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  • 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. Furthermore, sushi restaurants are a dime a dozen in San Francisco. It wasn’t until I actually walked past the location that I had to do a full stop to stare inside in wonder. Godzilla was everywhere inside, and the restaurant clearly didn’t just pick a random name, but was themed around the concept.

    I had to go.

    While the food was nothing special, featuring two Godzilla items on the menu, the restaurant itself was quite memorable. I snapped all kinds of pictures of the Lower Pacific Heights location. From the mural to the posters and toys, while submitted art is also everywhere. The place is an homage to Godzilla, even down to the t-shirt they sell for the sushi location. It’s a lawsuit waiting to happen (Toho’s lawyers would likely scoff at the missing “l” defense), but a pretty cool spot. Below are some of the many photos taken, to offer a visual tour of the place and show off the Godzilla themed items.

    The mural on the back wall

    The mural on the back wall

    The open kitchen with posters above

    The open kitchen with posters above

    The menu, which serves a "Godzila" Salad

    The menu, which serves a “Godzila” Salad

    Back of the menu, with a "Godzila" Roll and a King Kong Roll

    Back of the menu, with a “Godzila” Roll and a King Kong Roll

    The sake menu

    The sake menu

    The "Godzila" Salad

    The “Godzila” Salad

    The "Godzila" Roll

    The “Godzila” Roll

    The entrance which has a Godzilla vs. Megaguirus poster, the only Japanese one here

    The entrance which has a Godzilla vs. Megaguirus poster, the only Japanese one here

    Close-up of the open kitchen

    Close-up of the open kitchen

    Some of the hand drawn art on display

    Some of the hand drawn art on display

    The bathroom decor

    The bathroom decor

    More of the art on display

    More of the art on display

    Even more art, most of which uses "Godzila" although a few let Godzilla with the double Ls slip

    Even more art, most of which uses “Godzila” although a few let Godzilla with the double Ls slip

    More of the art on display

    More of the art on display

    Even more of the art on display

    Even more of the art on display

    More Godzila themed art

    More Godzila themed art

    Last set of Godzila art

    Last set of Godzila art

    The Godzila Sushi shirt

    The Godzila Sushi shirt

    As a side note, these photos were taken back in November of 2014.

    Kaiju Kuisine // January 2, 2015
  • The King of the Monsters goes post apocalyptic in this comic series from IDW Publishing. Helmed by the creative team of Cullen Bunn and Dave Watcher, the story focus on a world decimated in the aftermath of a series of kaiju attacks. The mini-series ran for five issues in 2014, from August 13th to December 17th. It features a variety of Toho monsters, from Biollante to Manda.

    This article showcases the previews that were provided to Toho Kingdom from IDW Publishing. Click on an image to expand to the full page view.

    Godzilla: Cataclysm #1

    Released August 13th, 2014.

       

    Godzilla: Cataclysm #2

    Released September 17th, 2014.

       

    Godzilla: Cataclysm #3

    Released October 22nd, 2014

        

    Godzilla: Cataclysm #4

    Released November 19th, 2014.

       

    Godzilla: Cataclysm #5

    Released December 17th, 2014.

        

    News // December 17, 2014
  • Now the soundtrack page of the site is reserved for CDs. I’m not big on other music formats, save converting the music on said CDs to mp3s, but vinyl has earned a reputation for itself. It still gets releases and still has a hardcore following of enthusiasts.

    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, although Godzilla (2014) got one, I figured I would visit this release in a blog instead.

    The Music

    In terms of contents, the 1954 Godzilla black vinyl disc uses the same material that La-La Land created and used for their 2004 CD release (LLLCD-1022). I say created because this release features the altered “Tragic Sight of the Imperial Capital”. La-La Land meticulously changed this by using material from the “Godzilla at the Ocean Floor” to remove the crying sound effects that were recorded during the original orchestration. The result is better for it, even if its not authentic. This altered version is the one that appears on this set.

    Naturally, due to space, this vinyl only contains the actual score and the extra “Film Version” tracks do not appear here. On the cool side, this vinyl does feature a bonus track that is unique to it. On the downside, the bonus track is the Godzilla Approaches stomping sound effect looped in quick recession. Pretty lame and an obvious bait and switch. They list this as a “Secret Hidden Track” on their site, giving the idea it might be something special but no luck.

    For the quality, I’m not qualified to dissect the audio on this as I’m no vinyl expert. I know that vinyl will give a better audio output, although usually that’s from using an analog source. Since I imagine La-La Land created a digital source for their version, the quality should be pretty comparable to its CD counterparts. The only track that stood out to me, although for the wrong reasons, was “Prayer to Peace”, but this track has always sounded rough.

    The Packaging

    The greatest advantage that vinyls have over CDs is the packaging. CDs have small little booklets, while Vinyls were known for stunning artwork at large sizes. This release is no exception. The front cover is breath taking, showing Godzilla with red eyes against a back drop that shows older fighter planes. The exterior has a “head on” shot of Godzilla staring forward, which is a fold out. All of the artwork is fantastic, although purists might take issue with the versions depicted. The Godzilla design here is clearly modeled after the Heisei series one, while the fighter planes are circa World War II rather than the F86F Saber Jets seen in the film.

    Thoughts

    Now, bummer for vinyl enthusiasts, this release is not available for sale in the US. It retails for £14 from Death Waltz Recording company’s website. However, the same can be said for most of the Japanese soundtrack releases, and likewise this one is finding a home on resale channels like eBay. So it won’t be that hard to acquire, although it won’t be cheap either.

    Overall, worth getting for vinyl enthusiasts, but not for the $100+ prices it is selling for in resale and not outside of the vinyl enthusiast crowd either.

