02.15.2014: Godzilla Lovin’

Rachel, Bryan and the Kyles discuss the a subject not often broached regarding Godzilla films: Romance.

Rachel, Bryan and the Kyles discuss the a subject not often broached regarding Godzilla films: Romance.

It’s a special Valentine’s Day episode of the Kaijucast, but we aren’t talking about how much we love our significant others or even how much we adore Godzilla (any more than usual, I mean); we are discussing love themes and romantic elements in the history of Godzilla’s filmography. It’s probably not something that you would normally ponder – in fact, we tend to almost entirely ignore the human elements in these films – but considering the time of year, this subject seemed apt for this episode (too bad we didn’t actually release it yesterday).

How prevalent are romantic connections and intentions in this genre? I was pretty surprised when I started breaking it down film by film – quite a few that use a romantic entanglement as part of the human-driven plot. Thankfully, this was not a “flying solo” episode; I was joined by Bryan, Rachel and Lady Kyle for this installment of the podcast. I hope you’ll enjoy listening to our conversation as much as we had recording it.

MUSIC:
1. Sake Drinking Yamata No Orochi by Akira Ifukube from The Little Prince & The Eight-Headed Dragon (1963)
2. Godzilla vs. The Three Monsters by Daisuke Yano from Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
3. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah II & III by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
4. Mothra’s Song by Toshiyuki Watanabe from Mothra (1996)
5. Ultraman Theme Song (US Version) by Kunio MiyauchiĀ from Ultraman (1966)
6. Goodbye Godzilla (Ending) by The Star Sisters from Godzilla Returns (1984)

SUGGESTED READING:
Digital Trends covers the history of Godzilla
Godzilla Make-A-Wish in the works?

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
Don’t forget that this month’s Daikaiju Discussion looks at the 1964 classic, Godzilla vs. The Thing aka Mothra vs. Godzilla. If you want to have your thoughts, questions and reviews to be part of the next episode, you need to submit your homework by February 22nd.