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

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