    1954 Godzilla Black Vinyl: Death Waltz Recording

    Tracklist

    A1 Godzilla Approaches
    A2 Godzilla Main Theme
    A3 Ship Music / Sinking of Eikou-Maru
    A4 Sinking of Bingou-Maru
    A5 Anxieties on Ootojima Island
    A6 Ootojima Temple Festival
    A7 Stormy Ootojima Island
    A8 Theme For Ootojima Island
    A9 Japanese Army March I
    A10 Horror of the Water Tank
    A11 Godzilla Comes Ashore

    B1 Godzilla’s Rampage
    B2 Desperate Broadcast
    B3 Godzilla Comes to Tokyo Bay
    B4 Intercept Godzilla
    B5 Tragic Sight of the Imperial Capital
    B6 Oxygen Destroyer
    B7 Prayer For Peace
    B8 Japanese Army March II
    B9 Godzilla at the Ocean Floor
    B10 Ending
    B11 Secret Hidden Track

    Thanks goes out to Jessica Stan for sending in the vinyl to create this article.

    General // August 17, 2014
  • 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 some nice advertising for the new film in the Bay Area. With my smart phone at my side, I set out to take advantage of this rare opportunity.

    Sadly, the ad campaign around San Francisco was, at heart, forgettable. It was almost all the same poster seen over and over again. It got major points for spread, as they were all over the city, but little points for creativity. I still snapped photos diligently, from running around downtown and marching up toward my work in North Beach.

    Below are all the Godzilla 2014 San Francisco ads I snapped. Some have establishing shots to show where the location is. While I don’t find them terribly interesting in retrospect, save one alternate that I spotted, this at least shows how widespread the advertising blitz was.

    April 22 – Outbound Muni at Powell Station
    April 28 – Taken at Montgomery and Bush Street
    April 28 – Taken at Kearny and Sutter Street (note this was a digital ad that the display was broken on, hence the green)
    April 28 – Taken at Filbert and Columbus Avenue
    April 29 – Taken at Bush and Stockton Street
    April 30 – Taken at Fremont and Mission Street
    May 1 – Taken at Montgomery and Pine Street
    May 1 – Inbound Muni at Montgomery Station
    May 2 – Taken at Columbus and Union Street
    May 2 – Taken at Bush and Kearny Street
    May 3 – Taken at Clement Street and 32nd Avenue
    May 5 – Taken at Powell and California Street
    May 5 – Taken at Powell and O’Farrell Street
    May 5 – Inbound Muni at Powell Station
    May 7 – Muni at Powell Station
    May 7 – Union Square
    May 7 – Taken at Stockton and O’Farrell Street
    May 7 – Taken at Market and 4th Street
    May 9 – Outbound Muni at Montgomery Station
    May 12 – Taken at Powell and Sutter Street
    May 12 – Inbound Muni at Civic Center Station
    May 12 – At Civic Center Station
    May 12 – Outbound Muni at Civic Center Station
    May 13 – Taken at Stockton and Pine Street

    As a side note, these photos were all taken before the film opened on May 16th. Before the next weekend rolled around the posters had, sadly, all been replaced by Edge of Tomorrow adverts.

    General // July 21, 2014
  • 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 has a rich history of his own, though, that is ripe is reference. So what Easter eggs are there to be found in the film? Well the movie is pretty light on them, but here are a couple:

    1. When Joe and Ford Brody return to their evacuated home in the quarantine zone, they stumble upon an aquarium briefly. Not much attention is paid to it, but if you look closely the side of the tank has masking tape on it. The letters written on the tape spell out Mothra.

    The tape is broken in two pieces. While its possible the subject inside was named Mothra by one of the Brody family, its just as likely its a coincidence by the characters and a clever nod to the famous Toho monster by the film makers.

    2. Ken Watanabe‘s character in the film, Ichiro Serizawa, is an obvious nod to Doctor Daisuke Serizawa from Godzilla (1954).

    …and that’s really it for Easter eggs. There was a brief scene filmed with actor Akira Takarada who would have welcomed Joe Brody into Japan. Given the actor’s rich history with the franchise, this would have certainly counted. However, the scene ended up on the cutting room floor under pressure to shorten the film. Hopefully, and very likely, the scene turns up as an extra on the DVD and Blu-ray releases of the movie.

    Hopefully later entries in the series provide a few more nods to the movies that came before them.

    General // May 26, 2014
  • 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. In fact, the 2008 film’s end credit sequence that teased the eventual Avengers film is probably one of the most famous post credits scenes in history.

    So wondering if there is an after credits scene in Godzilla 2014?

    The answer: no

    This blog will avoid major spoilers, but once the screen cuts the black and the credits roll, that’s it.

    There is no after credits or mid credits scene in Godzilla (2014).

    Audiences get to enjoy some of Alexandre Desplat’s great music. Themes used include “Godzilla!” and “Back to the Ocean”. Also, Godzilla (1954) actor Akira Takarada is mentioned in the credits, even though his role was cut from the final film.

    To sum up, is there a reason to stay until the lights come up in the theater? No, unless you like normal movie credits or are interested in seeing the name credits of thousands of people who did the many special effects sequences of Godzilla and MUTO in the film. There are no teases for future films, no Easter eggs at the end, and no hints at other established monsters coming in later Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. movies like King Ghidorah, Rodan or Mothra.

    So feel free to exit when it fades to black and beat others to the ceremonial bathroom visit before leaving the theater.

    Also, don’t assume this film sets a precedent, either. It’s very likely that future entries in this franchise may or may not offer after credits scenes of their own. This sequences are particularly effective at teasing sequels or events to come in later movies, primarily because those who stay to the end are the more hardcore members of the audience who would be more eager for some additional world building. So just because this film didn’t have an after credits scene, it’s possible the movie’s follow up will.

    General // May 16, 2014
  • Compiling a list of the top 10 Godzilla monsters 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 kaiju. 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 unless this helped to make the monster stand out or become a more interesting opponent/ally for Godzilla. The top monsters are a mixture of all their appearances in deciding the criteria.

    #10. SpaceGodzilla

    A lame name and a visual appearance that is sometimes summed up as “Godzilla with crystals on his shoulders”.

