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A podcast about the appreciation of kaiju and tokusatsu movies and discovering their historical and cultural value. Season 2: Brian Scherschel chronologically, critically and academically examines a Godzilla/kaiju/tokusatsu film in each episode. Brian relates the movies to pertinent issues about Japan. Kaijuvision Radio is dedicated to discovering the Japanese National Spirit in Toho tokusatsu films. Season 1: It's impossible to talk about Godzilla without talking about Japan, and Japan is just as unique as Godzilla, so we’ll be discussing its history and culture and how it influenced the Godzilla film franchise, which is a great way to find out more about Japan. Godzilla is the most complex and multifaceted kaiju ever created, and it means so many things to many people. Not only is Godzilla a powerful symbol of nuclear weapons and disasters, but most of these movies are an expression of the Japanese national spirit. Brian and co-host Nathan Marchand take a fascinating journey reassessing the Godzilla franchise, and since these movies are often anchored in the time they were released, they tell you what these movies are communicating about Japan.

A podcast about the appreciation of kaiju and tokusatsu movies and discovering their historical and cultural value. Season 2: Brian Scherschel chronologically, critically and academically examines a Godzilla/kaiju/tokusatsu film in each episode. Brian relates the movies to pertinent issues about Japan. Kaijuvision Radio is dedicated to discovering the Japanese National Spirit in Toho tokusatsu films. Season 1: It's impossible to talk about Godzilla without talking about Japan, and Japan is just as unique as Godzilla, so we’ll be discussing its history and culture and how it influenced the Godzilla film franchise, which is a great way to find out more about Japan. Godzilla is the most complex and multifaceted kaiju ever created, and it means so many things to many people. Not only is Godzilla a powerful symbol of nuclear weapons and disasters, but most of these movies are an expression of the Japanese national spirit. Brian and co-host Nathan Marchand take a fascinating journey reassessing the Godzilla franchise, and since these movies are often anchored in the time they were released, they tell you what these movies are communicating about Japan.
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A podcast about the appreciation of kaiju and tokusatsu movies and discovering their historical and cultural value. Season 2: Brian Scherschel chronologically, critically and academically examines a Godzilla/kaiju/tokusatsu film in each episode. Brian relates the movies to pertinent issues about Japan. Kaijuvision Radio is dedicated to discovering the Japanese National Spirit in Toho tokusatsu films. Season 1: It's impossible to talk about Godzilla without talking about Japan, and Japan is just as unique as Godzilla, so we’ll be discussing its history and culture and how it influenced the Godzilla film franchise, which is a great way to find out more about Japan. Godzilla is the most complex and multifaceted kaiju ever created, and it means so many things to many people. Not only is Godzilla a powerful symbol of nuclear weapons and disasters, but most of these movies are an expression of the Japanese national spirit. Brian and co-host Nathan Marchand take a fascinating journey reassessing the Godzilla franchise, and since these movies are often anchored in the time they were released, they tell you what these movies are communicating about Japan.

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Episodes

Episode 43: The Last War (1961)

11/28/2018
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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...

Duration:01:45:54

Episode 42: Battle in Outer Space (1959)

11/14/2018
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Daniel DiManna of the Godzilla Novelization Project comes back to the show to review this tokusatsu extravaganza. The film is based in science-fiction, action, and Ishiro Honda's particular brand of optimistic pacifism. With the combination of superb models and vehicles, top-notch effects, and a unique fast-paced story, the movie does everything well all at once. We discuss how cool it would be to be inside the theater that gets destroyed by an absolute zero weapon in the movie you're...

Duration:02:08:04

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

10/31/2018
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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:...

Duration:02:37:14

Episode 40: Varan (1958)

10/17/2018
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Kaiju non-fiction author John LeMay joins me for a detailed analysis on the good Japanese version of Varan, and a brief review of the pain-inducing American version “Varan, the Unbelievable” starring Myron Healey from “The Unearthly” and released in theaters by the same company that gave us “The Skydivers” and “Beast of Yucca Flats”. John tells us all about the complicated story behind the making of Varan, because it was originally meant for television. We talk about Varan and his design and...

