04.22.2015: Ultimate Godzilla Fan Contest

Here's a direct link to my video entry on the contest page!

Here’s a direct link to my video entry on the contest page!

What’s up, Kaijucast listeners, I am here with a plea! That’s right, I’m totally attempting to use my fan base, supporters and visitors to the website in an effort to garner votes for this amazing contest currently being put on by Legendary Pictures. It’s called the Ultimate Fan Contest and it’s currently in the public voting stage. You’ve probably heard me talk about it on the podcast, but the winner gets chosen to attend the London Premiere of the new Godzilla film. Plus he/she also gets to check out the press junket and….AND… the opportunity to interview Gareth Edwards, the director of the new Godzilla film.

The contest only runs for a few days, so this episode totally has a shelf life. But if you have us in your feed, I could really use the help. Currently at the time of this posting, I’m in 4th place but in the next few days that could change! The public voting lasts until 11:59 p.m. PT on April 25, 2014.  Please help me get to the premiere in London and create some awesome content for the Kaijucast! Here is a link directly to my entry page. Thanks so much! Oh, and I also played some music at the end…

1. ULTRA SEVEN by Rawara from Ukulele Ultraman (2006)
2. Gorgo Trailer Audio (1961)
3. Godzilla vs. Titanosaurus by Akira Ifukube from Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
4. The Crash by Ko Otani from Gamera III: Revenge of Irys (1999)
5. Godzilla! by The Creatures from Hai! (2003)

Thanks for your help, we shall return with another Daikaiju Discussion in about a week!

04.15.2014: Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo Author Stuart Galbraith

Stuart Galbraith IV, the author of Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo sits down to discuss his writing and love for both the kaiju genre and film studies in general.

Stuart Galbraith IV, the author of Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo sits down to discuss his writing and love for both the kaiju genre and film studies in general.

This is another interview that I recorded waaaaay back in what the internet would consider “ages ago”. I picked up Stuart Galbraith IV’s book Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo a long time ago and for some weird reason, I didn’t open it for several years. I think I was under the impression that it was just another catalogue of kaiju films, but once I did start reading it, I was shocked to discover something that was completely different from any other kaiju book on the market. And good news, at the time of this writing, it looks like the publisher, Feral House, has some of those books in stock! I had a wonderful time interviewing Stuart about his love for the kaiju genre and Japanese cinema – I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to check out World Cinema Paradise and  Stuart’s DVD Talk Page to see his current writings about films and their rich history.

Once again, we have a lot to cover with the news – lots of kaiju updates (enjoy it while it lasts, kaiju fans!) and merchandise on the horizon. Plus there are some cool events happening – big thanks to Mark Jaramillo for popping in to talk about an event happening in Los Angeles next month (see below).

1. Global Defense Force Mecha King Ghidorah Theme by Heavy Melody Music from Godzilla Unleashed (2007)
2. Ultraman Gaia by Toshihiko Sahashi from Ultraman Gaia (1998)
3. The Enemy Below by Michiru Oshima from Godzilla Mothra Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003)
4. Mechagodzilla’s Counterattack by Akira Ifukube from Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

Godzilla 2014 News
- Advance Tickets go on sale on April 21st
WBshop.com has a slew of Godzilla merchandise
Ultimate Fan Video Contest
IMAX Fan Art Contest
More Extended Footage
Wondercon Panel & Poster Reveal

Mill Creek Entertainment’s Gamera Releases:
[Gamera Vol 1] [Gamera Vol 2] [Gamera Legacy Collection & Youtube Trailer] [Godzilla The Series & Youtube Trailer]
X-Plus Japan Line-up: Godzilla 1989, Gamera 1996 & Dodongo (and more…)
Diamond Comics Distribution announces Wave 5: Godzilla 1962, Godzilla 1968 and Hedorah 1971
Diamond Select Toys’ King Ghidorah Bank Details
Scifi Japan Contest: Win Kraken’s Godzilla Blu Rays
Scifi Japan Contest: Win Mill Creek Entertainment’s Godzilla The Series DVD

May 3rd: Godzilla vs. Biollante Screenings, SFX Demonstration, God Of Clay screening and Q&A with Koichi Kawakita in Los Angeles, CA
May 3rd – 6th: Gojira (1954) Screenings at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR
May 16th: Special LOUD Screening of Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla at the Roseway Theater in Portland, OR [ Link TBA ]
May 17th & 18th: BigWow ComicsFest with Kenpachiro Satsuma, Bin Furuya & Ban Daisuke in San Jose, CA

4/25 – 4/27 Chiller Theatre in Parsippany, NJ w/Hiroshi Koizumi & Bin Furuya
5/16 – 5/18 Dallas Comicon Dallas, TX w/Akira Takarada
5/17 & 5/18 BigWow ComicFest in San Jose, CA w/Ban Daisuke, Kenpachiro Satsuma & Bin Furuya
5/30 – 6/1 Spooky Empire in Orlando, FL w/Akira Takarada & Haruo Nakajima and Linda Haynes from Latitude Zero


You could win the 2nd Edition of August Ragone’s book, Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monstersyou have to listen to get the details!

Remember that if you want to be included in the next Daikaiju Discussion episode, please watch Daikaiju Gappa/Gappa The Triphibian Monster/Monster From A Prehistoric Planet and send in your homework (thoughts/questions/reviews) by Friday, April 25th.


03.31.2014: Kaiju Attack at Emerald City Comic Con

Kaiju Attack Panel

I just wanted to post the movies that were discussed during the “Kaiju Attack: 60 Years of Giant Japanese Monsters” panel at Emerald City Comic Con yesterday. I’ve linked to each film’s Amazon page – some are preorders and a few are ridiculously expensive because they are out of print. Hopefully these will get another production run and you can enjoy the films without getting gouged by the secondary market.

THE 1950s
1954: Gojira (Godzilla: King of the Monsters)
1956: Rodan (Rodan the Flying Monster)
Honorable Mentions: Godzilla Raids Again (1955) & Daikaiju Varan (1958)

THE 1960s
1962: King Kong vs. Godzilla
1964: Mothra vs. Godzilla (Godzilla vs. The Thing)
1965: Monster Zero (Invasion of Astro Monster)
1966: Daimajin
Honorable Mentions: Mothra (1961), Gamera (1965), Frankenstein Conquers The World (1965), War Of The The Gargantuas (1966), Destroy All Monsters (1968)

THE 1970s
1971: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster)
1972: Godzilla vs. Gigan
1974: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
1975: Terror of Mechagodzilla
Honorable Mentions: Zone Fighter (TV Show – not officially available on DVD)

THE 1980s
1984: Godzilla Returns (Godzilla 1985 - not officially available on DVD)
1985: Pulgasari (not officially available on DVD)
1989: Godzilla vs. Biollante

THE 1990s
1991: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
1995: Godzilla vs. Destoyorah
1996: Gamera 2: Attack of Legion
Honorable Mentions: Shusuke Kaneko’s Gamera Trilogy (1995 – 1999)

THE 2000s
2000: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
2001: Godzilla · Mothra · King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
2004: Godzilla Final Wars
Honorable Mentions: Godzilla 2000 (1999), Godzilla · Mothra · Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003)

We really appreciated the crowd that came out to support Godzilla and his kaiju brethren!