Weekly news recap: Ultraman Geed, plus panel announcements!

Time for the news recap of the week!

  • The big thing this week is the reveal (through toy catalogs, of course) of Ultraman Geed (we’d all been assuming is was “Zeed” or “Xead”, but Geed it says), from this July’s new show.
    Our weird-looking hero is the son of Ultraman Belial… he sort of reminds me of Chaiyo’s Ultraman Elite, though, doesn’t he?

    Anyway, Geed’s gimmick appears to continue Orb’s by fusing disparate Ultramen together to gain new forms. Not only that, but classic kaiju will also be fusing:

Is it cynical that I suspect we’re only getting a new Zandrias because she was in Kaiju Girls?

  • Ultraman Neos is starting on Toku in May. Unlike the other shows they’ve aired, Neos has never been on Crunchyroll, so this is the first legit English version of the show.

Speaking of US broadcasts, TV Japan is airing Kamen Rider Wizard. My understanding is that that’s not subtitled, though, and I don’t feel like shelling out $25 per month to try it out.

  • Shin Godzilla is getting an English-subtitled home video release through Madman in Australia, hitting July 19th. Looks like it’s got behind the scenes stuff, which is more than I’d expect from the Funimation release. It also comes out April 22 in Hong Kong.
  • Gun Calibur has a limited Blu Ray release (100 units) up for purchase now. Or, VHS.

  • Seven Seas licensed ToLOVEru. The manga is a major hit in Japan, but it’s understandable that it hasn’t come stateside, being a Shonen Jump title that flies in the face of the much more wholesome image that Viz has built for the brand. As a service-heavy monster girl property, though, it’s right up Seven Seas’ alley. It’s a divisive manga, even in my own mind: on one hand it has great art and callbacks to Black Cat, on the other it shamelessly steals from Urusei Yatsura and borders on pornography in the most literal sense of the word.

  • Kiyotaka Taguchi is now listed as a guest on the G-Fest website. Between him and Shinji Higuchi, we’re pretty much gathering the best living special effects technicians who work in tokusatsu. Speaking of which….

We may just have a panel or two at that con; stop by Friday July 14th for “Anime for Kaiju Fans”, and Sunday for a repeat of last year’s “All Manga Attack” (or, just watch last year’s on youtube).

But that’s not all! There’s also “Godzilla vs. Anime” on Saturday, May 20th at Anime Central. There’ll be a little overlap with the talks, but since they’re for different crowds they won’t quite be the same; for example the ACen talk will be exclusively Godzilla/Gamera and go into production background, while the G-Fest one will have more unconventional titles like Dragon Dentist and Dinosaur War Izenborg. (Comprehensive from Kyoju Wakusei to Kaiju Wakusei!)

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Weekly news recap (+ a couple quick reviews)

Long time, no post! Monsterpalooza was a blast, making new friends and getting to meet a few of my favorite artists, especially getting a commission from Keita Amemiya. Apologies for this terrible photo of Amemiya and Mizuho Yoshida where you can’t see either of their faces:

Being out in the LA area, I took advantage of the limited releases they get to check out a couple of films. First, Colossal was a pretty solid little indy flick about giant monsters and the irresponsible alcoholics who can control them. The usher who introduced the film made a rather grievous faux pas by claiming this was “the first kaiju movie written by somebody with a brain”, but crappy hipster fans aside the movie was entertaining enough. Not sure if it’s quite good enough to justify buying one of those expensive statues, though.

Also, Your Name, best known for making several gazillion yen and *still* playing in Japanese movies theaters, is actually really, really good. It reminds me a bit of older pictures like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Exchange Students, but also taps into some of the same contemporary Japanese angst that drove Shin Godzilla‘s success. It kept me on the edge of my seat, so if you haven’t gotten to check it out, do so (the other members of the Maser Patrol crew echo the sentiment; Amanda’s even read the novel).

I also saw Shallow Water… meh, that’s outside this blog’s scope. But, one thing that’s hit this week is in scope: the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix. On top of Reptillicus, they’re also riffing on Yongary and The Beast of Hollow Mountain, and they’re nailing it.

