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    Teen Challenge #5: Kaiju Monster

    Time for round 5. Anyone ages 14-19 may submit an entry at any time before the deadline. Any medium is allowed, and your entry may include a short description.

    The Topic:
    Creature/Character Design: Kaiju Monster
    For those of you unfamiliar with the term, Kaiju (which literally translates into "strange beast") refers to the subgenre of Japanese movies about giant battling monsters like Godzilla or Gamera. For this challenge, design your own giant Tokyo-destroying monster. It doesn't necessarily have to be scary, some of the earlier kaiju monsters are really ridiculous-looking, so you may take it in that direction if you like. A good starting point is to think of an ordinary creature and turn it into something huge and super-mutated. It may have mechanical alterations, but the monster itself must be a creature and not a robot.

    To get a better idea of the topic, look here. Don't copy any of those designs though, because I know my kaiju and you will be caught. So use some imagination!

    Monster names and descriptions of special powers/origin are encouraged but not required.

    The Deadline:
    Saturday, April 22 at Midnight EST. Two weeks from now.

    Go for it!

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    THis sounds awsome, have to get som inspiration from the centepede thread.

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    I'm in like tin. But actually so this time, already have an idea crawling out of my head, can't stop me now!

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    I'd like to take a crack at this one as well!

    Edit: Sorry... just saw it was a teen challenge.... Im out

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    I'm in again!


    EDIT- Not entering, far too busy. Sorry.

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    95% chance that I'm in.

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    one of the best challenges yet, sounds very interesting, love the old godzilla films. im 100% in.

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    BLADOW! done, for now anyway.

    Mutated by inproperly disposed of nuclear waste in the U.S.S.R. during the cold war, it is the friend of chidren and the enemy of capitalisim.

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    Lookin' good so far wombat.

    Here's my WIP.




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    hm im going to have to drop out of this one, i didnt realise how much college work ive got to get done, sorry. good luck to everyone else.

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    hey guys, i've finished my entry, i just need to take a nice photo of it and ill be all set to post it here in the thread. It should be up by tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeeeeled aye?

    peace!

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    I might try if i have the time....seeing that i havent participated in one yet

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    finished.. i supppose

    well guys here is my entry, im posting it now because i will be away when the votes are called i think. so anyway, from this i figured out water colors and both very fun, and very tricky to get the hang of hehe. the brown box things are buildings This thing was literally limited to 30 minutes, because thats the only time i had all night, so its a little below par of my usual. The photo i have taken has destroyed all the subtle greens and purples in the shadows and highlights, so bare with me


    My monster both flys and walks around the city, with a cloud of untamable gas/dust, which both dirites the city, and affects his nemesis. He can use his small undeveloped feather/wing hands to grap up the people in threat and take them towards his beak.



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    invinciblewombat > haha cool concept

    condotierre > finish plz! perspective looks fun

    j a k e > fun entry, nice story and i like the expression on his face



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    I might suggest that Kaiju are usually cartoony, or comical. Serious ones usually fall into a much more Western style of Sci-fi.

    At least, I don't remember seeing a dark dementy like Kaiju.
    This is also a note for the judges, though it's usually about the best piece overall, I think concept might get lost in this round. Good luck, I might come in later.

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    Kaijū (怪獣), literally meaning strange beast or mysterious beast, is a popular Japanese term referring to strange creatures, especially giant monsters as portrayed in Japanese fantasy films and shows, especially tokusatsu and anime.

    Kaijū most commonly refer to Japanese giant monster movies. A more precise terms would be daikaijū (大怪獣 - "giant monster") and kaijin (怪人) whick refers to humanoid monsters in related genre.

    The most famous Kaiju is Godzilla and other well known Kaiju include Gamera and King Ghidorah.

    from wikipedia.org

    I believe mine is giant, monster, humanoid, strange and fantasy

    I just didnt want to do a clichedragon or mechalike creature

    But if u guys want to reject my entry for not meeting the rules, that is your decision. I had fun working on this piece and participating

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixeldragoon
    I might suggest that Kaiju are usually cartoony, or comical. Serious ones usually fall into a much more Western style of Sci-fi.
    Not necessarily - your perception is based on the really classic Kaiju films from 50's and 60's, and though it's true that those tended to be rather cartoonish, they are not the sole iteration of the genre. For an example, just look at the monsters from some of newer films made in the 90's or later - they're much darker and scarier thanks to advances in movie effects. Personally, I absolutely love the goofy designs of the classic monsters, but the genre of Kaiju refers only to giant destructive monsters and has no distictly defined mood or aesthetic style.

