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August 2, 2018  
New Toho Kingdom Blog
by Toho Kingdom

We are slowly transitioning the blog and articles to a new format.

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July 20, 2018  
San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Day 2 San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Day 2
by Chris Mirjahangir & Joshua Sudomerski

With San Diego Comic-Con underway, site director Chris Mirjahangir is currently attending the event and posting videos and images live! Toho Kingdom is in collaboration with Gormaru Island, who have kindly allowed Chris to share his findings on their page....

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July 20, 2018  
San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Day 1 San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Day 1
by Chris Mirjahangir & Joshua Sudomerski

With San Diego Comic-Con underway, site director Chris Mirjahangir is currently attending the event and posting videos and images live! Toho Kingdom is in collaboration with Gormaru Island, who have kindly allowed Chris to share his findings on their page....

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June 27, 2018  
NECA Atomic Blast Shin Godzilla Preview NECA Atomic Blast Shin Godzilla Preview
by Chris Mirjahangir

From the blockbuster 2016 movie that returned the classic Godzilla franchise to its roots! This version of the most famous kaiju in the world is based on Godzilla's "Atomic Blast" attack in the movie. The figure measures 6" tall and 12" long from head to tail...

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June 6, 2018  
Monster Sightings: Rodan Video Monster Sightings: Rodan Video
by Thomas Fairchild

You're in a city teeming with thousands of strangers. It's a safe bet you won't see any of these people again, not that you would remember them even if you did. As the city's ambience plays out like a disorganized orchestra and the allure of an Italian restaurant slowly...

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May 23, 2018  
Yuriko Hoshi: In Memoriam Yuriko Hoshi: In Memoriam
by Patrick Galvan

In the late 1950s, Ishiro Honda directed Inao: Story of an Iron Arm (1959), a biographical film about famed baseball player Kazuhisa Inao. One of the director’s non-genre efforts, this 106-minute picture was subjected to a number of post-production excisions, in which some...

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May 21, 2018  
Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle Impressions Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle Impressions
by Nicholas Driscoll

This time I didn't bother going all the way to Shinjuku for the latest Godzilla movie—it's been a long week, and it was just a lot easier to go to the nearest Toho Cinema and relax with the latest monster action. But while last year I took the time to go to Shinjuku, and...

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May 20, 2018  
GODZILLA (1998) Website Videos GODZILLA (1998) Website Videos
by Chris Mirjahangir & Joshua Sudomerski

In 1997, the domain GODZILLA.COM first launched to promote the very first American adaptation of the king of the monsters, GODZILLA (1998). In the months that followed, the site regularly saw updates, whether in the form of...

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April 24, 2018  
Chocolate Godzilla Illustration Block Review Kurosawa's Missing Film: Those Who Make Tomorrow
by Patrick Galvan

One of the benefits of being an Akira Kurosawa fan in the 21st century is that the vast majority of the cinematic endeavors by this fine artist are, these days, easily accessible. Of the thirty motion pictures Kurosawa considered part of his official filmography...

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April 17, 2018  
Chocolate Godzilla Illustration Block Review Godzilla Disk Chocolate Review
by Nicholas Driscoll

Retailing for the same price as the Godzilla Can (¥1201 yen), the Disk Chocolates (ディスクチョコ) are some of the more unique chocolate treats in the Godzilla Valentine’s Day Chocolate line. The boxes, which are similar in size to the Illustration Block...

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April 13, 2018  
April Fools' Day 2018 Takao Okawara: A Career Retrospective
by Patrick Galvan

About this time a year ago, I published an article here on Toho Kingdom called They Weren’t Fans: Godzilla Directors, in which I examined two film artists who did not hold Godzilla especially dear to their hearts but who nonetheless turned out some of the best, most...

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April 2, 2018  
April Fools' Day 2018 April Fools' Day 2018
by Nicholas Driscoll (original by John LeMay)

Some time ago John LeMay wrote this set of fake Zone Fighter synopses (he estimated to me that it was about three years ago he wrote them), and he wanted to know if we would use it for our April Fools article this year. Anthony liked the idea, but...

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March 25, 2018  
Chocolate Godzilla Illustration Block Review Chocolate Godzilla Illustration Block Review
by Nicholas Driscoll

When you were a child, did you ever play with those sliding tile toys? The ones where the image is all messed up and you have to keep sliding the images around more and more until you can successfully slip together the real picture? I used to get really frustrated...

