Kaiju battles as fatalism

We know that dragons emerging from water symbolize inconceivable chaotic forces:

The motif of Chaoskampf (German for “struggle against chaos”) is ubiquitous in myth and legend, depicting a battle of a culture hero deity with a chaos monster, often in the shape of a serpent or dragon. The same term has also been extended to parallel concepts in the religions of the Ancient Near East, such as the abstract conflict of ideas in the Egyptian duality of Maat and Isfet.[citation needed]

The origins of the Chaoskampf myth most likely lie in the Proto-Indo-European religion whose descendants almost all feature some variation of the story of a storm god fighting a sea serpent representing the clash between the forces of order and chaos. Early work by German academics such as Gunkel and Bousset in comparative mythology popularized translating the mythological sea serpent as a “dragon.” Indo-European examples of this mythic trope include Thor vs. Jörmungandr (Norse), Tarhunt vs. Illuyanka (Hittite), Indra vs. Vritra (Vedic), Θraētaona vs. Aži Dahāka (Avestan), and Zeus vs. Typhon (Greek) among others.[20]

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Therefore, when two such Lovecraftian leviathans come out of the ocean and do battle amidst Neo-Tokyo it represents the unpredictable war of two supernatural forces with unclear goals and alien psychologies.

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Art by Andrea Boloch

This is a pretty simple mythical trope, but a fun one. Since the fates of the humans and their city are more or less governed by accident–depending on what fraction is wiped out by collateral damage, which monster is eventually victorious, and that monster’s ultimate disposition–we can interpret these kaiju battles as representative of a fatalist philosophy. A virtuous man in a world where such monsters exist will engage in a hedonistic fast life strategy most of the time, generally keep his head down to avoid attracting the attention of alien agamids, and run away screaming when shit occasionally hits the fan.

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An interesting variation is when one or both of the monsters is manmade, symbolizing the powerful but often monstrous ideological systems we incorporate to cope with unknowable horrors from beyond. These themes are surprisingly flexible. In G Gundam the countries of the world send their champions to fight in a mecha tournament instead of fighting wars. In Evangelion humanity sends its champions to fight Lovecraftian horrors in mechas that turn out to be Lovecraftian horrors themselves.

In Big O the monsters coming out of the sea are themselves man-made mechas.

These represent variations of the underlying philosophy, but in the final analysis these robots are still human cultural heroes made of lightning, just with more ratiocination.

If you’re looking to play with this a bit more, please note that it puts a new spin on the emergence of four kaiju horsemen in the behelit myth.

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16 Responses to Kaiju battles as fatalism

  1. Heaviside says:

    Toho Studios produces right wing propaganda films for the Japanese government. The best example of this is Godzilla vs. King Ghidora, where Godzilla represents nuclear energy. Godzilla once attacked Japan but now defends it. Evil foreigners (Russians and Americans) want to stop Japan from using nuclear energy so that it won’t get rich and take over the world. It is extremely on-the-nose pro-nuclear LDP propaganda. It’s like the Transformers franchise, which is a very long recruitment ad for the armed forces.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >Toho Studios produces right wing propaganda films for the Japanese government. The best example of this is Godzilla vs. King Ghidora, where Godzilla represents nuclear energy. Godzilla once attacked Japan but now defends it. Evil foreigners (Russians and Americans) want to stop Japan from using nuclear energy so that it won’t get rich and take over the world. It is extremely on-the-nose pro-nuclear LDP propaganda.

      That’s an ingenius use of the old dragon myth. “Big scary thing you don’t understand is on your side!” If globalists had any sense they’d make a movie about a multiculti team of white-presenting scientists waking up Godzilla to fight an alien monster from space (riding in on a meteor) which is attracted by our global warming, or some shit like that.

  2. Obadiah says:

    “Captain Planet: Origins” starring Will Smith.

    Second film will focus on transition to MCU.

    Script will be written by Instagram pedophiles; film will gross 1.2 billion American dollars

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >Script will be written by Instagram pedophiles; film will gross 1.2 billion American dollars

      You may not like it but this is what peak performance looks like.

