I did this last year and showed some weird artsy pics from a friend who did some cool Japanese-monster inspired art!
I've done similar posts where I show how invertebrates have inspired pop culture. Here is the one I did for starfish awhile back..
It seemed like THIS year, it might be fun to actually show what some of the characters from Japanese pop culture (movies, TV and toys! actually LOOK like! (esp. with Halloween just a few weeks away)
GEZORA the giant cuttlefish from Yog-the Monster from Space!
Gezora stands 30 meters tall (98 feet) and apparently weighs 20,000 tons! Basically- a cuttlefish infected by extraterrestrial microbes! It kicks ASS! It first appeared in the 1970 classic "Space Amoeba" produced by Toho-the fine people who bring you the Godzilla movies!
Here's a neat slide show of various posters and screen shots from the movie...
from the people who broughtyou Godzilla! Gezora shows up at 0:50
This movie came out in 2004. Its about uh...well, a wrestler who becomes a giant squid! One great part of this flick? In the end he goes toe to toe with ANOTHER giant invertebrate! (no spoilers though!)
Japanese Cephalopod TV Monsters!
AMMONITE KAIJIN (Kaijin="Monster Man') from Kamen Rider Black!
A neat monster whose particular distinction was that the ammonite (serving as the monster's head) was kicked OFF his body early in the episode, leaving the rest of him wandering around and chasing after it!
The disembodied ammonite, in the meantime befriended a small child and learned the meaning of kindness. I don't make this stuff up!
And this neat SQUID KAIJIN from Kamen Rider Black!
For example, here is an ammonite "candy toy"-an item that usually accompanies a piece of chocolate or some other item (kind of the way a baseball card used to accompany chewing gum).
There is a series of these items that one collects and people sometimes hundreds of dollars to chase down a complete set of these...(the other items are mostly dinosaurs and other giant marine reptiles)
This represents an actual species of coiled shell ammonite-but not sure off the top of my head, which one it is..
Here is a Lego ammonite that I found how to construct here.