08.27.2015: The Yak Attack Strikes Back

Rachel, Kyle, Jeff and Bryan hang out and shoot the shobijin in another Yak Attack episode,

Rachel, Kyle, Jeff and Bryan hang out and shoot the shobijin in another Yak Attack episode!

Hey there, welcome to the Kaijucast HQ! What? Oh, nothing – we’re all just hanging out and having a few beers and talking about whatever the hell we want… MONSTERS… and life …and stuff and things. It’s all very conversational, I assure you.

Some of the nonsense about to bombard your ears: Jeff and I had just gotten back from camping. Ideas for Camp Kaiju. and Kaiju Camp. Don’t kill Bryan Cranston. Toho’s Godzilla speculation based on Attack On Titan’s trailer. Pacific Rim’s Maelstrom and beyond. The Unboxing Episode. Reaction Videos vs. Japanese Picture-In-Picture. Multnomah Falls. Top Gunnery. Movie Bears and Moebius. Kyle’s Famous Monsters debut. Ultramanga! Ready Player One. Ultraman X. Rose City Comic Con awesomeness! Halloween stuff arrives.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Daikaiju Discussion coming in just a few days!

MUSIC:
1. The Great American Nightmare by Rob Zombie from Private Parts (1997)
2. Hedorah Attack by Kaiju Daisenso from Kaiju Daisenso (2014)

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
9/19 & 9/20 ROSE CITY COMIC CON in Portland, Oregon — don’t miss it because… (see below)

KAIJUCAST x KODOJA: ROSE CITY COMIC CON SOS (dorky, I know)
Booth #1121 KODOJA vs KAIJUCAST – Kaiju Photo Ops, Comics, Music, Prints & Stickers
Saturday (9/19) 12:30pm HAIL TO THE KING: 60 YEARS OF DESTRUCTION Screening [Room 2]
Saturday (9/19) 8:00pm KAIJUCAST LISTENER PARTY @ Killer Burger’s Downtown Location
Sunday (9/20) 10:30am MONSTERS OF PODCASTING Panel [Room 4]
Sunday (9/20) 1:30pm GIANT MONSTER HAPPY CHALLENGE Game Show Panel [Room 4]
…and if you are going to RCCC15 and want to be one of the contestants, please fill out this form right now!

08.20.2015: Ultra-Mess with August Ragone

Kaiju historian August Ragone chats with Kyle about the ongoing battle between Tsuburaya Productions and Thailand's Chaiyo.

Kaiju historian August Ragone chats with Kyle about the ongoing battle between Tsuburaya Productions & Thailand’s Chaiyo. [Photo by David Eric Dopko]

In this episode, we welcome back tokusatsu historian and author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, August Ragone. I actually recorded this chat with August back in May but with “all of the things” I haven’t had the time to edit the interview… until now that is.

Attention, Kaiju Corps! If you were fascinated by the interview with Brad Warner about his time working at Tsuburaya Productions Co. and the ongoing legal troubles that Ultraman’s studio has been having with a Thai company named Chaiyo, you’ll want to listen to this one. August and I dive deep into the history and speculation on this ridiculous battle for the rights to the super space cop from Nebula M78.

MINOR MUSICAL MENTIONS:
1. Title B by Kunio Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
2. Human Specimens 5 & 6 by Kunio Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)

SUGGESTED READING:
Chaiyo’s 5/12 Press Conference [Realmcast] [The Tokusatsu Network]
Ultraman Lawsuit over film & YouTube rights [Hollywood Reporter]
UMC’s website
Chaiyo’s Ultraman Forever website (2013)
Chaiyo’s Ultraman “Official” website (2015)

SUGGESTED LISTENING:
Episode #141 Behind the Booska with Brad Warner
The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast #30 Hollywood Ultra
Hey, check out August and my Commentary for Godzilla vs. Monster Zero recorded live at G-Fest XXII!

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
Don’t forget to submit your homework for The Monster X Strikes Back/Attack the G8 Summit (2008) to be included in the next discussion episode – the deadline is in just a few days!

07.31.2015: News Roundup

Enough news to warrant its own episode! Including a slick new CGI Ultraman was teased this month!

Enough news to warrant its own episode, including a slick new CGI Ultraman was teased this month!

It’s an all news episode! I knew that the Pulgasari Daikaiju Discussion was going to run really long if we were to tack the news onto it, so we split the episode in two. I think it makes more sense to do this but I’m a weirdo sometimes. Please let me know if this is a better option than a nearly three hour podcast (because that’s what we would have been looking at!).

There have been so many kaiju-related things happening these days, and we don’t even cover all of them in this episode. Perhaps it’s best to consider these the cherry picked stories. After listening to the episode, if any of these piqued your interests, make sure you check out the links in the show notes below — and go watch Hail To The King if you haven’t yet!

ULTRA MUSIC:
1. Ultraman X Theme song by Takao Konishi from Ultraman X (2015)
2. Ultraman Theme by Project DMM from Ultraman Oldies (2002)

SUGGESTED READING:
Godzilla In Hell Issue #2 preview on ScifiJapan
Ultraman X Premieres in Japan and on CrunchRoll
“Ultraman N/A” CGI 50th Teaser (and August Ragone’s comments)
Google’s Tsuburaya Birthday Doodle
Bandai Namco’s Godzilla Game has been released (and we dig it)
Hail to the King: 60 Years of Destruction has been released!
Shout! Factory’s Kaiju Movie Marathon (hosted by August Ragone) was incredibly cool!
Attack On Titan LA Premiere (via AnimeNewsNetwork)
Funimation will be distributing Attack On Titan in the US
Kodoja available through Diamond Comics’ Preview Magazine

CROWDFUNDING AND KICKSTARTING
Alex Vasquez’ POPZILLA Crossover art book

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
9/19 – 9/20 Rose City Comic Con in Portland, OR (massive Kaijucast invasion)

 

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