06.17.2018: Taste of G-Fest with Yuji Kaida, Kazuhiro Nakagawa & Ryuki Kitaoka

In this episode, Kyle speaks with Yuji Kaida, Kuzuhiro Nakagawa and Ryuki Kitaoka (all reacorded at last year’s G-Fest).

It’s time for an interview mulit-ball! At last year’s G-FEST, a number of podcasters and youtubers were given the opportunity to interview the convention guests in 15 minute sessions. In this episode, you’ll hear two of these interviews and a panel recording from the convention, plus I go into some details about the upcoming festival, happening July 13th-15th in Chicago, Illinois.

The first interview is with Yuji Kaida, a master painter and illustrator who has an eye for giant monsters. He’s also a big mech artist too. But for more information about this living legend, check out the links below to some of his work. And I do believe that the final image in this post is the Godzilla 1954 painting Kaida-san referred to in the interview.

Our second interview is with a younger assistant director from Japan who has been working steadily in the Japanese film business, Kazuhiro Nakagawa. He worked on both live-action Attack on Titan films and Shin Godzilla. Nakagawa also directed a recent independent kaiju film entitled Day of the Kaiju (2012)

And thirdly, join myself, Stan Hyde, Robert Scott Field and Japanese stunt actor Ryuki Kitaoka for a panel reflecting on his career as a stunt actor in Japan and in Hong Kong, and his fateful meeting with Jackie Chan. We get to hear about his work on the Ultra series and his time at Toho working on Godzilla Final Wars.

Don’t forget that if you want to submit your homework for this month’s daikaiju re-discussion film Wrath of Daimajin (1966), please do so here.

AUDIO INTERLUDES:
1. Monsterland Tour from Destroy All Monsters (1968)
2. 12 Intercept Godzilla (M16) by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla (1954)
3. 18 EM20_CH_Alterna_04 by Shiro Sagisu from Shin Godzilla (2016)
4. We Love X II (Cruising The Cirro-Stratus) by Keith Emerson from Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
5. Godzilla by The Creatures from Hái! (2003)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Yuji Kaida Interview at SciFi Japan
Yuji Kaida’s Shin Godzilla cover of Famous Monsters #289
Yuji Kaida’s Ultra Kaiju Coloring book!
and that’s ^ what I’m talking about when I say Kaida-san is prolific!
Day of the Kaiju trailer by Kazuhiro Nakagawa
— and the entire Day of the Kaiju film

Hope you enjoy the episode!

05.31.2018: Godzilla vs Hedorah Daikaiju Re-Discussion

Kyle, Gretchen and Rachel revisit one of the stinkiest Godzilla films ever made: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

Wowsers! We posted FOUR episodes in one month — I assure you this is not the future of the podcast.

In this episode we are taking another look at Godzilla vs Hedorah for the podcast – this time in the form of our Daikaiju Re-Discussion, which is a year-long series of films that we looked at really early in the life of the podcast and we’re giving some of our newer listeners the opportunity to comment on these movies before the format is changed and we reboot the process entirely.

This environmentally charged entry in the Godzilla series was originally covered in episode #16 when I had August Ragone on to discuss the classic tokusatsu television series Ultra Q. The Hedorah discussion was tacked onto the end of that episode, so I’m pleased to give this movie another “full episode” shot this month — and if you haven’t checked it out yet, we recorded a pretty great commentary on the film too!

Make sure to check out the links below to all of this awesome news and these rad events…

THIS EPISODE’S NOISE POLLUTION:
1. Defeat Hedorah (Union Volume) by Kazumi Kitayama from Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
2. Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster US Trailer (1972)
3.The Polluted Ocean and Godzilla by Richiiro Manabe from Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
4. Rise of Hedorah by Hedorah (2016?)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Legendary’s Godzilla 2 now *officially* titled “Godzilla King of the Monsters
Legendary’s Godzilla King of the Monsters date pushed to May
Godzilla: City On The Edge of Battle not doing well at the Box Office
Next anime film title “Godzilla Eater of Stars
Toho’s Plans for Godzilla [ Original Nikkei Style article in Japanese ]
Tsuburaya Wins Court Case Against Chaiyo!
Matt Frank’s Redman: The Kaiju Hunter Comic arrives next month!
Godzilla 1998 Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Legend of the Buddha Big Announcement coming soon!

WRATH OF DAIMAJIN (1966)

MERCH RUN:
If you’d like to purchase one of our “footprint” enamel pins, you can do so here.

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
7/12 – 7/15 — Florida SuperCon in Fort Lauderdale, FL with Bin Furuya (Ultraman 1966 Suit Actor) & Tsutomu Kitagawa (Millennium Godzilla Suit Actor)
7/13 – 7/15 — G-Fest XXV in Chicago, IL with Akira Takarada, Megumi Odaka & Keizo Murase
…Internationally tho!
7/20 – 8/27 — ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan
6/30 – 9/16 — Lord of The Monster Godzilla in Taipei, Taiwan

NEXT DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
Our film for June is Wrath of Daimajin (1966), the THIRD film in the Daimajin trilogy — this is the one with the kids crossing Majin’s mountain (we don’t want anyone to get confused and submit a review of the wrong film). If you’d like to take part in the re-discussion episode, make sure you submit your homework (aka your thoughts, questions and reviews) before June 25th – thanks!