    In reality, the design is a bit more creative as a twisted version of the King of the Monsters. His long list of powers, ranging from the standard beam weapon to his psychic based feats, make him stand out among Godzilla’s rogue gallery. His motives are also different. While often times monsters will fight by circumstance, SpaceGodzilla is driven by hatred for his terrestrial twin: seeking out Godzilla and his offspring to attack them. The conflict was more personal for the space monster, something that really hadn’t been seen since Biollante some years earlier.

    While this list is mostly based on their film appearances, it does help that in recent years SpaceGodzilla has been a center piece in ancillary media. Featured as the big bad in two Godzilla video games (Godzilla: Save the Earth and Godzilla: Unleashed) and a key adversary in IDW Publishing’s “adjectiveless” Godzilla comic run, the character is able to fit in the mastermind roll the way other Godzilla monsters simply can’t.

     

    #9. Anguirus

    Starting as Godzilla’s first opponent, Anguirus squared off against the King of the Monsters in Godzilla Raids Again (1955). Dispatched half way through the film, the quadruped would have ended up being one of Godzilla’s most forgettable monsters if that was the end of the story.

    However, on a stroke of luck, Toho decided to revisit the kaiju with an all new suit for Destroy All Monsters (1968). This turn of events meant that Toho had a good condition Anguirus suit by the time the budget conscious 1970’s rolled around. Rather than craft new suits for Rodan or Varan, the company made Anguirus a starring player and ally for Godzilla. It was an odd twist for Godzilla’s first adversary, but the spiked monster really made a name in this roll.

    With a more down to earth appearance, the kaiju faced off against lavish monsters like Gigan and Mechagodzilla. What made him endearing was his determination and loyalty to Godzilla, giving the franchise a needed underdog for Godzilla to work alongside.

     

    #8. Hedorah

    Before the 1970’s, the Godzilla franchise had only two real menacing opponents for Godzilla: King Ghidorah and, oddly, Kumonga.

    That all changed in 1971. Director Yoshimitsu Banno, looking to make a strong environmental message, helped to pen one of the more powerful Godzilla characters in the franchise. Touted for his power even in the initial trailer, Hedorah proved to be a difficult and brutal opponent for the Monster King. Stripping his hand to the bone and taking out one of his eyes, Godzilla had never been through a struggle with an opponent this lethal before.

    Power is not why Hedorah is on this list, although it certainly helps. The Smog Monster is on this list for being one of Godzilla’s most threatening opponents. Not just for kaiju, but the human casualties in the film were gruesome and unlike anything the franchise had seen before. While the design is a little odd, and often criticized outside of his very creepy vagina inspired eyes (if only I was making that up), Banno succeeded in crafting a kaiju that was a true world threat and pushed Godzilla to his limits to overcome him.

    #7. Destoroyah

    In hindsight, when it came time to retire the Heisei Godzilla series it’s surprising that Toho didn’t whip up another “Ghidorah” for the task. This became their go to strategy for the years to follow, ending both the Rebirth of Mothra series and the Millennium Godzilla series with the introduction of a three-headed adversary.

    Instead, Toho created a character with a tie into the original oxygen destroyer from Godzilla (1954). Sounds great on paper, but in the movie the connection is fairly weak and at times the film feels like its bringing up the legendary device to meet a quota rather than for story purposes.

    What’s great, though, is that at the end of the day none of that matters. Destoroyah is a demonic, wicked looking opponent for the King of the Monsters. The red kaiju would have excelled even if he was just yet another alien monster. The fact that he ties into the device that killed the original Godzilla is interesting, but the design and actions of the monster elevate it to the point where the origin is unimportant. His multi-form evolution is a great dynamic, his powers interesting and powerful enough to give the supercharged Burning Godzilla trouble. His true claim to fame, though, is killing Godzilla Junior, making his battle very personal for the King of the Monsters.

     

    #6. Gigan

    One of the more outlandish monsters in Godzilla’s rogue gallery, Gigan battled the King of the Monsters more with wit than raw strength. Able to order around and instruct both King Ghidorah and Megalon, the cyborg kaiju acted as a general on the battlefield.

    You don’t have to be powerful to be memorable. One of Gigan’s more endearing qualities is his personality. Celebrating when King Ghidorah hits Godzilla or the manner in which he is quick to flee when the odds turn against him, the alien monster showed more character than most of the Toho monsters.

    The character’s design is also part of the charm. The original Showa concept is great, while he got a solid redesign for Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). As time grows on, both designs are standing on their own legs and have really raised the stock of the monster in terms of merchandise being created around everyone’s favorite cyborg.

     

    #5. Biollante

    For the first opponent of the Heisei era, Biollante shook things up with a radical design. Most of Godzilla’s enemies had been winged monsters or humanoid at this point. This plant monster was not only new ground, but its massive final form made an instant impression. Towering over the King of the Monsters, the creature had relatively small screen time in this form but every minute counted. Showing off a good range of powers, the genetic kaiju was one of the few to claim a win against Godzilla, even if it was thanks to the ANB coursing through his veins.

    As a character, Biollante is also one of the very few female creatures in the franchise, with her human element bringing a new twist. Early drafts had the monster being more sinister, attacking soldiers and generally being more aggressive. The final draft had Biollante in an anti-hero roll, just attacking the military at Wakasa and otherwise focused on Godzilla’s defeat. That spiced things up from the normal rampaging monster theme that sums up much of Toho’s kaijus.

    While her final form gets most of the credit, her initial form was visually interesting as well. Taking a silly design like a giant rose and making it credible is quite a feat.

    #4. Rodan

    Once considered one of the top four Toho monsters, Rodan has slipped a lot in popularity since his glory days where he was the first ally of Godzilla.

    The third kaiju Toho created, the flying monster debuted in Rodan (1956) a couple years after Godzilla. It took eight years before he would square off with the King of the Monsters, proving to be an equal in strength to the nuclear menace. Their bout was interrupted, though, and an uneasy alliance formed between the two instead against a common foe: King Ghidorah. The two would team up again in Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) and Destroy All Monsters (1968) to tackle the space menace before Rodan was relegated to stock footage cameos for three of the six remaining Showa series films.

