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!

 

03.14.2018: Expanding The Legendary Monsterverse

Jeff, Gretchen and Kyle take a closer look at the beasts so far in Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse!

Hey, will you look at that? It’s another live Kaijucast panel episode!

For this installment of the podcast, we’re reaching back into the archived recordings and to last year’s Expanding the Legendary MonsterVerse presentation at Rose City Comic Con. Jeff and Gretchen joined me on stage to discuss the monsters and mayhem in the films so far. For those who are counting, that really only includes Godzilla (2014) and Kong Skull Island (2017). However, as with many examples of modern storytelling, this lore is taking place across several platforms. In addition to the movies, there are comic books / graphic novels where more can be told and shown to the enthusiastic reader – titles like Godzilla Awakening and Skull Island: The Birth of Kong exist to dive deeper than just watching the films. Honestly, I’m a little surprised that video games haven’t been part of the platform…maybe previous encounters haven’t gone so well?

Thanks to everyone who came out to see this panel – we’ll definitely be submitting some more programming to the 2018, so if there’s anything YOU’D like to see us talk about for this year’s convention, let us know!

MINIMAL AMOUNT OF MONSTER MUSIC:
1. Project Monarch by Henry Jackman from Kong Skull Island (2017)
2. Back To the Ocean by Alexandre Desplat from Godzilla (2014)

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
Yo, peoples! Don’t forget to head to the theater starting on the 23rd of this month to go see PACIFIC RIM UPRISING! And as long as you’re doing that, why not send in your homework for our discussion on this upcoming film? Make sure to send in your thoughts, questions and reviews before March 27th to be included in the episode!

02.28.2018: Godzilla Planet of the Monsters Daikaiju Discussion

Time travel with the Kaijucast 22,0o years into the future to discuss Godzilla Monster Planet (2017).

Can you believe another brand new Japanese Godzilla film is upon us?? Also can you believe that Clancy was the only soul brave enough to come over and watch the movie for the discussion? The movie’s name is Godzilla Planet of the Monsters and it’s the first official Godzilla anime – in a trilogy of course. Also, I was going to be all indignant about using “Planet of the Monsters” (which is the official English Title) instead of “Monster Planet” (which is clearly the winner of the awesome movie title contest) but it looks like I’m in the minority! Fine, I’ll concede but I’m not re-recording this episode!

I really wanted to do something a little different for this Daikaiju Discussion — sort of a half-baked version of what I want these discussions to become. That includes a little less conversation and a little more in-depth look at the movie and the components that make up the film.

Please let us know if you like it; that kind of feedback will definitely help shape the format. Thanks to everyone who sent in your homework – you guys rock!

SUGGESTED VIEWING: 
Godzilla Planet of the Monsters (2017) on Netflix
WikiZilla’s Anime Godzilla Timeline on Youtube (highly suggested for deep divers!)
Manga Tokyo’s interview with director Hiroyuki Seshita
Godzilla Monster Planet due for Japanese Blu Ray/DVD Release on May 16th

GODZILLA MUSIC PLANET:
Note: For this episode, several of these songs play at a low volume level during the episode
1. Nichei News by Michiru Oshima from Godzilla x Megaguirus (2000)
2. Subspace Flight by Takayuki Hattori from Godzilla Planet of the Monsters (2017)
2. A Sign by Takayuki Hattori from Godzilla Planet of the Monsters (2017)
3. Withdrawal Behavior by Takayuki Hattori from Godzilla Planet of the Monsters (2017)
4. GODZILLA by Takayuki Hattori from Godzilla Planet of the Monsters (2017)
5. The Beginning by Takayuki Hattori from Godzilla Planet of the Monsters (2017)
6. Commander by Takayuki Hattori from Godzilla Planet of the Monsters (2017)
7. Monster Planet by Takayuki Hattori from Godzilla Planet of the Monsters (2017)
8. Godzilla Planet of the Monsters (2017) English Language trailer
9. Godzilla Kaiju Wakusei (2017) Japanese Language TV Spot
10. WHITEOUT by XIA (2017)

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
Next month we’ll be viewing and discussing the new Legendary Pictures film, Pacific Rim Uprising (2018). The movie opens on the 23rd of March, and I know the timing is tight on this –so sorry!– please make sure to see the film as soon as you can and turn in your homework by March 27th to be included in the discussion episode.

02.26.2018: LIVE Emergency Broadcast #7

Prepare for a 3 hour Emergency Broadcast with Kyle, Gretchen, Rachel, Jeff & Clancy!

