08.31.2018: Godzilla vs Biollante Daikaiju RE-Discussion

Jeff, Gretchen, Dave, Charles and Kyle take a good long look at this super great kaiju film, Godzilla vs Biollante.

This month we are re-examining the 1989 Godzilla Entry, Godzilla vs Biollante, the seventeenth film in the franchise and one that took some time to get off the ground. We covered this in the first year of our discussions, back in episode seventeen of the podcast and I recorded that at an anime convention in Idaho, so none of my home based co-hosts have ever gotten a chance to voice their views on this cinematic beast. Thankfully we had a full house in the HQ for this discussion – Jeff, Dave, Gretchen and Charles were filling those co-host chairs nicely. ūüėõ

We hope you enjoy the discussion! I tried to include a lot more information on this film than we’ve ever been able to cover since the tale of its creation is pretty interesting.

Retraction/correction/etc – In the episode, I said that Mill Creek Entertainment, but really the company who released Godzilla vs Biollante here in the US on Blu Ray & DVD.

1. Psychic Induction by Koichi Sugiyama from Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
2. Godzilla vs. Biollante Japanese Trailer (1989)
3. TC System, Standby! by Koichi Sugiyama from Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)


Godzilla vs Biollante voted #1 Godzilla film in Japanese Poll (*from 2014)
Our review of the Echo Bridge’s Godzilla vs. Biollante BluRay release
Deleted scenes from Godzilla vs. Biollante from Echo Bridge’s release
Next month we will be watching a classic from the seventies – it’s the final Showa era Godzilla film,¬†Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975). If you’d like to have your homework (thoughts questions and reviews) included in next month’s Daikaiju Re-Discussion, please send that in before September 21st!

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

Don’t forget that if you’d like to submit your homework for our daikaiju RE-discussion of Godzilla vs Biollante (1989), please make sure to send your thoughts questions and reviews in before August 24th. Thanks!


08.15.2018: Godzilla Suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma at G-Fest 25

Kyle sits down with Godzilla suit actor (Heisei era 1984-1995) and Robert Scott Field at G-FEST 25. [Photo credit: Robert Moreno]

Wow…seriously. I never thought I’d ever be able to type this out:

This episode marks the fourth appearance of Godzilla suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma¬†on the Kaijucast. I feel incredibly lucky to have interviewed this legendary stuntman a whopping total (so far) of three times — and he appeared on a panel recording from Monster Mania in 2016. Since Satsuma’s career has been covered in bits and pieces in previous episodes, I totally went into this panel thinking that we would probably hear several stories again. How wrong I was! Satsuma-san knows how to tell a story, so I invite you to listen to his story of how he got his start as an actor.

Maybe I should just keep inviting him back as many times as possible. (we all know the correct response there… DO IT!)

Satsuma first appeared in episode 118 and then a shorter interview was posted as episode 188. This time around, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to moderate Satsuma’s panel at last month’s G-FEST 25 and this episode is the audio from that panel.

Major thanks to the staff at G-Fest for their assistance in arranging this panel – also to Robert Scott Field for providing translation and a little commentary during the interview.

1. Godzilla Goes Flying by Riichiro Manabe from Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
2. The Destruction Of The Nuclear Power Plant by Reijiro Koroku from The Return of Godzilla (1984)

This panel, in video format, on the Kaijucast Youtube channel
Watch Satsuma give a lesson on Godzilla acting (only in Japanese)
Satsuma gives a lesson to the Godzillas at G-Fest 25 (from FB)

Don’t forget that if you’d like to submit your homework for our daikaiju RE-discussion of Godzilla vs Biollante (1989), please make sure to send your thoughts questions and reviews in before August 24th. Thanks!

08.10.2018: Showa-era Kaiju suit-maker Keizo Murase at G-Fest 25

Join us for a special interview with kaiju Keizo Murase from G-Fest 25!

