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April 13, 2015  
April Fools' Day 2015
by Nicholas Driscoll

Hello longtime fan of Tohokingdom, first time reader, or someone that is caught in-between. If you were lucky enough you probably noticed a K.W.C. Match on March 32nd that was a bit peculiar in nature. I would like to say it was an organized effort from the beginning but… it really was the combination of a series of random events, but before I go into those...

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February 14, 2015  
The Many Loves of Godzilla
by Nicholas Driscoll

The MUTOs have their own little lovey-dovey relationship... Yet Godzilla does not look kindly on their burgeoning monster love-fest and kills them off for their odious desire to reproduce. Godzilla seems positively anti-love, perhaps feeling pretty burned and lonely himself. After all, Godzilla has never had a girlfriend, let alone a wife. ...Or has he?

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January 2, 2015  
Godzila: Godzilla Sushi in San Francisco
by Anthony Romero

Located at 1800 Divisadero Street (San Francisco, CA 94115), a short drive away from San Francisco's Japan Town, one can find "Godzila Sushi". I had driven past the location many times, but despite the name I never gave it a second thought. Godzilla named foods are not all that uncommon, High Tech Burrito has their Godzilla burrito for example...

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December 24, 2014  
Miles Past Remembered: A Tribute
by Nicholas Driscoll

Some few months ago, again, I sat in the stupor that only comes from grading a pile of amateur prose, the old mix of well-intended vague platitudes to the likely lazy quick-crap-it-out blotches of half-digested text. Thus is the life of a writing teacher, and I do wish all my students success and intend to help them forward as they develop their own unique styles...

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November 7, 2014  
Nakajima and Carley: Godzilla's 1954 and 1998
by Chris Mirjahangir

Over the years you've seen Godzilla suit actors Haruo Nakajima (Showa series), Ken Satsuma (Heisei series), and Tsutomu Kitagawa (Millennium series) numerous times inside the US. They have appeared together in the excellent documentary "Bringing Godzilla Down to Size" on the Rodan and War of the Gargantuas DVD. For the convention...

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November 5, 2014  
60th Anniversary Pictures: Icons of Cinema
by Chris Mirjahangir

Over the past few years, I've been fortunate enough to photograph such Godzilla film legends such as Haruo Nakajima, Akira Takarada, and Kenji Sahara. The photographs in this album range from 2011, from when I was handpicked by film historian to document his historic trip to Los Angeles, to Akira Takarada's Los Angeles visit in 2013, and...

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November 4, 2014  
Godzilla King of the Monsters 1956 Script
by Chris Mirjahangir

1956 was an important year for Toho. While Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954) was one of their early releases in the US, 1956 marked when Toho made an impact in America. Akira Kurosawa's stunning Ikiru (1952) and Seven Samurai (1954) were both released that year to US audiences, but another movie legend would also emerge...

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November 3, 2014  
Godzilla 60th Anniversary Guest Book
by Chris Mirjahangir

As part of the Godzilla 60th anniversary celebration, we wanted to hear from YOU! The fans who love Godzilla and all the other monsters in this wonderful franchise! YOU are the reason Godzilla has been around for 60 years and here is what those who signed the Godzilla Guestbook had to say! Before we dive into the fans, though...

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November 3, 2014  
November 3rd: Godzilla 60th Anniversary
by Chris Mirjahangir

November 3rd, 1954. Sixty years ago today the Godzilla franchise was born. Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, director Ishiro Honda, special effects guru Eiji Tsuburaya and composer Akira Ifukube created a picture that was both haunting and fascinating. Today, that film is one of 30 based on the titular character. An icon of pop culture, the nuclear beast is...

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August 17, 2014  
1954 Godzilla Black Vinyl - Death Waltz Recording
by Anthony Romero

On July 14th, 2014, Death Waltz Recording company issued a 180gm black vinyl version of the Godzilla (1954) score. The disc contains the full soundtrack by Akira Ifukube, plus one bonus track at the end. Given that there aren't a whole lot of Godzilla vinyl albums that are produced in modern times, I figured I would visit this release in a blog...

