02.27.2014: Godzilla vs. The Thing Daikaiju Discussion

We had a full house with Adam, Julian, Martin, Rachel, Jeff, Kyle & Bryan all discussing the awesomeness of Mothra vs. Godzilla!

We had a full house with Adam, Julian, Martin, Rachel, Jeff, Kyle & Bryan all discussing the awesomeness of Mothra vs. Godzilla!

On this episode of the Kaijucast (#103), we get caught in between the King of the Monsters and the Queen of Infant Island, with a full house of discussioneers! In addition to regulars Jeff, Martin, Rachel and Bryan, we were also joined by Julian and Adam to dissect this daikaiju delicacy, Mothra vs. Godzilla or (as it was released in the United States) Godzilla vs. The Thing. A true classic from the apex of Japanese cinema, this film ranks very high on many fans’ top ten lists and we received the numbers in homework to prove it. As a side note, and this is mentioned in the episode, one of the best sources for information about this film is Classic Media’s DVD commentary provided by Ed Godziszewski and Steve Ryfle – so if you have that DVD, you should definitely give that a listen.

In addition to the discussion, there was a torrential storm of Godzilla and kaiju-related news both dealing with the new film from Legendary Pictures (go watch the trailer if you haven’t seen it) so make sure to check out the headlines below and bask in the glow of 2014’s kaiju-friendly times. New and old movies, DVD and BluRay releases, toys, bars, art shows and more are touched upon in this episode’s news segment. We’ve even got a kickstarter in there for you. Also, make sure that you head out to the events listed below as well!

1. Attack of Super XIII by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
2. Sacred Springs by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
3. Godzilla vs. The Thing US trailer audio (1964)
4. Roar! by Michael Giacchono from Cloverfield (2008)
5. Main Theme by T?ru Fuyuki from Ultraseven (1967)
6. Total Advance Monster by Yoshio Nomura from Godzilla vs. Heavy Metal (1998)

SUGGESTED READING: Look at the ridiculous amount of news here!
Legendary adds Godzilla’s new roar to Soundcloud
Awaken The Truth about Godzilla
New Legendary Godzilla Poster
Slash has seen the new Godzilla
Jinbocho Theater screening Godzilla films in Japan
Rialto Pictures re-releasing the original Godzilla to theaters across the US [SciFiJapan Article]
Notable ToyFair Godzilla Appearances:
Diamond Comic Distribution: X-Plus
Diamond Select Toys
Kaiju Bar Opening in Japan next month
Mill Creek Entertainment to release the complete Godzilla The Animated Series on DVD
Destroy All Drafthouses: Art Show at the Alama Drafthouse and Wonderbros Art
Mill Creek Entertainment to ALSO release a lot of Gamera films

Mecha vs. Kaiju RPG

3/07 – Godzilla Kaiju Battle 2014 in Schenectady, NY
3/28 thru 3/30 – Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, WA
*Make sure you come to our Kaiju Attack panel on Sunday the 30th at 12:40pm!
4/18 – 4/20 – Wondercon in Anaheim, CA

gamera_vs_zigraOur next Daikaiju Discussion will take a closer look at Gamera vs. Zigra from 1971. I’m not sure which version we’ll be watching, but I know there are several options including the Shout Factory DVD and even the MST3k version (not that I would suggest that one – even though I own it). The deadline for submitting your thoughts, questions and reviews is March 23rd.