I’ve noticed that some film theorists have been pondering how the size discrepancy between Godzilla and Kong will be handled in the upcoming film from Legendary Studios, Godzilla vs. King Kong. As the kaiju films from Legendary try to adhere to the continuity of a timeline established by earlier films, then the battle will almost certainly takes place after the events of both Legendary Godzilla films and Kong: Skull Island. While it is established in Skull Island that Kong is not fully grown, many sci-fi nerds are hand-wringing at how unlikely it would be for Kong to have grown to a sufficient size to challenge Godzilla (I guess they have some insight into the growth rate of fictional monster-monkeys that the rest of us lack).
I’m going to speculate that, barring the movie taking place far in the future, that we’ll see a more even match-up from having a smaller Godzilla. I think there’s a good chance that Godzilla will die battling Ghidorah in the upcoming film, King of the Monsters, only to have its role of heroic guardian kaiju filled by a juvenile/subadult of the same species; sort like how the end of the heisei era Godzilla vs Destroyah played out.
After searching for mamushi/G.blomhoffii for another hour (and unnerving inquisitive tourists), I relieved my herping partner from watching our packs while she went to explore the shrine for herself.
While I waited under a pavillion, my sole companion was this duck. Though, as far as ducks go, he was pretty awesome.
After leaving Usa shrine and resuming our trek, we got caught in one helluva thunderstorm. With the way the clouds were rotating before the storm, I thought we were going to be treated to a tornado in Japan. It made me kind of homesick.
Eventually we made it to Ajimu, a tiny town that is very proud of their softshell turtles/スッポン(Suppon) Pelodiscus sinensis and their wine (As evidenced by the above statue depicting an alcoholic P.sinensis) . For the first night, we settled on setting up our tent in a campground here. The rain eventually let up and we decided to spend the rest of the evening exploring Ajimu and the surrounding area.
Statue of P. sinensis. The sign to the right is an advertisement for a “Suppon Center” where you can feast on the flesh of Ajimu’s beloved mascot.
A huge centipede Scolopendra subspinipes. Other than this guy, the only critters we managed to find that evening were froglets (mostly Hyla japonica and Fejervarya limnocharis).
the southwestern edge of Ajimu at sunset.