On top of the likes of Atom the Beginning, Kamen Rider Amazons season 2, Attack on Titan season 2, and more… it’s a busy time for a TV watcher. Anyway, on to the news of the week:

  • A trailer for Masaaki Yuasa’s Lu Over the Wall, full of mermaid-y drama:

  • Another Fullmetal Alchemist trailer:

  • A teaser for Tokyo Ghoul:

  • If nothing else, the new Hollywood Ghost in the Shell movie has inspired Production IG to make a new anime. (For the record, our thoughts on the live-action film generally ranged from “meh” to “okay” to “alright”, though it really should have tried to either do its own thing entirely or be a shot-for-shot remake, not both….I don’t think there was quite enough enthusiasm there for a podcast review.)
  • Kaiju Sakaba has a crossover promotion with the Yuichi Fukuda superhero comedy TV series Super Salaryman Mr. Sanae (based on the Fujiko Fujio manga). Read here for more details.

  • Nigh-forgotten 70s super robot shows Ginguiser, Daiapolon, Blocker Corps, and Mechander Robo are getting re-released in Japan, along with a promotional project Miracle Robot Force crossing them all over.

  • Seiun Award nominees were announced; I bet either Shin Godzilla or Your Name takes the prize, but it’s cool to see Concrete Revolutio nominated, and I guess I should check out Kuromukuro. Erased might take the comic category, but we’ll see.
  • Carranger isn’t even out yet, but Shout just announced Megaranger hitting August 15! Things are speeding up, and I’m along for this ride!

  • Discotek just license rescued Midnight Eye Goku (good stuff) and Psybuster (not so much), and got the rights to underrated super robot show Dancouga!

  • There’s apparently a King Kong TV series in the works from Bye Bye Man director Stacey Title. With both the show on Netflix and the film series, I’ve got to wonder where that will fit in.
  • Here’s a cute Cartoon Network short about the pressures facing kaiju children in predominantly human school districts:

  • Well, this cracked me up:

That’s a wrap for the news, as always, leave a comment if there’s a glaring omission. Seeya later!


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Weekly news recap: No foolin’

There was some great stuff to come out of various Japanese studios this April Fools’ Day, including:

  • There was a Super Sonico video titled “UltraSonico”, featuring Sonico as a giant fighting Eleking. Nitro yoinked it from Youtube after a day, sadly. Were they afraid that claims of it coming out in 2106 were true, or was there some sort of rights issue?

  • The Kamata-kun phone case has a page well-worth viewing, as it’s got some great in-jokes (e.g. the instruction manual comes as origami).

Okay, on to non-joke stories:

  • Katokutai has a new album Ultraman the Rock, with a whopping 25 Ultraman song covers!

  • Based on this tourism ad, I guess Ultraman is core to the Tokyo experience:

  • Another tourism ad, this one for the Kanmon strights:

  • A behind-the-scenes promo for Godzilla: Monster Planet. Be prepared to freeze-frame and read little text in the corners for ambiguous and mind-blowing details. Speaking of the movie, Anime Now has some details from a Q&A the director did at AnimeJapan.

  • The Asylum is working on Atlantic Rim 2. Did they forget that they had to rename the first Atlantic Rim when they released it?
  • The fourth Symphogear season, Symphogear AXZ, is hitting in July. This is a show that literally shoots for the moon, so it’s exciting news.

  • Also, a trailer for the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection movie:

  • A prequel to Thunderbolt Fantasy focusing on Sha Wu Sheng (or Setsumushou.. or “Screaming Phoenix Executioner”) is in the works. It’s based in part on the gaiden novel coming out this week.

That’s a wrap for this week! Expect next week’s recap to be delayed due to MonsterPalooza.

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Weekly news recap: A whole lotta Monster Planet news; a whole lotta other news

If this were a typical week, the highlight of Godzilla-related discussion might have been the two new sculpts coming out for the Bandai Movie Monsters series. The frozen Godzilla is the first real merch we have for Godzilla’s fifth form, after all.

Or, y’know, the Japanese Blu-Ray release of Shin Godzilla. They tweaked some scenes from the theatrical version, and there was also copious behind the scenes stuff and deleted scenes. (Dear Funimation: I know you’re going to skip on extras, but we’d be happier if you didn’t.)

But all of that went out the window with Anime Japan’s booth reveals for the new Godzilla anime.

As we previously noted, the film will be titled Godzilla: Kaijuu Wakusei (from here on, I’ll just say “Monster Planet”), but that’s just the start; it’ll be released in November and be the first film in a trilogy! Right away this is exciting and somewhat concerning – do they have all the scripts written? What sort of release cycle are they shooting for? Hopefully we don’t wind up in a Rebuild of Evangelion scenario, but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.

