Monthly Archives: January 2017

Kong count #39 – Titano from Superman

The first episode of Superman: The Animated Series I ever saw was “Monkey Fun” (season 2, episode 13). To this day, that show remains the best television adaptation of that property, and it’s somewhat amusing that one aspect that only … Continue reading

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Kong count #40 – Mighty Peking Man

Wonderful things can happen when Shaw Brothers steps outside of its usual comfort zone and tries out another studio’s genre: examples include Super Inframan, Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires, and the subject of today’s post, their 1977 Mighty Peking … Continue reading

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Weekly news recap: King of Monsters’ cast goes up to Eleven

When last we posted, we knew that Michael Dougherty had been drafted as writer for Godzilla: King of Monsters, and everyone sort of assumed that he’d be directing as well. It turns out this was correct, which was such a … Continue reading

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Kong count #41 – Goroh from Ultra Q

The original King Kong was a major influence on Eiji Tsuburaya, so it makes sense that the creature would be incorporated early on into Tsuburaya’s flagship property. In this case, that is literally true, since the second Ultra Q episode … Continue reading

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Kong count #42 – Gagon and Megagon from Concrete Revolutio

Concrete Revolutio is a show that appears to directly target the old-school otaku that would be reading this blog, so if you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend doing so. It’s a puzzle of a show, with a nonlinear storyline, … Continue reading

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Kong count #43 – Charlton’s Konga

Much like King Kong, the British imitator Konga is also public-domain, thanks to a novelization that hit before the actual movie did not getting its rights renewed. In Konga‘s case, it was in comics form through Charlton Comics, the first … Continue reading

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Kong count #44 – An oft-repeating Ming dynasty monster battle

The Ivory Ape wasn’t the only time that Tsuburaya went abroad to co-produce a movie featuring an oversized albino primate. …er, no, we’re not going to talk about *that* one. What I meant to allude to was the 1971 Taiwanese … Continue reading

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Kong count #45 – A*P*E

*Tonight’s been busy, so I’m just going to repost an old review I did back in 2011 for 1976’s A*P*E. I’ve now been watching and writing like this for half a year, and as you might remember, I like to … Continue reading

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Kong count #46 – How to not make King Kong toys

Let’s say you’re a toy manufacturer, making major bank on a line of Godzilla figures. You’re going to want to give your consumers all of big G’s most iconic nemeses, and then, for some mysterious reason, you’re going to make … Continue reading

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Kong count #47 – Donkey Kong

To quote Philip J Fry: “I know that monkey! His name is Donkey!” One of the most influential video games of all time, Shigeru Miyamoto’s 1981 Donkey Kong is crucial to the history of Nintendo’s foray into the medium. While … Continue reading

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Weekly news recap: Kaiju galore!

This week has been a whirlwind of news for giant monster fans. Let’s start with Godzilla, because we always do: First of all, the official website for the anime movie Godzilla (I’m still not clear if that’ll actually be the … Continue reading

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Kong count #48 – Akio Itou manga

Another manga tie-in to The King Kong Show came from mangaka Akio Itou, best known for adaptations of Wolf Boy Ken and Ultraseven. His version of Kong has a magnificent beard. These manga aren’t super-readily available (i.e., no Amazon listing), … Continue reading

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Kong count #49 – Queen Kong (warning: post may contain slight gorilla boobs)

One would think that the most faithful remake of 1933’s King Kong produced in 1976 would be, well, King Kong, but to illustrate how off the rails that production was, many of its missing elements such as a film crew … Continue reading

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Kong count #50 – Ikki Kajiwara/Daiji Kazumine manga

Another King Kong manga that’s super rare nowadays ran for 30 weeks in Shonen Magazine back during 1967, written by sports manga superstar Ikki Kajiwara (Kyojin no Hoshi, Karate Baka Ichidai, Tiger Mask, Ashita no Joe) under the pseudonym Asao Takamori, … Continue reading

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Kong count #51 – 1933’s animated parodies

King Kong has been parodied by famous cartoon characters numerous times, but, evidence of its immediate cultural cache, there were animated parody shorts playing theatrically in the very year of its release: the 12th Pooch the Pup short, “King Klunk” … Continue reading

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Kong count # 52 – Takashi Minamimura illustrations

Apparently King Kong fought King Ghidorah once, in sonorama form. I don’t know much about that particular sonorama, but I do know the art was by Takashi Minamimura, one of the most iconic of all kaiju illustrators. He did a lot … Continue reading

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Kong count #53 – Kong: King of the Apes (season 1)

Netflix has done some amazing work with their myriad original series projects, and currently stands as the greatest remaining outlet for action-based animation produced by the occident. Because of that, expectations were quite high for their Kong: King of the … Continue reading

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Kong count #54 – Kongzilla

Godzilla cells appear to be plenty good for splicing, and if you don’t believe me, just ask Biollante, Space Godzilla, Orga, Bagan, King Godzilla, Raban, Barugaron… you get the gist. So, even if it’s non-canon, of course there’s a Godzilla-Kong … Continue reading

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Kong count #55 – Unknown Island