    When the franchise was rebooted in the 1980’s, Rodan returned as a secondary character and never really recovered from the bump down in status. Regardless, the “samurai of the sky” is a simplistic design done right. Furthermore, his unlikely alliance with Godzilla proved an interesting dynamic compared to the partners the King of the Monsters has had since.

     

    #3. King Ghidorah

    One of the most iconic Godzilla characters, featuring a simple but great design.

    King Ghidorah was the first big bad the franchise had, taking the combined might of Godzilla and Rodan to defeat him from an alliance forged by Mothra’s efforts. A cackling, chaotic space monster, King Ghidorah didn’t have a lot of personality, but was brutally efficient at leveling cities and proving a large foil to the hero and anti-hero monsters of the series.

    After the Showa era, Toho was well aware of the character’s popularity and made him the first returning Godzilla adversary to the Heisei series. The creature also closed out the Rebirth of Mothra series with a powerful new incarnation, and turned hero to face a larger King of the Monsters in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001).

    Although reinvented since his debut, the character’s shining portrayal still remains his first two films as the destroyer of worlds. He is in many ways seen as the chief rival of Godzilla, having never teamed up with the character in any medium.

     

    #2. Mechagodzilla

    The last Godzilla character to enter mainstream pop culture.

    Mechagodzilla was introduced into the franchise late in the Showa series, but did so with a splash. Debuting with an interesting concept of impersonating Godzilla, the mech then proved to be one of the most difficult adversaries the King of the Monsters had faced. Giving both Godzilla and King Caesar trouble, Mechagodzilla made a huge stamp on the franchise and was an instant fan favorite.

    Since his debut, Mechagodzilla has been given a bigger push by Toho than almost their entire character line up (save #1 on this list). When it came time to reintroduce the character, Toho gave the mech a radically new origin for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993). Now an instrument of humanity, the character became a protagonist with only vaguely questionable morals raised. This idea continued and was explored again nine years later for Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) with Kiryu being another human based construct.

    In the end, the Showa and Heisei/Millennium versions are interesting enough characters that either on their own would make this list. The varying concepts applied as one character makes Mechagodzilla an easy second showing in the top ten.

    #1. Mothra

    Toho’s second most popular character, and the only Toho monster outside of Godzilla with enough appeal to headline her own franchise.

    Mothra has been the most reoccurring Godzilla character since the closure of the Showa era. Although she started off in her debut film as a slight antagonist due to circumstances, the sometimes enemy, sometimes ally to the nuclear menace has grown into a benevolent force. She has developed into a sense of good in a franchise dominated by rampaging monsters.

    What makes the character number one on the list? At her best, she excels as a deity, a representative to a nation of people who can call upon her to intervene in kaiju affairs. It’s not just this status and story elements that she brings, though. Mothra is also the first and best underdog that the franchise has had. Many people scoff at the concept of Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) on the grounds that the insect god is out matched by Godzilla… and that’s really what makes her great. She is hopelessly underpowered against Godzilla, yet her determination and self sacrifice make the character endearing.

    While the monster has been debatably overused after the immense box office success of Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992), her character is still universally loved and appeals to causal moviegoers in a way the others simply don’t. The best and somewhat touching example of this was during promotion for Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). When the first full trailer of the movie made its debut on a morning show, one of the talk hosts uttered out in surprised excitement for only one monster. It wasn’t Godzilla. It wasn’t Rodan. It wasn’t the long awaited return of Anguirus, Gigan or any of the others. No, it was for Mothra, who had appeared just a year before in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003).

     

    Honorable Mention: Gaira

    More than any other monster since Godzilla in Japan, Gaira continues to inspire those who enter the film industry. His debut movie, The War of the Gargantuas (1966), was nightmare fodder for children in Japan, showing off a smaller kaiju that hunted and ate humans. His attack at the airport and assault on the fisherman from below their boat was enough to ingrain the monster in kids’ memories. As those kids grew, they began to shape the genre itself. The monster appeared, although briefly and through stock footage, in both Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) and Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). Outside of the series, he also most recently showed up in Go! Godman (2008).

    It takes more than being terrifying to be remembered, though. His sibling struggle with Sanda in his debut film gave him that edge, being featured in a conflict that had a different angle to it.

    So why did Gaira not making the list? Having appeared in two Godzilla films, not counting stock footage goofs, the character is a constant reference in the series… even though he has yet to leave his mark on Toho’s mainline franchise. It would be difficult to consider Gaira a Godzilla monster at this point in his career, although he continues to play his part in the franchise, having even battled the King of the Monsters in IDW’s Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #10 comic.

    General // May 2, 2014
  • 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:

    “More entertainingly, however, Warners’ panicky response to the report, trying to intimidate sites like Toho Kingdom and The Outhouse into scrubbing all references to it, makes it seem more likely that the leaker is telling the truth.” – Jude Terror, The Outhousers

    While its always flattering to get your name out and have other outlets talking about you, I do feel I have to clarify for the news going around: Warner Bros did not contact us, let alone intimidate us, to take down references to a script leak.

    What did occur is that a board member, claiming to have the leaked script, began to post in a disruptive manner. This includes refusing to listen to moderators (insulting one by calling them an “ineffectual bitch”). Suffice to say, their actions merited a ban and posts were removed.

    Apparently someone attempted to “connect the dots”. In doing so, they assumed we were acting by direction of the studio itself, which I can again reassure did not happen in this instance.

    Although it rarely happens, Toho Kingdom is no stranger to talks with corporations about coverage on the site. The most famous of which is in 2003 when Toho Kingdom and Toho Company Limited went into long talks about the site which resulted to sweeping changes to copyright and how the site presents information, all of which is detailed in the site history. We also has a mildly tense talk with Atari about Godzilla: Unleashed at one point after the PAX report revealed Mechagodzilla 1974 and other yet unannounced fighters who made an unintended appearance at the event. Over the years, we have also had a variety of communication with toy companies as well about photos presented on the forums in regards to yet to be released figures.