Duration:01:09:11

Episode 39: The Mysterians (1957)

10/3/2018
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They want your land, your women, then more of your land, and, well, you get the idea. The aliens have even searched through binders full of women for very best ones. Listen as I analyze Moguera, the Markalite FAHPs, and those fabulous matte paintings! And then I'll connect the story in the movie to contemporary events: The normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and the Soviet Union in 1956. This episode is dedicated to eminent virtuoso actor Takashi Shimura. I'd like to send a...

Duration:00:48:00

Episode 38: Half Human (1955)

9/19/2018
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Season 2 at Kaijuvision Radio begins with the first non-Godzilla kaiju film from Toho Studios. This Japanese take on the Abominable Snowman phenomenon is a story about the dark side of humanity. The Japanese cut of the movie is effectively banned in Japan because of its depiction of the Ainu people as savages. I find interesting parallels between this film and Disney's “Song of the South” (1946), as well as “Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues” (1984), which was made famous by Mystery...

Duration:00:42:23

G-Fest XXV (2018): Daniel DiManna Interview

8/8/2018
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I must say this interview is an immensely impressive accomplishment of film appreciation! At G-Fest XXV, Nate and Brian recorded an interview with Daniel DiManna of the Godzilla Novelization Project. His goal is to complete novelizations of every Japanese Godzilla movie. We discuss putting oneself in the minds of the many great characters in the movies, which films will be the most challenging to novelize, and what other challenges emerge when undertaking this long-term project. We had an...

Duration:01:56:47

G-Fest XXV (2018): John LeMay Interview

8/1/2018
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At G-Fest XXV, Brian and Nate interviewed kaiju author John LeMay. His latest book is called "Terror of the Lost Tokusatsu Films!". We address a few lost Godzilla films, his research process, why some of these lost films didn't get made, and how some elements of these films could still end up in newer movies. Some titles we discuss include "Bride of Godzilla", "Batman Meets Godzilla", "Tokyo S.O.S.: Godzilla's Suicide Strategy", and "Godzilla: Legend of the Asuka Fortress." Check out all of...

Duration:00:22:23

G-Fest XXV (2018) Panel: Godzilla and the Japanese National Spirit

7/25/2018
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As promised, here's the audio and video of our G-Fest Conference panel, which took place at 3:00pm (CDT) on July 13, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. We had a larger-than-expected turnout, including several attendees who were listeners and a university professor who was impressed with our presentation. If he was amazed, we know you'll be, too! In this, we discuss Godzilla (1954), The Return of Godzilla (1984), Shin Godzilla (2016), and Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), and the...

Duration:00:53:37

Episode 37: Shin Godzilla (2016)

5/30/2018
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At last, it is time. Fasten your seat belts, kaiju fans. It's like this movie was made for our show. Just as we were planning a podcast emphasizing the connection between the Godzilla franchise and international affairs, this masterpiece was delivered to us on a silver platter. This episode is our masterpiece. After our film description, part two is our opinion on the big picture of this incredible movie. Part three is a detailed chronological rundown of the film, and we will tie it to the...

Duration:03:15:04

Episode 36: Godzilla (US) (2014)

5/23/2018
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In the penultimate episode of Road to Shin Godzilla Month, Nate and Brian discuss Godzilla’s return to America with Legendary Pictures’ 2014 reboot directed by Gareth Edwards. Your hosts channel Siskel & Ebert again, only in reverse: Nate loves this film but Brian thinks it’s a mixed bag. They also draw several literary and historical parallels—including Riki-Tiki-Tavi and Saigō Takamori, the real-life last samurai—to this movie, which launched the MonsterVerse. While this is an American...

Duration:01:45:08

Episode 35: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

5/16/2018
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At the midpoint of Road to Shin Godzilla Month, Brian and Nate come to the Millennium Series’ explosive finale, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Godzilla. Though this is the last entry of the series, it's the first Internet Age Godzilla movie – and a valentine to G-fans. It resembles live-action anime as well as a live video game. Brian marvels at the redesign of his boy Gigan, and Nate argues that, in some ways, this is a “remake” of Destroy All Monsters that’s better than the...