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August 9, 2014  
Toho's Forgotten Years
by Miles Imhoff

On September 10th, 1937, an event took place that would change the world of cinema forever. Several of the Photo Chemical Laboratories as well as the P.C.L. Film Studio of Tokyo, Jenkins Osawa Studio (J.O.), and a distribution company called Toho Eiga merged into Toho Co. Ltd. But wait! What happened before...?

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July 22, 2014  
Godzilla 2014 San Francisco Ads
by Anthony Romero

If anyone called me punctual or timely, I would have to call them a cheat and a liar. Case in point this expose. A few months ago, it was an exciting time. As a resident of San Francisco, the new Godzilla film, Godzilla (2014), taking place here seemed a little surreal. Given the location, and as a major metropolitan area, I was braced for...

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July 1, 2014  
Godzilla Summer 2014 Contest
by Chris Mirjahangir

It's July, summer time, and what better time for a contest for awesome prizes? This has been a big year for Godzilla fans. We have had waves of merchandise and a fantastic new film in the franchise thanks to Godzilla (2014). Working with some of the distributors, we are gathering together a big summer event to celebrate...

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June 4, 2014  
Akira Takarada Visits Dallas Comic Con
by Noah Percival

The summer of 2014 saw the return of Godzilla to the big screen and with his return Dallas Comic Con added their first big Godzilla related guest since I have been attending, Akira Takarada. Godzilla like any popular franchise has had some presence in Dallas Comic Con namely due to the various vendors who sell Godzilla related merchandise...

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May 28, 2014  
Godzilla Encounter Audio Tour
by Chris Mirjahangir

This blog is something I've been wanting to post for almost a year and now I finally can. In July of 2013, a promotional exhibit was created called "Godzilla Encounter". It was featured at SDCC 13 (San Diego Comic Con 2013) to help get the word out about the then upcoming Godzilla movie by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros: Godzilla (2014)...

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May 26, 2014  
Easter Eggs in Godzilla 2014
by Anthony Romero

Looking for Easter eggs in Godzilla (2014)? For those not familiar with the term, an Easter egg is a hidden message or nod in a film. The term was actually coined first for video games, but has since taken on a new life in movies thanks to adaptations of long spanning work. The recent trend in comic book films is a great example of this. The King of the Monsters...

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May 16, 2014  
Is There an After Credits Scene in Godzilla 2014?
by Anthony Romero

After credits scenes have become common in blockbuster films. While Pirates of the Caribbean was an early example, the Marvel movies starting with Iron Man have really pioneered the concept. So does the latest Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. film feature a scene after the credits?...

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May 13, 2014  
All the Godzilla 2014 Trailers
by Anthony Romero and Chris Mirjahangir

Looking for the latest Godzilla 2014 trailer? This blog compiles the video adverts for the Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. Godzilla (2014) film that is out in the US on May 16, 2014. It includes both the theatrical trailers along with the TV spots. It is ordered chronologically, from latest to earliest...

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May 2, 2014  
Top 10 Godzilla Monsters
by Anthony Romero

Compiling a list of the top ten Godzilla kaiju to grace the big screen. The list excludes the King of the Monsters himself, focusing on co-stars to create this list of the top Godzilla monsters. The top ten is a mixture of use in the movies, appearance, powers and personality. It is not necessarily one based on how powerful a character is...

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April 2, 2014  
April Fools' Day 2014
by Miles Imhoff

I call it a healthy paranoia, though others might disagree... year after year, Anthony manages to either fill me in on an idea he and the other staff are cooking up for April Fools' Day, or he asks me if I might have a suggestion. This year, there was a deafening amount of radio silence in regard to the subject. By the time March 29th rolled around...

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March 28, 2014  
Godzilla Survival Kit
by Chris Mirjahangir

Today I received a very nice surprise on my front doorstep (along with my sample of the Jakk's Pacific Godzilla, which arrived a day early) from Warner Bros to promote the upcoming film Godzilla (2014). I opened up the red box to find the "Godzilla Survival Kit" and I must say, it's a pretty cool promotional piece...

