppeteer. Such a performance is also known as a puppet play. The puppeteer uses movements of her hands, arms, or control devices such as rods or strings to move the body, head, limbs, and in some cases the mouth and eyes of the puppet. The puppeteer often speaks in the voice of the character of the puppet, and then synchronizes the movements of the puppet's mouth with this spoken part
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Nikkatsu
The Nikkatsu Corporation (日活株式会社, Nikkatsu Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese entertainment company known for its film and television productions. It is Japan's oldest major movie studio, founded during the silent film era. The name Nikkatsu amalgamates the words Nippon Katsudō Shashin, literally " Japan
Japan
Motion Pictures". Shareholders are Nippon Television
Television
Holdings (35%) and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (28.4%).[1]Contents1 History1.1 Founding in 1912 1.2 Golden Age 1.3 Pink films 1.4 Sushi Typhoon2 Ownership 3 Cultural references 4 See also 5 Notes 6 References 7 External linksHistory[edit] Founding in 1912[edit] Nikkatsu was founded on September 10, 1912, when several production companies and theater chains, Yoshizawa Shōten, Yokota Shōkai, Fukuhōdō and M
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Shochiku
[1]Website www.shochiku.co.jp Shochiku
Shochiku
Company Limited (松竹株式会社, Shōchiku Kabushiki gaisha) (TYO: 9601) is a Japanese movie studio and production company for kabuki. It also produces and distributes anime films. Its best remembered directors include Yasujirō Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Mikio Naruse, Keisuke Kinoshita
Keisuke Kinoshita
and Yōji Yamada. Shochiku
Shochiku
has also produced films by highly regarded independent and "loner" directors such as Takashi Miike, Takeshi Kitano, Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
and Taiwanese New Wave director Hou Hsiao-hsien
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Kadokawa Pictures
Kadokawa Pictures
Kadokawa Pictures
(角川映画, Kadokawa Eiga), formerly Kadokawa Pictures Inc. (角川映画株式会社, Kadokawa Eiga Kabushiki-gaisha) is the film division of Japanese company Kadokawa Corporation. It is a member of the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan
Japan
(MPPAJ), and is one of Japan's Big Four film studios.Shinichiro Inoue, Kadokawa Pictures' President
President
and CEO since 2007.Contents1 History 2 Gamera Films 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksHistory[edit] In 1945, Genyoshi Kadokawa established Kadokawa Shoten
Kadokawa Shoten
Publishing Co., focusing on the publishing business.[1] In 1975, Kadokawa's president, Haruki Kadokawa decided to venture into the film business, launching the film division of Kadokawa Shoten, Kadokawa Pictures
Kadokawa Pictures
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Daiei Film
Daiei Film
Film
Co. Ltd. (Kyūjitai: 大映映画株式會社 Shinjitai: 大映映画株式会社 Daiei eiga kabushiki gaisha) was a Japanese film studio. Founded in 1942 as Dai Nippon Film
Film
Co., Ltd., it was one of the major studios during the postwar Golden Age of Japanese cinema, producing not only artistic masterpieces such as Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon and Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu, but also such popular film series as Gamera, Daimajin, Zatoichi and Yokai Monsters. It declared bankruptcy in 1971 and was acquired by Kadokawa Pictures.Contents1 History1.1 Origins 1.2 Golden era 1.3 Bankruptcy and after2 Filmography 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksHistory[edit] Origins[edit] Daiei Film
Film
was the product of government efforts to reorganize the film industry during World War II in order to rationalize use of resources and increase control over the medium
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Twelve Heavenly Generals
In some Buddhist denominations, the Twelve Heavenly Generals
Twelve Heavenly Generals
or Twelve Divine Generals are the protective deities, or yaksha, of Bhaisajyaguru, the buddha of healing
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Natural Phenomenon
Types of natural phenomena include, but are not limited to, the following: Weather, fog, thunder, tornadoes; biological processes, decomposition, germination; physical processes, wave propagation, erosion; tidal flow, and natural disasters such as electromagnetic pulses, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.[1][2]Contents1 Biological 2 Chemical 3 Geological 4 Meteorological4.1 Atmospheric optical phenomena 4.2 Nuclear and Electrical 4.3 Oceanographic5 Physical 6 See also 7 ReferencesBiological[edit]Decomposition: a decaying peach over a period of six days
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Protagonist
A protagonist (from Ancient Greek πρωταγωνιστής (protagonistes), meaning 'player of the first part, (chief actor)' is the main character in any story, such as a literary work or drama.[1][2] The protagonist is at the center of the story, makes the key decisions, and experiences the consequences of those decisions. The protagonist affects the main characters' circumstances as well, as they are often the primary actor propelling the story forward. If a story contains a subplot, or is a narrative made up of several stories, then the character who is interpreted as the protagonist of each subplot or individual story.[3] The word protagonist is used notably in stories and forms of literature and culture that contain stories, which would include dramas, novels, operas and films
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Antagonist
An antagonist is a character, group of characters, institution or concept that stands in or represents opposition against which the protagonist(s) must contend. In other words, an antagonist is a person or a group of people who opposes a protagonist.[1]Contents1 Etymology 2 Types2.1 Heroes and villains 2.2 Other characters 2.3 Aspects of the protagonist 2.4 Non-personal3 Usage 4 See also 5 ReferencesEtymology[edit] The English word antagonist comes from the Greek ἀνταγωνιστής – antagonistēs, "opponent, competitor, villain, enemy, rival," which is derived from anti- ("against") and agonizesthai ("to contend for a prize").[2][3]. Types[edit] Heroes and villains[edit]This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed
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Fantasy
Fantasy
Fantasy
is a genre of fiction set in a fictional universe, often without any locations, events, or people referencing the real world. Its roots are in oral traditions, which then became literature and drama. From the twentieth century it has expanded further into various media, including film, television, graphic novels and video games. Fantasy
Fantasy
is a subgenre of speculative fiction and is distinguished from the genres of science fiction and horror by the absence of scientific or macabre themes respectively, though these genres overlap. In popular culture, the fantasy genre is predominantly of the medievalist form
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Daigo Fukuryū Maru
Daigo Fukuryū Maru
Daigo Fukuryū Maru
(第五福龍丸, F/V Lucky Dragon 5) was a Japanese tuna fishing boat with a crew of 23 men which was contaminated by nuclear fallout from the United States Castle Bravo thermonuclear weapon test at Bikini Atoll
Bikini Atoll
on March 1, 1954. The crew suffered acute radiation syndrome (ARS) for a number of weeks after the Bravo test in March
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The Three Treasures
The Three Treasures
The Three Treasures
(日本誕生, Nippon Tanjō, lit. Birth of Japan) is a 1959 Japanese film directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
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