02.14.2019: Kaiju fans in Japan with David Dopko

Kyle and special guest (and travel-mate) David Dopko recap the first half of their trip to Japan in this recorded-on-the-road episode!

Hey everyone, I wanted to make sure to get an episode recorded, despite having a blast in Japan right now. You see, I’m traveling with fellow Japanophile and kaiju fan David Eric Dopko and we wanted to share some of the awesome adventures that we’re having and and awesome stuff we’re seeing with you.

We’re going to do another one of these before I leave, I think.

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
(*or Trip Highlights!*)
Sapporo Snow Festival
Japan Times report from the Snow Festival
Sapporo TV Tower Location
Sapporo adjacent: Jozankei Onsen Town
Sapporo adjacent: Hoheikyo Onsen (*it’s tattoo friendly!*)
Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine
Osaka: Mandarake (Umeda)
Osaka: Mandarake (Grandchaos)
Osaka: Astro Zombies
Osaka: Anime Jungle
Kyoto: Gogyo Ramen
Kyoto: Nishiji Market

KYLE’S GAMERA 2 LOCATION MATCHUPS:

The JSDF was not occupying the base of the Sapporo TV Tower during our visit.

The entrance to the station has changed but we’re pretty sure this is the same location.

 

 

 

GODZILLA: The Planet Eater (2018)

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
Yes, we are back with another Daikaiju Discussion, but don’t get too excited yet — it’s for the third anime film. Yes, we’ll be watching Godzilla: The Planet Eater this month (once I’m back from Japan). I forgot to mention it in the episode but the deadline for sending in your homework is February 21st, so if you’d like to be included in this episode’s homework, please submit your thoughts, questions and reviews before then.

And if you wanted to know who performed the song at the end of the episode, Ikusa, that would be the band Wagakki.

 

01.13.2018 Emergency Broadcast 8 with Kevin Derendorf, Ed Holland & Matt Frank

Rachel, Kyle, Gretchen, Martin, Sean and Dave gathered at the Kaijucast HQ to kick off our 10th Anniversary and 8th LIVE Emergency Broadcast with special guests, prize giveaways and more!

It’s hard to believe, but this past weekend marked the TENTH anniversary of the producing the podcast. That’s right, people… ten years of podcasting about giant freaking monsters!

This episode (#253, Kyle!) is our eighth “Emergency Broadcast”,  a live broadcast in which we connect with special guests and the listeners (for those who haven’t heard one of these kind of episodes). Overall, these episodes are a ton of work, but a ton of fun too! But if you are unfamiliar, we have a chatroom in which we can connect with the listeners as they listen live, plus we’ve given away a ton of stuff, the winners are listed below.

Huge thanks to all of our prize sponsors, and to our special guests, and to all of those who listened live and those who partook in the chatroom tomfoolery – and especially to Sean, Dave, Rachel, Gretchen and Martin for helping me celebrate this milestone with such a fun time in the studio!

In a bold move, at the end of the show, we made an announcement that you’ll want to stick around for – I mean, your mileage may vary but Kyle felt it was important!

 

Oh one more thing… this episode is clocking in at 3 hours and 14 minutes so prepare yourselves for a hefty download!

MUSIC DURING THE BROADCAST:
1. MAT Theme performed by Bang Bang Bazaar from Ukulele Ultraman (2006)
2. Bringing Godzilla Down To Size trailer audio  (2008)
3. The OLD Kaijucast Intro Music (because so many people asked for it) (2009)
4. Godzilla vs Tokyo by Zebrahead from G.Lasts… Tribute To Godzilla 50th (2004)

EMERGENCY BROADCAST GUESTS:

Kevin DerendorfMonster Attack Team Magazine's ED HOLLAND will give us a mission report from the new Tsuburaya MuseumMatt Frank

 

EMERGENCY GIVEAWAYS AND PRIZES:

Flossie's Gifts & Collectibles

 

BIG WINNERS OF THE EPISODE!
Prize Pack #1: John Snyder
Prize Pack #2: Jon Alexander
Prize Pack #3: Mike Keller
Prize Pack #4: Arian Hinojosa
Prize Pack #5: Linus FC
Prize Pack #6: Michael Schwartz
Drawing #1 KAIJU FOR HIPSTERS: Matthew Solis
Drawing #2 MONSTER ATTACK TEAM PRIZE PACK: Aaron Capes
Drawing #3 MATT FRANK SKETCH BOOK: Joey Palinkas
Drawing #4 X-PLUS/STAR ACE KONG 2017: Bryan Clark

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Maser Patrol Blog and Podcast
Kaiju For Hipsters: 101 “Alternative” Giant Monster Movies by Kevin Derendorf
Monster Attack Team Magazine
Monster Attack Team Magazine on Facebook
Matt Frank’s New website!
REDMAN via Night Shining Inc
Kaiju Corps Listener Group on FB
Behold the Godzilla Gang Display Box

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
Prize Donor/Sponsor Celebrity Icons brings these amazing guests to conventions across the globe!
01/25 – 01/27 Days of the Dead in Atlanta, GA welcomes Bin Furuya (Ultraman) and Tsutomu Kitagawa (Godzilla)

04/06 – 04/07 Power Morphicon Express in Pasadena, TX welcomes  Zyuranger’s Yuuta Mochizuki & Reiko Chiba, and Godzilla illustrator and designer Shinji Nishikawa

07/12 – 07/14 Crypticon Kansas City in Kansas City, MO welcomes Bin Furuya (Ultraman) & Tsutomu Kitagawa (Godzilla)

08/16 – 08/18 Japan World Heroes in Pasadena, CA August 16-18 with Millennium Godzilla suit actor Tsutomu Kitagawa, King Kong Escapes star Linda MillerUltraman Towards the Future star Dore Kraus and Godzilla illustrator and designer Shinji Nishikawa

 

01.06.2019: DNA of Tokusatsu Exhibit Recap & News Catchup

Gretchen and Kyle discuss the DNA of Tokusatsu Exhibit happening now in Tokyo, and follow that discussion up with a long overdue amount of news coverage.