I think this is what we mean by “Fiction vs. Reality”: I’m busy today, so I’m reposting a previous review of 1948’s Unknown Island: Color film was still a relatively hefty expenditure in the 1940s, so I guess Unknown Island … Continue reading

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News recap: Seven Seas suddenly blows us away

Time for a quick recap of announcements made this week! With occasional exception (e.g. Tomodachi Monster), we tend to think of Seven Seas Entertainment as “just those folks with all that monster girl manga”. Their licensing announcements this week have … Continue reading

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Kong count #56 – The Ivory Ape

Want to talk about that creature-on-the-loose TV movie that Tsugunoba “Tom” Kotani directed? The Tsuburaya/Rankin-Bass co-production. The one filmed in Bermuda (but isn’t The Bermuda Depths), and has an aging big-game hunter with an existential crisis tracking a dangerous, super-rare animal … Continue reading

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Kong count #57 – Operation Robinson Crusoe

Back when I was first discovering the chronology of Toho’s science fiction canon, it always seemed odd that the Godzilla flick succeeding an interplanetary war was limited to a remote Pacific island, and a three-headed,world-destroying space dragon was followed by … Continue reading

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Kong count #58 – Primal Rage

Nostalgia time: when I was growing up, the local arcade was *the place* for birthday parties, and just across a mall food court from the only major cinema, so just about every other weekend I’d find myself in there for … Continue reading

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Kong count #59 – Kong: King of Skull Island

As hype builds for the upcoming Kong: Skull Island movie, there’s an awful lot of talk about the creatures in the film, particularly the “Skull Crawlers”. Without fail, it seems, my contributions to these conversations comes to a screeching halt, … Continue reading

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Kong count #60 – The Mighty Kong

Back in fall of 2015, when it was first announced that the upcoming Kong: Skull Island would be produced by Warner Bros. instead of Universal, a lot of the fandom was ecstatic, musing over what a Kong flick from the same … Continue reading

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Kong count #61 – Godzilla the Series “Competition”

One of the most underrated entries in the entire Godzilla catalog is the 1998 animated series, which makes up in spades for the dubious movie from which it spun off. While 1998’s Godzilla film is rather acrimonious about the source material, with … Continue reading

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怪獣 or 外獣? (Kaiju or Gaiju?)

Like any number of loan words, “kaiju” (怪獣 , or “kaijū” if you want to be more accurate, literally “strange beast”) has permeated the English lexicon, to the point where many official subtitles don’t bother to use “monster” anymore when … Continue reading

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Kong count #62 – Ippei Sama’s (?) manga

Let’s go for something obscure, shall we? This mangaka has no Japanese wikipedia page, and nothing documented in English, as far as I can tell, and while I assume I’m reading the name correctly, I’m not 100% sure (Japanese can be … Continue reading

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Weekly news recap: Carrrrrrrrrrrrrrranger edition

Not a lot of news that we’ve seen this week, but it’s been pretty busy pulling monkey business together for the Kong count (thanks to everyone who’s been sharing those, by the way!). Here’re the topics we do have for … Continue reading

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Kong count #63 – Gekko Kamen’s Mammoth and not-so-mammoth Kongs

While English-speakers haven’t gotten a lot of exposure to the game-changing superhero Moonlight Mask, AKA Gekko Kamen (seriously, his sexy parody series Kekko Kamen gets way more play stateside), he’s a pretty big deal in Japan. As the nation’s first … Continue reading

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Kong count #64 – Iron Kong from Zoids

I spent literal weeks as a child assembling the complete line of Kenner’s Technozoids plastic robot kits. Some of them were more memorable than others (I still have my Battlesaurus), but one that always stood out was the Iron Kong. Iron … Continue reading

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Kong count #65 – Anonymous big apes of the Godzilla comics

Godzilla’s been known to tango with an oversized simian or two over the course of his career, as King Kong is arguably one of the King of the Monsters’ most formative adversaries. Unfortunately, Kong’s rights are not controlled by Toho, so even … Continue reading

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Kong count #66 – The lost Japanese films

Invariably, when discussions of lost films starts, there’s a staple of titles that come up right away: London After Midnight, The Mountain Eagle, a certain spider pit sequence in a movie that we might get back to later. The giant … Continue reading

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Kong count #67 – Greenman vs “Gorilla”

Officially, Toho made two films with King Kong in them, and, barring the continued existence of Gorosaurus and Mechani-Kong, that was the end of it. There was one more screen appearance, however, that’s a little more ambiguous. In the 1970’s … Continue reading

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Kong count #68 – Osamu Tezuka manga

It’s no stretch to say that the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka, really liked movies. Being of the generation to first encounter the original King Kong during his childhood, it’s unsurprising that his body of works occasionally makes nods to … Continue reading

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Kong count #69 – German movie mechs

It’s now 2017, and and this year we have both a King Kong movie and Godzilla movie hitting theaters – for the first time in exactly five decades! Compared to Godzilla, Kong as a franchise can be quite frustrating; while … Continue reading

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Happy New Year, movie reviews, and news recap!

….aaaaaand Maser Patrol is back. It was a pretty great trip, as you may surmise from the previous post, and we got to see some pretty cool stuff. Also, we caught a couple flicks (in addition to Rogue One): First was … Continue reading

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