    That said, this isn’t one of those instances. The user in question was removed for conduct rather than at the request of another company in relation to Godzilla 2014 leaks.

    General // January 12, 2014
  • In the late 1960’s the Japanese film industry was in decline. The “Golden Age of Japanese Cinema” had now passed and Toho, like other studios, was struggling to produce a plan for success in the wake of many theaters in the country closing and the advent of television, an occurrence that bankrupt competitor Daiei a few years later.

    Looking at other studios, Toho adopted a plan by copying Toei’s “Manga Festival”. Aimed at children, the “Manga Festival” was a 1-3 times a year occurrence that packaged a lot of cartoons together, giving the customer a lot of value with the opportunity for an almost all-day activity. Taking this model, Toho adapted it, replacing the cartoon focus and instead centering it on their most popular character: Godzilla and the kaiju genre.

    Launching the Toho Champion Festival

    In 1969, the Toho Champion Festival (東宝チャンピオンまつり, also known as the Toho Champion Matsuri) was born. The company had effectively upped the anti, including a new, full length Godzilla film with All Monsters Attack (1969) alongside a new comedy set in outer space, Konto 55: Grand Outer Space Adventure (1969), and topped it off with an Anime on the popular Star of the Giants series: Star of the Giants: Go Hyuma! (1969). The Champion Festival was an immediate hit and Toho adopted the three times a year approach of the “Manga Festival”, selecting Spring, Summer and Winter as their platforms to feature programming when children would be on break from school.

    To fill up the schedule, since Toho couldn’t afford the resources to produce three headlining kaiju films a year, they started re-releasing their classic library. The first of these, and most controversial, was King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) in 1970. To appeal to children and fit better in the program, the longer films were edited down. The problem is, at least for their first attempt, Toho edited the original negative master to produce the “Champion Festival” version. Although the ramifications couldn’t have been known at the time, they created a dilemma decades later when the company went to release King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) on home video and lacked an unedited source to use, having to resort to prints in subpar quality to fill in the edited segments. This is a dilemma that has persisted even today, more than 40 years after the original editing was done.

    Despite later day ramifications, the re-release strategy was a hit. During the “Champion Festival”, the company would release or re-release all of their Showa Godzilla films except Godzilla (1954) and Godzilla Raids Again (1955). All of them were edited down, and this went for the non-Godzilla films as well such as King Kong Escapes (1967). Some of the films were given new titles that emphasized the Godzilla connection, for example Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)’s Japanese title of Great Monster War became Great Monster War: King Ghidorah vs. Godzilla.

     

    TV and the festival’s decline

    Oddly enough, to help fill the schedule as the years went on, Toho started picking up the distribution rights for TV episodes. This added characters like Ultraman and Mirror Man to the mix, who had TV episodes given a theatrical release alongside Godzilla films. While this might seem like an odd strategy, given the point of the “Champion Festival” was to combat television programming from keeping people away from the theaters, it paid off as Toho created 35mm prints that showed the programs up on the big screen and in color, which when compared to the small, black and white screens that most people owned at the time made this appealing enough when coupled with a theatrical film to bring in fans of the original show.

    Sadly, by 1974 the “Champion Festival” format had started to show signs of slowing down. That year the “Summer” session was cut and the “Winter” session tried something new, attempting to appeal to both children and adults with the triple feature Latitude Zero (1969), Mothra (1961) and the documentary Burning Glory: Shigeo Nagashima, Uniform Number 3 (1974). By 1975, the Festival was just run in the Spring.

    In 1976, Toho shook things up by teaming with Disney to make Walt Disney’s Peter Pan the headlining movie of the “Champion Festival” that year alongside other Disney shorts. This marked the only time in the festival’s run that a kaiju film wasn’t played and also the only time that movies from outside of Japan were included. In 1977 Toho re-released King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) again, being the only film to be included twice in the festival, but attendance was down to almost half what it was back in 1970 when it was first featured. 1978 marked the final chapter in the “Champion Festival”, with a re-release of The Mysterians (1957).

    With a nine year run, the “Champion Festival” became well remembered for an entire generation and is still capitalized upon today. The “Champion Festival” edits have all been re-released on Laserdisc and DVD in Japan, while VAP commemorated the festival with their Toho SFX Champion Festival soundtrack set in 2001.

     

    Festival programming

    Below is a list of all the films and shorts included in Champion Festival, grouped together as they were for their original release. The festivals would run for set periods of time. The duration of play would vary, for example Space Amoeba (1970) ran for August 1st through August 13th (although some theaters likely kept playing it after this period), and sometimes advertised start dates would conflict with the actual start date, such as the 1973 re-release of Son of Godzilla (1967) which started on August 1st but was marketed for July 28th.

    Some films and shorts are missing and will be added at a later date.

    Winter 1969 (December 10th)
    All Monsters Attack
    Konto 55: Grand Outer Space Adventure
    Star of the Giants: Go Hyuma!

    Spring 1970 (March 21st)
    King Kong vs. Godzilla (Edited Reissue)
    Star of the Giants: Major League Ball
    Attack No. 1
    The Kindly Lion

    Summer 1970 (August 1st)
    Space Amoeba
    Star of the Giants: Fateful Showdown

    Winter 1970 (December 19th)
    Mothra vs. Godzilla (Edited Reissue)


    Spring 1971 (March 17th)
    Invasion of Astro-Monster (Edited Reissue as Great Monster War: King Ghidorah vs. Godzilla)


    – 

    Summer 1971 (July 24th)
    Godzilla vs. Hedorah



    Winter 1971 (December 12th)
    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (Edited Reissue as Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: The Greatest Battle on Earth)
    Return of Ultraman: The Terror of the Waterspout Monsters


    Spring 1972 (March 12th)
    Godzilla vs. Gigan
    Mirror Man
    Return of Ultraman: Jiro Rides a Monster
    – 


    Summer 1972 (July 22nd)
    Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (Edited Reissue)

    Mirror Man: Dinosaur Aroza Reanimated

    Winter 1972 (December 17th)
    Destroy All Monsters (Edited Reissue as Godzilla: The Grand Blitz Operation)
    Daigoro vs. Goliath
    Panda! Go Panda!

