Ever wonder what kind of freak would devote a website to an oversized saber-toothed, jet-powered turtle?
Well if the answer to that question is yes, look no further! My name is Kyle. I was born and raised 'til the wise age of eight in Columbia, South Carolina (when my family moved to Atlanta, Georgia). Fast-forward to age thirteen (I was just about to hit the tumultuous eighth grade) when my family moved to Tokyo, Japan. Many other Godzilla and Gamera fans found their love for kaiju when they were very young. I guess around the USA, many television channels regularly played Japanese monster movies on the weekends. I never really had that 'luxury' in the South.
*it should be noted that while I don't remember watching any Godzilla movies, my local television stations did air Space Giants and Spectreman, two really fantastic Japanese shows - I also remember falling in love with the Rodan movie...
So where better to stare in awe at giant monsters and kindle that fondness for their films than Japan! I saw Godzilla 1985 while I was living in Tokyo. I thought Godzilla was the coolest! I didn't know it, but Godzilla was going to be a big - very big - part in my life. Fast-forward over to late 1995 when I was in college in Savannah, Georgia. My parents bought me a computer, and of course I immediately signed up for internet access. One day, while just randomly throwing words into a search engine, I decided to type g-o-d-z-i-l-l-a into the form and then hit the Enter key.
My jaw dropped.
So many results were returned...I couldn't believe it. I immediately found Mark Meloon's Godzilla Page (back when it was just one really long page instead of a site - note: this site has since been taken down, but it was the top online source for Godzilla info at the time). I discovered that Toho had created an entirely new series that had, for the most part) never reached America. That was the beginning of the end. The next thing I knew I was buying bootleg copies of Godzilla vs SupermechaGodzilla and Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla and a theater-copy of Godzilla vs Destroyah. I was so happy! So what does this have to do with Gamera, you ask?
I just did a search for Godzilla on Google.com and it returned 329,000 webpages. There were a LOT of Godzilla pages around when I started this site in '97. I knew of Gamera's older series through Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Comedy Central in the early nineties. A roommate of mine suggested that if I liked the latest Godzilla series, I should check out Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. I loved it! I soon after I rented Gamera 2: Advent of Legion from a local video store. I knew what I wanted to do. I decided to spread the word about Gamera.
Don't get me wrong...I still love Godzilla. But the new Gamera movies are fantastic and there were no websites devoted to Gamera. There is one site that haunts me. IMHO - it blows turtle soup. My goal is to have the best Gamera site on the web. I have gotten many comments and suggestions and even some praise for the Shrine of Gamera. I hope you like it. I don't get to update it very often because I have a wife, a kid and a job. But regardless of how crazy my life can get, I can always pop a Gamera movie in the VCR and enjoy myself.
Oh, and for the record, there are a lot of other great Japanese Science Fiction films that I enjoy. The same company resposible for Gamera released a series of films in the sixties that I really love. I suggest checking out Daiei's Daimajin trilogy (available from ADV Films) and Yokai (Japanese Ghost/Demon) trilogy. Many of Toho's sci-fi classics are great too.