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The One with a Kaiju News Update

Episode 52 – The One with a Kaiju News Update

Well hello there, welcome to our podcast. This is episode 52 of Kaiju Curry House – The One with a Kaiju News Update. Please download from your favourite podcast service and enjoy our content. Also, go on over to heroespodcasts.com to see other episodes and shows on the network.

Today your regular hosts are discussing the some of the upcoming releases and announcements from recent times, it turns out a lot has been going on and it can be hard to keep up with so much social media activity. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We also have a chat about kaiju horror and a bumper discussion on what have kaij-you been up to!

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Hosts: Paul Williams | Joe McIntee | Alex James

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The One with Wikizilla & Mothra

Episode 49 – The One with Wikizilla

Well hello there, welcome to our podcast. This is episode 49 of Kaiju Curry House – The One with Wikizilla. Please download from your favourite podcast service and enjoy our content. Also, go on over to heroespodcasts.com to see other episodes and series.

Today your regular hosts are joined by a member of the Wikizilla website who goes by the user name The King of the Monsters. We discuss the website, what it covers and what it’s like maintaining such an amazing collection of information, and ensuring it’s correct and complete. We also share our thoughts on the Toho classic Mothra.

Don’t forget, because we’re fans just like you, we want to hear from you. Get in touch, suggest a topic and get involved by dropping us a message on Twitter in addition to the Facebook group @UKKaiju

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As you (may or may not) know we have created this podcast not only because it’s fun for us to talk kaiju, but also because we want to engage with like minded people. So in other words don’t be shy and get in touch!

If you’re just discovering us, Kaiju Curry House is a new podcast series under the Heroes Podcast Network umbrella.

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The One with Mushrooms and Maddox

Episode 41 – The One with Mushrooms and Maddox

Well hello there, welcome to our podcast.

This is episode 41 of Kaiju Curry House – The one with Mushrooms and Maddox. Please download from your favourite podcast service and enjoy our content. Also, go on over to heroespodcasts.com to see other episodes and series.

In today’s episode your three regular hosts are joined by Mark Maddox, a freelance Artist/Illustrator who has done a variety of award winning work.

The episode focuses on Matango aka Attack of the Mushroom People, along with Mark telling us about his job. We hope you enjoy.

Also, because graboids are awesome, he’s a link to ‘Trying to Sleep’, my if nothing else…

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As you (may or may not) know we have created this podcast not only because it’s fun for us to talk kaiju, but also because we want to engage with like minded people. So in other words don’t be shy and get in touch!

If you’re just discovering us, Kaiju Curry House is a new podcast series under the Heroes Podcast Network umbrella.

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The One Where it all Began

Kaiju Curry House is the brand new podcast series launching under the Heroes Podcast umbrella. It is designed to focus on all aspects of kaiju fandom, for those who grew up with it, or have just discovered it.

The first episode kicks off with The one where it all began. Join us as we discuss what a kaiju actually is, why we are kaiju fans and how we discovered this fandom.

We’d love to hear if you had similar memories to ours, or if you had something completely different! We have created this podcast not only because it’s fun for us to talk kaiju, but also because we want to engage with like minded people. How did you discover kaiju? Do you have a favourite kaiju memory??

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Shin Godzilla – Kaiju done right

It seems that 2016 has been a year of huge potential with mixed results, many tent pole films and many more reactions to them. This could simply all be down to the source material: characters with per-existing histories and fan bases that make it difficult for studios, directors, and actors to please. All this aside, it has been an emotional roller coaster of a year for fandom film goes.

Earlier this year when I posted an article about this summer’s Godzilla movie and how it was going to be done by the original studio that created the character, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t extremely excited. What has also had many  of us fans very excited, and also a little concerned, was that this newest film was going to be a complete reboot – and it wasn’t going going down the retelling route.

For those of you who may not be Godzilla fans, there are some things that have always been canon in the Godzilla mythos: his origin, what he is, when he appeared. Like Superman or Captain America’s origins, there are some things about the big G that have been sacred to fans all around the world. But when the original studio decides to reboot the franchise itself and it acknowledges it is going to be a modern and very different retelling of the origin story…you need to have faith, but you can’t help but feel a little concerned too.

Our faith was rewarded, because they delivered.

Purple may be a new look, but it looks good

Purple may be a new look, but it looks good. The violet color is actually symbolic of death in Japanese culture.

The overwhelming consensus from from western fans who were lucky enough to see the film in Japan and those from the home nation of Japan, is that the film, while different, was masterfully done.  It has also been highlighted on many sites posting reviews of the film. The Japanese members of the fandom are usually the harshest critics out there – and yet so far they are the biggest supporters.

