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Kaiju is a Japanese word that means "weird beast", but usually translated in English as "monster". Specifically, it is used to refer to a genre of tokusatsu entertainment.

Related terms include kaiju eiga, a film featuring kaiju, kaijin (referring to roughly humanoid monsters) and daikaijū, specifically meaning the larger variety of monsters.

The most famous Kaiju is Godzilla and other well known Kaiju include Mothra, King Kong, Gamera, and King Ghidorah. The term Ultra-Kaiju is short-hand for monsters in the Ultra Series.

Though kaiju and kaijin are typically modelled after conventional animals, insects or mythological creatures, there are more esoteric examples, featured primarily in the Super Sentai and Kamen Rider television franchises.

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