    In short, Lewis' entry and all the others up to this point are fine. I'm trying to keep these topics pretty open to interpretation, so chances are I won't reject anything unless it's either very noticably off-topic, or at an unacceptable level of completion or quality.

    P.S. - Who are these "judges" you guys keep referring to? Last time I checked it's only me, and I just take stuff to poll... Is there some kinda conspiracy going on here that I should know about?

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    Decided to have a go at this. Did, a sort of cartoony-beastly cross, but I probably have no idea what I'm talking about because I never whatched many of these movies. I'm 14 if anyone wants to know.

    Edit- D'oh! I meant to do alot more with this, but I guess I thought I had a lot more time than I ended up having. Hopefully I'll get a more finished one in next time.



    invinciblewombat- Cool concept! Interesting take on it. (Corn was not my first thought for a city destroying monster.)

    Condottiere- This could turn into something really cool.

    j a k e- I've been meaning to try out watercolor for a while now. I like the stylized design!

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    I wasn't saying they WEREN'T fine, or rejecting it or anything. I'll do some sketches tonight tho.

    EDIT: Ack, so maybe I did say that. I just remeber reading Kaiju as supposing to appeal to young people or something, must have misread.

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    Ive gone for a more cartoony/stylised aproach to mine.
    im liking these entries so farrrrr.Cant wait to see the rest of the entries! Lets get these entries in guys!!

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    I'll jump into my first teen challenge by presenting:


    Nemron the monster from space! After mankind had miraculously discovered a way to send orbiters to Andromeda galaxy in 2034, it was all supposed to mean a new and prosperous age for mankind. Unfortunately the very first orbiter send to Andromeda hit the nest of Nemron, the space monster. All of her children died in the crash, and left Nemron furious.

    Nemron managed to track the origin of the orbiter, with her special power of seeing the history. Travelling faster than light, the space monster soon reached earth and began to destroy it, one city by time. Her amazingly 300 meters long tail crushes buildings and shoots lasers againts all that tried to stop her.

    Unfortunately, Nemron wasn't that hardy and a single nuclear bomb launched by the USA destroyed her and most of Texas, where she was by the time.

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    Nice one, Sept. Three more days for this guys, lets see some more good entries!

    Speaking of which, mine is pretty close to being finished. Maybe sometime tomorrow, if I find the time.

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    aww snap, some nice stuff coming outta this, especially from jake and sept, I have to go revise mine and make it not suck so I at least stand half a chance.

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    Dang, I wont be able to finish my piece in time, but here is what I was working on...
    (This is not a submission)



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    It's the last day to submit something, so if anyone else wants to take part in this, post your entry before midnight EST.

    Speaking of which, I'm finally ready to unleash my monster upon the world. To make up for my crappy last minute entry in round 4, I went all out and fully rendered this one.



    The dreaded GigaSnail! Or as the French call it, the Escargoliath.

    Size: 7 stories tall when upright, 15 stories long from tail to eyestalks; mass is estimated to be at least 500 tons

    Known Weapons/Attacks: immensely powerful arms, earthshaking tail-thump, crushing jaws and razor-sharp radula, leaves trails of toxic and corrosive mucus, impenetrable shell can be used to deliver a devastating headbutt

    Special Powers: remarkably rapid regenerative ability - can absorb large amounts of damage and even regrow severed extremities

    Known Deficiencies: Flesh is somewhat soft and susceptible to damage, relatively slow at moving across distances, can dry out from prolonged exposure to heat and lack of moisture

    Origin: Unknown. But it probably has something to do with radiation or aliens or something.

    Known Weakness: Salt

    Cities Destroyed: 3 and counting. All attacks against the monster thus far have failed because of its powerful regenerative abilities, but as we speak, military scientists are hard at work developing a specially modified "salt cannon" in preparation for the GigaSnail's next rampage.

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