Category Archives: Podcast

Quick update

Hi all, Kevin here. The blog has gone sadly neglected for the past few months, for which I apologize; the stressful current state of world events has certainly taken its toll. However, I have not been completely off the radar! … Continue reading

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Kaiju Transmissions triple-shot

Also, because I forgot earlier, I did guest spots on three episodes of Kaiju Transmissions without posting about them here. I wholeheartedly suggest adding Kaiju Transmissions to your podcatcher feed to make sure you get every episode, but I was … Continue reading

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Podcast recap: Kaiju Con-Line double-feature

Hi all, Apologies for the lack of blog posts during all the lockdown. A lot of steam was let out of the weekly news recaps due to all of the depressing coronavirus-related news, so they’ve basically fallen on hold. However, … Continue reading

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April 4/5: Kaiju Quarantine live podcast festival

This weekend, an octet of kaiju-centric podcasts will be gathering on Discord to do one live commentary each on their favorite giant monster movies. The Maser Patrol podcast itself isn’t among them, but I did get invited to join the … Continue reading

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Kaiju Transmissions podcast: Virus (1980)

While there hasn’t been a new Maser Patrol episode in a hot minute, Kevin (along with author John LeMay) had a chance to drop by the Kaiju Transmissions podcast this week to discuss Kinji Fukasaku’s 1980 disaster film Virus, AKA … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 46: Lost Films and More with John LeMay

Looking for a last-minute Christmas present? Well, you’re in luck, because John LeMay has a varied bibliography on topics ranging from history, UFOlogy, horror films, cryptozoology, spaghetti westerns, and a whole smattering of kaiju/tokusatsu-related titles, with a special emphasis on … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 45: We’ve got the seasonal Blus…

On this episode of the podcast, Kevin, Justin, and Byrd sit down to discuss some of the exciting recent tokusatsu home video releases from Criterion, Mill Creek, Discotek, Section23, SRS, Shout Factory, Arrow, Kino Lorber, and Synapse. We also go … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 44: Kevin and Amanda’s Bizarre Japan Adventure

On this episode of the podcast, Kevin’s in Japan, and with the help of local guide Amanda, we talk about all the neat pop-culturey stuff we got to see and do. Direct download Photos after the jump.

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G Fest XXVI Panel: Nessie – The Kaiju that Hammer Loched Away

Here’s a video of one of the panels I was on at G-Fest this year. The camera is aimed more at the panelists than it is at the screen with our visual aids (including both concept art and newly-commissioned art … Continue reading

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G-Fest XXVI panel: Bandai & Tsuburaya

Another panel from this past G-Fest, I joined RJ of BoatsCanFly and Matt of Kaiju Transmissions for a panel talking about how a certain toy company has been influencing the creative process behind the Ultraman franchise.

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G-Fest 2019: Godzilla Anime Trilogy Panel

We never did a proper podcast on the Godzilla anime trilogy, so I sat in on a panel discussing the subject this G-Fest. Not quite my usual format, but for a final panel of a long weekend where nobody knew … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 43: “Kaiju & Tokusatsu Fandom in Media” at G-Fest XXVI

Of the whopping six panels I did at G-Fest this year, this was the only solo effort. It was the last of three back-to-back presentations, so I was a little frazzled, but hopefully it’s entertaining nevertheless. Also, Justin was correct … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 42: A Legendary Double Feature

In this episode, Kevin, Andy, Josh, Justin, and Matt sit down to chat about Legendary’s new monster movie, co-produced with Toho, that hit theaters last month. The one with the British bad guy, environmental themes, an absentee dad, and Ken … Continue reading

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Podcast guest spot: Japan Station episode 12

Japan Station is Japankyo‘s official podcast, covering all facets of Japanese popular culture. I had the good fortune to be interviewed there earlier this month, so check out this episode, and the rest of the neat guests that Tony has … Continue reading

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Kaiju Transmissions podcast: Zone Fighter

Late on posting this, but I was on a guest Kaiju Transmissions again last month; this time to talk about the under-discussed Toho superhero series Zone Fighter! Every Godzilla fan should check out that show for its unique brand of … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 41: Alita – Battle Angel

In this episode, Kevin, Benji, and Josh sit down for a spoiler-laden review of the long, long, long-awaited new Hollywood quasi-hit Alita: Battle Angel! We jump right into comparisons between the movie, OVA, and original manga, so if you haven’t … Continue reading

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Kaiju Transmissions podcast: Bye Bye Jupiter and Gunhed

Another guest spot on Kaiju Transmissions! This time I try to defend two very unpopular 1980s Koichi Kawakita special effects films from Toho, so it could be controversial! Direct download

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 40B: Gridman (part 2)

The second part of our Gridman podcast episode gets into the main focus: reviewing the new series SSSS Gridman. Spoiler: we liked it. Also, spoilers for the rest of the show. Direct Download Show notes: They made a new suit … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 40A: Gridman (part 1)

In this episode, Kevin, Justin, Connor (earning our explicit tag), and Matt (of Kaiju Transmissions) sit down for a long round-table about the awesome recent anime series SSSS Gridman. We got carried away and went for a solid four hours, … Continue reading

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Kaiju Transmissions podcast: End of Evangelion

Here’s the other half to that Kaiju Transmissions guest spot, talking about End of Evangelion now! Direct download

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Kaiju Transmissions podcast: Evangelion TV series

Forgot to mirror this here before, but I was on Kaiju Transmissions again… sort of. This was actually the first time I was ever on the show, but they’ve had it in the bag for a while (hence the five … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 39: Wolf Guy

In honor of Halloween, author John LeMay stops by the podcast to talk about the Wolf Guy werewolf franchise from Kazumasa Hirai. We discuss the novel, manga, Toho, Toei, and JC staff adaptations. It’s a howling good time. direct download Notes: … Continue reading

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Kaiju Transmissions podcast: Godzilla the Series

Last month I showed up on Kaiju Transmissions for another guest spot, this time to talk about Godzilla the Series, which, as mentioned before, is just the best. Apologies for the delay in posting! Expect an actual Maser Patrol podcast shortly. Podcast Download … Continue reading

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Kaiju Transmissions podcast: Obscure Kaiju Movies

Kaiju Transmissions just had their 100th episode! Not ones to do anything special for such a milestone, they instead decided to chat with me about the book and about obscure kaiju flicks in general. It’s cool for me to be … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 38: “Giant Robot Movies” at G-Fest XXV

The other panel from this year’s G-Fest is up on YouTube now. While it was certainly a bit more slapdash than the other one, hopefully it’ll help you find some new titles you weren’t previously aware of.

