Monthly Archives: July 2017

News recap for 7/30

It’s a relatively short-&-sweet news recap this week! Congratulations to Shin Godzilla for winning best presentation at the Seiun Awards! This is the first time anything Godzilla has won (though Gamera movies won back-to-back in 1996 and 1997). Another pleasant … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Monster Attack Team #12 (1st Edition)

Monster Attack Team is the best English-language magazine on the subject of tokusatsu, so it’s always an event when a new issue comes out. Thus, as soon as I heard about the twelfth installment hitting at a release party earlier … Continue reading

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Two-week news recap, plus G-Fest and SDCC!

There was no news recap last weekend because of G-Fest, which means we’ve got a doozy for this week, especially with SDCC ongoing. First I want to give a quick recap of some of the G-Fest highlights: My two panels … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 32: “Kaiju Manga Raids Again” at G-Fest XXIV

This is a sequel to last year’s manga presentation at G-Fest; it might be a good idea to watch that one first. The slides don’t quite match the audio because of some technical difficulties, so this is a reconstruction of … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 31: “Kaiju Anime” at G-Fest XXIV

G-Fest was last weekend, and I got to give two talks! This is the better of the two, being less sleep-deprived and less plagued by technical difficulties, but the other one should also be showing up online within a few … Continue reading

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Japlanet of the Apes

2017 is a great year for fans of Hollywood cinema who also happen to be Japanese pop culture junkies, as the two industries intersect quite a lot. There are plenty of obvious crossover points (Rings, Ghost in the Shell, Death … Continue reading

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Weekly news recap: Planet of the Monsters trailer, City Shrouded in Patlabor, Gridman anime, and more!

It’ll be a major news recap this week, as a greater-than-average number of exciting Japanese-related genre fiction tidbits have materialized in the past seven days! Not to bury the lead, we now have a trailer for Godzilla: Planet of the … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 30: The Fantastic Films of Nobuhiko Obayashi

In this episode, Kevin and Benji have a chat about the wild genre filmography of the mad genius behind some iconic (yet under-represented stateside) Japanese fantasy flicks. If you read thoseĀ A Space Godzilla translations (parts 1 & 2) and wondered … Continue reading

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Weekend news recap: Book recommendations, Blu-ray preorders, movie trailers, and more!

Back to the weekend for the news recap once again; there shouldn’t be another interruption like that until… Oh, gosh, G-Fest is in less than two weeks! Anyway, here’s a quick rundown of neat Japanese science fiction happenings from the … Continue reading

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