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Episodes of Kaijuvision Radio have 3 parts:

Part 1: A short description (not a summary) of the movie.  It’s an analysis tailored to kaiju movies, to arm the listener with the facts.  At last, a way to compare these movies to each other.

Part 2: With the facts out of the way, we discuss the movie and give our opinions.

Part 3: A brand new, one-of-a-kind fusion of international affairs and movie analysis.  Japan-related topic(s) either brought up by the movie, or going on at the time the movie was released.  Topics are historical, political, economic, or cultural.

 

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Episode 31: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

Turn of the Millennium Month continues with the first of three Godzilla movies which are directed by Masaaki Tezuka and becomes the standard bearer for the Millennium Series. Brian proclaims that this movie is fantastic because Tezuka brings back many stylistic elements from the Showa series. Overall, we rate this movie as fun, smart, and ahead of its time. We pay particular attention to the Dimension Tide (the black hole gun), what Godzilla’s body slam in the fight is referencing, and how many of the Heisei issues have been fixed. Brian explains to Nate how this isn’t a revenge story (though our main character is motivated by revenge). Our related topics are Energy Use and Energy Independence in Japan and Prime Minister Mori’s gaffe.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:52

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:52 – 7:56

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:56 – 1:09:22

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:09:22 – 1:29:27

Closing: 1:29:27 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: General Anthony Wayne Statue (Dedicated 1918), Freimann Square, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

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Episode 30: Godzilla 2000 (1999)

Continuing Turn of the Millennium Month, Nate and Brian appreciate the film where Japan reintroduces us to the authentic and complex Godzilla! Godzilla 2000 actually gives us subjects to think about, and it lets us get philosophical about Godzilla’s existence. We find similarities to The Flight of the Navigator, Independence Day, and Die Hard (the explosion at the Shinjuku Sumitomo building).  Our related topic is the Tokaimura nuclear accidents.

We’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi and Sean Stiff for pledging at the Kaiju Visionary level. Thank you for your support! We really appreciate it.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:58

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:58 – 7:38

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:38 – 1:05:14

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:05:14 – 1:16:31

Closing: 1:16:31– End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: St. Joe Dam (St. Joseph River), Johnny Appleseed Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Episode 29: Godzilla (US) (1998)

It’s Turn of the Millennium Month at Kaijuvision Radio. We will cover Godzilla movies from 1998-2001 all this month every Wednesday! It’s appropriate that this is April Fools’ Day week and we’re doing the episode on the Godzilla movie made by a fool and loathed by Godzilla fans. The film is commonly referred to as GINO (Godzilla In Name Only). If you’re still wondering what we think of this movie, our “scenic” YouTube video this week is of our local landfill on a dreary, cold, humid day! Listen as Brian and Nate dispose of this movie in the cinematic landfill once and for all! Our related topics are the 1998 North Korea missile test and the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. 

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:54

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:54 – 8:08

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 8:08 – 1:09:10

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:09:10 – 1:21:54

Closing: 1:21:54 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Republic Services Landfill, Allen County, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

All Rights Reserved

Episode 28: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)

Nate and Brian come to the end of the Heisei Series with a film where—spoiler warning!—Godzilla dies. It’s one of the highest-rated Godzilla films, and with good reason. Your hosts discuss Godzilla’s death scene, the power of finality in stories, and Kazuki Omori turning Alien’s xenomorph into a kaiju (“Kaijumorph”? “Xenokaiju”?). We have also included our first behind-the-scenes bonus feature “Creating Our Film Descriptions” where we explain how we formulated our original, audience-focused part 1 film descriptions. Our related topic is the Act on National Anthem and Flag.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:40

Behind-the-Scenes Bonus Feature: Creating Our Film Descriptions: 1:40 – 14:37

Part 1 – Film Description: 14:37 – 20:28

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 20:28 – 1:15:19

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:15:19 – 1:33:05

Closing: 1:33:05 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

All Rights Reserved

Episode 27: Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)