We here at the Kaijucast all hope you had a nice holiday break and a happy new year celebration! I just returned from Japan and sat down with Gretchen to chat about the recent exhibit that opened in Tokyo, the DNA of Tokusatsu.

The exhibit was absolutely amazing and I’ve uploaded a gallery to the Kaijucast Facebook page so you can see the awesomeness for yourself, if you’d like.

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE GALLERY ON FACEBOOK

Make sure to stick around after the list of tracks played during this episode for a comprehensive list of links, as mentioned in this episode.

Make sure to tune into our Emergency Broadcast next week!

MARCH OF THE MONSTER MUSIC:
1.Main Title by Bukimisha Weird Secret Society from GOUKAI Na GOJIRA (2000)
2. The Skeleton Of Godzilla by Michiru Oshima from Godzilla x Mechagodzilla (2002)
3. Audio Clip “The two monsters must battle” from King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
4. King Kong Vs. Godzilla I by Akira Ifukube from King Kong vs Godzilla (1962)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Godzilla King of the Monsters Trailer
Godzilla vs. King Kong Begins Filming
Godzilla: The Planet Eater debuts on Netflix January 9th
Godzilla: The Planet Eater Press Notes & Photos from Toho on Scifi Japan
Godzilla’s History in Animation on Scifi Japan
Crayon Shin Chan vs Shin Godzilla
Crunchyroll Article re: Shin Chan & Godzilla
Godzilla’s 64th Birthday Celebration
NECA Godzilla 1962 Release Information
SH MonsterArts Godzilla 1962 Release Information
Godzilla 1994 Graphic Novel
Ultraman Anime on Netflix
Bookmark this if you’re a Netflix User
SSSS.Gridman on Crunchyroll
A Crash Course in SSSS.Gridman (Youtube video)
Ultraman Ultra Heroes Expo
Ultraman Archives via Scifi Japan
Eiji Tsuburaya Museum Opens Soon
Ultra Jet to Okinawa!
Kaiju Step promotion for Kids
Redman Volume 2 out soon!
Toei’s Gyaras: Monster District Series Trailer
More information about Gyaras
Great Buddha Arrival Project
Great Buddha Arrival Trailer

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
12/20 – 01/27 DNA of Tokusatsu Exhibition in Kamata, Japan
12/21 – 01/27  Ultraman Music Cafe in Tokyo, Japan
01/01 – 01/22 Godzilla Strawberry Lunch in Tokyo, Japan
01/25 – 01/27 Days of the Dead Atlanta  welcomes Bin Furuya & Tsutomu Kitagawa in Atlanta, Georgia

TUNE INTO THE EMERGENCY BROADCAST
We’re doing it again! The 8th Annual Emergency Broadcast will take place in one week, on January 13th and we’ve revealed our first three guests: Matt Frank, Kevin Derendorf, and a special mission report from Monster Attack Team Magazine’s Ed Holland on his visit to the Tsuburaya museum. As usual, we’ll be broadcasting this episode live, with a chat room for the listeners to hang out in (and answer prize-pack winning trivia questions). All the details can be found here.

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Brent Young, a fellow kaiju enthusiast who was taken from us too soon.

Listener Scott Martin and Kyle with the late, great Brent Young. You will be missed, my friend.

12.15.2018: Godzilla Designer Shinji Nishikawa

Shinji Nishikawa sits down with Kyle for a chat about his illustrious career in kaiju design.

Just because I’m in Japan doesn’t mean I can’t post an all-new, super cool interview with one of the most prolific Godzilla artists in the industry. I’m referring, of course to Shinji Nishikawa, the man who created such iconic kaiju designs throughout the Heisei and Millennium series such as Biollante, Godzilla 1999, Baby Godzilla, Kiryu Mechagodzilla and so much more.

Nishikawa-san was brought to Pasadena’s Monsterpalooza earlier this year and I was so happy to finally have the chance to sit down with him. I hope you enjoy listening to the interview as much as I enjoyed recording it!

MONSTROUS MUSICAL MOMENTS:
1. Main titles (alternate) by Koichi Sugiyama & Alkira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
2. Godzilla Immortal ~ The End Of The Fight by Michiru Oshima from Godzilla:  Tokyo SOS (2003)

 

The Godzilla 2000 concept Nishikawa mentions in the episode.

12.14.2018: New “MyKaiju” Fanzine stomps into view

MyKaiju Magazine debut Issue

The insanely talented John Ruffin of MyKaiju.com has put together his debut fan-made kaiju magazine issue and it is stunning! Head over to to his etsy site to check it out yourself!

MyKaiju Magazine, is a 50+ full-color premium 8.5×11 fanzine for Godzilla toy photographers, fans and collectors. Each issue will feature Godzilla toy photography, posters, articles, artists, collectors, collectibles, and more.

Available now at https://goo.gl/qrZx7p

Kaijucast sends gigantic radioactive kudos to John for the wonderful job he did — truly he is doing Godzilla’s work!