Coming Full Circle: Takuma Sato, the Indy 500, and Godzilla

by Brian Scherschel

Since the beginning, Kaijuvision Radio has had a unique mission.  Hence the emphasis on culture, history, and global issues.

This mission carries over into social media.  There are plenty of sources on Godzilla-related news already.  Why devote time to duplicating what’s already out there?  Everyone’s seen the latest “King of the Monsters screenshot”.  Not everyone knows about what’s going on in the South China Sea.

That’s why I post about Japanese history, current events in East Asia, and Japan-related stories of local interest.  Just because something isn’t directly related to Godzilla, it has to do with the show’s mission.

Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 in 2017.  He’s the first Japanese man (and thee first Asian man) to do this.  He made history.  Kaijuvision is produced in Fort Wayne.  So, I decided there should be an article about this historical event.  It’s a story of local interest.

After all, there are two connections to the Indianapolis 500 in Godzilla movies.  In All Monsters Attack (1969), Ichiro’s bully wears an Indianapolis 500 shirt.  In the episode on that film, I said how that’s maybe a reference to the give-and-take relationship that the US and Japan have on some issues.  The second connection is in Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973).  Hiroshi drives a car that has an Indianapolis 500 sticker on the window.  See the original blog post about Takuma Sato here.

Similarly, sports figure Hideki Matsui is nicknamed Godzilla.  Matsui had his own cameo in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002).

It turns out there’s much more of a connection to Godzilla than previously known.  A visitor to Kaijuvision.com sent these pictures via a comment on the original Takuma Sato blog post:

Source: Rob McEwen

Source: Rob McEwen

That’s so cool!!

Ever since 1954, Godzilla has been an expression of the Japanese National Spirit, just like Sato’s achievement is.

So two years later, the connection between Godzilla and Takuma Sato’s win at the Indy 500 has come full circle!

Episode 49: Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)

I address the film’s depiction of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and how that scene is edited for the English-language version. Frankenstein is a stand-in for atomic bombing victims in this movie. I’ll pay attention to the scientific ethics explored in the story too. This movie is when screenwriter Takeshi Kimura started using a pseudonym, and with this movie, I don’t blame him. The related topic for this episode is Ryuichi Shimoda et al. v. The State, the case where atomic bomb victims sued for reparations.

This episode is dedicated to Showa era screenwriter Takeshi Kimura.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patron Sean Stiff for donating at the Kaiju Visionary level and William Mize for donating at the Kaiju Commander level. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:38

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:38 – 10:18

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 10:18 – 38:21

Part 3 – Related Topic: 38:21 – 46:58

Closing: 46:58 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Episode 48: Dogora, the Space Monster (1964)

Robert Dunham has always impressed me with his performance in this movie! And his ability to speak Japanese adds to the flavor of this entertaining classic Sekizawan kaiju movie. I examine the underappreciated Mark Jackson character. I zero in on the diamond heist plot and explain why it’s in the movie, because it takes up a lot of time. I connect this movie to The Pink Panther (1963) and other classic movies that influenced it. The related topic for this episode is the Liancourt Rocks Dispute.

This episode is dedicated to Robert Dunham and Yosuke Natsuki.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patron Sean Stiff for donating at the Kaiju Visionary level and William Mize for donating at the Kaiju Commander level. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:43

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:43 – 8:47

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 8:47 – 37:34

Part 3 – Related Topic: 37:34 – 51:26

Closing: 51:26 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Episode 47 (3/3): Godzilla Anime Trilogy (2017-2018) – Godzilla: Bigger Than Human Existence

Daniel and I go further into what the anime trilogy makes us think about. We examine which historical figures the Exif could have been responsible for, the inevitability of Godzilla, the cycle of civilizations, and a fun economic term called entropy pessimism. I compare the story in the anime trilogy to Westworld, Blade Runner, Chrono Trigger, the book of Genesis, the legend of Icarus, and I Heart Huckabees.

This episode is dedicated to actor Ren Osugi.

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

Visit the Godzilla Novelization Project here: http://godzillanovelizationproject.wordpress.com/

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:10

Main Discussion: 1:10 – 51:42

Closing: 51:42 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Guest Co-Host: Daniel DiManna

Video Location: Ash Brokerage, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Episode 47 (2/3): Godzilla Anime Trilogy (2017-2018): Main Discussion

Haruo asks Metphies “Why are you showing me this?”  This is also what some people watching the anime trilogy were thinking.  We’ll give our opinions and share our reactions to these experimental, risky, and unrestrained trio of movies.  We appreciate the story and how it brings up intriguing concepts and ideas.

This episode is dedicated to actor Ren Osugi.

