10.31.2019: Yokai Spooktacular + Yokai Stories’ Zack Davission

Happy Halloween, Kaiju Fiends!!! 

Celebrate the spookiest day of our calendar with an all new, super scary episode of the Kaijucast!

Dave, Gretchen and Kyle sit down to discuss the cultural phenomenon that has grown to kaiju-sized levels. Thanks to animated shows like Yokai Watch, Rise of the Yokai Clan and so many more, the world of Japanese ghosts and goblins and things that go obake in the night has really opened up to the West (that’s us, folks!) – anyway, we knew it was time for another Yokai Spooktacular.

Inside of this episode is an interview that Gretchen and I recorded at Rose City Comic Con with yokai author, Zack Davisson. We discuss his newest book Yokai Stories, his career as an author and translator and where you can find his stuff – make sure to click on those show notes below!

We hope you enjoy this conversational and hopefully slightly informative chat by a bunch of yokai fans who want you to become fans yourselves. 

1. Shrine Worship (1969) by Chumei Watanabe from Yokai Hyaku Monogatari (1968)
2. Hellboy Sword of Storms Trailer (2006)
3.  Kappa Audio Clip from Gegege No Kitaro (2018)
4. Avant Title from Gegege No Kitaro (2018)
5. Hakaba Kitaro Audio Clip (2008)
6. Karankoron no uta from Gegege no Kitaro (1968)
7. Ending by Chumei Watanabe from Yokai Hyaku Monogatari (1968)
8. Oshiete Jiji (the Azuki Bean song) by Kiyoshiro Imawano & Yosui Inoue from The Great Yokai War (2005)

Maser Patrol’s Incredible Yokai Resource from last year Night Parade of 100 Monster Movies
Zack Davission’s website
Zack Davission’s books:
Yokai Stories,
Yurei: The Japanese Ghost 
Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan

Yokai.com – serious encyclopedic website! 
Japandemonium Illustrated The Yokai Encyclopedias of Toriyama Seiken
Yokai Attack! The Japanese Monster Survival Guide by Matt Alt
100 Demon Night Parade by Matthew Meyer 
In Ghostly Japan by Lafcadio Hern
Japanese Ghosts and Demons by George Brazillier

Know Your Yokai on Youtube
Pom PokoKyle’s favorite movie from Studio Ghibli 
Hellboy Sword of Storms
Gegege No Kitaro on CrunchyRoll
Gantz 0 on Netflix

*links to entries on Yokai.com*
Azuki Arai
Wa nyudo

Hey folks, since this is the end of October, that means there are only two more months of podcast programming planned. Our final episode will be recorded in December and we want you to listen LIVE as we broadcast the final episode of the Kaijucast! We’ll be broadcasting a special “Yak Attack” episode live from the depth of Monster Island’s control room and will once again fire up the chat room. 

Mark your calendars for DECEMBER 14th!!!

10.15.2019: Godzilla Millennium Director Masaaki Tezuka

Godzilla director Masaaki Tezuka joins Kyle for a chat about his career in kaiju cinema (originally recorded at G-Fest 2015).

Since the podcast is ending this year, I figured I should probably dig into the archives and find any unearthed gems. This is one of those gems – and it’s a bit shorter than I would have liked so I guess this is before we really had a lot of kaiju clout! 😛

Waaaaaaay back in 2015, I was lucky to interview some of the guests at G-Fest 22 and one of those guests was the director of three Millennium series films, Masaaki Tezuka. Tezuka directed Godzilla X Megaguirus (2000), Godzilla X Mechagodzilla (2002), Godzilla X Mothra X Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003), some seriously great entries in the franchise’s legacy.  

I’m a massive fan of his movies, and impressed that in an era where each film was supposed to have its own direction, continuity and director, Tezuka was able to come back to the series twice! 

I would love to see him return to the Godzilla series some day. Come on, Toho – Bring back this fan turned director!

1. Fateful Confrontation by Michiru Oshima from Godzilla x Megaguirus (2000)
2. 20 Returning To The Sea by Michiru Oshima from Godzilla x Mothra x Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003)

TerrorDave’s Recap of the G-Fest Tezuka panel from 2015

Massive thanks to Jim Figurski and his wife Akiko for their life saving interpretation skills!

09.29.2019: Keith Aiken Interview

Keith Aiken joins the host of the Kaijucast from Godzilla Fest!

Keith Aiken and Kyle finally have an opportunity to sit down and chat about all of the awesome stuff Keith has been involved in.

