Thursday, April 7, 2011

Recurring Monsters of Ultraman: Gomora

Gomora first appeared in the show's only two-part storyline, The Monster Prince (episodes 26-to-27). Most notably he appeared as the leading beast of the 2008 program Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle and its 2009 follow-up. Gomora, a 150-million year old dinosaur, is from the Johnson Islands (a South Seas island, different from Johnson's Island). Standing, Gomora is 40 meters tall, 80 meters (262 feet) long, from head to tail, and weighs 20,000 tons. Having the same height as Ultraman Max, Gomora is extremely powerful. His strength is second to that of Zetton's. His massive body has dark brown skin, has huge horns on the sides of his head, a small horn on the nose, rough plates down the front torso, and a thick, powerful tail. Gomora has the power to burrow underground. Hence, the name "Gomora" was derived from "go mole". (Many have assumed that he was named after the ancient biblical city, Gomorrah.) In the US English-dubbed version, Gomora was renamed "Gohora". He will also appear in Ultra Galaxy.

Professor Nakatani goes on a scientific expedition to the Johnson Islands. They discover that the legendary monster Gomora is still alive, and Nakatani decides to bring the still-living monster to a museum for the World's Fair. The Science Patrol agrees to do this task. Before the monster attacks them, Arashi tranquilizes the monster with the UNG Dart, and the Patrol airlifts the monster via nets with the Jet VTOL. However, the Monster awakes an hour early due to atmospheric changes between the island and the mainland and struggles to the point where the VTOL's have to release the nets, thus causing the monster to fall two kilometers to the ground. Enraged, Gomora goes on a rampage on Mount Rokkô, and Ultraman, who comes to the rescue, is unable to stop the monster, and is beate.

Even worse, somehow in the fight, the Beta Capsule is knocked free from wherever its stored in Ultraman and its retrieved by a kid nicknamed the Monster Prince due to his fascination with monsters. When Gomora continues his rampage, Hayata of the Science Patrol uses the powerful Mars 133 gun, invented to counter the second appearance of the Baltans, and succeeds in severing his tail. But the monster burrows under the ground in retreat, and later appears at Osaka Castl and smashes the castle. As the monster pursues Ide and Arashi, the child returns the Beta Capsule to Hayata. Hayata tells the kid to run and hide then uses the Beta Capsule to transform back into Ultraman.

He has ultimately appeared in Ultraman, Ultraman 80, Redman, The 6 Ultra Brothers Vs. the Monster Army, Ultraan Max, Ultraman Mebius, Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero|Ultraman Powered, Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey, Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle, and Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy.

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