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  • Back in the 1990’s, publisher Keibunsha was releasing a Godzilla magazine in Japan. These would include interviews, coverage of media like video games and highlight upcoming or recent Toho movies. Overall it was a really good publication for fans of the era.

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    General // September 23, 2022
  • AMC has announced that they will be re-releasing Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) to select theaters this Friday, on August 26th, 2022. More than a year after its original release, the fourth entry in the Monterverse will be shown at more than 500 AMC locations in the United States. This is being done to celebrate the introduction of AMC Preferred Equity units for investors. In fact, AMC Investor Connect members were sent a voucher with two free tickets to the screening. That said, while the film is meant to highlight the introduction of the company’s preferred equity unit, tickets are readily available to the general public at a price of $5 each as noted on their site.

    In total, there are currently almost 600 AMC locations across the US. As a result, with “more than 500” screening it, there is a good chance your AMC will be participating in the re-releasing of Godzilla vs. Kong. Check your local AMC, though, to be sure. The showing time for most locations appears to be around 7:00PM local time. The original announcement also opened the door that some theaters might have additional screenings. However, although anecdotal, checking all my nearby AMC theaters each had only one Godzilla vs. Kong showing. (more…)

    News // August 24, 2022
  • Released as a Valentine’s day exclusive, this now out of print hot sauce by Jade City Foods is devoted to Biollante from the 1989 film. In a bit of creativity, the hot sauce syncs up very well with the character, actually featuring rose petals among the ingredients. This, combined with red bell peppers, give the sauce a fitting red tint. Meanwhile, the heat from the sauce comes from good old habanero chilis.

    Now this review is tardy, very tardy. I was given this hot sauce as a gift from my best friend months ago, and wanted to do a few taste tests before giving my thoughts. Well a few taste tests turned into months, and here we are with this hot sauce now long unavailable. Regardless, let’s cover the heat, taste and overall thoughts of this sauce.

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    Kaiju Kuisine // July 7, 2022
  • As some might know I’m an avid and, admittedly, fanatic collector of soundtracks. As I noted in my fan track listing for Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla’s soundtrack, once I collect something I’ll then dump it onto my computer and other devices. Sometimes that’s the end of the journey, sometimes not. One thing I’m a stickler for is trying to place the digital version of the soundtrack in chronological order. Thankfully, a lot of commercial soundtracks are already in chronological order. The soundtrack for Vampire Hunter D (32·8H-59) is not one of them. (more…)

    General // June 19, 2022
  • Legendary is continuing to expand the Monsterverse. That franchise, first launching with Godzilla (2014), is now breaking on to TV. The series, titled Skull Island, will be animated and focus on the titular location of the movie Kong: Skull Island (2017). This article is a news roundup of details related to the upcoming series.

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    News // June 9, 2022
  • The collabs around Godzilla vs. Kong continue, well over a year after the movie’s release. Today, Activision announced an upcoming event for the games Call of Duty Warzone and Call of Duty: Vanguard. Coming May 11th 2022, the start of Vanguard‘s third season, the event will see both Godzilla and Kong from the MonsterVerse invade the world of Call of Duty. (more…)

    News // April 21, 2022
  • April Fools has been an annual tradition at Toho Kingdom for well over a decade. In fact, you can see the range of pranks we have done over the years in the archive right here. It’s always a challenge to do the tradition as it does take a bit of creativity. In the past we have run the spectrum on ideas too, from outlandish KWC matches to animations to news that does masquerade as legitimate for the day. This year’s prank was the latter, which is always risky. A lot of people are pretty savvy not to trust news that comes out on April 1st. As a result, these kind of pranks generate eye rolls from a lot of people, which I can understand. A few do fall for it, only to quickly learn that it was a prank and get upset… which is in many ways worse (and I have gotten messages to that effect).

    At any rate, this year we did a prank around Godzilla Battle Line, which is a mobile title that has consumed a lot of my time of late. I’ve been pretty happy with the support it has gotten from Toho to date, and felt it being so frequently updated wanted to do a prank related to the title. I wanted to pick something that was a little out there… but also in the realm of possibility. Thanks to Kong being added to the game, which was a huge shock last year, something related to the upcoming Shin Ultraman felt like a good fit.

    Anyway below is the original prank as it appeared on April 1st, 2022. I’m particularly proud at how the screenshot image turned out, which took a bit of effort to get to the final state shown below (arguably, I spent too much time on it).


    Ultraman is coming to Godzilla Battle Line.

