Episode 9: Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

Nathan and Brian discuss this momentous and archetypal film.  Many fans consider this to be one of the best Godzilla sequels. It was created in 1964, a seminal year for Japan, Japanese cinema, and the kaiju genre.  Our related topics include Typhoon Vera, the 1964 Summer Olympics, the preview for the 2020 Summer Olympics, the Shinkansen Bullet Train, and the Tokyo Monorail.

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Towpath Trail, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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Episode 8: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Two giant monster franchises collide in this momentous blockbuster that changed everything. Listen as Brian and Nate discuss this well-produced and entertaining parody that stars one of our favorite kaiju film characters, Mr. Tako! Our related topic is the Japanese Economic Miracle, which led to Japan becoming a global economic powerhouse.

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

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Cedar Creek, Metea County Park, Allen County, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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Nate and Brian Appear on Geek Devotions

After frequent name-drops all month, we’re interviewed by Geek Devotions. Check it out!

Episode 7: Mothra (1961)

The Golden 60s begin with Mothra’s solo movie.  It’s the first film we cover written by Shinichi Sekizawa who changes the kaiju film formula forever, and the first kaiju movie in Tohoscope.  Listen to Brian and Nate as they tackle this overlooked, amazing, and high-quality kaiju masterpiece. Our related topic is the US-Japan Security Treaty and its renewal in 1960.

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Eagle Marsh, Allen County, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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Episode 6: Rodan (1956)

Because Rodan is in numerous Godzilla movies, Nate and Brian discuss his namesake film. While the movie is serious and at times horrific, like the original Gojira (1954), Rodan is a completely different type of kaiju. Our related topics are Japan during the Korean War and Japan’s history with the United Nations.

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Indian Village Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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Episode 5: Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Brian and Nate discuss the first Godzilla sequel, the last black and white Godzilla movie, and the first monster fight. While it’s not meant to be an epic film, it does have some strengths and significance. For our related topic, we discuss the Japanese Self Defense Forces (JSDF) and their role in the Godzilla franchise.

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Fish Ladder Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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Episode 4: Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (US) (1956)

Nate and Brian discuss the Americanized version of Gojira (1954). This movie is a time capsule, very indicative of its time, which makes it somewhat difficult to discuss. We try to address the reasons behind the many alterations made to the movie. Our related topic is part 2 of 2 of our discussion about the occupation of Japan, which covers the more negative aspects of the occupation.

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Allen County Courthouse, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fact: This is the only county courthouse in the United States to have its schematics stored in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

 

Episode 3: Gojira (1954)

In this episode we tackle the original Gojira, the movie that started it all. Because there’s so much analysis of this movie at so many other places on the Internet, we concentrate on the historical and political references, story mechanics, and cultural significance of this indispensable classic. Our related topic is part 1 of 2 of our discussion of the occupation of Japan. We lay out the basics of the occupation and how Japan was drastically changed. We will address the more negative aspects of the occupation in the next episode.

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)