Episode 34: Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Road to Shin Godzilla Month marches on with the final entry of the “Tezuka Trilogy,” a film that astonished Nate and Brian on the re-watch.  Nate was surprised that this direct sequel to the previous film—which disappointed him—actually made good use of Kiryu having the original Godzilla’s soul grafted to it.  Brian thinks the special effects are a loving tribute to the artistry of classic tokusatsu.  Also, Mothra has never looked as good as she does in this film.  Much like Mothra vs. Godzilla, this movie doesn’t attempt many new things, but it does them all well.  Our related topic is deflation in Japan.

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 – 1:44

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:44 – 8:08

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 8:08 – 46:48

Part 3 – Related Topics: 46:48 – 1:12:72

Closing: 1:12:72 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: South Side High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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

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Episode 12: Ebirah – Horror of the Deep! (1966)

City slicker Brian and country boy Nate discuss the Godzilla film for young people with a South Seas adventure flavor.  Though it’s featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000, we conclude that this a considerably underestimated film.  Our related topic is how kaiju film audiences changed during this 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 – 1:41

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:41 – 6:53

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 6:53 – 48:00

Part 3 – Related Topic: 48:00 – 1:09:59

Closing: 1:09:59 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Historic Old Fort, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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

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Episode 11: Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)

Nate and Brian analyze a big fan favorite, and it has major sci-fi flavor. It’s our first alien invasion movie, and features the return of King Ghidorah! Our related topic is the international affairs dimension of the alien invasion.

This episode is dedicated to Yoshio Tsuchiya.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:32

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:32 – 7:26

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:26 – 52:20

Part 3 – Related Topic: 52:20 – 1:15:33

Closing: 1:15:33 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Lakeside Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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

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Episode 10: Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

The franchise reaches a turning point with some James Bondian flair. Brian and Nate discuss Godzilla turning into a hero and the introduction of Godzilla’s archenemy King Ghidorah! Our related topics are China’s first nuclear test, Japan during the Vietnam War, and Japan joining the OECD. (Hail Ghidrah!)

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:40

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:40 – 7:18

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:18 – 56:19

Part 3 – Related Topic: 56:19 – 1:15:47

Closing: 1:15:47 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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

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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.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:53

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:53 – 5:52

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 5:52 – 26:43

Part 3 – Related Topic: 26:43 – 41:47

Closing: 41:47 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Towpath Trail, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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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.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:25

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:25 – 7:07

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:07 – 45:21

Part 3 – Related Topic: 45:21 – 1:20:15

Closing: 1:20:15 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

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

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

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Sister Cities: Fort Wayne and Takaoka

By Nathan Marchand

As mentioned in a previous blog, Brian and I reside in Indiana. More specifically, Kaijuvision Radio is based out of Fort Wayne, the second-largest city in the state. Something about it that’s relevant to this podcast is Fort Wayne has a sister city in Japan: Takaoka, which is located in the Toyama Prefecture on Honshu.

The Great Buddha of Takaoka, the third largest Buddha statue in Japan. It stands 53 feet tall. (Photo Source: Fort Wayne Sister Cities International)

Takaoka was the first of Fort Wayne’s four sister cities. Officials from both cities signed the agreement to become sister cities in 1977. Since then, the cities have enhanced each other in many ways. According to the Fort Wayne Sister Cities International website:

This sister alliance has led to many exchanges of government officials, teachers, students,  artists, and private citizens.  Significant developments have been the Takaoka Koshimae Scholarship Fund, endowed by a prominent citizen of Takaoka, and the Fort Wayne Chapman Exchange Fund, endowed by a charter member of Fort Wayne Sister Cities International.

Fort Wayne Bishop Luers High School and Takaoka Fushiki School have a sister-school relationship, as do Fort Wayne Carroll High School and Takaoka Kogei School, Fort Wayne Snider High School and Takaoka Commercial School, and North Side High School and Koryo High School.

