Maser Patrol podcast episode 33D: Cthulhu Mythos in Japan (Part 4)

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 4:

  • Demonbane
  • Song of Saya
  • Nyaruko: Crawling With Love
  • Project Nemesis
  • Kaijumax
  • 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.

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