Born in 1966 on a Pacific island south-east of Japan, my name is often shortened to just Barugon (バルゴン), which is not to be confused with Baragon – very similar in name, but certainly not in appearance.
According to an ancient Japanese legend, a single Barugon is born only once every thousand years from an egg that resembles a large opal. While a normal Barugon takes ten years to reach full maturity, my rapid growth was an anomaly, caused by exposure of the egg to infra-red radiation as a result of nuclear testing in the Pacific.
Despite what some believe, I’ve actually had a very good friendship and working relationship with Gamera (ガメラ), also known as the ‘friend of all children’. While we did get along very well, one our quarrels was fairly high-profile, as referenced in 大怪獣決闘 ガメラ対バルゴン, but that’s another story for another time 🙂