G-Fest XXVI (2019) Godzilla Anime Trilogy Panel

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

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

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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

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

All Rights Reserved


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.

Kaijuvision Radio Merchandise Now Available!

I was delayed in getting episodes out this month, and here’s why:

To celebrate the 50th episode of the show, Kaijuvision merchandise is now available on Redbubble!


Show off your affinity for the most visionary kaiju and tokusatsu podcast around!

40 different products in all ranges of colors and sizes.  Fashion, home decor, phone cases, laptop sleeves, art prints, clocks – virtually every product that Redbubble offers!

The premium T-shirts (ethically-sourced and made-to-last) still catch my eye the most.  They come with their own wash bag and look very comfortable to wear.  The acrylic blocks, travel mugs, and metal prints look incredible too.

The images on each individual item are derived from vectored artwork, ensuring that the artwork is printed at the highest quality possible.

The art for the show looks really good, and I wanted listeners to be able to experience this art personally.

The KVR sphere is Kaijuvision Radio’s official logo:

The Torii Gate Banner is the official banner art of Kaijuvision Radio:

The story about the banner art is really interesting:

The high-resolution digitally-created Torii Gate Banner is just as unique as Kaijuvision Radio is in the podcasting world. Torii are gates at Shinto shrines. They represent the entrance into a sacred space. These gates can also be thought of as gates between the normal and the supernatural/unknown.

Thus, the unnamed and mysterious kaiju is on the other side of the gate. Since Kaijuvision has an emphasis on Japanese topics, having a Torii Gate (a well-recognized feature associated with Japan) in the banner art is most appropriate.

The clock is modeled after the famous Doomsday Clock, introduced in 1947. The Doomsday Clock is a metaphor for the threats of unchecked scientific and technological advances to humanity’s existence. The clock is at 5 minutes to midnight, while the time on the real Doomsday Clock changes.

The Doomsday Clock connects to kaiju movies because it represents many of the same things Godzilla and some other kaiju represent. Godzilla is a manifestation of these unchecked scientific advances. The Doomsday Clock connects to Kaijuvision Radio because of the array of real-world topics that are covered on the show.

Brian Scherschel worked with a Japanese Patreon donor to create the design concept, and American artist Kevin C. Geary created the art.