04.13.2015: Oh, Godzilla – What Language!

It's an episode without a special topic or agenda, Rachel, Bryan, Kyle and Jeff simply talk about stuff and things.

It’s an episode without a special topic or agenda, Rachel, Bryan, Kyle and Jeff simply talk about stuff and things.

Holy crumbcakes, we made an explicit episode! Yeah, so let’s get that out of the way now. Not like we spend the entire episode swearing like crazed sailors, but we removed our “family friendly” filter for this episode and just talked about stuff like Monsterpalooza, collecting toys and Godzilla stuff, zombie movies, going to Japan, Kaijucast merchandise and all sorts of other things.  We also answered some emails from listeners that date back to the beginning of the year! That was a lot of fun, actually.

So, if you like these types of shows and want to hear more from your Kaijucast hosts, please let us know and we’ll be happy to record more of these conversational episodes (they are a lot easier to do than our standard over-planned shows).

ALL MUSICS ATTACKING APRIL:
1. Brown Gargantuan by Quicksand from Manic Compression (1995)
2. Godzilla by Cosmic Monster from Coaxial Transmission 2 (2015)
3. Suite From King Kong Vs. Godzilla from Ifukube 100: A Legacy of Monster Music (2015)

SUGGESTED READING:
If you haven’t done so, please go support John & Chris’ kickstarter campaign, Symphonic Fury! The Music of Japanese Monsters. They cannot make this concert happen without the support of kaiju fans like you!

04.09.2015: Symphonic Fury Kickstarter Campaign

John DeSentis & Chris Oglio return to discuss their newest crowdfunding project: Symphonic Fury! The Music of Japanese Monsters.

John DeSentis & Chris Oglio return to discuss their newest crowdfunding project: Symphonic Fury! The Music of Japanese Monsters.

Last year, at the annual Godzilla convention in Chicago, G-Fest XXI, John DeSentis and Chris Oglio put on an incredible concert of Akira Ifukube’s music from the Godzilla series. As someone who was there, I can attest to how moving and stirring it was to see kaiju music performed live in front of an audience. It was a once in a lifetime kind of feeling, but lucky for us(!), John and Chris have teamed up again to launch another crowdfunded campaign to bring SYMPHONIC FURY! THE MUSIC OF JAPANESE MONSTERS to Chicago and blow the socks off the attendees. I asked the guys if they would like to come onto the show and talk about their experiences with last year’s concert and what their plans were for this year. I’m not going to waste any more words on this: PLEASE GET YOUR COLLECTIVE BUTTS TO THEIR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN AND MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

The only way we’re going to see this second concert (listen to the episode to hear their plans!) is for as many Godzilla fans as possible to put their support behind this campaign. They cannot do this without our support! Additionally, John and Chris selected a handful of tracks to play during this episode – hinting at the impending awesomeness…

MUSIC OF JAPANESE MONSTERS:
1. Determined To Protect Our Future by Ko Otani from Godzilla Mothra King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
2. Offense & Defense by Ko Otani from Gamera III (1999)
3. Gyaos Flees by Ko Otani from Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)
4. Fight of the Two Giant Monsters by Ko Otani from Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1996)

SUGGESTED READING:
Symphonic Fury! The Music of Japanese Monsters Kickstarter Campaign
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DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
That’s right… we’re watching Death Kappa (2010) this month. Make sure to have your homework turned in by April 23rd to have your thoughts, questions and reviews part of our discussion episode. May Godzilla have mercy on your souls. Oh, and apparently its streaming for free on ConTV.

03.25.2015: Gamera vs. Jiger Daikaiju Discussion

Dave, Rachel, Kyle and Bryan take a Fantastic Voyage inside Gamera vs. Jiger!

Dave, Rachel, Kyle and Bryan take a Fantastic Voyage inside this month’s discussion film, Gamera vs. Jiger!

For this episode, I was joined by Bryan, Rachel and Dave and we are talking about the 1970 Daiei film, Gamera vs. Jiger. All in all, we kind of liked this film that almost seemed to have every aspect of the Showa Gamera series… except aliens. There were none to be found (outside the stock footage). Big thanks to everyone who sent in their homework – it was a lot of fun to read your reactions and reviews of this unique landmark on the kaiju landscape. One of the best parts about watching these old Gamera films is to really see the effort that was put into the productions, despite the decline in ticket sales and budgets.

We cover a handful of news topics towards the end of the show, so make sure you check out the links below if any of those are any interest to you. We also covered some events that are bringing kaiju related guests. And if that wasn’t enough, here are our musical selections for this episode…

MONSTER MUSIC MADNESS:
1. Godzilla Forever! Akira Ifukube Showa Godzilla Medley of Glory (arrangement Hideo Saito) from Godzilla Singles (1985)
2. The Matango Woman by Sadao Bekko from Matango (1963)
3. Operation Rescue Gamera by Shunsuke Kikuchi from Gamera vs. Jiger (1970)
4. Zone Fighter March by Masato Shimon from Zone Fighter (1973)
5. Planet X by Atom Troy from Dance Godzilla (1996)

SUGGESTED READING:
Kaiju Bar to re-open in Osaka
Godzilla Rulers of Earth #22 Preview on Scifi Japan
Godzilla Rulers of Earth #25 Solicitation on Scifi Japan
Attack on Titan footage released

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
03/27 – 03/29 Monsterpalooza in Burbank, CA w/Sonny Chiba
04/03 – 04/05 Anime Boston in Boston, MA w/Haruo Nakajima & Akira Takarada
05/29 – 05/30 FanExpo Dallas w/Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Satsuma & Tom Kitagawa
07/10 – 07/12 G-Fest w/Masaaki Tezuka, August Ragone & Robert Scott Field
07/31 Monster Mania Con w/Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Satsuma, Tsutomu Kitagawa & Bin Furuya

NEW CONTEST! Keep an eye out for our new Godzilla Haiku contest – we’ve got some rad prizes to give away!

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
Death Kappa ...grossBlame Dave, people. It’s 100% his fault for choosing (at random?) our next film in the discussion list. We are grabbing something very recent for the next film. If you listen to the episode, you’ll hear the trepidation in my voice when we make the change during the show. Our next film on the chopping block is #^%&ing Death Kappa from 2010. Yes, the film that dashed my monster hopes against the jagged rocks of budgetary restraint. This film is available for cheap from Amazon if you really want to buy a physical copy. You can also stream it (not for free) from Amazon and a few other services. If you want to brave the waters and join us for our Death Kappa daikaiju discussion, make sure to have your thoughts, questions (not like I’ll be able to answer them) and reviews turned in before April 23rd.