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 37: “When Kaiju Meet Samurai” at G-Fest XXV

For those who missed the “When Kaiju Meet Samurai” panel at G-Fest, I can’t blame you; there was a lot of cool stuff going on at the time. Luckily, it’s recorded and up for your viewing pleasure! This is part … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 36: “Neon Reference Evangelion” at ACen 2018

I did a short panel presentation at Anime Central, running through some of the pop culture influences on the Evangelion TV franchise. Enjoy, and apologies in advance for the low energy (it was the first panel of the morning)!

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 35: Unstructured Ultraman

Windows updates were the Zetton to my computer’s Ultraman this Sunday, so I didn’t have any of my slides for the Ultraman panel at Anime Central. Fortunately, the crowd was great, and we were able to improvise something audio-only, even … Continue reading

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Kaiju Transmissions podcast: Kaiju Video Games

Oh, wow! I was on the Kaiju Transmissions podcast again! Go listen to Byrd, Matt, and I chatting about kaiju video games. Find out what we think should get a movie adaptation next after Rampage! Download here

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Kaiju Transmissions podcast: Pacific Rim Uprising

On my trip across the US, I stopped by Matt of Kaiju Transmissions‘ place, and we caught the new Pacific Rim: Uprising together. In lieu of an actual Maser Patrol podcast episode on the subject, I crashed their review, and … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 34: Casting a wide Netflix

On this episode, Kevin, Josh, Andy, and Justin completely sell out to a huge corporation as we discuss a handful of programs we’ve been following from the same behemoth, convention-defying content producer/distributor: the ever-popular Netflix. If you’re a Japanese media … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 33C: Cthulhu Mythos in Japan (Part 3)

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 … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 33B: Cthulhu Mythos in Japan (Part 2)

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 … Continue reading

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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, … 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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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 those A Space Godzilla translations (parts 1 & 2) and wondered … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 29: “Godzilla vs. Anime” at Anime Central

For those who missed the “Godzilla vs. Anime” panel at Anime Central, here’s a handy upload. A couple slips of the tongue: At one point I say that The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms had done well in Japan; I meant … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 28: Kong – Skull Island

After that extensive countdown earlier in the year, we got to go see the new King Kong movie, Kong: Skull Island. In this episode, Kevin, Josh, Andy and Justin talk for longer than the movie’s run time, and mostly on … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 27: Shin Godzilla

This episode is about goofy German movie posters, the ending of All Monsters Attack, rhinoceros sails, Charles Barkley doujinshi games, and the sexual dimorphism of Pokemon. Not that the likes of Kevin, Josh, Andy, and Justin could get distracted or off topic. But … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast omake: Shin-anigans

This weekend we recorded an epic 4-hour podcast to discuss the latest Godzilla flick, but then lost one of the audio tracks rendering the conversation incomprehensible. So, to tide everyone over, here’s a selection of choice (not-so-serious) moments from the … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 26: Gen Urobuchi

With the next Godzilla flick being written by the most coveted screenwriting talent in the modern anime world, the Maser Patrol crew sat down this week to discuss Gen Urobuchi’s previous output…. along with interludes about Star Trek and Josh’s … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast 25: “All Manga Attack” at G-Fest XXIII

For those who missed the panel at G-Fest last weekend, here’s a handy recording! Actually, this may be an improvement for those who were in the back row at the con… Like we said previously, this is partially a repeat … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 24: The films of Mamoru Hosoda

With the simultaneous home video re-release of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and the release of The Boy and the Beast, the Maser Patrol gang (Kevin, Josh, and Andy) sat down to discuss the work of director Mamoru Hosoda, and why he … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 23 – Jellyfish Eyes and the work of Takashi Murakami

In this episode of the podcast, Kevin and Justin discuss the work of Japanese pop-culture artist Takashi Murakami, culminating in his 2013 feature film Jellyfish Eyes. The movie just got a release from Criterion, so fans of battle monsters, kaiju, … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 22: Our favorite horror anime

In this episode of the podcast, Josh, Andy, Kevin & Amanda (sharing a lousy mic, apologies for that!) shoot the breeze about our favorite horror anime, since Halloween is right around the corner. Of course, there’s a lot of horror … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 21: The Garo Franchise

In this episode, our longest single recording so far: Kevin, Andy, and Alan shoot the breeze about the long-running Garo franchise, which turns 10 this year. We like this series a lot, so we talk in sort of broad strokes … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 20: Hideaki Anno

In this episode, Kevin, Andy, and Josh talk about the major prior works of Hideaki Anno, the director of the upcoming Toho Godzilla flick. He’s an eccentric weirdo, for sure, but he has also created some of the best animation of all … Continue reading

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 19: Tokusatsu 101 (Rehearsal)

Several people asked for me to post the Tokusatsu: The World of Japanese Special effects presentation slides from this year’s Anime Milwaukee convention. I don’t have the audio from that panel, but I did get a recording of a practice … Continue reading

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