I am thrilled to bring you this interview with Keizo Murase, a kaiju suit-maker from the showa era and beyond. I originally met Murase in 2016 when he was a guest at Monsterpalooza. I did a poor job of coordinating interview options and ended up not sitting down with him at all during that trip. Let me tell you, that was a huge regret for about two years!

Thankfully, the crew from the annual Godzilla convention, G-FEST, heard my kaiju prayers and brought this living legend to the show. Let me share with you just a portion of Keizo Murase’s monster roster: Daikaiju Varan (1958), Mothra (1961), King Kong vs Godzilla (1962), Gorath (1962), Matango (1963), Dogora (1964),¬†Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965), Gamera (1965), Daimajin (1966), Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975), Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) and Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) — the point is that this man’s career is vast! And because of that, we could only cover a small amount of it in this interview. Let’s all cross our claws that the Kaijucast has an opportunity to welcome Murase-san back to the podcast in the near future!

1. Baradagi, God Of The Mountains by Akira Ifukube from Daikaiju Varan (1958)
2. Titanosaurus Attacks by Akira Ifukube from Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

I didn’t mention this in the recording, but make sure to check out the gallery of images from Murase’s prop room at the convention, featuring a number of reproductions that were made exactly as they would have been in the showa era! Thanks to David Eric Dopko for sharing his photos.

Keizo Murase Prop Room at G-Fest 25

Don’t forget! We’re covering Godzilla vs Biollante for our Daikaiju Re-Discussion this month. If you’d like to send in your homework, please do so before August 24th to be included in the episode.

07.31.2018: Godzilla City On The Edge Of Battle Daikaiju Discussion

Gretchen and Kyle take a long hard look at the second anime film in the Polygon trilogy of Godzilla Anime films.

We’re back and discussing another brand new entry in the Godzilla series: GODZILLA CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE. Specifically, this is the second film in Godzilla’s first-ever animated trilogy. It should be an exciting time, but overall, these animated films are not delivering for the fans (at least in my observations). Just like the listeners, we are doing our best to find the goodness amongst the mediocre, but this trilogy-so-far is making doing that difficult to say the least.

If you are unfamiliar with these films, they were part of an animated deal between Toho and Netflix struck back in 2016. Once they are released theatrically in Japan, Netflix gives the films a two month break and then internationally takes care of distributing the films on their platform.

If you missed our discussion of the first Anime film (Godzilla: Monster Planet), you might want to give that a listen first. And if you haven’t seen this entry, our discussion gets pretty specific, so please acknowledge the¬†SPOILER WARNING, peoples!

1. City on the Edge of Battle by Takayuki Hattori from Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (2018)
2. Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle English Language Trailer (2018)
3. Bilusaludo’s Technology by Takayuki Hattori from Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (2018)
4. THE SKY FALLS by XAI from Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (2018)

The unseen crazy silhouette of Mechagodzilla (via Tumblr)
Another article about Mechagodzilla (via Comic Book.com)
SDCC Teaser for Godzilla King of the Monsters dropped on July 21st!
Video of¬† Godzilla Panel from San Diego Comic Con’s Hall H (via We Live Entertainment on Youtube)
Entertainment Weekly’s chat with the cast members after the SDCC panel

August 11th – DECIMATE ALL KAIJU 2 in Houston, TX
Aug 17th & 18th –¬†MONSTER BASH Movie Marathon & Expo in Canton, OH
Aug 25th & 26th – GODZILLA NIGHT 7 in San Francisco, CA

Next month, we are going to be watching 1989’s Godzilla vs Biollante for our series of Re-Discussions. Orginially we talked about this film during a recording I made in Idaho at Anime Oasis back in May of 2010. That means that the discussioneers were all attendees of the convention, but this time, I’m hoping to get some of my awesome cohosts in to watch the film. If you’d like to be part of our episode, make sure you send you homework in via our handy contact form by or before Aug 24th to be included in the show.