05.08.2018: Maintaining a Kaiju Collection w/David Eric Dopko

Kyle is joined by fellow kaiju collector, David Eric Dopko to talk about curating your kaiju collection.

Bullmark. Popy. Billiken. Bandai. Marmit. M1. X-Plus. Gigabrain. Toygraph. These are just some of the kaiju toy manufacturers you’ll hear mentioned in this installment of the podcast. That’s because my special guest is my good friend and fellow kaiju collector/aficionado, David Eric Dopko – and we’re talking about the process that we go through when cleaning, pruning and upgrading our collections. So if you aren’t familiar with these toy companies, maybe you should poke around on Club Tokyo for references — hopefully it’s not required but just helpful.

If you are new to collecting, I’m hoping this episode contains some insight and isn’t too confusing. If you are interested in joining any of the facebook groups that David and I discuss in the episode, check out the show notes below for places. And if you just can’t stand hearing about grown men talking about with monster dolls, this episode might not be for you…

Make sure to check out all of the awesomeness below!!

MAY-BE WE’LL PLAY SOME MONSTER MUSIC:
1. Liquid Culture by Akira Ifukube from Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)
2. Southern Island Tale by Hachiro Matsui from The Boss and the Explosive Daughter (1959)
3. Monster Mega-War by Akira Ifukube from Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Facebook Groups: [ Godzilla Collector’s Group ] [ X-Plus Collector’s Group ] [ David’s Gods & Monsters FB group ]

VISUAL REFERENCES FOR THE EPISODE:

 

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
Hey, kids – don’t forget to submit your homework for this month’s Daikaiju Re-Discussion for the 1971 anti-pollution monster mash, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, make sure you do so before Thursday, May 24th to be part of the daikaiju discussion!

 

04.30.2018: Gamera 2 Advent of Legion Daikaiju Re-Discussion

Martin, Kyle and Dave take another longer look at one of the Universe’s best kaiju films!

It’s been a little bit, but we are back with another daikaiju re-discussion. This chat is about Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1996) Daiei’s follow up to their smash hit Gamera reboot. Long time listeners might recall that we originally covered this movie in the discussions’ very first year (November to be exact — this was also when we were only posting episodes once a month). Thankfully, we are able to dedicate an entire episode to this masterpiece and give Gamera his due!

Martin and Dave joined me for this go ’round with the titanic terrapin, which I found funny because we were one shy (dammit, Jeff!) of our first discussion crew from 2010. We wanted to make sure that listeners to both shows would get a completely different experience, so I did my best to deep dive for this flick. Despite it’s technical prowess and strong fanbase, I couldn’t find any great behind the scenes information online. But I hope you find what we share info-taining at least?

ADVENT OF MUSIC:
1. Enormous Legion Confirmed by Ko Otani from Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1996)
2. Japanese trailer audio from Gamera 2 Advent of Legion (1996)
3. Suite From Gamera 2 Attack Of The Legion arranged by John Desentis from Symphonic Fury The Music Of Japanese Monsters (2016)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
“Making of the Gamera Trilogy” Part 2 (covering some of this film)
X-Plus’ Large Monster Series Legion
Gamera Trilogy on BluRay

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
5/22 PhilaMOCA “Tokusatsu Tuesday” w/programming by Vampire Robots’ Mike Cherkowsky
7/12 – 7/15 Florida SuperCon in Fort Lauderdale, FL w/Bin Furuya & Tsutomu Kitagawa

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
Next month we are taking another look at Godzilla vs Hedorah (1971) – one of the weirdest entries in Godzilla’s pedigree! If you’d like to contribute your thoughts, questions and reviews on this psychedelic battle of sludge that will assault our senses, please watch Godzilla vs Hedorah, and then send that homework in before Thursday, May 24th to be part of the daikaiju discussion!

04.05.2018: Conversing with Keita Amemiya

Kyle speaks with the visionary artist and director from Japan, Keita Amemiya!

Let’s get this out of the way now: if you are unfamiliar with Keita Amemiya’s film and television archives, make sure you listen to our first episode covering his work (episode #229). In that episode, we primarily cover Moon Over Tao (1997) and the tv mini-series from the year 2000, Tekkouki Mikazuki (but only just touched on Mirai Ninja, the Zeiram series, Mechanical Violator Hakkaider and Garo).

I would also suggest listening to the cross-over episode I recorded with Kyle and Matt from the Kaiju Transmissions Podcast in their latest episode. It was a ton of fun and I would absolutely consider it part of the same essential listening as the our own look at this visionary’s work.

But back to this interview, I was thrilled when I discovered that Keita Amemiya was going to be a guest at Monsterpalooza’s spring show in 2017. I’ve been a fan since I saw the original film back in college and it wasn’t until I moved to Portland that I discovered more of his films and eventually television series – many of them are available in English and liked to below.

Please do seek out his work!

KYLE FINALLY GETS TO USE HIS ZEIRAM CD:
1. Z-WALK #1 by Koichi Ohta from Zeiram (1991)
2. ENDING THEME (94EDIT) by Koichi Ohta from Zeiram 2 (1994)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Links to Keita Amemiya’s films via Amazon (all linked to should have English language options)
Cyber Ninja / Mirai Ninja (1988)
Zeiram (1991)
Zeiram 2 (1994)
Mechanical Violator Hakkaider (1995)
Moon Over Tao: Makaraga (1997)
Tekkouki Mikazuki (2000 – TV miniseries)
Garo (2005 – TV series)

Keita Amemiya on Twitter
Keita Amemiya on Instagram

CROWD (Keita Amemiya’s company)

And if you really want to go the extra mile in your Amemiya exposure, suit actor Mizuho Yoshida (suit actor for Zeiram, Mikazuki and Godzilla from GMK) hand worked with Amemiya on many films… And he has been on the podcast a couple of times (episode 193 and episode 199).