    To celebrate the upcoming Shin Ultraman, which releases May 13th, 2022, Toho Games has announced a new “collab event” (short for collaboration) for their mobile game Godzilla Battle Line. The event includes being able to get a four star Ultraman battle piece for use in the game. A release date of the event is unknown, but given the movie comes out on May 13th it’s likely to come out late April or early May in conjuncture with the new season in the mobile title. (more…)

    General // April 1, 2022
  • The 2021 Anime film Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is headed to theaters in North America, courtesy of Crunchyroll. Released on December 24th, 2021, in Japan, the MAPPA and Toho Animation production has since become a box office hit. In fact, it presently ranks as the 27th highest grossing film in Japan. The supernatural movie is based off the manga of the same name (呪術廻戦 0 – Jujutsu Kaisen Zero) by author Gege Akutami, which is actually a pen name.

    The North America release is scheduled for March 18th, 2022. Both subtitled and dubbed versions of the film will be screened.

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    News // February 25, 2022
  • Released in April 2020, Godzilla Destruction was a new mobile title from Toho Games and developer Nobollel. In the game players control a monster, with Godzilla being unlocked from the start, as the EDF (Earth Defense Force) attempts to stop them across various locations inside Japan, England and the United States. Unfortunately, the title was discontinued on January 31st, 2021. That said, no reason we can’t do a posthumous review of the title.

    So with the dust settled, how did Godzilla Destruction fare in the end? Sadly, not all that great. While it had some things going for it, the mobile entry was ultimately plagued by its game design that stretched content too thin while feeling unrewarding for slogging through the long term grind it quickly became. (more…)

    General // February 6, 2022
  • Toho started in 1932, although they wouldn’t adopt the name Toho until 1943. Since their inception, the company has done numerous releases to mark their anniversary, sometimes with a single production but often times multiple. Ikiru (1952) marked Toho’s 20th anniversary. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) noted their 30th anniversary while King Kong Escapes (1967) carried their 35th anniversary banner. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), a “New Year’s film”, celebrated their 60th anniversary. Next year, 2022, marks Toho’s 90th anniversary. As part of this milestone, Toho is  celebrating not just on the big screen… but on the stage with a live theatrical adaptation of Spirited Away.

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    News // November 18, 2021
  • This is a lofty goal of compiling 35 of the top Toho soundtracks. Why 35? Because I’m feeling random. The rankings aren’t based on a particular CD or LP release, but rather the entire music that surrounds the film. To make the list I actually made a top 65 and then removed 30 of them to prevent any soundtracks from slipping in that might not be worthy. (more…)

    General // November 16, 2021
  • November 3rd… Godzilla’s birthday, and the day that Toho has begun celebrating Godzilla Day. This year marks the 67th anniversary of Godzilla (1954). To commemorate, Toho has several different online events going on alongside a healthy merchandise push. This article is a hub for these activities, which will be broken up by category to cover everything going on for Godzilla Day 2021.

    Also, check out Toho Kingdom’s Instagram account on November 3rd. It will receive periodic updates starting at about 5PM PT.
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    News // November 4, 2021
  • Shortly after the turn of the century, Toho Music was on and off releasing CD soundtracks. From scores around director Akira Kurosawa to the expansive Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect line, a plethora of titles were issued. That is until 2013, when news and future releases stopped. A two disc set for The Last War (1961) would mark one of their final releases… but the torch would be passed. (more…)

    News // October 19, 2021
  • I’ll be honest, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) left me disappointed and apathetic toward the future of the MonsterVerse. As a result, I didn’t have a lot of enthusiasm for Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). To be fair, when the trailer hit I was definitely energized, but I had also thought the 2019 Godzilla film had an excellent trailer as well. So, I probably wasn’t alone in approaching the latest Godzilla and Kong movie with cautious optimism. Thankfully, I can say that Godzilla vs. Kong exceeded my expectations, adding another solid entry to the franchise. The film has its flaws, particularly from the characters and the way the plot is divided. The pacing, action and effects, though, are enough to create something that’s solid popcorn entertainment and worth revisiting. (more…)

    Movie Reviews // May 17, 2021
  • It’s been almost two years since Godzilla: Defense Force was released to mobile devices. Now, under Toho Games, a trio of new Godzilla mobile games are coming just in time for Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). This includes Run Godzilla, available now except in Japan, along with Godzilla Battle Line and Godzilla Destruction. Dates are still loose,  but the latter two are available in “select countries” next month and worldwide either in April or May with dates subject to change. (more…)

    News // April 27, 2021
  • An April Fools day prank is a tradition here at Toho Kingdom. One can see our history on the matter here with our jokes over the past decade, although it has been going on for longer than that. In the earlier days of the Internet, aka the late 1990’s to early 2000’s, it feels like a lot of April Fools pranks were actually successful on the web, tricking people about the authenticity of their story. I’ll say part of this was due to naivety, with things being harder to fact check then, and also probably a less global understanding of what April Fools was, as it’s more of a Western tradition. These days, people are wisely cautious once the first of April rolls around. Realizing this, a lot of jokes are less believable as they are outlandish.