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March 2, 2014  
Godzilla's Legendary Size
by Miles Imhoff

Several popular franchises highlight a certain numeric value that increases with the passage of time for the sake of drama. Dragon Ball Z emphasized the power level; the original Star Trek series, the warp factor; and our dear friend Godzilla has given us such a simple, yet important variable: sheer size...

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January 12, 2014  
Godzilla 2014, Leaks and the Kingdom
by Anthony Romero

Having worked in public relations myself, the saying goes: all publicity is good publicity. Recently there has been word of a leaked script for the upcoming, 2014 Godzilla film. Details of which have come out on the Toho Kingdom Forums as one of the sources of the leak. Other sites have picked up on the story with quotes like...

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January 9, 2014  
A Fan's Revelation on Godzilla
by Paul Sell (Guest Editorial Overseen by Chris Mirjahangir)

The first film I have a memory of watching is King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) when I was three years old. I had no idea who either of these characters were, why they were fighting or why I decided to keep watching the two duke it out on top of Mt. Fuji. There was that initial spark that got me interested. Something that drew me in that I couldn't explain...

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December 23, 2013  
Nick Adams Letter Circa June 1965
by Chris Mirjahangir

It's been a few years since I gave the Godzilla fandom an exclusive Christmas present on behalf of myself and Toho Kingdom (the last one being the soundtrack to Godzilla Unleashed!). This time I'm back with a piece of Showa history. What we have here is a handwritten letter by Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) actor Nick Adams...

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December 23, 2013  
Fan Godzilla Videos and Photos
by Chris Mirjahangir

For years, fans have used their Godzilla series figures expand their imagination using home video cameras still cameras to create brilliant pieces of art in the form of short films and photography. These forms of expression have been spread across the internet for a long time... until now. This editorial will be the home to YOUR photos/short films...

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June 8, 2013  
The Case for the Skeleturtle
by Miles Imhoff

In early 2009, Toho Kingdom's very own Chris Mirjahangir coined the name of a rather unusual creature he was about to voice in a then upcoming toon. Often dismissed as a skeleton, a bizarre colorless sea turtle can be located in Ishiro Honda's classic Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964). Although I gave it the rather uncatchy name...

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June 6, 2013  
G-Fest XIX Video Tour
by Chris Mirjahangir

G-Fest: an annual convention all about Godzilla and really all Japanese kaiju. With merchants, theater movie screenings, art displays, costume contests, Godzilla video game tournaments and celebrities, its a bit of a kaiju fan wonderland. Although it has, many years ago, been held in Los Angeles, it is typically located in the Chicago area...

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June 1, 2013  
How Strong is Godzilla? Fiction's Strongest?
by Miles Imhoff

Godzilla. Tens of thousands of tons of archosaurian might capable of devastating a megalopolis in a single night. Surely there isn't a another character in fiction capable of surpassing, let alone matching the raw strength of Earth's most recognizable radiation-spewing reptile... or is there? As you're probably already aware, discussions...

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April 7, 2013  
April Fools' 2013
by Miles Imhoff

Every couple years or so around March, I've come to expect a text message from Anthony Romero. It normally says something along the following lines: "Any ideas for April Fools' Day?" Needless to say, the gears start turning in my head. Normally, I receive the text during the light of day, when I still have my wits about me. This year...

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April 2, 2012  
April Fools' 2012
by Anthony Romero

Toho Kingdom has been around the block, make not mistake of that. It's well over a decade old at this stage with several traditions and habits now well placed. One of those is an annual April Fools' Day joke. These have ranged from planning to offer a Toho paid membership, under the guise that content could only be accessed this way...

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December 23, 2011  
The Nakajima Dance
by Chris Mirjahangir

Haruo Nakajima: the first man behind the Godzilla suit, Rodan suit, Gaira suit, extra in classic films such as Seven Samurai (1954), a part in Submersion of Japan (1973)... and all around partier. This video was filmed by Brad Thompson (Baradagi) who was with us (August Ragone, Jason Varney, Dave Chapple, Mr. Nakajima’s daughter, Sonoe...

