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Titanosaurus - Leviathan of the Deep by earthbaragon Titanosaurus - Leviathan of the Deep by earthbaragon
This is another huge illustration piece I did while in the last couple of days, while I still have the flu. This of course is the fan favorite kaiju Titanosaurus. A beast that was in only one Godzilla film. And that was Terror of MechaGodzilla.

All in all he is a great monster, but outside from the fandom world, he is forgotten. And I personally blame that on the film's depiction and usage of him. In the movie, he is suppose to be a gentle dinosaur. An ancient saurian that is forced to murder and destroy all of humanity, thanks in part to a twisted old man and his alien cohorts. He is controlled by a beautiful young girl named Katsura. And this here is where I believe a lot of potential plot description and character building was lost. There is no scenes of the monster being gentle. There is only him being mindlessly being controlled and used to propagate world domination. So the monster becomes flat, and one dimensional. They could have done scenes of the monster and Katsura together. There were flashback scenes in the film. Why not have Katsura standing on a cliff and just staring out at sea, sharing a moment with the beast as it is standing upon the shores. Or hell!, why not have him be human size when Mafunie and his daughter find him. Let him grow up and be the titan he was in the very beginning of the film! A few scenes that could have took up maybe 3 or 4 mins of film, and gone a looooong way to make the audience make a connection with the monster. Your not suppose to connect with MechaGodzilla. He is a machine. A cold object that is used like a gun! They went out of their way to say that this dinosaur is not bad, but he is being used for bad things. But that does not work if you do not follow up on it!!!

I don't know. There just is so much for me to complain about when it comes to this monster's botched handling. As for the art piece itself, I wanted to do something to commemorate him. I wanted to get that real feeling for the monster with his history and powers. I put Katsura in the picture (modeled the cloths after the green grab that you see her in the beginning of the film), and had her just looking up at the monster. A smile and cocky attitude that she has when she thinks of the enormous power that lies within the muscle bound leviathan.

The background itself I based off of old Japanese wave paintings. Though I tried to make them more flowing and smooth as a way to complement the simple bond that Katsura and Titanosaurus share. Add a ray sun, fading into the background, and some vector style tornadoes (a object that the monster can create thanks in part to his fan tail); and you got a pretty decent homage piece that I think personifies the beast known as Titanosaurus.

I hope you all enjoy!
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Katsura looks suspiciously Toriyama-like.
BlackImpulse Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I really liked Titanosaurus and wished they would have brought him back in another film. This is an awesome piece here.
earthbaragon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankx :) I'm surprised people liked it as much as they did. Usually kaiju fans don't like people in their kaiju art. Guess I didn't do that awful of a job on Katsura I guess :)
BrettSmith1106 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks like something out of Dragonball Z, that's kind of cool
maxvision92 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's how I would have ended Titanosaurus' story if he was shown as a truly gentle beast. CAUTION, this may into my personal headcanon for tying all the series together:

Once Katsura is revealed to be a cyborg, and her cybernetic brain is upgraded to control Mechagodzilla, the Black Hole Aliens use a mind-control device so they can keep control of Titanosaurus, like in the movie. Now's when things get different; instead of having the controls to Mechagodzilla in her head, Katsura's plugged into the aliens' computers ala The Matrix, and this not only allows Mechagodzilla to fight without his head, it sends more mind-control signals into her brain, keeping her loyal only to the aliens. So anyways, when INTERPOL uses the sonar beam to disrupt the signal sent to Titanosaurus' brain, he suddenly stops fighting Godzilla. The Monster King, puzzled, watches the aquatic dinosaur as he leaves, looking for Katsura. As a small part of her tries to signal Titanosaurus, the brainwashing computer forces Katsura to attack him with Mechagodzilla. This distraction allows Godzilla to sneak up and rip of the robot's head.

Meanwhile, Ichinose and Dr. Mafune have been held locked up by the aliens to keep them from interfering. Ichinose says to Mafune that, in his pursuit of revenge, he has allowed the aliens to pervert everything he holds dear to him. This jolts the mad doctor to his senses, and he helps Ichinose escape, and they rush to the control room. Ichinose confesses his love for Katsura, even though she's a cyborg, just like in the movie. This time, however, when she ignores him, he notices the plug connecting her to the computer. When he goes to unplug it, one of the alien guards takes aim. But Mafune sees this and takes the bullet so Ichinose can free his daughter from the alien's control. This sight turns Katsura against the Black Hole people, and she directs Titanosaurus to tear up the base.

At the same time as this is happening, Mechagodzilla has lost it's signal. It stops fighting, and Godzilla finishes it off. He follows Titanosaurus, who spooks the aliens into trying to escape, but Godzilla just blasts their ship with his atomic ray. With the aliens defeated and Mechagodzilla once more reduced to scrap metal, Godzilla returns to the sea. But as he leaves, Katsura tells Titanosaurus to basically do the same, like a strange version of one of those movies where the young girl has to set her beloved horse free. Titanosaurus bellows out his goodbye, and follows Godzilla, probably back to Monster Island, as Ichinose and Katsura watch from a cliff.
earthbaragon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds pretty good. Unfortunately you know Toho, everything but Godzilla has to die lol. He's like the Highlander in that kind of aspect. There can only be one! lol. It would have been nice to see more depth to some of their critters though back in the day. You know, instead of the "bad monster shows up and wrecks stuff up. Godzilla comes and saves the day". Wasn't really until the 80's and 90's did they even bother to try and give any of their monsters a defining characteristic.
maxvision92 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, you gotta expect that when they're marketing these movies to children. Simplistic plots for simplistic minds, that's what executives think children want.

So, I decided to go with the ending it looked like Terror was building towards before it started killing EVERY villain, even the ones who were just manipulated by Mugar and the aliens. The idea came to me while I was out walking my dog. Then it expanded when I started thinking, "Hey, how could I explain further the unusual influence Katsura had over Titanosaurus?" as well as, "Why did the Black Hole Aliens choose Mafune, of all the mad scientists living in the Godzilla-verse?" From there I started molding this kinda myth-arc-ish idea based on concepts in Final Wars I thought were really cool.
UruturamanZenith Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, you seem passionate about this monster. I like him too and all, but not quite as much as you it seems.
earthbaragon Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Has always been one of my favs. One of the more fleshed out kaijus in older series. Most stuff was just a thing that shows up in the movie haha.
Theriscythe Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Titanosaurus. Definitely in my top ten movie kaiju, great work.
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