30 day create a kaiju challenge

30 DAY KAIJU CHALLENGE

1.  BURROWER

2.  ACIDIC

3.  MULTIPLE HEADS

4.  MAGICAL

5.  AQUATIC

6.  INSECTOID

7.  YOKAI

8.  TENTACLES

9.  ELEMENTAL I

10. MAMMALIAN

11. BABY

12. VEGETATION

13. ABOMINATION

14. COSMIC

15. EXPLOSIVE

16. FLYING

17. ELEMENTAL II

18. SEXY

19. PARASITE

20. NEST OF MONSTERS

21. HUMANOID

22. ANGEL

23. SLIMY

24. MECHA

25. THREE STAGES OF EVOLUTION

26. MAJESTIC

27. HIVE MIND

28. STRANGE

29. APOCALYPSE

30. FINAL FORM

30 Day Kaiju Challenge Day 15

EXPLOSIVE

Name: Zignyf

Age of origin: Modern Mutant

Length/Height: Variable

Description: Zignyf come in many varieties, depending on the stage of their life cycle, species infected, and state of living of the host.

The mushrooms formed by the fungus are puffball mushrooms, magnified to incredible size. White, round mushrooms that can be anywhere from 10 meters to 45.

Kaimera created by Zignyf undergo little unnatural mutation, besides the extra limbs or spinal mutations already common. Their bodies are host to the fungus to an incredible degree, nearly indistinguishable from whatever it used to be.

Abilities: Again, this can vary, but Zignyf Kaimera don’t have much in the way of extra abilities. Instead, they have significant resilience, feeling little pain or emotion.

Weakness: Besides the individual weakness of the Kaimera, Zignyf itself is susceptible to poisons, specifically a type of fungicide created through the examination of pre-existing Kaimera blood. Kaimera are also immune to the effects of Zignyf spores, since the hybridization process protects them from the mutation the spores cause. It is not a good idea to underestimate the fungus or it’s Kaimera, as it is still a kaijufied fungus, with all that implies. “Weakness” does not mean “weak.”

Backstory: Zignyf is one of the most dangerous mutations to come into existence in the Age of Kaiju. A fungus mutated by Kaijiation, Zignyf has begun to spread exponentially, due to the specific type of fungus it once was. Puffball mushrooms are known for their mushrooms which release spores into the air when they burst, and the Zignyf do just that.

Zignyf spores create Kaimera from any living thing they come into contact with, which then go and spread the fungus even further. Zignyf Kaimera’s only goal is to spread, as once they reach their destination, the body dies, becoming fuel for the fungus to grow, and the signature mushrooms sprout from the corpse, beginning the process anew.

The only thing keeping the fungus from spreading too far is other kaiju. Normal kaiju are resistant, but not immune, to the effects of the spores, with Kaimera being completely immune. They view the Zignyf Kaimera negatively, and several seem to take the extra step to destroy them, including Jake, Apophis, Pyraformes, Gorran, and several others. This combined with the study of Kaimera blood, and the creation of a fungicide based on it, has helped quell the spread of the fungi, but not stop it. It is a potentially apocalyptic threat if left unchecked, and the right Kaimera could potentially spread it too far to be stopped.

How they Interact with Other Kaiju: Kaiju react negatively to any Zignyf Kaimera they come across, attacking and killing it if they are able. Once killed, they dispose of the body however they normally would, but never consume it, unless they are Kaimera themselves. Unfortunately, this isn’t always effective, as some kaiju tend to leave the bodies to rot, limiting the spread, but not stopping it.

This one was kind of tricky to come up with, and as usual I had help from @theload coming up with ideas. The end result is Zignyf, who became much more dangerous the more it was developed. It wound up as a kind of zombie/Matango thing. I’m happy with how it turned out, and it could potentially become something rather important if I continue developing it.

…Say the name backwards.

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30 Days of Gamera Day #4: Who’s your favourite Heisei kaiju?
Tough one this, but since I created the stipulations of this challenge and decided to lump Gamera The Brave in with the Heisei films, I’m going to go with that absolute bastard of a kaiju - Zedus. Seriously, if ever a kaiju could be described as a sadistic dickhead for the sake of it, it’s this guy. What other monster pauses mid-skyscraper climb just to land another unfair blow on poor lil’ Toto? Zedus also has a very pleasingly simple design that harks back to the Toho and Tsuburaya monsters of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, and this scaled-back look is a welcome refresher after the cosmic horrors and ancient terrors of Shusuke Kaneko’s trilogy. Mizuho Yoshida also gives a very pleasingly agile performance as Zedus, setting it apart from the lumbering leviathans that largely dominate much of modern kaiju cinema. It’s really a shame that a lot of the fandom seems to forget about Zedus, since it - and the film it belongs to - is one of my favourite things about kaiju cinema of the last decade.