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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Episode 43: The Last War (1961)

Brian and Daniel team up for this rare and incredible tokusatsu disaster film from Toho. Find it and watch it! It’s a nuclear war scenario between stand-ins for NATO and the Warsaw Pact at the height of the Cold War – and Japan is caught in between! It’s like an Ozu film with Tsuburaya’s special effects in it. It’s also a nearly perfect film for this show (besides Shin Godzilla). Includes a talented cast including Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Frankie Sakai, and Jerry Ito. The related topic for this episode is NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).

You can find Daniel DiManna’s Godzilla Novelization Project here:

godzillanovelizationproject.wordpress.com

This episode is dedicated to Yuriko Hoshi.

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 – 2:01

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:01 – 8:19

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 8:19 – 1:23:25

Part 3 – Related Topic: 1:23:25 – 1:41:36

Closing: 1:41:36 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Guest Co-Host: Daniel DiManna

Video Location: Giant American Flag, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Episode 41: The Three Treasures a.k.a. Nippon tanjo (The Birth of Japan) (1959)

Daniel DiManna of the Godzilla Novelization Project joins me to appreciate Kaijuvision’s first epic.  182 minutes long, it’s the Japanese response to Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1956).  The kaiju is Yamata no Orochi, the 8-headed dragon.  Toshiro Mifune plays the legendary Prince Yamato Takeru and the mythical god Susanoo.  Since this is a religious epic, the related topic is Shinto.

You can find Daniel DiManna’s Godzilla Novelization Project here:

godzillanovelizationproject.wordpress.com

This episode is dedicated to Toshiro Mifune.

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 – 2:35

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:35 – 9:44

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 9:44 – 2:00:28

Part 3 – Related Topic: 2:00:28 – 2:31:23

Closing: 2:31:23 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Guest Co-Host: Daniel DiManna

Video Location: Headwaters Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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What’s Going on with “Kunashiroshima” in “Varan, the Unbelivable” (1962)

by Brian Scherschel

Background

I mentioned in episode 40 on “Varan” that the American version of the movie loves the word “Kunashiroshima”, as it is said plenty of times.  The creators of the American version decided to make Kunashiroshima an island.  They moved every event in the movie to this island.  In the Japanese version, the events take place in the mountains of Tohoku in Iwaya Village.  The military and scientists kill Varan at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

The island of Kunashir is in the Kuril Islands, which are called the Northern Territories in Japan.  The Japanese refer to this island as Kunashiri.  The Soviet Union invaded this group of islands towards the end of the Great Pacific War.  They have been Soviet/Russian territory ever since.

In a previous article, I mentioned how this disputed territory will likely never be resolved because neither side is budging despite what the president of Russia said to Prime Minister Abe recently.  There are currently a significant number of Russian troops on Kunashir and Iturup, because of the recent increases in global tension.  All of these islands are very close to Hokkaido.

The Kuril Islands (source: Google Earth)

Why the Location Change?

Why is the location changed and then given this name in the American version of Varan?  Shima in Japanese translates to “island”.  So the island in the movie is Kunashiro Island.  Sid Harris, the screenwriter for Varan, may have purposely changed the location to Kunashir in order to connect Varan with the Soviet Union.  Varan represents the Soviets, who are lying in wait to attack and invade.  Varan is in the lake and is ready to attack at any time.

The American version was released at the height of the Cold War in 1962.  So this type of symbolism would fit with the times.

Connection to Other Kaiju Films

This isn’t really new though.  In previous movies covered in the show, there have been connections made between Godzilla and the United States because of his relation to nuclear weapons.  Rodan may represent the Soviet Union as well.  King Ghidorah has a possible connection to China in the 1964 Ghidorah film.

While I usually expected Takeshi Kimura or Shinichi Sekizawa to do this, I didn’t expect the American remake of Varan to do it.  Viewers don’t really look for the American remakes to be smart.  It’s not necessarily “in your face” symbolism, just as the other Japanese movies have done.  If the symbolism was obvious, then it wouldn’t be as good.

If this is the case, then bravo to whoever decided to do it, because it works!  It’s even in line with what other Japanese kaiju films have done!