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.
Covered in Part 4:
- Song of Saya
- Nyaruko: Crawling With Love
- Project Nemesis
- Gou Tanabe’s adaptations
Of course, there’s plenty else out there that we neglected to mention.
- the upcoming Force of Will movie
- the claymation HP Lovecraft’s Dunwich Horror and Other Stories
- the hentai Mystery of the Necronomicon
- the Moe Moe Cthulhu Mythos Dictionary
- Princess Resurrection, whose opening credits starts with “That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange eons even death may die.”
- Bungo Stray Dogs, which has a character named after Lovecraft, who can turn into a tentacle monster
The list goes on, but after eight hours it does get a little exhausting! The main point is, there’s quite a lot of influence to have, and like Nyarlathotep, it takes many forms.