But it gets better…..this Godzilla is coming to the USA. Funimation, the company that distributes other Japanese media in the United States (the Dragonball franchise for example), has announced that Shin Godzilla will be coming to the USA for a theatrical release in late 2016. No date yet on that release, but with roughly four months left in 2016, you will not have long to wait.

Look away if you want to be spoiler free as I will be giving a rough synopsis of the plot. There is also one spoiler image as well, so if you want to save yourself a legitimately fun surprise, best to wait it out.

The film opens with some mysterious problems occurring in Tokyo Bay. Before you can say “I think it’s a monster” an enormous tail appears in the bay. This is right off the bat in the film and it takes no time to build up a threat. Godzilla is here and it really starts to hit the fan quickly. This is quite the refreshing change from other Godzilla films and it addresses one of the key fan complaints against the 2014 Hollywood outing.

The other thing that I should mention is that Godzilla doesn’t seem quite himself….spoiler image coming up folks…..

He evolves during the course of the film…

dramatically…

…more than once….

 

The first two forms of Shin Godzilla

The first two forms of Shin Godzilla – these are Bandai figures. As of yet no official pictures have surfaced online with as much detail.

The Proto-Godzilla does what Godzillas do best and starts running riot. It is here where the film starts to show some of its true colors. We go to rooms full of Japan’s government representatives as they stare in disbelief at what they are seeing and try to manage some kind of response.

I should mention that Godzilla originally served as a commentary for the current state of affairs in Japan and in this first reboot since the original film, the studio stayed true to that idea. The theme of politicians talking and debating until they are forced to act is a reoccurring plot point in the film and while a few fans have complained that the amount of time spent on this element could have been shortened, I think that this issue the film highlights couldn’t be any more current. The Japanese representatives spend a lot of time arguing about what should and can be done, but by the time they are able to come up with a plan…the problem has shifted sideways on them. Godzilla changes for his second time (the second form is pretty unnerving to look at by the way).

So at about this time, the USA comes into the movie. The US military helps the Japanese have a go at the walking disaster that seems to love populated areas, but nobody seems to be getting anywhere against the monster using conventional weapons, much to the concern of the US.

Then, Godzilla evolves into his third and final appearance of the film, the one we have been seeing in all of the trailers and lets just say he packs a mean punch.

Tension starts to reach a critical point when the US representative tells the Japanese that they have a deadline to sort this monster business out or it’s nukes away. Say what you will about the political undertones, it definitely ratchets up the tension.

I will not give away more after that because what comes next is crucial to the climax of the film. However, lets just say that the film ends with something of a cliff hanger and what I think is a pretty interesting way to finish the movie which will no doubt be the first installment in a series of new Godzilla films.

And a new series there will certainly be, with this movie already being almost twice as successful as the 2014 Hollywood Godzilla during its opening weekend in Japan. It would seem unlikely in this day and age that a sequel not be made.

So for those of you who would be considered “Western Audiences”, you may have to wait a little while for him to get to you, but this Godzilla is coming your way and if it’s one thing we all know – good things are worth waiting for.

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So how about it folks? Are you excited to see this new Godzilla? Will you see it in the US theaters?

Are you more excited to see where this version of the Godzilla franchise is going or the US one?

Comment below!

Shin Godzilla – Kaiju done right

Japan’s Newest Godzilla Movie Now has a Trailer

And it’s EPIC.

The trailer itself may not fit the normal format that most Western audiences are used to, but most Godzilla trailers follow a format of sorts and this one fits nicely in with the others. Usually, in these trailers it is announced rather unceremoniously by Godzilla’s trademark roar what you are about to watch, or by his theme music. In this case, we got the roar.

The trailer opens with a few scenes of the monster and what I think we are really being given here is the scale and the mood that the film is trying to set. The music that is paired with the trailer is haunting, and reminiscent of a chorus that was sung in the original Godzilla movie when the damage he caused is revealed the day following his landfall.

The trailer only has one speaking line, and that belongs to the star of the show. It is likely that Toho is keeping a tight lid on the plot of this film as to date only two of the 31 Godzilla films have had only one kaiju appear in them.  From what can be gathered though, Godzilla is the only kaiju in the film and it will be centered around the reaction of his existence.

The trailer also does a good job of showing off the new design which is very reminiscent of the original. I have stated before that this design is meant to reflect what the original creators were going for when the first film went out: a mutated creature, that has, and is likely still suffering the effects of radiation.

The other great thing here that I am seeing is a reasonable amount of practical effects. Godzilla and other kaiju movies can catch a little flack from time to time regarding the use of practical effects (namely miniatures and a man in a suit) but this trailer shows that Toho has gone through great lengths to marry the effects being used in the movie as CGI is present as well. This is probably best demonstrated in the opening scene which shows Godzilla’s tail passing over homes. This is refreshing in an age where CGI is used for most creature effects and brings a sense of “realness” to a film with an otherwise fantastic premise.

