Starring: Gamera and Gyaos
Written by: Kazunori Itō
Directed by: Shūsuke Kaneko
I don't often talk about kaiju movies. Heck, I don't think I've ever covered a kaiju movie as a part of Demise of Film. Gamera: Guardian of the Universe is top-tier. Gamera has always been bootleg Godzilla. In spite of this, I still prefer Gamera movies over Godzilla movies. Is it because I'm a contrarian? Eh, probably.
Even though Gamera is bootleg Godzilla, this is the movie that made him surpass Godzilla, at least for a time. The sets and monster effects are all top-notch even by today's standards. One of the things I never liked about modern kaiju movies is the over-reliance upon CGI, which is why I love these movies.
The thing I really enjoyed about this movie is, unlike Gamera vs. Barugon, they remained true to Gamera's moniker: the friend of all children. However, the girl in Gamera: Guardian of the Universe is nowhere near as annoying as some of the children in other Gamera films. The overall story is pretty solid as well.
It should also be stated that the director also landed a Godzilla movie after making this movie: Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: All Out Monsters Attack. Which is all around bad ass.