I haven't ploughed through the entire 42 pages, but...I enjoy reading the arguments for EXACTLY, PRECISELY the same reasons I enjoy watching guys in suits beating each other up in scale models of major Japanese cities.
My .02... yeah, after a while, the Showa-era films certainly didn't go where I would like to have seen them go. They can't all be War of the Gargantuas
. The stock footage and lackluster kaiju action (I'm looking at you GvGigan
) are what really drained some of the awesome factor. That and it constantly being "Godzilla chases off pesky aliens."
I think the only kaiju eiga to ever integrate fun + excitement + horror + story + effects with anything close to 100% success would be the Heisei Gamera trilogy, but those couldn't have happened without what came before. Other than Gojira
, Showa-era movies were shooting for giving an entertaining moviegoing experience, and most delivered.