There was a lot of neat stuff at Anime Japan, including a human-sized model of one of the anime’s mecha suits. Visitors were also given a file with a history of the world in-universe, which is certainly intriguing, listing various monster attacks throughout the early 21st century (there’s Godzilla, Rodan, and Anguirus, but also some deeper cuts like Orga, Dagahra, Dogora, and Kamacuras. Also, “Operation Hedorah” involving biological and chemical weapons, which sounds like a great idea), and first contact with two(!) different alien races, the Birsard and the Exif. Wondering what the Exif look like? We’ve got one in the released character profiles:

The whole planet gets evacuated by 2048, but 20 space-years (20,000 earth years) later, humanity returns to reclaim the Earth from the monsters when their target world winds up being pretty inhospitable as well. The whole thing gives me shades of World Without End, Gunbuster, Planet of the Apes, and more, but it’s definitely taking the Godzilla franchise into unexplored territory. Here’s looking forward to November!

There was also a lot of non-Godzilla stuff this week!

  • We have a trailer for Adam Wingard’s Death Note movie. I think Light looks a little gothy as opposed to the pretty boy of the source material, but we’ll see how it turns out.

  • A trailer for the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000, complete with Reptilicus and an Inframan nod.

  • Netflix is also getting a live-action show based on Blazing Transfer Student, AKA “that Kazuhiko Shimamoto manga adapted into one to the greatest OVAs never commercially available stateside”. My mind is sort of blown; posting the anime OP since there’s no trailer or anything yet for the live-action one.

  • A teaser for the new Mazinger Z movie:

  • The trailer for the live-action Blood C movie could use more monsters:

  • The Astro Boy prequel Atom the Beginning continues to look like a show to watch next season.

  • Toku will be airing Ultraman 80 in the US starting tomorrow (for the handful of people who actually get the channel).

  • Sentai Filmworks licensed Gatchaman Fighter. They just need to get the live-action movie to complete the franchise now, right?

  • Speaking of Gatchaman, we’ve got a new trailer for the Tatsunoko mash-up Infini-T Force.

  • I guess the Eagle Talon crossover ads for Suicide Squad must have gone over well, because now a whole DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon movie is in the works. It looks amazing.

  • Want to see Stan Lee in full hype mode? See the latest trailer for The Reflection:

  • Mamoru Oshii got interviewed about the Hollywood Ghost in the Shell flick (I keep wanting to say “the new movie”, then remembering that’s actually the title of a different GitS picture), and pretty much had only good things to say. Then he tried to pitch his other famous cops-&-mecha opus Patlabor, so here’s hoping Hollywood is listening.
  • A pretty fun fan film for Chroma Squad:

Whew, that’s a lot of cool stuff. Let’s call it a wrap for this week; as always leave a comment if we missed something and seeya next time!

Update: sure enough, something slipped by – Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewsky’s biography of Ishiro Honda is up for preorder!

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Happy 50th to Guilala, Japan’s ridiculous kaiju icon

While we may be in a new kaiju boom, it’s dwarfed by the one half a century ago. 1967 was the zenith, with the televised conclusions of the original Ultraman, Space Giants, Akuma-kun, and Booska, with the debuts of Ultraseven, Giant Robo, Akakage, Monster Prince, Captain Ultra, Esper, The King Kong ShowChibi Monster Yadamon, Oraa Guzura Dado, and the retooling of Ninja Hattori-kun into Ninja Hattori-kun+Ninja Monster Jippou. On the more theatrical side, we had cinematic releases from the big studios: Son of Godzilla and King Kong Escapes from Toho, Gamera vs. Gyaos from Daiei, Gappa the Triphibian Monster from Nikkatsu, Cyborg 009: Monster War and (the South Korean co-production) Yongary from Toei. Into that fray Shochiku submitted their one major kaiju feature (of the golden age, at least, since they did eventually go on to works like Moon Over Tao and Higanjima), Uchuu Daikaiju Guilala (Space Giant Monster Guilala), better known stateside as The X from Outer Space. (It’s not a great retitle, but at least we didn’t rename the monster “Itoka” like they did in France, or, as Germany always does, bring in Frankenstein.)

I won’t attempt posts for the anniversaries of all of the properties mentioned above, but I thought Guilala deserved a shoutout for having a career so strangely prolific and prolifically strange. While the monster’s debut film is a little silly, it hardly stands out for over-the-top in ludicrousness when you remember that the genre was dominated by a turtle that turns into a flying saucer. Yet, as the only (and therefor flagship) giant monster creation of the studio, Guilala became a stand-in for the genre as a whole in their productions, and thus had a storied career after his debut film in the world of comedy.

