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  • Author: Connor Clennell | Banner: Andrew Sudomerski

    In the shadows at the edge of the solar system, evil resided. A delegation of the one of the great superpowers that had once plagued the galaxy. In decades past, they were at their strongest, but a set of defeats against the protectors of Earth had set the path to their downfall, and their once-wide empire fell apart. Star systems that had once belonged to the conquerors had been lost to the hands of other races or liberated by local resistance. Even their home world was now but a barren, lifeless rock, inhabited by naught but dust and ruins. (more…)

    K.W.C. // May 21, 2020
  • On May 27th, the streaming service HBO Max launches in the United States. Similar to Disney+ and Universal’s upcoming Peacock, the streaming platform features a ton of media content. This includes a variety of TV shows, such as Friends and Game of Thrones. It also includes over 700 movies, many supplied from the Warner Bros. vault. To bolster the selection, though, parent company AT&T has worked with others to secure additional films. Studio Ghibli and Criterion are among those companies they are working with. From these efforts, quite a few Toho films are coming to the service when it launches in the US. This includes most of the Showa Godzilla films as well, excluding King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962). Find below a complete Toho and Godzilla movie list for HBO Max, as revealed on The Verge. (more…)

    News // May 18, 2020
  • A translation of the planning proposal Space Super Monster King Ghidorah, as seen in the Japanese publication Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah Completion (ISBN: 4798621765).

    Reportedly just one of many submissions for 1991’s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, the idea was for staff members to bring to the table their own unique story themed around the battle between the two titular monsters. The proposal below, dated January 14th of 1991, was done by Shinji Nishikawa, while other confirmed submissions include authors such as Shinichiro Kobayashi, Takeshi Narumi, Takayuki Oguchi, and Haruhiko Mae.

    As usual, VERY special thanks to Noah Oskow for the following translation!

    ~ Joshua S.

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    Translations // May 17, 2020
  • Author: Landon Soto | Banner: Landon Soto

    A colossal, black shadow darted across the city of Fukuoka. Masses of people fled in terror, filling the streets with panic as they attempted to evacuate the city. A chorus of fear-inducing cackling filled the ears of terrified people, their shrieks of fear drowned out by the monstrous cacophony from above. (more…)

    K.W.C. // May 11, 2020
  • Welcome to the GODZILLA CERTIFICATION EXAM Translation! Think you know Godzilla? Choose your quiz below and test your knowledge! (more…)

    Translations // May 10, 2020
  • Author: Grayson Post | Banner: Dao Zang Moua

    The mutated human known as Frankenstein sat upon the beach, watching over the crashing waves of the ocean. A rash of kaiju attacks on cities and battles between the monsters started operations to contain them. Monsterland was reactivated, with research facilities being relocated outside of the island’s natural borders. Upon detecting the presence of a kaiju, they were subdued and sent to the island. For him, it had taken little coaxing to move, even if he didn’t want to. There were still creatures out there that needed dealing with, and he could have helped with it. He couldn’t change what had happened though, and wasn’t able to swim away. Picking up a flat boulder, he sent it skipping across the water. It bounced once, twice, and sank beneath the ocean waves. (more…)

    K.W.C. // May 1, 2020
  • One of the main attractions of collecting old movies is to find forgotten gems where your favorite actors or directors worked on. In the case of Toho, I am especially a fan of the works of directors Kihachi Okamoto, Ishiro Honda and Senkichi Taniguchi, to cite a few. One actor who worked for all three was Toshiro Mifune, whose acting career spanned 48 years, from Snow Trail (1947) to Deep River (1995). (more…)

    General // April 28, 2020
  • Though it ends abruptly, translated below is the memo Tomoyuki Tanaka’s Order for Ryuzo Nakanishi: Resurrection of Godzilla, as seen in the Japanese publication “Godzilla” Toho Special Effects Unpublished Material Archive: Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka and His Era (ISBN: 9784048544658).

    A follow-up to Ryuzo Nakanishi’s Resurrection of Godzilla (2nd Draft), this memo from producer Tomoyuki Tanaka – written by his subordinate, Kenji Tokoro – describes an “adult fairytale” with mystery, mermaids, and two Godzillas. Nakanishi, a screenwriter who has worked on dozens of movies including The War in Space (1977), would eventually submit a 3rd draft for a “Resurrection of Godzilla” before Tanaka himself penned his own story, with Tanaka’s serving as the base for the finalized 1984 movie.

    As usual, VERY special thanks to Noah Oskow for the following translation!

    ~ Joshua S.

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    Translations // April 26, 2020
  • Author: Michael Allen | Banner: Landon Soto

    [Continued from Match 127]

    All was not well in the city of Kyoto. (more…)

    K.W.C. // April 22, 2020
  • Although superheroes are often considered a particularly American creation what with Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man originating from the land of red, white, and blue, superheroes have appeared in comics and other media all over the world, from Mars Ravelo’s comic universe in the Philippines to Super Inframan in China to the masked wrestlers of Mexico. Japan, too, has become well-known for their slate of superheroes, and indeed, with Golden Bat, Japan arguably created the first comic book super hero, having appeared in the paper theater kamishibai well before Superman debuted in 1939. Of course Japan has had many superheroes since then, including such notables as Ultraman, Kamen Rider, and the Super Sentai series, but more recently a super hero series largely inspired by Western hero trends—the My Hero Academia franchise, which started as a serialized manga in the Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine, and blossomed out into an animated television show, movies, and more. The particular focus of today’s review is the second My Hero Academia movie, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, which was released in 2019 in Japan and is receiving a run in theaters in the USA courtesy of Funimation Studios. (more…)

    Movie Reviews // April 15, 2020