    Spring 1973 (March 17th)
    Godzilla vs. Megalon
    Prominent Youth!
    Panda! Go Panda!: The Rainy Day Circus

    Summer 1973 (August 1st)
    Son of Godzilla (Edited Reissue)




    Winter 1973 (December 20th)
    King Kong Escapes (Edited Reissue)




    Spring 1974 (March 21st)
    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

    – 



    Winter 1974 (December 14th)
    Latitude Zero (Edited Reissue)
    Mothra (Edited Reissue)
    Burning Glory: Shigeo Nagashima, Uniform Number 3

    1975 (March 15th)
    Terror of Mechagodzilla

    – 



    1976 (March 13th)
    Walt Disney’s Peter Pan
    Donald Duck: Lion Around
    Donald Duck: Dragon Around

    Mickey’s Circus
    Donald and Goofy: No Sail 


    1977 (March 19th)
    King Kong vs. Godzilla (Edited Reissue)

    – 


    1978 (March 18th)
    The Mysterians (Edited Reissue)

    Lupin the 3rd: The Venice Super Express



    General // December 15, 2013
  • In September of 2012, Universal purchased EMI’s recorded music operations. Now, almost a year after that purchase, the company is looking to make a splash by opening the vault for past soundtrack releases in Japan. Making many titles available again, some for the first time in over decades, soundtrack collectors can now grab some contemporary and older Toho related titles.

    July 12th 2013 update

    On September 18th, 2013, Universal and EMI will be reissuing 100 soundtracks in Japan. The releases will be budget titles, priced at a very reasonable 999 yen (around $10) a piece, and will be limited editions. Some of these are well known Hollywood productions, such as Jaws and Goldfinger, while others are Japanese productions.

    A number of the reissues are of Toho films, most of which are contemporary such as the Bayside Shakedown Final CD (UMCK-1428) but there are a few older titles mixed in such as Masaru Sato‘s score for The Tower of Lilies (1995). One of the titles making waves is a reissue of the Bye-Bye Jupiter soundtrack (CA35-1073), which had become a holy grail among soundtrack collectors due to its rarity. First released in 1984, when CDs were only a few years old from their commercial debut, the soundtrack was never released again until this year, almost 30 years later.

    Below is a full list of the 12 Toho titles (produced and distributed) to be released in a few months, in chronological order:

    · Bye-Bye Jupiter (1984)
    · Formula 2 Grand Prix (1984)
    · A Taxing Woman (1987)
    · A Taxing Woman Returns (1988)
    · The Tower of Lilies (1995)
    · Yomigaeri: Resurrection (2003)
    · Swing Girls (2004)
    · Spring Snow (2005)
    · Udon (2006)
    · Hero (2007)
    · Suspect X (2008)
    · Bayside Shakedown 4: Final (2012)

    The titles can be pre-ordered from places such as Ark Square and CD Japan. Ark Square charges more per CD ($9.99 vs. $9.31) but has much lower shipping fees than CD Japan, so if you plan to buy more than one Ark Square is the way to go. The titles can be found on Ark Square by searching for “Release Date: 2013.9.18”.

    November 15th 2013 update

    After the first round of soundtrack reissues on September 18th from Universal and EMI, the companies have announced a second run with new titles on December 4th, 2013. The new CDs will all be limited edition at a budget price of 999 yen (around $10).

    Just like before, the releases are diverse, with everything from Japanese movies, to James Bond and Jurassic Park. Given that this is a pooled library from EMI and Universal, there is a deep archive to choose from. However, with this collection, in terms of the Japanese material, a lot of focus is placed on TV shows. Naturally, and unfortunately, this means there are fewer Toho releases in this run, with there being 8 titles versus the 12 in the previous reissues. Half of these are devoted to the Bayside Shakedown series and its spin off films, but does contain a few outliner soundtracks such as the long out of print, although not incredibly hard to find, Tokyo: The Last War (1989).

    Below is a full list of the 8 Toho titles (produced and distributed) to be released next month, in chronological order:

    · Antarctica (1983)
    · Tokyo: The Last War (1989)
    · Bayside Shakedown (1998)
    · Bayside Shakedown 2 (2003)
    · Negotiator: Mashita Masayoshi (2005)
    · The Suspect: Muroi Shinji (2005)
    · Suite Dreams (2006)
    · The Magic Hour (2008)

    As before, the titles can be pre-ordered from sites such as Ark Square and CD Japan. Ark Square charges more per CD ($9.99 vs. $9.57) but has much lower shipping fees than CD Japan, making Ark Square the overall price winner. The titles can be found on Ark Square by searching for “Dec 4, 2013”.

    News // November 5, 2013
  • IDW Publishing is launching a new ongoing Godzilla series from creative team Duane Swierczynski and Simon Gane. While it retains the continuity of Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, the series ushers in new numbering and a new title: Godzilla. This new title is a similar tradition to what is seen from other comic publishers like the shift from the Uncanny X-Men to simply X-Men, sometimes referred to as the “adjectiveless X-Men“. The new series ran for a total of 13 issues from May 23, 2012, to July 10th, 2013, and focused on a team called the “Monster Kill Crew” that tried to take on the various kaiju attacking the world.

    This news report is a roundup of the previews for this long series that were provided to Toho Kingdom from IDW Publishing. Of those, worth noting that issue #3 had an overly long preview compared to others. Click on an image to expand to the full page view.

    Godzilla #1

    Released May 23, 2012.

        

    Godzilla #2

    Released June 20th, 2012

    [Preview pending]

    Godzilla #3

    Released July 25th, 2012.

