GAMERA THE BRAVE is a stand alone Kaiju-Eiga film following the successful Gamera revival in the 90s. Unlike the ultra-violent Heisei entries preceding it, this film returns to the lighter child-friendly themes of the original Gamera films. Gamera is destroyed in battle in the opening scenes, but years later a young boy discovers a baby turtle with a rapid growth rate that turns out to be the next successor as the Guardian of the Universe. The new monster, given the name Toto, must gather its strength as the world falls under attack by the giant lizard Zedus! For a film aimed at a younger audience, director Ryuta Tasaki takes great care in developing rounded, emotive characters for the audience to relate to. It is an adult film built on juvenile themes, but it is just as enjoyable for either age group. The shifts do not take a toll on the incredible costumes or miniatures, which are still just as impressive as in the previous three installments. GAMERA THE BRAVE is filled with heart, and is one of the strongest entries in the series!
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