10.17.2018: Horror in Kaiju + chat w/Ultraman Screenwriter Chiaki J Konaka

Jeff, Gretchen and Kyle discuss the horrors of kaiju cinema* for this Halloween season!


The change of summer to fall, the cloudy skies before the rains… plus the month of October / Halloween Season!

Thus it’s time to get spooky! We’ve gathered around the ouija board to ask a very important question of the Godz: “Are kaiju movies horror?” I guess the correct question would be more like: what counts as horror in a kaiju film? I have never really considered the kaiju genre to be more than influenced by horror but both Gretchen and Jeff are big time horror nerds, so I thought that would be a good subject for the roundtable-style chat.

Before we dive into our discussion of the scariest aspects of these movies, part of this episode is a brief chat with Ultraman and horror screenwriter Chiaki J Konaka. Konaka was the guest of honor at this year’s HP Lovecraft Film Festival and we were fortunate to have a few minutes to chat with the writer. Big thanks to the film festival organizers for the interview hookup!

Make sure you chime in on the Kaiju Corps Facebook Group to let us know what you thought about this horrific episode – or if we missed some of your favorite horrifying moments in kaiju cinematic history?

1. Matango International Trailer Audio (1963)
2. Feel in My Heart (Reference Music) from War of the Gargantuas (1966)
3. Frankenstein Conquers the World US Trailer 1965)
4. Shadow In The Sky by Akira Ifukube from Rodan (1956)
5. Skulls In The Stars by Necronomidol from VOIDHYMN (2108)

Chiaki J Konaka’s Website 
Maser Patrol Podcast:
Cthulhu Mythos in Japan Part 1 
– Cthulhu Mythos in Japan Part 2
– Cthulhu Mythos in Japan Part 3
– Cthulhu Mythos in Japan Part 4

Kyle & Gretchen chat with HP Lovecraft Film Festival’s Guest of Honor, Chiaki J Konaka.

Anti-Idol: Japan’s Beautifully Bonkers Pop Movement by “This Exists”
Kaiju Transmissions Podcast episode on Tokusatsu Body Horror
Portland Horror Trivia with Jeff and Clancy (and more!)

Later this month, I’m subjecting my co-hosts to Godzilla Final Wars, the final Godzilla film of the Millenium era. It’s been ages since I’ve sat down to watch this one and I’m kind of looking forward to dipping my toes into this unique film in the franchise. If you’d like to send in your homework (aka your thoughts questions and reviews) for the episode, please do so before October 21st and use our handy form.

*Hey, we know that poster image is all cobbled together in photoshop from all manner of japanese poster elements – if you recognize what any of those are from, you deserve a kaiju cookie!


09.30.2018: Terror of Mechagodzilla Daikaiju Re-Discussion

I assure you, we are not discussing a movie starring King Seesar and Angilas in this episode. We’re re-examining 1975’s Terror of Mechagodzilla.

We’re back with a closer look at one of the films we have covered many moons ago, back in 2011 when the podcast was only on episode 28! This episode (#245) is our Daikaiju Re-Discussion for the 1975 Terror of Mechagodzilla. I’m joined for the discussion by Adam Alexander, of the Monster Project (and Die Like Gentlemen) and Dave Helfrey for the discussion, but we’re also welcoming Ishiro Honda’s biographers Ed Godziszewski & Steve Ryfle back to share their thoughts on Ishiro Honda’s return to Godzilla and his closing chapter to the Showa series.

During our analysis of this film, several sources were used for research:
Ishiro Honda: A Life In Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa by Ed Godziszewski & Steve Ryfle
Classic Media’s Terror of Mechagodzilla Commentary by Keith Aiken & Bob Johnson
A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series by David Kalat
AkiraKurosawa.info for Ikio Sawamura’s mini bio

1. Invaders’ Last Moments by Akira Ifukube from Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
2. Terror of Godzilla US TV Commercial (1978)
3. Condensed AIP Terror of Mechagodzilla Intro (1978)
4. Kaiju Daisenso: Ending from Terror of Mechagodzilla by The Monster Project (2007)

Adam’s episode about the Monster Project (circa 2011)
The Monster Project on Bandcamp
Titanosaurus Roars: According to WikiZilla –  Ultraman Ace’s Brocken
Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa
MyKaiju’s Memories of the Terror of Mechagodzilla Prologue
Godzilla ’94 Fan-made Comic

10/5 – 10/7 HP Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR w/ Chiaki J Konaka (and much much more)

What have I done??? I’ve agreed to take a deep look at our first ever film in the discussion schedule, Godzilla Final Wars (2004). If you’d like to watch this film and then send in your thoughts, questions and reviews for the discussion, please make sure to do that before October 21st. Thanks, I hope!

