Today I reveal the final kaiju from the In the Shadow of Extinction roundup. This here is the Kazan-ryu. Art by Gabe-TKE.
The Kazan-ryu (the name roughly means ‘Volcano Dragon’ in Japanese) slept in volcanoes around the world until being roused from their deep sleep. The Kazan-ryu is a glutton. It’s blind and it just plows through city streets, scooping up people and debris into its mouth to swallow whole. When the creature has had its fill, it digs beneath the dirt and waits for more food to pass its way like a giant ambush predator.
I wanted a four-legged kaiju because I love the classic designs of kaiju like Anguirus, Varan, Baragaon, and Barugon (no, I didn’t repeat myself – one’s a Gamera kaiju and it is awesome!). The Kazan is like a belly dragging, gluttonous Baragon with a messed up underbite. I think of the thing as a creature that evolution should've corrected but got lazy. It uses that long, pointed lower jaw to assist it in shoveling the earth as it digs underground.
For more about the Kazan-ryu, Tyrant, Ikarah, and Breeders, you’ll have to read the book!
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