Big, bad, and back.

Big, bad, and back.

It has been 12 years since Toho made a film with arguably their biggest star (pun intended there), but if anything, this trailer shows that they still know how to get people buzzing about Godzilla, a character more than 60 years old. It has been 32 years since he last had a solo film. I for one am excited to see the original studio behind the helm again.

Shin Godzilla opens in Japanese theaters July 29th.

So what did you think of the trailer? What do you think of Godzilla’s new look? Sound off in the comments below!

 

Japan’s Newest Godzilla Movie Now has a Trailer

Godzilla Resurgence And Why It Will Melt Your Face

Guess what folks….there is going to be another Godzilla movie, and it is not the one you are thinking about. Toho Co. Ltd,  the company that created the character originally in 1954 is releasing a new Godzilla movie this summer and they are pulling no punches.

Following the worldwide success of the Hollywood 2014 remake, Toho saw an avenue to capitalize on the character’s newfound popularity. Make another movie.

Between the latest 2014 movie and the Hollywood sequel Gareth Edwards is directing for a June 2018 release, Toho will be releasing Shin Gojira in Japan this summer. But why would anyone want to watch yet another Godzilla movie, let alone another Japanese one? After time travel you think the bottom of the idea bin would have been scraped clean.

The answer is well yeah, the idea bin is pretty empty but a new take on some old material goes a long way. Shin Gojira (which is Godzilla Resurgence to us English speakers) is not going to be like any Godzilla movie that has come before it bar one: the original, Gojira.

Every single Godzilla movie that Toho has produced up until now has had one thing in common, it is either a sequel or in a line of sequels related to the original film.  What gets me excited is this latest film is a remake of the original, being done by the original studio. For those of you who don’t know or have not seen the original Gojira, it’s dark. Like a mother telling her two small children in a burning alley that they are all going to die dark. Poisoned water dark. Flesh melting off bones dark. Darker than Batman’s cape dark – especially considering the time which was 1954.

So what we essentially going to be expecting, the rest of the Godzilla fans and I, is a very grim movie relative to the Hollywood remake, and quite frankly, any other Godzilla movie to date.

In addition to the general aura of darkness that comes from restarting the series, Toho has sprinkled a few hints to the media at large as to what to expect. Firstly, they are not being shy with their Godzilla. So far he is the biggest yet, just a hair larger than the Hollywood version as if to say to Legendary, “We will not be outdone.” The other thing is the way he looks – and if I could describe him in two words: NOT FRIENDLY.

Matt Frank - Godzilla

Matt Frank’s Godzilla

A special thanks to artist and avid kaiju fan Matt Frank for allowing us to show his rendition of the newest incarnation of Godzilla! Check out his website for more of his amazing work.

Godzilla’s origins haven’t really changed much throughout his career, and with the exception of the Hollywood remake, he is generally considered a mutation. This time around someone at Toho got tired of him looking so nice. Godzilla is supposed to be a generally cranky sea monster who had an atomic weapon dropped his head, and then decided he wasn’t going to stand for that kind of mischief any more. Our new Godzilla looks like a bomb was dropped on him. It looks like it hurt, and it looks like he is not enjoying the recovery. This actually hearkens back to the original design of the character, right down to the beady white eyes and the undersized, almost skeletal hands. The original design of Godzilla’s skin is supposed to look like keloid scarring, and in this film’s incarnation you can tell that has been emphasized. So, from a perspective of making Godzilla look honest to his origin, this film is pretty on point.

The only thing that could possibly detract from the film, or at least one meant to be this serious (or this important to the studio) is the person in the director’s chair. Luckily enough, this film is getting not one, but two directors, and they are both very intriguing choices. The first of the directors, and the one who wrote the script is Hideaki Anno who is known from the anime hit Neon Genesis Evangelion (think anime Pacific Rim). His style is regarded as being postmodern and what he excels at is fleshing out characters, something that monster movies generally don’t do well, but something that the original Gojira is known for. The co-director Shinji Higuchi is a veteran of the kaiju (Japanese giant monster) genre having worked on the Gamera (if Godzilla was a turtle) films of the 1990’s which were all very well received.

So, in essence, we have the makings of a character driven, gritty, dark Godzilla that should be a good reboot of the original classic film. All of this accounted for, when Godzilla Resurgence rises out of the Pacific for an American audience this fan will be among those at the front of the running crowd to see it.

Shin Gojira will be released July 29th, 2016 in Japan. Godzilla Resurgence which is the English version of the film has yet to have its release date announced.

Shin Gojira poster

Are you excited for the latest incarnation of Godzilla? Are you looking forward to a new Japanese version? Comment below!

Godzilla Resurgence And Why It Will Melt Your Face