In a hilarious new episode, Brian and Nate take on the most eccentric entry in the Heisei Godzilla series. The kaiju and some special effects are amazing, but the story is so overstuffed it feels like three unrelated films packed together. Your hosts’ biggest riffs are aimed at MOGUERA, the most useless mecha ever, and one half of an infamous dogfight in an asteroid belt. On a more serious note, our related topic is the Senkaku Islands dispute.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:55

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:55 – 7:33

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:33 – 1:00:16

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:00:16 – 1:20:18

Closing: 1:20:18 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: St. Joseph River, Spencerville, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

All Rights Reserved

Behind-the-Scenes Bonus Feature: Creating Our Film Descriptions

In 2016 and 2017, Brian and Nate spent a lot of time developing our original, signature, audience-focused film descriptions – an analysis tailored to kaiju movies in order to be able to compare these movies to each other. The goal is to to arm the listener with the facts, rather than just read a long, boring plot synopsis from a wiki site. Quick, focused, and to the point, the descriptions last an average of 5 minutes. In our first behind-the-scenes bonus feature, we discuss the process behind our state-of-the-art creation.

MP3:

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Headwaters Park, St. Mary’s River, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

All Rights Reserved

Episode 26: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)

Godzilla not only looks great in this movie, but he gets more screen time than any other movie in the entire series. Baby Godzilla looks impressive, and the Azusa Gojo character is good. Brian and Nate address topics, like how stuff explodes when Rodan flies over it, how Kazuma seems to be a Japanese Rick Moranis, and how Miki Saegusa needed to be reminded to use her psychic powers.  Our related topic is the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:31

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:31 – 7:02

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:02 – 62:50

Part 3 – Related Topics: 62:50 – 1:20:38

Closing: 1:20:38 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Posey Dam (Maumee River), Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

All Rights Reserved

Episode 25: Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)

Our trek through the Heisei Series continues!  After watching experimental weirdness and convoluted time-travel, Nate and Brian cover a Godzilla film that’s a bit more “normal”—for this franchise, anyway.  It’s the most successful film in the Heisei Series, and we see more positives than negatives in this 1990s update of the classics.  The movie features Akira Takarada, the return of Mothra, a weaponized Ferris wheel, and scenes ripping off Indiana Jones (the last one drives Nate crazy).  We also compare Battra to Mirror Universe Spock.  Our related topics are contemporary environmentalism and the Lost Decade.

We’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi and Sean Stiff for pledging at the Kaiju Visionary level. Thank you for your support! We really appreciate it.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:40

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:40 – 7:01

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:01 – 48:51

Part 3 – Related Topics: 48:51 – 1:17:36

Closing: 1:17:36 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Foster Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

All Rights Reserved

Episode 24: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

Filmed and released during the Japanese stock market crash, this movie perfectly captures the Japanese national spirit at the time it was made. In 1991, just like after World War II ended, the Japanese people collectively asked “How could this happen?” In fact, Miki Saegusa says that herself. While the symbolism isn’t very subtle either, this movie is not anti-American. Our related topics are nationalism and the US-Japan difficulties reaching a peak regarding trade. 

This film was released in late 1991, and if you can find that year on this graph of the Japanese Nikkei 225 stock market average, you will notice that’s at a very pivotal and scary time for Japan.

Source: macrotrends.net

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:59

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:59 – 7:23

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:23 – 57:55

Part 3 – Related Topic: 57:56 – 1:28:24

Closing:  1:28:24 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant, Confluence of the Three Rivers (St. Mary’s, St. Joseph, and Maumee), Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

All Rights Reserved

Episode 23: Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)

Are the Showa series movies simple, or are they really just focused? Are the Heisei movies creative, or are they just complex? As Godzilla fans, we want these movies to be better than they are. Nate and Brian dissect this experimental Godzilla film featuring a rare plant kaiju. Listen as Brian cracks jokes to maintain his sanity and Nate sings quirky show tunes (badly). Our related topics are the Human Genome Project, the death of Emperor Hirohito & ascension of Akihito, and Japan becoming a major non-NATO ally.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:13

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:13 – 8:14

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 8:14 – 1:23:07

Part 3 – Related Topic: 1:23:07 – 1:42:43

Closing: 1:42:43 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Anthony Boulevard Bridge (Maumee River), Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

All Rights Reserved