We’ve pulled off another one, people! Thanks to everyone who joined us live for the 7th annual Emergency Broadcast – we had such a great time. I really thought that this year’s show went better than any of our previous live shows (that just means the podcast is getting tighter right?), and that is definitely thanks to the people that helped put this together: my cohosts Jeff, Clancy, Rachel and Gretchen, my girlfriend and social media manager (for the day at least) Lady Kyle who was awesome at posting a whole bunch of behind-the-scenes stuff on the Kaijucast Instagram story, John Stanowski, Giuseppe Bianco and Anthony Wendel for providing such awesome prizes, everyone who listened live and joined the chatroom, and (last but not least) our special guests Rich Conroy, Pat Rooney, Stan Hyde and Zander Cannon.

This episode contains the following awesomeness:

Special Guests!

Prize Giveaways!

Chatroom Interaction!

Audio Mishaps!

Our Top 5 Lists!

Trivia You Can’t Actually Answer Anymore!

And much, much more!

DOMO ARIGATO TO OUR GUESTS!
Make sure to check the Suggested Viewing linkage below for more on these amazing voices

OUR TOP FIVE LISTS:
One of our listeners, Joey, wanted to hear our Top 5 lists, but Clancy out an awesome spin on that request, so we each came up with our own individual ranked lists….see below:

GRETCHEN’S TOP 5 SPOOPY KAIJU:
5. Hedorah (Godzilla vs Hedorah)
4. Iris (Gamera 3)
3. Burezaren (Neo Ultra Q)
2. Matango (Matango)
1. DaDa (Ultraman)

CLANCY’S 5 THINGS FROM KAIJU FILMS THAT COULD BE STRAIGHT OUT OF A HORROR MOVIE:
5. Any scene with kaiju that have giant mouths that can practically swallow another kaiju.
4. Bad things happening to animals.
3. Intro on the boat in The Return of Godzilla.
2. The Meganulon Attacks from 1956’s Rodan.
1. Slimy Baby Minya from Son of Godzilla.

RACHEL’S TOP 5 BABY KAIJU:
5. Baby Godzilla from Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1993)
4. Baby Kaiju “Ota-kun” from Pacific Rim (2014)
3. Baby Iris from Gamera 3 (1999)
2. Baby Pulgasari from Pulgasari (1985)
1. The Dorats from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

JEFF’S TOP 5 KAIJU FILMS NOT FEATURING GODZILLA:
5. War of the Gargantuas (1966)
4. Rodan (1956)
3. Gamera 3 (1999)
2. Mothra (1961)
1. Daimajin (1966)

KYLE’S TOP 5 NON-GODZILLA KAIJU DESIGNS:
5. Gamera 1999 (specifically)
4. Gomess from Ultra Q
3. Destoroyah (final form, but all are pretty awesome)
2. Gigan 1972 (specifically)
1. Varan 1958

Big congratulations to the winners of the prize packs – I will get those out to you in a couple of weeks if all goes according to plan

THA WINNAHS:
Arian H. – Prize Pack #1
Levi E. – Prize Pack #2
Mike K. – Prize Pack #3
Michael D – Prize Pack #4
John L. – Prize Pack #5

Nick P – Winner of the X-Plus Drawing!
Diego – Winner of the Godzilla Bank!

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Kaiju Corps on FB [our Kaijucast Listener group]
The Science Patrol Podcast on Facebook
G-Fest 25 (to be held in Chicago, Illinois July 13 -15) 
Monster Attack Team – International on Facebook
Monster Fighters International Headquarters
FACEBOOK MONSTERLAND – a safe habitat for giant monsters
Kaijumax.com

 

