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The episode on Shin Godzilla is incredible.  All kaiju fans should hear it!

Kaijuvision Radio’s 3-Part Format

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, I will analyze and give my opinions on the film.

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.

G-Fest Godzilla Anime Trilogy Panel (2019)

Here is the full video of the G-Fest panel on the Godzilla Anime Trilogy!

Panel Participants (Left to Right): Will Offutt, Kevin Derendorf, Ira Taborn, Brian Scherschel, and Chris Little.

Panel Description: These three animated films were released on Netflix, giving Western fans a chance to see a new and unusual take on their favorite giant monster. The films received mixed reviews; some fans loved them, others hated them. Come hear this panel discuss the pros and cons of the latest Godzilla films to come out of Japan.


Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Crowne Plaza O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois

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G-Fest Godzilla Anime Trilogy Panel: Clip

Here’s a quick preview of the G-Fest Godzilla Anime Trilogy Panel.  I say what I loved, liked, and didn’t like, which the audience seemed to enjoy.


Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Crowne Plaza O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois

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Logos: Nanoparticles (

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Episode 51: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (US) (2019)

A lot of critics know and understand the basics of the 1954 Godzilla, but they have less of an understanding of what makes a great Godzilla sequel. This movie has by far the most Toho magic of any non-Japanese Godzilla movie to date. I address the box office, the critical reviews, and how the way this film was edited is a big reason for the film’s underperformance.  The related topic for this episode is eco-terrorism and climate change.

This episode is dedicated to director Michael Dougherty.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi, Sean Stiff, William Mize, and Eric White. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.


Introduction: 0:00 – 2:16

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:16 – 12:14

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 12:14 – 1:16:53

Part 3 – Related Topic: 1:16:53 – 1:38:49

Closing: 1:38:49 – End


Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Lincoln Bank Tower (left), Allen County Courthouse (center), and The PNC Building (right)

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2019 Fort Wayne Cherry Blossom Festival Recap

by Brian Scherschel

Japanese history and culture are very important in Kaijuvision Radio’s programming.  The show gives listeners information about Japanese culture that is often germane to what’s going on in kaiju and tokusatsu movies.

So, I am always excited when Fort Wayne’s most Japanese event takes place!

This past Sunday (May 19th), I volunteered at the 12th annual Cherry Blossom Festival (I’m also on the planning committee).  The afternoon festival is a celebration of Japanese culture held at the downtown branch of the Allen County Public Library.  Entry is free to the public.

The big draws are anime and cosplay.  There are competitions for  cosplay, anime art, and haiku.  There are quite a few vendors in the Great Hall at the Festival Marketplace.  There were martial arts demonstrations, dancing, and musical performances, most of which I didn’t get to see this time around.

Below is a video of the Great Hall at the library during the festival:

Dignitaries including Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and Consul-General Naoki Ito attended the festival.  I was able to quickly say hi again when he visited the Japanese tea ceremony.

briefly meeting the Consul-General of Japan Naoki Ito, who traveled from Chicago

I volunteered in the Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery working with light and sound equipment, which meant I got to see all three Japanese tea ceremonies that were held that afternoon.  I also was the announcer for the events in the gallery.

The tea ceremony is one of the most cultural events at the festival.  The group that conducts the ceremonies is headquartered in Goshen, Indiana.  They had authentic tea and Japanese sweets to have with the tea.  The ceremony is intricate, so one of the group members announced what all was going on.  After that, there was a violin and koto performance by Toki + Emi which was incredible.

Japanese tea ceremony

Japanese tea ceremony

Consul-General Naoki Ito (4th from left) with the Japanese tea ceremony group

These are the Bonsai trees that visit the festival.  The Japanese food vendors were also outside in the plaza at the “Taste of Japan”.

Bonsai trees

Because of the rain outside, the cosplay competition was moved indoors.  I got to see that and it was enjoyable.  There were a lot of enthusiastic entries in the competition.  Overall, I enjoyed volunteering and playing a part in this unique cultural experience that lasts such a short time.  It’s just like when the cherry blossoms bloom – before you know it, they’re gone.

one of the many interesting contestants in the cosplay competition


G-Fest XXVI (2019) Update

It will be a two-for-one podcast panel at G-Fest this year!

I’ll be hosting a panel with Taylor Hensley from Giant Monster Messages.  The panel will be recorded on video like last time, and YouTube is the first place to look for that once it’s done.  Subscribe to YouTube to make sure you get the notification.

I’ll also make an appearance at the panel for the Godzilla anime trilogy.

It’ll be a very special convention, and I’m looking forward to meeting more listeners.

The convention will again be held at the 4-star (4-star?!) Crowne Plaza O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.