05.27.2018: Monsterpalooza Post Mortem

Rachel, Kyle, MonsterMan (j/k), Jeff, Clancy & Gretchen (front) got back together to recap the trip to Monsterpalooza last month! [Photo credit: Kyle Lang]

Hey, check it out, it’s a recap episode of last month’s Monsterpalooza with the entire crew who made the trek — that’s Rachel, Gretchen, Jeff, Clancy and Kyle! If you aren’t familiar with Monsterpalooza, it’s an annual monster-related convention held in the Los Angeles, California area. Most years we’ve seen some kind of Japanese celebrity guests — this year the show brought Bin Furuya (Ultraman 1966), Tsutomu Kitagawa (Millennium series Godzilla) and Shinji Nishikawa (Heisei & Millennium concept artist and master illustrator) to the convention.  Major thanks to everyone who came up to us and especially to those who came out to the listener party!

We played a little music in this episode and it went like this…

MONSTERPALOOZA MUZAK:
1. Monster Man by DEVO (2012)
2. The Young Woman At The Seacoast by Masaru Sato from Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster (1966)

Check out our Kaijucast Purikuri video!

Did you hear about our new MERCH RUN! aka Did you want an awesome enamel pin? Check it out here.

05.16.2018: May News Roundup

It's an all news episode!

Gretchen and Kyle talk lots of news in this 40-minute episode. Get to clicking those links below for the deep dives!

SUGGESTED VIEWING (aka LOOK AT ALL OF THIS NEWS ):
Shin Godzilla Statue in Hibya [ HuffPo ] [ ScifiJapan’s “The Godzillas of Hibya” feature ]
Godzilla Anime Title update -> Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (plus a new trailer)
Toho’s Press Notes for Godzilla City on the Edge of Battle
Godzilla Anime Blu Ray Release in Japan May 16th
Godzilla Anime SPOILER Silhouette [Click at your own risk, I guess?]
No real Legendary Godzilla News in this episode…. seriously
Pacific Rim Uprising Japanese Materials
Pacific Rim Uprising US Blu-Ray Release Details on ScifiJapan
Check out the Art of Pacific Rim Uprising book via ScifiJapan
Rampage Japanese Materials (including incredible poster art by Kouji Tajima)
Check out the Art of Rampage book via SciFiJapan
X-Plus May lineup: Godzilla Earth, Ultraman Zoffy, Chameleking, Mognetudon, Ultraman Great, Deforeal Chibi Godzilla Earth
X-Plus June Lineup: 30cm Kiryu Mechagodzilla, 25cm Ultraman Taro, 25cm I’M TAKING THE EARTH! Set, 25cm Alien Babarue, RMC Gamera ’95, 25cm Mothra ’64 RIC, 25cm Frankenstein ’65, 25cm Rodan ’56 Reissue and M.O.G.E.R.A (1994)
X-Plus/Star Ace 32cm Kong Skull Island statue
Toho’s “Bloodthirtsy Trilogy” Comes to US Home Video in May
Godzilla Escape Room & Virtual Escape Game

Join the KAIJU CORPS, which is our FB group for the listeners!

JUST A MINUTE OR SO OF MONSTER MUSIC:
1. Nameless by KING GHIDORA from NAMELESS EP ()

DAIKAIJU DISUCUSSION REMINDER:
Don’t forget that we’ll be watching Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) for our Daikaiju Re-Discussion this month. If you’d like to submit your homework, please do so before May 24th to be included in the discussion episode!

05.08.2018: Maintaining a Kaiju Collection w/David Eric Dopko

Kyle is joined by fellow kaiju collector, David Eric Dopko to talk about curating your kaiju collection.

Bullmark. Popy. Billiken. Bandai. Marmit. M1. X-Plus. Gigabrain. Toygraph. These are just some of the kaiju toy manufacturers you’ll hear mentioned in this installment of the podcast. That’s because my special guest is my good friend and fellow kaiju collector/aficionado, David Eric Dopko – and we’re talking about the process that we go through when cleaning, pruning and upgrading our collections. So if you aren’t familiar with these toy companies, maybe you should poke around on Club Tokyo for references — hopefully it’s not required but just helpful.

If you are new to collecting, I’m hoping this episode contains some insight and isn’t too confusing. If you are interested in joining any of the facebook groups that David and I discuss in the episode, check out the show notes below for places. And if you just can’t stand hearing about grown men talking about with monster dolls, this episode might not be for you…

Make sure to check out all of the awesomeness below!!

MAY-BE WE’LL PLAY SOME MONSTER MUSIC:
1. Liquid Culture by Akira Ifukube from Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)
2. Southern Island Tale by Hachiro Matsui from The Boss and the Explosive Daughter (1959)
3. Monster Mega-War by Akira Ifukube from Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Facebook Groups: [ Godzilla Collector’s Group ] [ X-Plus Collector’s Group ] [ David’s Gods & Monsters FB group ]

VISUAL REFERENCES FOR THE EPISODE:

 

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
Hey, kids – don’t forget to submit your homework for this month’s Daikaiju Re-Discussion for the 1971 anti-pollution monster mash, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, make sure you do so before Thursday, May 24th to be part of the daikaiju discussion!

 

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