It’s a good time to be a Godzilla fan. From American cinemas to Tokyo hotels, the King of Monsters has been everywhere lately and that is cause for celebration in our massive kaiju-loving hearts. Well, all this world traveling seems to have tuckered the big guy out, because on May 25th he took up official residence in the Shinjuku Ward of Tokyo. Ever wonder were Godzilla lays his head after a long day of smashing cities, unleashing his atomic breath, and beating Ghidorah to a bloody pulp? Apparently, it’s a hip neighborhood of Tokyo, which is fitting.
To make things official, the Shinjuku Ward released a residency document for Godzilla. They printed up 3,000 of these things and made them available to the public, which means you could have Godzilla’s personal, legal documents hanging from a wall in your home. (Side note if somebody could get me one of these things, I’d love you forever and ever). Seriously, this is one amazingly cool collectible and the fact that the print run is so limited is sure to make these things ultra rare and impossible to find.
Wondering what sort of information is on the residential document of a giant, radioactive lizard monster? Well, if the translations floating around on the internet are accurate, we get stuff like Godzilla’s address (Shinjuku, Kabuki-cho, 1-19-1) and his date of birth, which naturally shares a day with the release of the first Godzilla film. It also notes that Godzilla is receiving his special residency for “watching over the Kabuki-cho neighborhood.”
Poor neighborhood watch representatives aside — he’s a giant monster who destroys things, guys — the Shinjuku Ward has officially become the coolest place on Earth. They have the Toho hotel/entertainment complex, which boasts a life-sized Godzilla head sticking out of the top of it, and the King of Monsters is an official resident? Doesn’t get much cooler than that, people. Personally, I’ve been petitioning to make King Caesar an official resident of my neighborhood, but my jerk neighbors refuse to sign.