  3. Obadiah says:

    The villain of the second film will be an angelic-looking man with shoulder-length platinum blonde hair who is trying to pollute the environment and promote alternative-right wing ideas. Captain Planet will say “aw HELL naw!” and punch him in the face. Hip-hop soundtrack provided by Drake

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >The villain of the second film will be an angelic-looking man with shoulder-length platinum blonde hair who is trying to pollute the environment and promote alternative-right wing ideas.

      At the end he commandeers one of the pyramids and flies it into the sun, convinced it will make him God, when of course we all know it’s secretly the moon that does that.

  4. procul o procul este profani says:

    “It is literal insanity, the depths to which philosophers will dive in order to believe a contradiction. Maybe after sacrificing their God-given lives to their passions, they expect to stand (can you believe they actually expect to stand?) before the throne of judgment and say “Here is the logic for what we did, how then could we have acted otherwise?”

    “God-given” lives. You like your life a lot, right? Just like Koanic. I don’t. This all sounds as you are all cock-sure of your salvation and deeply in love with yourself. In fact, it is pretty much horrible that a Judgement Day exists, for a crappy life I never asked for in the first place. Even some of the “quiverfull” nuts (Samuel Owens) thinks it is permissible to abort children if there is reason to believe that the child will suffer greatly (he mentions “such as disabling mental instability”).

    You guys are just insanely deep into yourself (why else write? And on the internet?) and you seem to think that being born is equal to being saved.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >“God-given” lives.

      Yup. No escaping the prime mover argument. The only question is the qualities/character of the prime mover, not whether we owe our lives to it.

      >You like your life a lot, right? Just like Koanic. I don’t.

      I like mine okay, not a lot, but it’s also in the most-improved category.

      >This all sounds as you are all cock-sure of your salvation and deeply in love with yourself.

      More or less certain, yes. Maybe I should do a post on that. Deeply in love with myself? Absolutely, but relatively less than average.

      >In fact, it is pretty much horrible that a Judgement Day exists, for a crappy life I never asked for in the first place.

      You mean Hell or the prospect of being judged in the first place?

      >Even some of the “quiverfull” nuts (Samuel Owens) thinks it is permissible to abort children if there is reason to believe that the child will suffer greatly (he mentions “such as disabling mental instability”).

      He’s wrong. The only time abortion is allowable is the same as the times when murder is allowable.

      >You guys are just insanely deep into yourself (why else write? And on the internet?) and you seem to think that being born is equal to being saved.

      Well, then that’s giving the wrong appearance because I don’t think that. I’m not a determinist.

  5. bicebicebice says:

    “You guys are just insanely deep into yourself (why else write? And on the internet?) and you seem to think that being born is equal to being saved.” errebody here is a survivor letz celebrate!

    http://www.numberofabortions.com/ men hating women is rational, women hating women is rational, and harping on everyday about a society that gives women the right to carry out the death penalty at whim is also rational. clownworld and the internet happened about the same time, the only question is if it serves to expose and reverse or expose and let sapes be sapes (which I argue).

    tomorrow we poast. again

  6. Obadiah says:

    God is “uninnocent and has chosen good”
    Satan is “uninnocent and has chosen evil”
    Humans/Melonheads/Jews/Man-With-a-Capital-M are “uninnocent and can choose good or evil”

    Only pongid-hominid earth-grown Thaltistes are “innocent and good”–not knowing good and evil

    Our life on Earth is basically a character-building exercise for newly-created souls.

  7. Obadiah says:

    >At the end he commandeers one of the pyramids and flies it into the sun, convinced it will make him God, when of course we all know it’s secretly the moon that does that.

    Roll credits, blaring Drake’s lead hit single “Ass Nigga”

  8. Obadiah says:

    Interesting watching my “political” mind and your “moralist” mind interact to generate Captain Niglet 2019

    We are an exact psychodynamic mirror; each type only seeing one half of the problem

  9. Obadiah ft 2Chainz says:

    I’m just an Ass Nigga
    I’m just an Ass Nigga
    I hit the drop and hit the block and let it flash nigga

    I’m just an Ass Nigga
    I’m just an Ass Nigga
    I get my Glock and let it pop and get my cash nigga

    [^to the tune of “/Pol/ anthem” but without the German guys singing]

  10. bicebicebice says:

    “Our life on Earth is basically a character-building exercise for newly-created souls.” big if true, there is also a sape “teambuilding”-exercise joke in here but im not gonna touch it.

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