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November 15, 2011  
Graphic Review of Godzilla: Legends #1
by Chris Mirjahangir

Comic book artist Matt Frank is a sellout…or his debut comic Godzilla Legends will be once this book hits store shelves that is. To compliment the normal comic review, found here, I'm once again doing another review with images from the publication to give a better feel for what fans are in store for. With that, this is the comic Godzilla fans have been...

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May 29, 2011  
April Fools' Day 2011
by Thomas Singleton

I've been writing stories for decades. "Wait a minute," some of you must be thinking. "Tom, aren't you 24-years-old?" As a matter of fact, yes. Yes I am. "So you've been writing since you were, like, four?" Hey, it's not like I've been writing good stories for decades! Since my childhood, I've made some minor improvements in my spelling, grammar...

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May 24, 2011  
Graphic Review of Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #3
by Chris Mirjahangir

To compliment the normal comic review, found here, I'm doing another review with added graphics to help give a more indepth review of the publication. In terms of issue #3 of the series, it has a slightly better way of telling a story this time around. It's not great, but it's still a vast improvement over the past two issues. Hopefully the writing will get better...

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March 29, 2011  
Graphic Review of Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1
by Chris Mirjahangir

To compliment the normal comic review, found here, I'm doing a totally new take with images to provide better examples for those interested in the comic. Below is my review in full, along with images to accompany some of the mentioned scenes. To start, story is the biggest problem with this comic book...

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December 31, 2010  
Godzilla Perfect Collection Round Table
by Anthony Romero, Robert Storch and Matti Keskiivari

In September of 2004, Toho Music started their ambitious release of all of the Godzilla films in six soundtrack boxes for the 50th Anniversary of the King of the Monsters. Titled the Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection, these boxes came with 6-9 CDs and covered 4-6 Godzilla films each. The series was plagued with delays, to the point...

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September 26, 2010  
April Fools' Day 2010
by Miles Imhoff

Outside of Toho Kingdom, I'm rather notorious among my coworkers for being the proverbial "wet blanket" when it comes to practical jokes. Perhaps it's just my philosophy to always try to make a prank friendly or to always have it end with a sigh of relief; regardless, practical jokes are a rarity for me. Nevertheless, the internet provides...

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September 2, 2010  
Fan Track Listing: Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (Perfect Collection)
by Anthony Romero

When it comes to soundtracks, I'm a fanatic. Both collecting, listening... and then storing. My mode of operation is to take most of the music I collect and then dump it onto my computer and eventually move my favorite tracks to my iPod. As a result of my habit, I'm very picky about track titles. I want them to be representative and unique...

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June 10, 2009  
Top 10 Most Wanted Bandais in the 8 Inch Scale
by Steve Johnson

Well, as you all have probably figured out by now, I'm a kaiju toy nut. I've been collecting for almost 15 years now, and as long as they keep making 'em, I'll keep buying 'em. ....problem is, these past five years, new kaiju toys are getting as scarce as milkbones in Michael Vick's house. So, just in case anyone at Bandai is paying attention...

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July 19, 2005  
Godzilla Millennium Series Continuity
by Anthony Romero

Continuity within Godzilla films has been consistent, to say the least. The Showa series barely paid heed to it, but made a effort to try and keep the films connected with small references. The Heisei series was very different from its predecessor. Each film during the 1980s through mid 1990's worked off the previous entries for tight continuity in the series...

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April 5, 2004  
The Fall of Daiei Studios
by Anthony Romero

Once considered a chief rival of Toho, Daiei rode high in the middle of the 20th century before hitting hard times toward the end of the century. This blog covers the fall of Daiei Studios and how the company's major properties, such as Zatoichi and Gamera, ended up at times on Toho's doorstep...

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October 9, 2002  
D20: Toho Based Dungeons & Dragons
by Forrest Freund

This blog features rules for a Toho universe based Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) game. It adapts Godzilla, Mothra and characters from other science fiction and fantasy films like the Onmyoji series for the game. Gods includes information on the god-kaiju of a Toho universe based campaign. The monsters are the various creatures of a...

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