            

    Godzilla #4

    Released August 29th, 2012.

          

    Godzilla #5

    Released September 19th, 2012.

          

    Godzilla #6

    Released October 31st, 2012.

          

    Godzilla #7

    Released November 28th, 2012.

          

    Godzilla #8

    Released January 9th, 2013.

          

    Godzilla #9

    Released January 23rd, 2013.

        

    Godzilla #10

    Released February 20th, 2013.

          

    Godzilla #11

    Released April 17th, 2013.

         

    Godzilla #12

    Released May 29th, 2013.

      

      

    Godzilla #13

    Released July 10th, 2013.

          

    Note the series has a pretty consistent creative team of Duane Swierczynski as the writer and Simon Gane doing both pencil and ink work. The exception to that is Godzilla #6 which had art duties performed by Dave Watcher.

    News // July 10, 2013
  • IDW Publishing releases another mini-series on Godzilla. This time writer and artist James Stokoe crafts an epic tale that, as the title notes, depicts a near 50 year war with the King of the Monsters. From Vietnam to Bombay, the story is globe trotting and told from the perspective of Ota Murakami. The five issue series ran from August 8th, 2012, to April 3rd, 2013.

    This article is a roundup of the previews for this series that were provided to Toho Kingdom from IDW Publishing. Click on an image to expand to the full page view.

    Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1

    Released August 8th, 2012.

          

    Godzilla: The Half- Century War #2

    Released September 19th, 2012.

         

    Godzilla: The Half- Century War #3

    Released October 17th, 2012.

         

    Godzilla: The Half- Century War #4

    Released January 2nd, 2013.

         

    Godzilla: The Half-Century War #5

    April 3rd, 2013.

          

    News // April 3, 2013
  • For a span of almost ten years, Toho Music was very involved with releases for their own titles. This was typically not contemporary soundtracks, but more often than not releases for older movies ranging from those that were science fiction based to those based on the many war pictures from Toho. The company would often go above and beyond in terms of the bonus material selected, especially for the later Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection box sets that the company released.

    This article is a news roundup of the various announcements the company made on their upcoming titles. In more recent years, Toho stepped away from directly distributing titles and the torch has more or less been passed to Cinema-kan. For news on their releases, check out the Cinema-kan Toho Soundtracks news roundup.

    February 10th 2013 update

    Over six months since their last release on the science fiction soundtrack line, Toho Music has announced that their latest title, a soundtrack for The Last War (1961) by Ikuma Dan, will be arriving shortly. In fact, on February 22nd, Toho Music will release a two disc set for the film’s score that will retail for ¥ 3,780. As suspected, like the company’s two disc Mothra (TSFCD-15) set, the release will feature the mono score on one disc and the stereo score on the other.

    The two disc set has also been given a CD number of TSFCD-16. For those keeping track, that means the series currently looks like this:

    TSFCD-03/04 ~ Rodan/Space Amoeba
    TSFCD-05/06 ~ The Mysterians/Battle in Outer Space
    TSFCD-09/10 ~ Atragon/Matango
    TSFCD-11 ~ The Three Treasures
    TSFCD-12/13/14 ~ H-Man/The Human Vapour/The Secret of the Telegian
    TSFCD-15 ~ Mothra
    TSFCD-16 ~ The Last War
    TSFCD-22 ~ Latitude Zero

    Assuming the earlier preview from the company pans out, and it has so far, Gorath (1962) should be their next release in a similar two disc set.

    Toho Music has also released the track titles for the CD set. The themes are nearly all renamed from the Victor release (VICL-5082), but the contents for the first 33 tracks is more or less the same. Bonus material is expanded upon slightly, such as a new stock cue from Wedding Night (1959) and a cue from the movie audio master (aka Cinetape), compared to the earlier release, keeping in mind the bonus content relates to the Mono disc. Tracks titles are below translated into English.

    Disc 1: Stereo

    1. Overture (M1-T2)
    2. Main Title (M2-T2)
    3. Japan’s Reconstruction (M3)
    4. Radio Music (M4)
    5. Coordination Exercise (M5)
    6. The Peaceful Tamura Family (M6)
    7. Flash in the Night Sky (M7)
    8. Takano Returns Home (M8)
    9. Takano and Saeko (M9)
    10. The Federalists Missile Base (M10)
    11. The Allies Missile Base (M11)
    12. The Tamura Family Rejoices (M12)
    13. The Couple in Hibiya Park (M13)
    14. Two Second Countdown to Launch (M14)
    15. Launch Avoided (M15)
    16. Tulip (M16)
    17. Tragedy at the Thirty-Eighth Parallel (M17)
    18. Dispute Crawls Elsewhere (M18)
    19. Oharu and Suzue (M19)
    20. Cancel the Detonator (M20)
    21. Peace Restored (M21)
    22. Bering Sea Serenity (M22)
    23. Fight Over the Bering Sea (M23)
    24. Evening in Yokohama (M24)
    25. Tense World Affairs (M25 + M26)
    26. Town in Chaos (M27)
    27. Missile Launch Preparation (M28A)
    28. The Two Goats (M29)
    29. Last Communication (M30)
    30. Outcry for Peace (M31)
    31. The Destruction Begins (M32)
    32. Exploding End to the World (M33)
    33. Ending (M34B)Bonus Tracks
    34. Ending (M34)
    35. Ending (M34A)
    36. Ending (M34 Final Product)
    37. New Year’s Day (PS90)
    38. New Year’s Day (PS90)
    39. New Year’s Day (PS90)
    40. New Year’s Day (M34 Chorus)
    41. New Year’s Day (M34A-T2 Chorus)
    42. Preview Music