(Carroll High School, by the way, is my mother’s alma mater).

Takaoka has several noteworthy attractions, including the Great Buddha of Takaoka, which is 53-feet tall, making it the third largest Buddha statue in Japan; the Zuiryū-ji Temple, a Zen temple built in 1663 and is now designated as a national treasure of Japan; and Kanayamachi, an area of the city that features traditional buildings dating back to the Meiji Era.

A local master demonstrates kendo with one of his students at the 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival in Fort Wayne. (Photo by Nathan Marchand)

Because of the relationship between Fort Wayne and Takaoka, the Allen County Public Library has hosted an annual event for over a decade called the Cherry Blossom Festival. In many ways, it’s like a one-day comic-con, except focused on Japanese culture. I attended it last year but was unable to do so this year because of other commitments. When I went, I was able to attend events showcasing kendo, katanas, taiko drumming, and haiku. There were vendors selling manga (Japanese comic books), kimonos, and artwork, among other things. It was great fun.

There are other connections as well. There’s a restaurant in downtown Fort Wayne called Takaoka of Japan. Fort Wayne Sister Cities International publishes a newsletter called Kawara-Ban about the Japanese community in the city. Cherry blossom trees have been planted across the city.

Was Takaoka ever featured in a Godzilla/kaiju film? As far as we can tell, no. However, since Japanese culture is a major focus of Kaijuvision Radio, and this has local significance for Brian and I, it was something we thought was important to mention here. It’s a local sign of Japan’s “gross national cool,” which is how most Americans know that country. We don’t have to go far to experience Japanese culture, and I’m sure the same is true of you, G-fans and kaiju lovers.

So, once we start dropping episodes on your favorite podcatcher, go for a walk at a local Japanese-themed attraction while you listen to us.

You can learn more about Takaoka here.

Takuma Sato, the Indy 500, and Godzilla

By Nathan Marchand

Takuma Sato in the winner’s circle after winning the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday. (Source: LAT Images)

Congratulations on winning the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 this past Sunday, Takuma Sato!  We here at Kaijuvision Radio are not only excited to see the underdog win, but also to see the first Japanese driver win the greatest spectacle in motorsports.

Some of you may be wondering, “What does this have to do with the podcast or Godzilla?”

Well, G-Fans and kaiju lovers, this is relevant for several reasons:

  • A big part of Kaijuvision Radio’s focus is Japan and its history and culture. As mentioned, this marked the first time a Japanese driver has won the Indy 500. Heck, he’s the first Asian to win the 500.  That’s a big deal.  Undoubtedly, he’s made his home country quite proud.
  • This is a fairly local story for Brian and I since we both live in Indiana.  The Indianapolis 500 is easily the biggest event here.  It’s the one time a year the whole world pays attention to our great little state (unless you count the one time Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl).  The 500 is a prestigious event that has become an annual tradition for the entire country for over a century.
  • There are two subtle connections between the Indy 500 and Godzilla films:

-In 1969’s All Monsters Attack (aka Godzilla’s Revenge), one of the bullies who tortures Ichiro wears a red sweater adorned with an Indianapolis 500 logo. Well, maybe not a logo, per se, but certainly an Indy 500 artwork of some kind.

-In 1973’s Godzilla vs. Megalon, the character Hiroshi seems to be a car collector since he’s seen driving several different ones.  During his first car chase with Seatopian agents, an Indy 500 logo sticker can clearly be seen on the windshield of the car he’s driving.  Perhaps he’s an Indy racing fan?

What these seemingly weak connections show is that there’s been something of a fandom for auto racing in Japan for several decades.  It was prominent enough that not only was the sport shown in Godzilla films, but it was a direct reference to me and Brian’s little corner of the world.  So, in a way, with Mr. Sato’s victory Sunday, it has finally come full circle.

I’m sure Hiroshi would be a huge fan—and probably give him advice on how to drive down stairs while eluding bad guys.