If you haven’t had a chance to catch the original film, by all means, check it out, along with the other Shochiku genre flicks available in a nice collection from Criterion. As I’ve mentioned previously, it’s got a relatively high budget and decent production values (heck, Akira Watanabe worked on it!), an international cast, and plenty of scifi gadgetry, clearly aping the Toho formula. Better still, the monster’s design is quite memorable, even if its name (which basically boils down to “gi” from “gigas” and “la” from “largus”…we get it, it’s big) is a little generic.

Where it might have been too little, too late for launching a franchise in its own right, though, is that it feels more classically Toho, with a single monster rather than a wrestling match, and a love story that would bore the progressively younger audiences that the monster movies were attracting, on top of audience dilution and diminishing returns across the board. So, this was doomed to become Guilala’s only outing…almost.

Right off the bat, I’ll briefly mention that there was a manga adaptation of the movie that ran in Shonen King, by Takeshi Koshiro. I haven’t been able to track it down, but Koshiro’s  forte was adaptations, including the likes of Ultra Q, Terror of Mechagodzilla, Fight Dragon, Zone Fighter, Battle Fever J, Gaiking, Macross, and more. I’m particularly quite fond of his Godzilla vs. Gigan manga, but that’s a movie made to be a comic book.

I’ve been told that Guilala’s next appearance was a cameo the next year in the 1968 musical Chiisana Snack, though I haven’t tracked it down to confirm this, nor found much corroborating. The film gets its name from the biggest hit song of the group Purple Shadows, who star in the film, and also features future Kamen Rider star Hiroshi Fujioka (who you can also see in The X From Outer Space!). It doesn’t quite seem like the sort of thing a monster would fit into, but stranger things have happened.

A decade later Guilala got broad international exposure, in disguised form, with the 1978 US picture The Bad News Bears Go to Japan. There’s a sequence in the movie featuring a commercial for baseball bats, where a little leaguer uses one to smack down a rampaging kaiju. Eagle-eyed viewers will recognized the feet that are shown stomping through buildings at the start of the scene as belonging to Guilala, probably not done so much as a commentary on the use of stock footage as a simple employment thereof.

Guilala’s next outing was a little more high-profile, but still relegated to a comedy cameo. The 1984 film Tora-san’s Forbidden Love (the 34th in the series of comedies about the lovable loser Tora-san….and people think Godzilla has a lot of movies!) opens with a dream sequence (they all open with some dream sequence or another) where our protagonist must battle Guilala. It’s relatively short, and the rest of the film is just about our hero developing a crush on a married woman, so this would be more of a recommendation for completists or intersectional cinephiles, but it was the first new footage of the monster in quite a while (spoilers, what’s not stock footage is a cheap-looking model). The subject of the dream sequence here was definitely a play on the 1984 reboot of Godzilla (they even mistake Guilala for Godzilla as a joke), but I wonder if it influenced Godzilla’s own similar cameo in Always: Sunset on Third Street 2.

In the mid-1990s there were rumors of a revival, including an article about a Guilala vs. Gappa movie that was printed in G-Fan, which makes sense considering how the characters are frequently marketed together, but it doesn’t seem like that film was ever seriously considered by the studios involved. A super deformed version of Guilala did show up in 1998 as a mascot at the Kamakura Cinema World theme park, but the attraction shut down shortly thereafter.

The most significant revival to date was 2008, though. Director Minoru Kawasaki was no stranger to tokusatsu comedies, having hit international stardom with titles like The Calamari Wrestler and The World Sinks Except for Japan, so he made a natural fit for the new film, Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit, which was essentially an extended political cartoon about the actual G8 conference going on in Japan at the time. The movie goes full parody of the kaiju genre (even the Japanese title “Guilala no Gyakushu” plays on what a cliche that verbiage is in monster movies, like “Return of X” or “Bride of X” would be in English). This time, stock footage is used deliberately for comedic effect, and while debatable,  I have an inkling that Kawasaki deliberately uses gaijin with poor line delivery because he thinks it’s funny… he’s just done it too many times in too many films to feel like a coincidence (I mean, come on, the French PM is played by an Iranian dude who flat-out admits to not knowing any French).