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March 23, 2018  
Emerald City Comic Con 2018 Emerald City Comic Con 2018
by Thomas Fairchild

I had a wonderful experience at this year's Emerald City Comic Con. There's nothing quite like walking down the streets of Seattle on a sunny afternoon only to see Thor and Captain America standing in line at a Starbucks, or a sea of impassioned cosplayers and casual...

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March 21, 2018  
Chocolate Mini Godzilla Review Chocolate Mini Godzilla Review
by Nicholas Driscoll

Have you ever wanted to taste Godzilla’s spines as they light up with energy, flash, and burn against the smoldering ruins of Tokyo? Have you ever thought that Godzilla’s light-up backplates were kinda-sorta like the dinner bell or the “open for business” sign at a restaurant...

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March 20, 2018  
Godzilla Valentine's Day: Godzilla Can Pacific Rim Uprising Press Coverage
by Chris Mirjahangir

Ever since Godzilla was released in 1954, the influence of has had on the SFx/Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre has been massive. With the recent resurgence in giant monster films, due in large part to the success of and inspiration from....

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February 23, 2018  
Godzilla Valentine's Day: Godzilla Can Godzilla Valentine's Day: Godzilla Can
by Nicholas Driscoll

Perhaps sporting one of the less appetizing names in the big pile of sweets that I purchased, the Godzilla Can (literally ゴジラ CAN from Hunter Confections) conjures up images of canned meat or maybe Godzilla on the can, or maybe even a self-actualization chant for the...

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February 21, 2018  
Godzilla Valentine's Day: Godzilla Milk Chocolate Bar Godzilla Valentine's Day: Godzilla Milk Chocolate Bar
by Nicholas Driscoll

I thought I should start off the reviews with one of the more unassuming-looking V-Day treats—the Godzilla Milk Chocolate from Stock Company Forusha, which—at least from the outside—just looks like an oversized Hershey bar (perhaps a… Godzilla-sized Hershey bar?). The bar...

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February 14, 2018  
Godzilla Valentine's Day Extravaganza Godzilla Valentine's Day Extravaganza
by Nicholas Driscoll

Many years ago, when I was in college, I did not participate nearly as much in the Godzilla fandom as I have come to do now that I am in my thirties (what the heck happened?). Back then I still was fond of Godzilla and Japanese films, anime, and video games, but I was not regularly writing about those...

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January 10, 2018  
Omori's Vision: Mothra vs. Bagan Draft Translation Omori's Vision: Mothra vs. Bagan Draft Translation
by Joshua Sudomerski

After hitting several unexpected roadblocks and over a year of work later, it's finally here - a complete translation of the story draft for Mothra vs. Bagan as seen in the Japanese publication "Godzilla" Toho Special Effects Unpublished Material Archive...

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November 20, 2017  
Godzilla: Monster Planet Impressions Godzilla: Monster Planet Impressions
by Nicholas Driscoll

Finally, a Godzilla anime! Okay, sure, we had two American animated television series, and we also had those strange educational Susume! Gojirando! OVAs back in the 1990s and dozens if not hundreds of cameo appearances in a wide variety of animated...

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November 17, 2017  
Reactions to the Look of the Animated Godzilla Reactions to the Look of the Animated Godzilla
by Toho Kingdom Staff

Today marks the day that Toho is releasing their latest Godzilla film, and their first theatrical animated feature on the King of the Monsters. To celebrate, the Toho Kingdom staff is sitting down and giving their thoughts on the latest look for the nuclear menace. Like we did in...

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November 3, 2017  
GODZILLA (1998) Audio Book Review GODZILLA (1998) Audio Book Review
by Noah Percival

Let's take care of the elephant in the room right away. I like GODZILLA 1998. Yes as a Godzilla fan I could make a minute by minute commentary with everything wrong with the film. Godzilla is too weak. Godzilla should breathe radioactive fire. Godzilla never runs from...

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November 3, 2017  
Godzilla King of the Monsters Wonderland Records Review Godzilla King of the Monsters Wonderland Records Review
by Noah Percival

Godzilla King of the Monsters is a unique item. Originally released on Wonderland Records in 1977 and re-released on CD in 1998 by Golden Drive Records, Godzilla King of the Monsters is an audio drama consisting of two stories. The cover of the 1998 CD copy that I have features...