09.16.2018: How Godzilla Got His Groove Back from Rose City Comic Con 2018

Kyle, Rachel, Jeff, Gretchen and Dave wow the crowds at Rose City Comic Con with daring tales of kaiju enthusiasm!

Almost all of this episode was recorded at Portland’s own home-grown comic convention: Rose City Comic Con – unfortunately we ran a little long and so I asked Gretchen to pop in to fill in the listener with the missing information from the panel.

Big thanks to the staff of Rose City Comic Con for letting us get up on stage again!

1. Mothra by the’s (2014)

Rodan’s Roost coverage of Godzilla 3D in their Kaiju Scrapyard
ScifiJapan’s coverage of the Unmade Tristar Godzilla Film
ScifiJapan’s coverage of Godzilla 3D To The Max
John LeMay’s The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies: The Lost Films

10/5/ – 10/7 H.P.Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR w/Chiaki J. Konaka
(check out their kickstarter campaign too!)

Our next movie up for re-discussion, Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

Don’t forget this month’s movie for the Daikaiju Re-Discussion will be TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (1975) and the deadline to turn in your homework is September 21st thanks!

08.31.2018: Godzilla vs Biollante Daikaiju RE-Discussion

Jeff, Gretchen, Dave, Charles and Kyle take a good long look at this super great kaiju film, Godzilla vs Biollante.

This month we are re-examining the 1989 Godzilla Entry, Godzilla vs Biollante, the seventeenth film in the franchise and one that took some time to get off the ground. We covered this in the first year of our discussions, back in episode seventeen of the podcast and I recorded that at an anime convention in Idaho, so none of my home based co-hosts have ever gotten a chance to voice their views on this cinematic beast. Thankfully we had a full house in the HQ for this discussion – Jeff, Dave, Gretchen and Charles were filling those co-host chairs nicely. 😛

We hope you enjoy the discussion! I tried to include a lot more information on this film than we’ve ever been able to cover since the tale of its creation is pretty interesting.

Retraction/correction/etc – In the episode, I said that Mill Creek Entertainment, but really the company who released Godzilla vs Biollante here in the US on Blu Ray & DVD.

1. Psychic Induction by Koichi Sugiyama from Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
2. Godzilla vs. Biollante Japanese Trailer (1989)
3. TC System, Standby! by Koichi Sugiyama from Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)


Godzilla vs Biollante voted #1 Godzilla film in Japanese Poll (*from 2014)
Our review of the Echo Bridge’s Godzilla vs. Biollante BluRay release
Deleted scenes from Godzilla vs. Biollante from Echo Bridge’s release
Next month we will be watching a classic from the seventies – it’s the final Showa era Godzilla film, Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975). If you’d like to have your homework (thoughts questions and reviews) included in next month’s Daikaiju Re-Discussion, please send that in before September 21st!

08.20.2018: Godzilla’s friend & Co-Star Megumi Odaka (Miki Saegusa) at G-Fest 25

Kyle speaks with Megumi Odaka, the actress who played Miki Saegusa, during last month’s G-FEST 25 with Robert Scott Field (right) providing interpretation. [Photo Credit: Robert Moreno]

When I read the announcement confirming that Megumi Odaka would be a guest at this year’s G-Fest, I think I could feel the collective of Godzilla fans exclaiming “WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATT??!”

It had been eighteen years since she’d made a G-Fest appearance in the year 2000 and I would imagine that her appearance at the Chiller Theatre last year heralded her return to the only annual Godzilla convention in the world.

Odaka-san’s film career doesn’t run very deep. Outside of the Godzilla series’ Miki Saegusa, she appeared in a couple of other Japanese films. In fact, during my research, I discovered there’s just not a lot of information about this actress – which is one of the reasons I wanted to talk with her ahead of time, to see what we could cover during the panel. Even though she was open to covering any of her projects, we didn’t get to discuss much more than the Godzilla series; I’m hoping to eventually get her back on the podcast for a more in depth conversation about her life in and out of the spotlight.

This recording is from the panel that took place at G-Fest 25 and as such the audio quality isn’t that great. Check out the show notes below for a link to the Youtube video of the panel as well.

1. The Return Of Godzilla by Akira Ifukube/Koichi Sugiyama from Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
2.Junior and Miki by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)

Check out the video version  of the interview panel on the Kaijucast Youtube channel

Don’t forget that if you’d like to submit your homework for our daikaiju RE-discussion of Godzilla vs Biollante (1989), please make sure to send your thoughts questions and reviews in before August 24th. Thanks!