The end result is a mixed bag that’s generally not terribly well-received, but even detractors generally admit to a chuckle in the scene where a precocious child is kicked out of the war room. The fact that the Russian politician quickly suggested killing Guilala with Polonium 210 was my personal favorite gag (dark and tasteless it may be, at least it was topical), followed by the fact that the US president is literally named Burger, and the…end…reveal…well, it must be seen to be believed. However, the battle between Guilala and Take-Majin, who’s a giant Beat Takeshi, is the biggest highlight of the picture for sure.

This wasn’t Guilala’s only clash with another giant, though, as Kawasaki’s signature hero (aside from Iko-chan) Den Ace, the goofy, beer-powered jerk of the genre, also met the creature in a direct-to-video special Zettai Yaseru Den Ace (which would translate to something like “The Den Ace Who’s Definitely Going to Lose Weight”) at the same time. I still haven’t quite gotten around to plopping down $25 on this one, but based on the other Den-Ace stuff I’ve seen, I expect some very low-rent but amusing short episodes, most of which would not have Guilala involved.

One last, even stranger hurrah in 2008, Guilala was selected for a commercial for job hunting site the Ladders. It’s not entirely clear if he was the company’s number one choice, but the character was licensed, and the suit was flown to South Africa to film a commercial for American television. That same advertising company had previously done an awesome kyodai hero commercial for Garmin, so I guess it’s just in their DNA.

As of March 25th, Guilala is 50 years old. I can’t think of another character who’s had a track record so consistently off-beat, but hopefully the future holds some more surprises for this spore-born, x-shaped, radioactive space lizard.

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Godzilla (disambiguation)

Along with the Japanese home video release of Shin Godzilla came news of the title for the next film in the franchise (the Polygon Pictures anime release due out this year): Godzilla – 怪獣惑星, (“Godzilla – Kaiju Wakusei”) or “Godzilla – Monster Planet”. Immediately comments sections lit up with comparisons to a 1994 Sanrio theme park ride (yes, Godzilla did meet Hello Kitty) 怪獣プラネットゴジラ (“Kaijuu Planet Godzilla”), whose official English name is “Monster Planet of Godzilla“. Some would call this confusing, but I, for one, am sighing in relief, and that goes to show just how difficult naming conventions get with this franchise.

So, right off the bat, we can assuage our fears about this anime film just being named “Godzilla”, and that’s already a win. Andy and I make a game out of how obtuse we can be when it comes to that being the title:

Andy: I’m watching Godzilla tonight.

Me: Which one?

Andy: The movie.

Me: Which one?

Andy: The one just called “Godzilla”.

Me: Which one?

Andy: The reboot.

Me: Which one?

Andy: The American one.

Me: Which one?

This is usually caused by Josh’s bemusement at how anyone can keep straight Destroy All Planets, Destroy All Monsters, All Monsters AttackGiant Monsters All-out Attack, Attack of the Monsters, Attack of the Super Monsters, etc. Alternate titles can simplify or confuse things as well. To help you out with your own “Who’s on First” routine, here’s a handy guide.

There are arguably four films titled Godzilla: 1954, 1984, 1998, and 2014. That’s the English title for the 1954 film (we’ll get back to the Americanization), the 1998 film, and the 2014 film, while in Japan those four films are known as ゴジラ (“Godzilla”), ゴジラ (“Godzilla”),  the redundantゴジラ GODZILLA, and  GODZILLA ゴジラ (though I assume nobody actually says “Godzilla Godzilla”, many of the US posters use this as well ). The 1984 film is officially named Return of Godzilla in English (the official Blu Ray also uses “Godzilla 1984″, after the Americanization Godzilla 1985, though as Matt Frank noted, that title is mostly used by “weeaboo garbage children”), and should not be confused with the novel Godzilla Returns, or Godzilla Raids Again, even though the Japanese title (ゴジラの逆襲) might make you think that based on the translation of 大魔神逆襲 to “Return of Daimajin” (that whole series has some real title confusion, btw). The comic adaptation of the 1984 film still uses the Godzilla title, rather than Return of Godzilla, except when it was reprinted as Terror of Godzilla, which is coincidentally an alternate title for the prior film Terror of MechagodzillaGodzilla is also the title of a Hanna Barbera cartoon that was part of “The Godzilla Power Hour”, the title of multiple video games (in 1983, 1993, and 2015, the last of which is also known as “Godzilla Vs“), and the title of IDW’s second ongoing Godzilla comic, later retitled Godzilla: History’s Greatest Monster. Oh, and don’t confuse the Godzilla comic with The Godzilla Comic.

