Last year I had the privilege of viewing the Gamera Movies which I purchased on Blu-ray they were all impressive movies but goes Gamera the monster and the movies themselves belong with the such greats as Godzilla? or King Ghidorah? In my opinion yes he and they do.
Gamera was released 1965 was the first movie shot in black and white – the monster comes from the depths of the Atlantic he is a giant turtle sporting tusk like teeth, fire-breathing abilities and can also fly with jet propulsion.
Personally he is an original creation. In the first movie he goes solo as the movies and sequels progressed the character progressed also in the first sequel Gamera vs. Barugon (1966) he becomes an “anti-hero” of sorts then from Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967) onwards he becomes a children friendly character and a hero, this is also reflected not in only mechanics of the plots but also in the design of the monster also.
I highly recommend Gamera as a series for young and old. 🙂
Paul Isaacs 2015