Maser Patrol podcast episode 33A: Cthulhu Mythos in Japan (Part 1)

With the first of of Gou Tanabe’s HP Lovecraft manga adaptations, The Hound & Other Stories, fresh on US bookstore shelves, it seems like a good time to get a crash course on the impact of Lovecraft on Japanese genre fiction, and, of course, kaiju. Justin previously wrote the articles “The Cthulhu Mythos in Japan” and “Robot Lords of Tokyo: Lovecraftian Anime” for the Lovecraft ezine, so we sat down for a chat… which wound up taking eight hours! It sounds like folks prefer bite-sized recordings, so that’s been split up into four chapters for convenience.

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Covered in Part 1:

  • Who was HP Lovecraft? What is Cthulhu Mythos?
  • When was the mythos introduced to Japan, and why would it resonate?
  • Footsteps of the Underground
  • Matango
  • Yokai Hunter
  • Eko Eko Azarak
  • Iczer 1
  • The Challenger to Great Old Ones
  • Megami Tensei

Check out a whole series of Lovecraft-inspired ukyoe prints here!

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