EMERGENCY MONSTER MUSIC:
Preroll Audio: 
An hour before the program started, I play a mix of kaiju audio stuff… Here’s the breakdown.
1. Intro from BBC’s Godzilla King of the Monsters Documentary with Alex Cox (1998)
2. Gojira (Album Version) by David Arnold from Godzilla (1998)
3. Tour of Monsterland Narration from AIP’s Destroy All Monsters (1968)
4. Daikaiju Die by Daikaiju from Daikaiju (2005)
5. Haora Mothra by Toshiyuki Watanabe from Mothra 3: King Ghidorah Attacks (1998)
6. King of the Monsters by Man… Or Astro-man? from Experiment Zero (1996)
7. Yasutaro’s warning by Michiaki Watanabe from Yokai Hyaku Monagatari (1968)
8. Izaike! Robot Gundan [Kessen ! Taikai Kemono – Grendizer- Getter Robo G – Great Mazinger] by Isao Sasaki from Super Robot Shudaika Sonyuka Daizenshu 1 (2004)
9. US Trailer Audio from Varan The Unbelievable (1962)
10. Unused 4 by Masatomo Miyamoto from Godzilla: Monster of Monsters (1988)
11. A Decisive Battle – the Last of Viras by Kenjiro Hirose from Gamera vs. Viras (1968)
12. AIP Radio Spot from Destroy All Monsters (1968)
13. SY-3 March performed by the Bukimisha Weird Secret Society from Goukai Na Chikyuboueigun (2001)
14. Preparation for Destruction audio excerpt from AIP’s Destroy All Monsters (1968)
15. Age of Space by King Ghidora from Age of Space EP (2013)
16. Ghidorah’s defeat audio excerpt from AIP’s Destroy All Monsters (1968)
17. Honest Trailers’ GODZILLA (1998)
18. The Ladders Commercial audio (featuring Guilala – 2008)
19. Nebula Space Hunter M by Kaiju Daisenso from Radiation Scars (2017)
20. The Ambushing Holy Beast by Ko Otani from Godzilla · Mothra · King Ghidorah Giant Monster All Out Attack (2001)
21. Roar (Overture) by Michael Giacchino from Cloverfield (2008)
22. Ultra Seven by Fishdog from Ultraman Ska (2003)
23. Unused 1 by Masatomo Miyamoto from Godzilla: Monster of Monsters (1988)
24. Red Dots Are Decreasing audio excerpt from AIP’s Monster Zero (1965)
25. Theme Song (English Version) by Kagaku Tokusoutai from Gotouchi Kaiju (2016)
26. Turning the Tide audio excerpt from AIP’s Monster Zero (1965)
27. Kaijucast Intro by Big Pimp Jones (music) and Kyle (samples)

During the show:
1. Mechagodzilla by KRO of Big Pimp Jones from “Burning at the Palace of the Elders
2. Godzilla Theme “Epic Rock” Cover/Remix by Little V Mills (from Youtube)

ADDITIONAL PRIZES PROVIDED BY:

X-Plus Godzilla 1992 & Mizuho Yoshida Autograph from Flossies Gifts & Collectibles and Kaiju Addicts

Anthony Wendel for copies of The Handbook for Surviving a Giant Monster Attack

Kaiju Sketches provided by @kaiju_sketches (Giuseppe Bianco)

Already looking forward to next year’s show — and our TENTH ANNIVERSARY!

02.10.2018: Kyle-san the Kaiju Otaku Salaryman

Kyle recaps some of his recent adventures to and in Tokyo!

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, A tale of a fateful trip, That started from this rainy port aboard this Airbus A319!

That’s right, this episode is all about my trip to Japan last month. I was there for work, but found plenty of time outside of office hours to pop around the city, finding all sorts of kaiju goodness. I actually piggybacked this recording with the last Daikaiju Discussion (for Godzilla vs Gigan), so I had a captive audience: Clancy, Gretchen and Rachel are on hand to help me not sound like a crazy person… crazier than the average kaiju fiend in the land of giant monsters. Tune in if you’re keen to hear about said adventures!

Additionally, we have things to share below (and at the beginning of the show)!

MUSICAL MONSTROSITIES:
1. Preparations For Operation ‘Burial’ by Akira Ifukube from Ostinato (1986)
2. Main Theme (from Wrath of Daimajin) by the Bukimisha Weird Secret Society from Heroic Daimajin (2006)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
My livestream of my first visit to the Official Godzilla Store
Our FANVASION episode from last year

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
02/21 Steve Ryfle at the Japan Society of New York
04/13 – 04/16 Monsterpalooza in Pasadena, CA w/Bin Furuya, Tsutomu Kitagawa & Shinji Nishikawa
-> *Plus we will be having a listener party one evening!

KAIJUCAST FANVASION 2019
Listen to the episode for information about our next Kaijucast group trip to Japan!

[*] EMERGENCY BROADCAST IS THIS MONTH! [*]
We’re getting everything prepped for our 7th Annual Emergency Broadcast! Listen live as we interview special guests, talk about awesome stuff, give away prizes and more! Keep your eyes on these two links: BROADCAST & FB EVENT

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
I failed to mention this during my intro, but we are going to be covering the new anime Godzilla Monster Planet (2018) for our next Daikaiju Discussion. I’m looking forward to seeing what the listeners have to say about this new – and very different- entry in the Godzilla series! If you’d like to submit your homework for the film, make sure to send in your thoughts, questions and reviews for the discussion episode before Friday, February 21st!