12.20.2010: Kaijucast Holiday Special

David, Heather & Kurt of Missing Reel sit down with the Kaijucast to talk about Grindhouse Godzilla and more!

Wow. I mean…just… wow. This is the longest episode I’ve ever done. I really couldn’t find a good place to chop this down, so Merry  Xmas, my loyal listeners – this is the best gift I can give you: a two hour episode! This month, my esteemed guests are Heather, David and Kurt from the webseries Missing Reel (the new home of Grindhouse history if you haven’t heard). They swung by to dissect the true meaning of Grindhouse and where Godzilla fits into that giant ball of celluloid.

In addition to that I have some news this month and actually, none of it came from Scifi Japan (gasp!). Our Daikaiju Discussion for this month centered around the second Gamera film, the 1966 Gamera vs. Barugon. And as always I did play some music (none of it was holiday-themed, however):


1. Godzilla’s Theme by Akira Ifukube & conducted by Naoki Sako from Always Sunset On Third Street 2 (2007)
2. Godzilla’s Rage by Ko Otani from Godzilla Mothra King Ghidorah: Daikaiju Sousugeki (2001)
3. Showdown on Mt. Fuji: Akira Ifukube from Destroy All Monsters (1968)
4. Godzilla & Jet Jaguar Punch-Punch-Punch by Richiiro Manabe from Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
5. The Fury of the Freeze Monster by Chuji Kinoshita from Gamera vs. Barugon (1966)
6. End Credits by Takayuki Hattori from Godzilla 2000 (1999)


IDW Publishing’s Godzilla Monster World (Previews’ order code JAN11 0463)

Godzilla Stomp! Card Game

Firebreather on CN

The Man Who Summons Kaiju


The first homework assignment of 2011 is to watch the 1969 Toho film Latitude Zero. I know there are no giant monsters in the movie, but the film is a spectacle and I could not exclude it from the list. Prepare yourself for the well-known actors Joseph Cotton and Ceasar Romero in the roles of their lives, but that’s not all! Forget about the dubbed vs subbed battle because this film was filmed in English – that’s right, Akira Takarada and Masumi Odaka are actually speaking English for the entire film! If that’s not enough, how about the promise of classic Toho mecha? How about a winged lion? You must be hooked by now, so just make sure you get your homework in by the last week of the month.

You can download the twenty-fourth episode of the Kaijucast here! Feel free to write me if you are enjoying the podcasts or if you have any music requests, questions or even ideas for future shows, too. I am still overwhelmed by the all the positive response to the show.