In the history of me of saying “this interview has been a long time coming”, this one might take the cake. In the  very first year of the podcast, I spoke with Keith Aiken about coming on the show to talk about some of the knowledge he had… ten years later, the conversation is finally happening but it’s much more about all of the super cool stuff that Keith has been working on.

If you don’t know Keith Aiken, you will after listening to this episode – he’s essentially been working in the background for a huge number of projects for kaiju fans: the Classic Media releases, commentaries, the 98 Godzilla Animated series – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

I truly hope you enjoy this almost entirely unedited conversation with one of the guys who I’ve been consistently impressed with for well over ten years: Keith Aiken!


1. The Science Patrol Returns by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
2. Two Giant Monsters by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)

SciFi Japan 
SciFi Japan on Twitter
SciFi Japan’s Facebook Group
Mill Creek Entertainment’s Ultraman Releases
Mill Creek Entertainment’s 2nd Release Announcement

More information about the Tsuburaya Legal Troubles:
Episode #141 Behind the Booska with Brad Warner
Episode #149 Ultra Mess with August Ragone  




09.19.2019: Monarch Science Declassified Panel from Rose City Comic Con 2019

Jeff, Kyle, Gretchen and Rachel after our presentation at Rose City Comic Con 2019!

Once again, the Kaijucast stomps through Portland’s own pop culture extravaganza, Rose City Comic Con

This episode serves up the audio from our presentation at the convention: Release the Kaiju with my co-hosts playing the role of Monarch Outpost researchers and scientists… just a little fun with the subject matter. Obviously none of us work for an organization that tracks and studies titans across the world! 

After the panel, stick around to find out what other shenanigans the crew was up to during the convention! 

Oh, here’s that definitive list of our panels from the life of Rose City Comic Con:
2013 The Kaiju of Pacific Rim
2014 Godzilla vs Everything
2016 Monster Oddities
2017 Expanding the Legendary Monsterverse
2018 How Godzilla Got His Groove Back
2019 Release the Kaiju (or Mega Fauna Co-Existence and You)

Hope to see you there next year!


1. Welcome to Monarch by Bear McCreary from Godzilla King of the Monsters (2019) 
2. Mothra vs. We Are Scientists by We Are Scientists from Safety, Fun, and Learning (in That Order) (2002)

Since we had such a great time talking about things you should see from the con, check these photos out!

Rachel's budget Rodan costume

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Thanks for coming out to our panel this year, and if you missed it, we hope to see you next year!


09.05.2019: TJ Storm, Godzilla Motion Capture Actor

Motion Capture performer TJ Storm chats with Kyle about his experience in bringing the King of the Monsters to life!

Over the past 65 years, Godzilla has been played by all sorts of awesome people: Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Satsuma, Tsutomu “Tom” Kitagawa (just to name a few). Not all Godzilla actors hail from the land of the rising sun, however. We are thrilled to share this conversation with a new kind of Godzilla actor. He doesn’t wear a foam rubber suit in order to play the role of the King of the Monsters; he instead wears a lycra suit covered in ping pong balls. He grapples with other actors in similar lycra suits, and the end result is history’s and Hollywood’s beefiest beast of all, Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla. Our guest for this episode is none other than TJ Storm, the man who has brought life to the CGI Godzilla from Godzilla (2014) and Godzilla King of the Monsters (2019).

Big thanks to Jessica Tseang for helping to arrange the interview and to Bob Johnson and his crew from Bay Area Film Events for the opportunity to steal some of TJ’s time during Godzilla Fest!

Godzilla gets his motivation from actor TJ Storm during the filming of Godzilla King of the Monsters

Please make sure to visit the links below to learn more about our guest and all of the awesome stuff that TJ helps organize!

1. Godzilla King of the Monsters “Intimidation Display” TV Spot (2019)
2. Old Rivals by Bear McCreary from Godzilla King of the Monsters (2019)

Minds Eye Tribe
SyFy “Genre MVP: The Motion Capture Actor Who’s Played Groot, Godzilla & Iron Man
CBR’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ MoCap Actors Are IRL ‘Kaiju Brothers
Befores & Afters’ Life As A Motion Capture Performer 

Our 4th enthy in the KAIJUCAST T-SHIRT OF THE MONTH: Return Of The King (a collaboration with MyKaiju Godzilla
Rose City Comic Con is coming up, make sure to come out to our events:
Kaijucast’s RELEASE THE KAIJU Panel at Rose City Comic Con 2019! 
Our annual Kaijucast LISTENER PARTY at Killer Burger (Saturday night)

Hope you enjoy this interview – we’ll be back for more episodes later this month!