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Monsters under the microscope
The Meaning of Godzilla

Think Godzilla is just cinematic fluff, endlessly recycled? It is now, but that’s not how the monster started out. In the beginning, back in 1954, he was a powerfully symbolic figure.

In honor of the release of the umpteenth Godzilla film, here’s a fascinating essay on the creature’s place in Japanese culture from one of our past issues. It’s called “Goodbye Godzilla, Hello Kitty.”

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