KAIJUCAST LISTENER PARTY
4/12 – Don’t miss our listener party Friday night of MONSTERPALOOZA if you’re planning on being there!

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
Don’t forget that our Daikaiju Re-Discussion for Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1997) is happening later this month. If you’d like to send in your thoughts, questions and reviews, please do so before April 25th.

03.31.2018: Pacific Rim Uprising Daikaiju Discussion

Gretchen, Dave, Kyle & Martin cancel a second apocalypse in this daikaiju discussion for Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)

Are you “War Ready”? I think we might be!

Welcome to another installment of our daikaiju discussions, in which we review one film from the giant monster landscape. This month, we are discussing the newest of new in giant robots vs giant monsters vs giant robots cinema: Pacific Rim Uprising (2018). I was joined by Gretchen, Dave and Martin for a chat after seeing the film play out on the big screen. Don’t forget, kids: Pacific Rim Uprising should be playing on a screen near you.

Please be warned, this is a SPOILER INCLUSIVE episode – that’s why you’ll hear the alert during the episode. If you have any desire to see this film, don’t listen to this until after you’ve seen the moviethanks!

We’re keeping this one singularly devoted to the new film, so we’ll be putting a news episode together very soon!

MECH-VS-MONSTER MASH:
1. Nerdist’s Pacific Rim Uprising 1975 audio
2. Pacific Rim Uprising, A Look Inside — promo video 
3. Rise of the Jaegers by Lorne Balfe from Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)
4.  Go Big Or Go Extinct (Patrick Stump Remix) by Ramin Djawadi from Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Nerdist’s PACIFIC RIM 1975 Tokusatsu tribute
Pacific Rim PUPRISING
Deleted Scenes via MTV
Tokyo Comic Con Reel
Pacific Rim Upsiring: A Look Inside
A New Beginning Featurette
Did John Boyega diss Godzilla? No, but if you want to see for yourself, go here.

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
Next month, we’re heading back to the list of re-discussion films with 1996’s Gamera 2: Advent of Legion. We originally watched this film back in November of 2011, episode 23 of the podcast (back when we would have the discussion as just a segment of any given episode!!). Anyway, we’ll be watching the Mill Creek Entertainment blu-ray release which is available through Amazon. If you’d like to be included in the discussion episode, make sure to submit your thoughts questions and reviews before April 25th!

03.25.2018: Keita Amemiya’s Moon Over Tao & Tekkouki Mikazuki

Gretchen, Kyle & Clancy took a look at two particular works of a Kaijucast favorite, Japanese artist & director Keita Amemiya.

If you re unfamiliar with the creator of this episode’s subject matter, Keita Amemiya is an artist in Japan. He is quite prolific as a film and television director and producer. And while Amemiya has never produced any Godzilla movies, two of his works do feature some rather strange beasts and large monsters….so that’s what we are covering in this episode.

In 1997, Keita Amemiya directed Moon Over Tao (aka Tao no Tsuki). This film is a mashup of samurai adventure, Japanese fantasy and science fiction genres and while it’s not very widely known in the kaiju fandom, Moon Over Tao was imported legitimately by Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock  back in 2001 and is still available on DVD with both Japanese and English language options. The film features a gloriously imaginative beast, the Makaraga, as the film’s big bad guy, in addition to a trio of very Ultra-seijin style alien gals played by Zeiram’s own Iria, Yuko Moriyama. Check the show notes below for a link to that DVD on Amazon because it is definitely worth your time and dollars.

In 2000, Amemiya produced a six-episode television series for Fuji TV called Tekkouki Mikazuki about a young boy who discovers that he has a connection to a gigantic robot called Mikazuki. The series, also helmed by Amemiya, features just about every Tokusatsu element imaginable: kaiju, mecha, sentai, miniatures, science patrol – it has to be seen to be believed. I had always hoped that Media Blasters / Tokyo Shock  would have imported this to the United States. It would have made sense since they did just that with four other Amemiya pieces: Zeiram, Zeiram 2, Mechanical Violator Hakkaider and Moon Over Tao… unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. Since there’s been no stateside release, your best bet for watching Tokkouki Mikazuki is to check out the fan-subtitled copies that were uploaded to Youtube (link below).

Hopefully someone will deem these two entries in Keita Amemiya’s filmography worthy of a blu ray release – both here in the states and in Japan! We also really hope that our enthusiasm for these titles will encourage you to seek out these entries in Keita Amemiya.

MUSICAL MUSES:
1. Main title by Koichi Ota from Moon Over Tao (1997)
2. Crescent Moon by Dokken from Tekkouki Mikazuki (2000)
3. Black Moon Symphony from Tekkouki Mikazuki (2000)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Moon Over Tao on DVD
Tokyo Shock’s “Keita Amemiya Collection”
The entire 6 episode run of Tekkouki Mikazuki on Youtube
Something I forgot to mention in the episode:
Tekkouki Mikazuki “Trial Edition” videogame footage

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
There are only a few more days to submit your thoughts questions and reviews for Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) – make sure to turn in your homework by March 27th to be included in the episode!