Films: Jellyfish Eyes (2013)
Alias: Various, notably Kurage-bo, Luxor, Yupi, Shimmon, Uki, Ko2 (Koko), Oval
Location: Civilized Area
Height/Weight: Ranges from that of toddlers to that of a small building.
Affiliation: Good (Most of the rest), Evil (Oval)
Summary: In the land of the rising sun, there seems to be no greater child fantasy than venturing into the unknown with a small monster as a companion. It's been done many times, but in this case, we finally get to see a live-action version of it in practice. And it...could have been better honestly. Still, we bet it gave a lot of artists work!
History: Somewhere in a Japanese suburb, the kids all have an interesting secret. All of them have F.R.I.E.N.D.S, which are basically small creatures that act as their companions. Activated by cellphone-like Devices, the F.R.I.E.N.D.S are often pitted against each other by the kids for fun and bragging rights. This all seems fine and dandy at first, but there is a dark truth to it all. The F.R.I.E.N.D.S were created by an organization called the Black-Cloaked Four, who hope to take all the kids' negative emotion from their fights, and use it to create Oval, the most powerful of them all, and dominate the world. Only a few kids are even remotely suspicious of this conspiracy.
Notable Kills: Nothing special.
Final Fate: After Oval is summoned, one of the kids rallies the other F.R.I.E.N.D.S to defeat the kaiju. They succeed, but they are all sucked into a vortex. Thankfully, a person uses his device to bring them all back. The kids and their companions swear to stop fighting all the time, lest something like this happens again.
Powers/Abilities: F.R.I.E.N.D.S have all sorts of combat skill and abilities based on their appearance and how much negative emotion they have. Enough negativity can create a very large and deadly one.
Weakness: Anything conventional, though Oval's weakness is the orb on its head.
Scariness Factor: 1.5-There is virtually nothing scary about these creatures. Sure, many of them are powerful beings who can hold their own in a fight, but the CGI is cartoonish to a fault, they are designed to be cuddly and cute to children, and even the most powerful of them all has a glaring weakness. Bottom line, it is really hard to make beings fit for a kids anime look nasty.
Trivia: -According to a trailer, this film was inspired by the fallout of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011. Um...how?!
-In case you couldn't see it, this film takes several cues from "Pokemon", with the Devices taking a page from "Digimon". Needless to say, it's dubious as to whether it combined the best of both worlds.