Kyle, Alien Baltan and Brad Warner talk about Tsuburaya Productions.
This interview was recorded with Brad Warner in his apartment while I was in the LA area for Monsterpalooza. I’d been wanting to have Brad on the podcast for a few years now because not only is he a kaiju fan, he actually worked at the company responsible for Ultraman and the countless spin-offs (and much, much more). Brad talks about his time at Tsuburaya and some of the memories he has from his time in Japan. He also discusses the history behind Tsuburaya and the Thai company, Chaiyo and gives his thoughts about what went down.
Brad is also a Zen monk, but we didn’t really talk about that stuff so the links below are mostly related to his books, blog and more (you will definitely want to check out some of the awesome old videos on his YouTube channel). Anyway, I hope you enjoy the conversation with Brad and hopefully we can get him back on the podcast soon!
DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER: Don’t forget that May’s Daikaiju Discussion will be about the Millennium-era film Godzilla X Mechagodzilla (2002). So make sure you have your homework sent in before May 22nd to be part of the episode!
Martin, Bryan, Rachel, Dave and Kyle discussing Death Kappa… what could possibly go wrong?
There are two reasons why this is an explicit episode. The first is that Dave (who always loves being on the podcast) missed out on our last filter-less episode. The second is that our movie for this month…well, it just isn’t aimed at kids. I explain this a little bit at the beginning of the show, but I wanted to make sure this is the first thing the listeners see in the post. So our 140th episode explores the comedy/parody/whatever produced by Media Blasters, Death Kappa (2010). Apparently I am in the minority here, but this is a film I loathe and I was legitimately surprised that my co-hosts found it so entertaining. To each their own, I suppose.
I never imagined that we could discuss this film in such detail, but I have to admit that hearing my cohosts’ opinions has lessened my sour view of this movie by a tiny, tiny little bit. They likened it to parodies like the Naked Gun films… so, there’s that, I suppose. If you haven’t seen the film, I’d guess you kind of need to in order to get these maniacs are talking about. Big thanks to the listeners who sent in their homework on Death Kappa. You guys are real troopers (and not the kind that scream for their Mommies)!
1. Incident in the Mountains / Search March by Akira Ifukube from Frankenstein Conquers The World (1965)
2. Science Patrol Theme by Mikihiko Matsumiya from Ukulele Ultraman (2006)
3. Toru Watches The Decisive Battle by Yoko Ueno from Gamera The Brave (2006)
4. Death Kappa English Trailer (2010)
5. Kappa Ex by Shonen Knife from Pretty Little Baka Guy (1986)
6. Japanese Mega Shark v. Kolossus (2015) Trailer
7. Rock, Rock Godzilla (Alternate Version) performed by Masato Shimon from Bride Of Godzilla (1972)
Our next Daikaiju Discussion will look squarely in the robotic eyes of Kiryu! That’s because we’ll be watching Masaaki Tezuka’s second entry in the Big G Pantheon, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) for May. If you’d like to send in your thoughts, questions and reviews of this film, make sure to submit your “homework”before May 22nd to be included in the discussion episode. This film is available on DVD, BluRay and on multiple online platforms.
So much Godzilla news, it takes up the entire episode!
If you’ve been wondering just when the heck we were going to be talking about the big announcements about Toho’s impending Godzilla film and the other cool news coming out of Japan as of late, this one’s for you!
On March 31st, Toho announced the writer and directors of the upcoming Godzilla film. Hideaki Anno (best known for his work on Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (the special effects director from the 90s Gamera series) are going to be bringing Godzilla to life in 2016. This is an earth-shatteringly awesome announcement and I cannot wait to see more from these two directors’ upcoming production. I’m definitely going to be sitting down and checking out some Evangelion and Attack On Titan – at least when the live action film comes out to familiarize myself a bit more with the directors’ work.
Toho’s new Godzilla footprint!
Additionally, the Shinjuku Gracery Hotel has fired up the Godzilla head and opened the Godzilla Rooms for the press. The life-size head (located on the 8th floor) roars and lights up. Don’t forget to check out the show notes to watch some incredible videos of this awesome addition to Tokyo’s skyline. Also, during the unveiling ceremony, Godzilla was named the “Tourism Ambassador for the Shinjuku Ward”, a neighborhood he has destroyed in the past (which is very forgiving of the Japanese, don’t you think?).
Additionally, there’s more news on the horizon about the Playstation Godzilla game(s) being released and hopefully we correctly interpreted the articles. If this is a subject you are into, make sure you check out Gormaru Island’s FB page for more information than anyone else seems to be cataloguing on these releases.
As always, make sure to check the links below to learn more about the stuff we blabbed about in the episode!
1. Godzilla by Fighter Ishida & GYM from Adventure! Godzillaland (1993)
2. Godzilla vs. Gigan Suite from Ifukube 100: A Legacy of Monster Music (2015)
Like all the great podcasts, Kaijucast transcends its subject matter. Before I started listening to Kaijucast I only had a passing interest in the genre, but the infectious enthusiasm and passion it was hard not to dig deeper. Simply put, Kaijucast has become an essential part of my podcast library. — Ben Jones