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November 3, 2017  
Famous Monsters Convention Dallas 2017 Famous Monsters Convention Dallas 2017
by Noah Percival

I've had the privilege of attending a few Comic Book, Horror, and Science Fiction conventions here in my local town of Dallas Texas. The month of May in 2017 saw the arrival of the new Famous Monsters Convention here named after the beloved fan magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland...

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August 29, 2017  
Godzilla Summer 2017 Contest Godzilla Summer 2017 Contest
by Chris Mirjahangir

Hey everyone! For many of you, summer is now at its end and to help soften this rather depressing blow, we here at Toho Kingdom figured we’d close out the season with the biggest contest the site has ever held! Check out the prizes below!....

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August 22, 2017  
Remembering the Original Godzilla: Haruo Nakajima Memorial Remembering the Original Godzilla: Haruo Nakajima Memorial
by Toho Kingdom Staff

August 7th, 2017 marked the passing of a true legend. Best known for being the suit actor for the original 1954 Godzilla, Haruo Nakajima demonstrated his talents on the big screen in an unforgettable performance that would live on in the hearts and minds of people...

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June 14, 2017  
Top 15 Godzilla Soundtracks They Weren’t Fans: Godzilla Directors
by Patrick Galvan

GODZILLA (1998), the first big-budget Hollywood adaptation of the popular Japanese monster, has been on my mind a lot as of late, albeit not for the same reasons as most fans. (I critiqued the film back in 2014, in which I examined it predominately as a generic...

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June 12, 2017  
S.H.MonsterArts BATTRA Special Color Ver. Set Preview S.H.MonsterArts BATTRA Special Color Ver. Set Preview
by Chris Mirjahangir

Hey everyone! We're back with another exclusive look at the prototype of the Special Color Version of the Battra adult and larva set. This is the first time that both versions of Battra have been packaged together, and now there's a beam accessory included for the larva form....

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May 28, 2017  
Top 15 Godzilla Soundtracks Yoshimitsu Banno: In Memoriam
by Patrick Galvan

The recent passing of Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) director Yoshimitsu Banno and the expected refocus on his limited involvement in Toho’s iconic monster movie franchise brought to mind two things regarding this series and the way fans react to it. The first....

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May 16, 2017  
S.H.MonsterArts MOTHRA Special Color Ver. Set Preview S.H.MonsterArts MOTHRA Special Color Ver. Set Preview
by Chris Mirjahangir

On May 15th, 2017, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Bandai America office in Los Angeles, California to check out and take exclusive photos of the Special Color version Mothra set (adult and larva), which is being sold exclusively on the Tamashii Webshop....

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April 29, 2017  
April Fools' Day 2017 April Fools' Day 2017
by Tyler Trieschock and Mathew Webber

This year's April Fools' was a two part effort, involving both the KWC and the forums. One being a new match and the other a spin on the threads and moderation. As a result, this year's summary is broken up into two part that cover the changes which...

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April 24, 2017  
Kong: Skull Island Book Reviews Kong: Skull Island Book Reviews
by Chris Mirjahangir

Naturally when a film of this type hits theaters, novelizations and “Making of” books follow suit and for fans of the films, they are a welcome addition to the experience as they “fill in the gaps” so to speak. Here are two quick reviews for books centered around...

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April 12, 2017  
Godzilla: Through the Ages Godzilla: Through the Ages
by Joshua Reynolds (Guest Editorial Overseen by Joshua Sudomerski)

Spanning a legacy of over 60 years, Godzilla has seen just as many changes to his design as he has seen movie appearances. From the most subtle details on the suits to the Japanese namings and meanings behind them...

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April 11, 2017  
April 2017 NECA Poll Results April 2017 NECA Poll Results
by Joshua Reynolds (Guest Editorial Overseen by Joshua Sudomerski)

From March into April, a survey was conducted on the Toho Kingdom forums for the most-wanted Godzilla figures to be made by NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association). The survey allowed members to vote for eight official movie Godzilla designs....

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March 11, 2017  
Is There an After Credits Scene in Kong: Skull Island? Is There an After Credits Scene in Kong: Skull Island?
by Anthony Romero

Wondering if there is an after the credits scene in Kong: Skull Island? Many blockbuster franchises, from the Marvel cinematic universe to entries in the Fast & Furious series, boast a sequence at the end of the film that often ties into future entries. That said, and anyone who recently watched Logan can....