Duration:01:39:36

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

5/9/2018
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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,...

Duration:01:13:38

Episode 33: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)

5/2/2018
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Road to Shin Godzilla Month has begun! We’re counting down to our big episode on Godzilla’s latest reboot, starting with the “Kiryu Saga.” Brian and Nate get a little Siskel & Ebert-ish as they discuss the second entry in the “Tezuka Trilogy,” which features the third incarnation of Mechagodzilla. The movie has great cinematography and characters and some fun kaiju action, but Nate thinks the story missed some great potential with its wonderful new concept for Mechagodzilla. Since this film...

Duration:01:48:03

Episode 32: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

4/25/2018
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Turn of the Millennium Month comes to an end as Nate and Brian discuss an outlier of the Millennium Series and one of the highest-rated films in the franchise. Directed by Shusuke Kaneko, the mastermind behind the acclaimed Heisei Gamera Trilogy, this is a complex film meditating on deep themes while also featuring incredible kaiju action, special effects, music, and characters. It dared to make Godzilla purely evil and King Ghidorah a hero along with Mothra and Baragon (who’s sadly left out...

Duration:01:22:27

Episode 31: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

4/18/2018
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Turn of the Millennium Month continues with the first of three Godzilla movies which are directed by Masaaki Tezuka and becomes the standard bearer for the Millennium Series. Brian proclaims that this movie is fantastic because Tezuka brings back many stylistic elements from the Showa series. Overall, we rate this movie as fun, smart, and ahead of its time. We pay particular attention to the Dimension Tide (the black hole gun), what Godzilla's body slam in the fight is referencing, and how...

Duration:01:30:45

Episode 30: Godzilla 2000 (1999)

4/11/2018
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Continuing Turn of the Millennium Month, Nate and Brian appreciate the film where Japan reintroduces us to the authentic and complex Godzilla! Godzilla 2000 actually gives us subjects to think about, and it lets us get philosophical about Godzilla's existence. We find similarities to The Flight of the Navigator, Independence Day, and Die Hard (the explosion at the Shinjuku Sumitomo building). Our related topic is the Tokaimura nuclear accidents. We'd like to send a shout-out to our patrons...

Duration:01:18:04

Episode 29: Godzilla (US) (1998)

4/4/2018
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It's Turn of the Millennium Month at Kaijuvision Radio. We will cover Godzilla movies from 1998-2001 all this month every Wednesday! It's appropriate that this is April Fools' Day week and we're doing the episode on the Godzilla movie made by a fool and loathed by Godzilla fans. The film is commonly referred to as GINO (Godzilla In Name Only). If you're still wondering what we think of this movie, our “scenic” YouTube video this week is of our local landfill on a dreary, cold, humid day!...

Duration:01:23:14

Episode 28: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)

3/28/2018
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Nate and Brian come to the end of the Heisei Series with a film where—spoiler warning!—Godzilla dies. It’s one of the highest-rated Godzilla films, and with good reason. Your hosts discuss Godzilla’s death scene, the power of finality in stories, and Kazuki Omori turning Alien’s xenomorph into a kaiju (“Kaijumorph”? “Xenokaiju”?). We have also included our first behind-the-scenes bonus feature “Creating Our Film Descriptions” where we explain how we formulated our original, audience-focused...

Duration:01:34:22

Episode 27: Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)

3/21/2018
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In a hilarious new episode, Brian and Nate take on the most eccentric entry in the Heisei Godzilla series. The kaiju and some special effects are amazing, but the story is so overstuffed it feels like three unrelated films packed together. Your hosts’ biggest riffs are aimed at MOGUERA, the most useless mecha ever, and one half of an infamous dogfight in an asteroid belt. On a more serious note, our related topic is the Senkaku Islands dispute. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2czM1gL2RsE MP3:...

Duration:01:21:23