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

Visit the Godzilla Novelization Project here: http://godzillanovelizationproject.wordpress.com/

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:08

Main Discussion: 1:13 – 1:48:30

Closing: 1:48:30 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Guest Co-Host: Daniel DiManna

Video Location: Lafayette Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Episode 47 (1/3): Godzilla Anime Trilogy (2017-2018): General Reflections

“The big idea was to create a thought-provoking anime-style story that introduces a cohesive concept that connects Godzilla to the entirety of human existence.”  In the first part of a special three-part episode, we give our opinions on the anime trilogy as a whole. Daniel DiManna of the Godzilla Novelization Project joins me to discuss the expectations, the risk, the lack of monster fights, and the reaction from the fandom.

This episode is dedicated to actor Ren Osugi.

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

Visit the Godzilla Novelization Project here: http://godzillanovelizationproject.wordpress.com/

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:08

Film Description: 2:08 – 14:48

General Reflections: 14:48 – 46:35

Closing: 46:35 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Guest Co-Host: Daniel DiManna

Video Location: American Electric Power Building, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video Notes: Sunset in Downtown Fort Wayne

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Behind-the-Scenes Bonus Feature: Which Movies Expanded the Godzilla Franchise?

See the diagrams of all the Godzilla movies yourself! What do you think? Which Godzilla movies expanded the style of the franchise? Roughly one in three is an expansion film. In this YouTube video, I say which ones those are. In Part 1 of every movie-centered episode of Kaijuvision Radio, the film is either listed as an expansion or a reinforcement of style. Listen as Brian says how that was determined for each Godzilla movie.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patron Sean Stiff for donating at the Kaiju Visionary level. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

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Episode 46: Atragon (1963)

Come for the Gotengo.  Stay for the patriotism vs. nationalism/imperialism parable. What do you get when you combine Ishiro Honda, Shinichi Sekizawa, and at least seven different sea-related fictional stories? This movie, that’s what. It’s filled with juicy layers of rich historical symbolism, so Kaijuvision Radio is the place to get the full analysis. The related topics for this episode are Hiroo Onoda and Japanese Holdouts.

This episode is dedicated to the great character actor Jun Tazaki.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patron Sean Stiff for donating at the Kaiju Visionary level. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

 

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:30

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:30 – 8:52

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 8:52 – 33:19

Part 3 – Related Topic: 33:19 – 47:17

Closing: 47:17 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

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

Video Notes: Wind advisory conditions made the clouds move fast for this video.

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Episode 45: Matango (1963)

Hop aboard the Affluenza Maru (or the S.S. Affluenza) for this morality fable.  It’s a Kaijuvision Christmas! Coincidentally, I’m doing the movie that decries consumerism during the busiest shopping period of the year.  Matango, the most Hitchcockian movie of this season, is a monumental achievement by Ishiro Honda and company. Your band name of the day: Skulking Transitional Matango.  Listen as I connect Matango to The Grinch, Gilligan’s Island, The Odyssey, Metropolis, and South Park!  The related topics for this episode are Westernization and globalization, which the movie alludes to at the very end.

This episode is dedicated to renowned producer Tomoyuki Tanaka.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patron Sean Stiff for donating at the Kaiju Visionary level. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

 

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:12

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:12 – 9:52

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 9:52 – 32:45

Part 3 – Related Topic: 32:45 – 54:19

Closing: 54:19 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: PNC Building, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video Notes: On the side of Fort Wayne’s 2nd tallest building, this large and old display of Christmas lights used to be on the side of the famous Wolf & Dessauer Department Store, which existed until 1962.

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Episode 44: Gorath (1962)

And now it’s time to appreciate the immense imaginative power of Gorath! When it comes to mind-bending Toho technology, rows of atomic-powered thrusters nearly the size of New Mexico in Antarctica is on par with the Dimension Tide black hole gun from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus –and I love both of these inventions! A special effects tour de force, Gorath is everything that a toku fan would want. It even has a kaiju – Maguma! Well, the Japanese version does, at least. The English language version is the very definition of mediocrity. The related topic for this episode is Near-Earth Objects (NEOs),Planetary Defense, and other scientific aspects related to Gorath.

This episode is dedicated to Ryo Ikebe.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patron Sean Stiff for donating at the Kaiju Visionary level. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:40

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:40 – 8:28

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 8:28 – 42:10

Part 3 – Related Topic: 42:10 – 58:20

Closing: 58:20 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Rousseau Centre (left) and First Financial Center at the Anthony Wayne Building (center right), Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video Notes: The Rousseau Centre (completed in 1971) and the Anthony Wayne Building (completed in 1964) are examples of mid to late 1960s architecture.

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