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February 25, 2017  
Godzilla Print Cookie Review Godzilla Print Cookie Review
by Nicholas Driscoll

The Godzilla Cookie, or the Godzilla Print Cookie (ゴジラプリントクッキー), yet another confection from Sawarabi STK, to me feels like perhaps the most quintessential Godzilla omiyage, the most balanced, kind of the obvious choice. Unlike, say, the Godzilla Yaki or...

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February 15, 2017  
February 2017 S.H. MonsterArts Poll Results February 2017 S.H. MonsterArts Poll Results
by Joshua Reynolds (Guest Editorial Overseen by Joshua Sudomerski)

From January into February, a survey was conducted on the Toho Kingdom forums that allowed members to vote for up to fifteen kaiju they would like to see in the Tamashii Nations S.H. MonsterArts line of figures. In their votes, members had to give reasons....

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February 14, 2017  
Top 15 Godzilla Soundtracks Top 15 Godzilla Soundtracks
by Patrick Galvan

I have been an appreciator of film scores for as long as I can remember. In fact, when asked to name my favorite musical artists, I tend to cite—in addition to composers of classical music—the men and women whose recorded notes complement the images when we watch a film. And as the title of this article would suggest...

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February 12, 2017  
Godzilla Gaufrette Review Godzilla Gaufrette Review
by Nicholas Driscoll

Japanese has a number of borrowed words from other languages, just like English does. Unlike English, however, Japanese usually marks foreign words by writing them in katakana (with the most notable exception being loan words from Chinese). Thus we end up with the Godzilla....

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January 22, 2017  
Tanaka's Proposal: Resurrection of Godzilla Story Translation Tanaka's Proposal: Resurrection of Godzilla Story Translation
by Joshua Sudomerski

After months of research, writing, translating, and reviewing, it's finally done - a complete translation of an 11-page story summary for Resurrection of Godzilla (Tanaka Proposal) from the Japanese publication "Godzilla" Toho Special Effects...

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January 4, 2017  
Godzilla Pie (ゴジラパイ) Review Godzilla Pie (ゴジラパイ) Review
by Nicholas Driscoll

When I picture a Godzilla pie, I… well, to be honest, I have never pictured a Godzilla pie, but were I to engage in the mental exercise now, the picture I would conjure up would be something big and round and right out of the oven. If we are talking 2016 Goji, my image...

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December 27, 2016  
Godzilla vs. Evangelion Box: Ramen Snacks Godzilla vs. Evangelion Box: Ramen Snacks
by Nicholas Driscoll

It seems like yesterday that Toho ignited the collective fan flames across the globe with the announcement that they were making a Godzilla vs. Evangelion movie—and then heartily doused said flames again with the follow-up "April Fools!" sneer cheer. However, not all was lost...

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November 24, 2016  
Godzilla Arare Crackers Review Lotteria vs. Shin Godzilla Campaign
by Nicholas Driscoll

Have you ever wanted to eat a Godzilla hamburger? How about see a cute Godzilla wearing a giant hamburger on his head? King Ghidorah hanging out with a bunch of French fries? Mothra crawling out of a cup of soda? I personally never envisioned such brilliance, but...

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November 10, 2016  
Kensho Yamashita: In Memoriam Kensho Yamashita: In Memoriam
by Patrick Galvan

I found out about the death of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) director Kensho Yamashita about a month and a half after the actual day of his passing (heart failure claimed his life at the age of 72 on August 16, 2016), and the moment I realized...

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November 7, 2016  
Godzilla Arare Crackers Review Godzilla Arare Crackers Review
by Nicholas Driscoll

This year I have been something of a glutton for Godzilla and kaiju related snacks and foods, but in general I haven't been very impressed with most of the offerings. I didn't care for the Shin Gojiramen snacks from the Oyatsu Company, nor the Limited Edition Yaki....

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October 13, 2016  
Shin Godzilla Premiere: Fan Reactions Shin Godzilla Premiere: Fan Reactions
by Chris Mirjahangir

Funimation Films was gracious enough to allow Toho Kingdom to attend some of the US premieres for Godzilla Resurgence (2016), released as Shin Godzilla in the United States. This also gave the site's staff an opportunity to send along some fans as well, with a chance for them....

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September 30, 2016  
Godzilla Limited Edition Yaki Review Baby Star Dodekai Ramen Shin Gojiramen Review
by Nicholas Driscoll

Along with any decent large scale summer release, Godzilla Resurgence in Japan came along with quite the variety of products and snacks and promotions to capitalize on the return of everyone's favorite tyrannostegosaurus. Along with the Shin Hot Dogs and the....

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