The first Godzilla movie was originally heavily altered when it came to the US, and released as Godzilla, King of the Monsters! in 1956. This is also sort of the title of the upcoming 2019 movie Godzilla: King of the Monsters, as well as the Marvel comic series from 1977, the Dark Horse comic series from 1995, and Scott Ciencin’s first Godzilla novel. The Americanized movie was released in Japan as 怪獣王ゴジラ (“Kaiju-oh Godzilla”), which is also the title of a Gameboy game and Hiroshi Kawamoto’s manga series. Then there was the 1977 Italian colorized version of the 1956 Americanization, titled Godzilla: Il Re dei Monstri, which is also sometimes used for the non-colorized version as well, and gets super confusing when you remember that the Italian title for Godzilla Raids Again is just Il Re dei Monstri. It’s sort of like how we have an SNK game titled King of the Monsters that’s about kaiju but unrelated to Godzilla.

But there’s plenty more potential for confusion:

  • An intuitive translation for the Japanese title of Godzilla Raids Again would be “Godzilla’s Revenge”, but that title is weirdly actually used for the US cut of All Monsters Attack.
  • It’s easy to mix up Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) with Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992), especially when Mothra vs. Godzilla was re-released stateside as “Godzilla vs. Mothra” numerous times. You could refer to them as Godzilla vs. The Thing and Godzilla and Mothra: Battle for Earth, respectively, but those titles are dumb (needless to say, no relation to the movie The Thing). While we’re at it, there’s no “Return of” on the Japanese titles of the Return of Mothra trilogy, so Mothra (1961) and Mothra (1996) have certainly been mixed up in the past.

  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla is how you romanize ゴジラ対メカゴジラ. You’d think that would go to ゴジラvsメカゴジラ, but that gets labeled Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II, despite it not being a sequel to Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla and not having Mechagodzilla II in it (there is a Mechagodzilla II in Terror of Mechagodzilla, though, which is the sequel to the prior movie). You might want to translate that first film as “Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla” instead, but that title is already taken by ゴジラXメカゴジラ, which never actually refers to the enemy monster as Mechagodzilla at all.

  • Destroy All Monsters is the 1968 movie. Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters is a fighting game for SNES. Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee is a fighting game for Gamecube and X-Box. The Japanese title of the movie, 怪獣総進撃 (“Kaiju Soshingeki”) is also the title of the first episode of Return of Ultraman.
  • All Kaiju Daishingeki (All Monsters Attack) is the 1969 movie, Godzilla: Kaiju no Daishingeki is a Game Gear game.
  • Godzilla on Monster Island is the US title for Godzilla vs. Gigan, a children’s picture book, and a slot machine game. Not to be confused with show Godzilla Island, anime Godzilland, book Godzilla: Journey to Monster Island, or the game Godzilla: Heart-pounding Monster Island.

  • A lot of the fandom refers to Giant Monsters All-out Attack as “GMK”, since Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah are the headliners. However, when Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster was re-released in 1971, its title also included “Godzilla Mothra King Ghidorah“, so “GMK” could really mean either film.

  • Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah is the 1991 film, King Ghidorah vs. Godzilla is the abbreviated re-release of Invasion of Astro Monster.
  • The Monster X from Godzilla Final Wars is not the same one from Gamera vs. Monster X, and neither is the same as the one in Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit.

  • War of the Monsters (the game) is unrelated to the Gamera movie War of the Monsters (another title for Gamera vs. Barugon), which is unrelated to the game Godzilla 2: War of the MonstersGodzilla the Series‘ arc “Monster Wars”, or the board game Godzilla: Kaiju World Wars.

  • The novel Godzilla 2000 is unrelated to the movie Godzilla 2000 – Millennium, otherwise known as Godzilla 2000. Neither work came out in the year 2000, but Godzilla x Megaguirus did.

I feel like I should remark that Godzilla vs. The Space Monster, Godzilla vs. The Cosmic Monster, Godzilla vs Space GodzillaA Space Godzilla, and Star Godzilla are different things as well, and somehow cleverly tie this all back to the Monster Planet thing. But anyway, you should now feel adequately armed to go confuse people outside the fandom!

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 28: Kong – Skull Island

After that extensive countdown earlier in the year, we got to go see the new King Kong movie, Kong: Skull Island. In this episode, Kevin, Josh, Andy and Justin talk for longer than the movie’s run time, and mostly on the topic of the film, but veering into some general Kong-related (and tangentially, loosely related) topics as well.

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Show notes:

  • The statue that scandalized Paris:

  • Van-Pires (watch at your own peril)

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