05.25.2016: 50 Years of Gamera Panel from G-Fest

Kyle and August Ragone attempt to plow through the entirety of Gamera’s history during G-Fest XXIII… can they do it??

This episode of the Kaijucast was recorded at last year’s G-Fest convention in Chicago, Illinois. August Ragone and I thought it would be a fun panel idea to go through the entirety of Gamera’s filmography (which at the time was just about 50 years old). By all accounts, we should have been able to do it, but (spoiler warning) we were only able to get through the Showa era’s films (1965 – 1980).

Also, I was unfortunately running around so much that I forgot to hit the record button before the actual panel started, but you’re in luck! Listener, fellow podcaster and generally awesome dude, Robert Wright-Stasko happened to record the whole thing from the audience. Thanks, Robert! Since this is a phone recording, we didn’t have the control over the audio, so expect some variances. 😉

Because this is just a panel, I only played some Gamera songs and kept it to the Showa era.

MELODIC MUSIC OF MASSIVE PROPORTIONS:
1. Gamera March/Theme Song by Shunsuke Kikuchi from Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)
2. (Another) Gamera Theme Song (Twist) by from Tadashi Yamauchi from Daikaiju Gamera (1965)

We’ll be back with another episode before the end of the month (I should probably start making my way through the backlog), but until then I hope you enjoy the panel recording!

05.14.2016: Spring Shin Gojira News Roundup!

Kyle, Rachel and Jeff discuss the recent Shin-Gojira news.

Kyle, Rachel and Jeff discuss the recent Shin-Gojira news.

So much has happened in the past month! Japan’s new Godzilla film is on the horizon, and I’ve been traveling so I never had a chance to chat about this with my co-hosts. So this episode is almost entirely about the Godzilla Resurgence news that broke in the past month. We’ll cover some of the other news stories in another upcoming episode, but we hope you enjoy our speculations and roundtable chat.

MINOR MUSIC:
1. Shin-Gojira Teaser Audio (2016)
2. Mothra by Godflesh from Pure (1992)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Shin-Gojira / Godzilla Resurgence Japanese Trailer
August Ragone’s Shin-Gojira Reveal coverage
Banpresto Announces MASSIVE Shin-Goji figure & Lottery
Bandai Release plans for Shin-Godzilla
Nico Nico Super Conference displays Godzilla maquette
Godzilla vs. Evangelion Marketing Crossover Details via CrunchyRoll & Kotaku’s Coverage

04.28.2016: Monster March Madness Concludes

Monster March Madness concludes!

Monster March Madness concludes!

Trying to edit podcasts while traveling isn’t so easy, so now that I’m back at home and you’ve all been at the edges of your seats (and I’m sure you haven’t become bored with the wait, right??) it’s time to crown the winner of our MONSTER MARCH MADNESS tournament! And yes, I’m painfully aware that we’re almost in May, but that’s not the important part.

The important part is that this episode contains the three final bouts in which we go from Elite/Hateful Eight to Final/Fearful Four and finally  the Championship itself. We’ve broken it up with some music for you so you can pretend that these were separated by a week or so (use your imagination, people!).

If you’re looking for the number of Gigan figures/statues in my collection (as mentioned at the end of the episode) I think I’m going to put together a video showing me count them all instead of including it in this installment of the podcast.

We should be back soon with a brand new episode covering the Shin Gojira trailer that was released while I was in Japan! Woohoo!!!

MONSTER MARCH MUSIC:
1. All Monsters Attack by Akira Ifukube from Destroy All Monsters (1968)
2. Clash of the Two Giant Monsters by Ko Otani from Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1996)
3. Last Shot by Alexandre Desplat from Godzilla (2014)
4. Godzula by M.O.D. from Gross Misconduct (2009)

CONGRATS:
Big huzzahs to our second and first place winners, Raven Johnson and Justin Greene!

 

Check these out – artist Frankie Washington created these killer sketch cards based on the battles fought during Monster March Madness!

Kong vs Hedorah by Frankie Washington

Kong vs Hedorah by Frankie Washington

 

Daimajin vs. Gamera by Frankie Washington