    Long story short, our jokes typically have fallen into this outlandish category. That includes last year’s prank, which turned the site into a 1993 newspaper, which are more about being creative as opposed to fooling people. This year, we tried something different. Crafting a story that was fake, but with enough detail that it could be real. The subject was a clash between the MonsterVerse Godzilla and Shin Godzilla, although in comic form to make it more believable. It was a tightrope as this was the only time that a major Godzilla film literally released the day before April Fools, so of course couldn’t contain anything that would be perceived as a spoiler.

    Long story short, the joke was played legitimate, although I’m doubtful how successful it was. At the end of the day, it at least made for a good excuse to mash up images of the MonsterVerse Godzilla with Shin Godzilla.

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    General // April 1, 2021
  • Looking for a little monster themed Valentine’s fun? Toho International has released Godzilla themed Valentine’s Day cards online. Five cards were made available in total, depicting Mechagodzilla (Showa), SpaceGodzilla, King Ghidorah (Heisei), Biollante Rose and Godzilla (Millennium). Each artwork depicts the monster along with a saying.

    The cards can be downloaded below, available in 1800×1800 in size once clicked so they can be printed off in good quality. …or alternatively, text or email the images to others as an e-Valentine. (more…)

    General // February 10, 2021
  • On October 26th, 2020, the forums suffered on outage. This issue was at the host level, who quickly rectified the dilemma. In doing so, they updated the PHP instance on the site to the latest version, exposing issues. The host kept rolling the PHP instance back until they found a working one, which took about a dozen tries. This exposed how outdated the forums had become, and highlighted that they were sitting on an aging tech stack: with components set to be depreciated. It required an update, although I had been resistant knowing this would wipe out modifications and styles for the forums. That said, a choice between having a forums that is more future proof versus keeping the old styles shouldn’t even have been a debate. Accepting this, the forums entered their third life cycle.

    Created way back in 2003, when the site first moved off free hosting to the tohokingdom.com domain, the forums have been a mainstay. They went through some bumpy starts as the site transitioned hosts, including losing everything during one transition, but have been stable for a decade now. In 2016, similar to what we are seeing now, the forums became outdated. This kicked off the second life cycle, and one can read about it and the even older styles that used to be associated with it.

    Four years later the site finds itself at a similar crossroads. So this blog is meant to chronicle the old Toho Kingdom forums styles from the second iteration. These were up from 2016 to 2020, although were all created in a time frame from 2016 to 2017. Some of these will return to the new forums, although slightly altered. Some will not. This article will act as archive of the styles from this period. The styles are sorted by popularity, at the time the forums were updated. (more…)

    General // November 7, 2020
  • November 3rd, 1954: the original Godzilla (1954) was released in theaters. This sparked a starting point for what would become a global franchise, one of the most recognizable in the world. It is also celebrated as the anniversary date of the Godzilla character. Toho has long honored the King of the Monsters’ birthday, although sometimes the month after as was the case with Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) which launched in December. In more recent years the festivities have occurred on November 3rd itself, with the 2019 event in Japan attracting over 20,000 visitors.

    This year, amongst the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Godzilla Day 2020 festival will be held virtually. More details are pending. To help celebrate, Toho is also extending licensing deals in the United States. One of these was already announced, the Godzilla costume for Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. Another is with artist Shag, aka Josh Agle who is well known for his artwork surrounding the Disney resorts. He has created an image called “Kingu Monsuta” based around Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964). (more…)

    News // October 30, 2020
  • Toho and video game developer Mediatonic are teaming up to add a Godzilla costume for Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. The costume allows players to dress up as the King of the Monsters holding a car, with a slight purple tint to the costume. After donning the costume, players can then join in on the massive multiplayer title, attempting to avoid being eliminated in round after round until one player remains. Rounds vary in format, from races to tail tag and a variety of other mini-games. 

    The Godzilla costume is one of several licensed cosmetics to appear in the game. Others includes items from Half-Life, PortalTeam Fortress 2, GrisMy Friend Pedro, Enter the Gungeon, Hotline Miami, Gato Roboto and Sonic the Hedgehog. The Godzilla costume is somewhat unique, though, for not being based directly on a video game franchise. A skin database for the title can be found online, to look through all of the items available for Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.

    The items come out on November 3rd, 2020, for the PC and Sony Playstation 4 game. The date marks the 66th anniversary of Godzilla (1954).

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    News // October 29, 2020