    Disc 2: Mono

    1. Overture (M1-T2)
    2. Main Title (M2-T2)
    3. Japan’s Reconstruction (M3)
    4. Radio Music (M4)
    5. Coordination Exercise (M5)
    6. The Peaceful Tamura Family (M6)
    7. Flash in the Night Sky (M7)
    8. Takano Returns Home (M8)
    9. Takano and Saeko (M9)
    10. The Federalists Missile Base (M10)
    11. The Allies Missile Base (M11)
    12. The Tamura Family Rejoices (M12)
    13. The Couple in Hibiya Park (M13)
    14. Two Second Countdown to Launch (M14)
    15. Launch Avoided (M15)
    16. Tulip (M16)
    17. Tragedy at the Thirty-Eighth Parallel (M17)
    18. Dispute Crawls Elsewhere (M18)
    19. Oharu and Suzue (M19)
    20. Cancel the Detonator (M20)
    21. Peace Restored (M21)
    22. Bering Sea Serenity (M22)
    23. Fight Over the Bering Sea (M23)
    24. Evening in Yokohama (M24)
    25. Tense World Affairs (M25 + M26)
    26. Town in Chaos (M27)
    27. Missile Launch Preparation (M28A)
    28. The Two Goats (M29)
    29. Last Communication (M30)
    30. Outcry for Peace (M31)
    31. The Destruction Begins (M32)
    32. Exploding End to the World (M33)
    33. Ending (M34B)Bonus Tracks
    34. Overture (M1-T1)
    35. Main Title (M2-T1)
    36. Attack Target (M28)
    37. Ending (M34)
    38. Ending (M34A)
    39. Ending (M34 Final Product)
    40. New Year’s Day (PS90)
    41. New Year’s Day (M34 Chorus)
    42. New Year’s Day (M34A-T1 Chorus)
    43. New Year’s Day (M34A-T2 Chorus)
    44. Shichi-Go-San (Wedding Night PS-57)
    45. Athletic Meet (Record)
    46. Tyco (From Cinetape Source)

    July 8th 2012 update

    In a few days, on July 11th, Toho Music will release another entry in the science fiction soundtrack line. The latest title features Atragon (1963) with Matango (1963) which will retail for ¥ 3,780.

    The set has also been given a CD number of TSFCD-09/10. For those keeping track, that means the series currently looks like this:

    TSFCD-03/04 ~ Rodan/Space Amoeba
    TSFCD-05/06 ~ The Mysterians/Battle in Outer Space
    TSFCD-09/10 ~ Atragon/Matango
    TSFCD-11 ~ The Three Treasures
    TSFCD-12/13/14 ~ H-Man/The Human Vapour/The Secret of the Telegian
    TSFCD-15 ~ Mothra
    TSFCD-22 ~ Latitude Zero

    The latest set seems to lose any sense of chronology that the others had before it, since both films are from 1963 and placed in-between movies from the 1950’s. In fact, the CD numbers appear to be nonsensical at this stage. Time will tell what the rest of the series offers, although we know that there will be two disc sets for The Last War (1961) and Gorath (1962), plus Half Human (1955) will be featured as part of the set.

    Atragon (1963)

    Below are the tracks for the first of the two films. The titles and content are very similar to the earlier release by Toshiba (TYCY-5502), save stuff like “The Outcry of Mu” being moved toward the end along with M8 and M25 being given a new titles. The disc also contains a movie suite of “Warning from Mu” and a previously unreleased “The Prayer of the Mu Empire” outtake, but removes the sound effects and trailer from the earlier Toshiba offering.

    The disc ends with content from what it calls “New Undersea Battleship”, not to be confused with Super Atragon (1995) which has that as a Japanese title. This content is abridged, and might be tracked to match from a shorter movie edit that was released to theaters. However, some of the combination of tracks, like the “Ending” with PS117-T3 seem quite odd and will probably take listening to understand what this actually is.

    1. Toho Logo (M1)
    2. Appearance of the Steam Person (M2)
    3. Main Title (M3)
    4. The Submarine Rises to the Surface (M4)
    5. The Delivered Film (M5)
    6. Warning from Mu (M6)
    7. Emergency U.N. Conference Convenes (M7)
    8. Challenge from Mu (M8)
    9. Worldwide Terror (M9)
    10. The Red Satan (M10)
    11. The Submarine Returns to Port (M11)
    12. Communication Ball (M12)
    13. Gotengo Defense Force (M13)
    14. Makoto’s Theme 1 (M14)
    15. The Undersea Battleship’s Test Run 1 (M15)
    16. The Undersea Battleship’s Test Run 2 (M16)
    17. The Undersea Battleship’s Test Run 3 (M17)
    18. Makoto’s Theme 2 (M18)
    19. Unno’s True Colors (M19)
    20. The Prayer of the Mu Empire (PS117-T3)
    21. Guardian Dragon Manda (M20)
    22. The Mu People on Mount Mihara (M21)
    23. The Declaration of Mu (M22)
    24. The Undersea Battleship Attacks 1 (M23)
    25. The Undersea Battleship Attacks 2 (M24)
    26. Marunochi Collapses (M25)
    27. The Power of Mu (M26)
    28. Tokyo Bay and the Undersea Battleship (M27)
    29. Rescue (M28)
    30. The Undersea Battleship vs. Manda (M29)
    31. The Volunteer Corps Moves Out (M30)
    32. Ending (M31)

      Bonus Tracks

    33. Warning from Mu (M6 + PS117-T3 + “The Outcry of Mu”)
    34. The Prayer of the Mu Empire (PS117-T1)
    35. The Prayer of the Mu Empire (PS117-T2)
    36. The Outcry of Mu
    37. Zero Cannon (M30 Cymbal)

      New Undersea Battleship
    38. Main Title (M1 + M3)
    39. Red Satan (M10)
    40. The Undersea Battleship’s Test Run 1 (M15)
    41. Makoto’s Theme 2 (M18)
    42. The Prayer of the Mu Empire (PS117-T3)
    43. The Power of Mu (M25 + M26)
    44. The Volunteer Corps Moves Out (M30)
    45. Ending (M31 + PS117-T3)
    Toho Music: Matango

    The second soundtrack in the set belongs to Ishiro Honda’s Matango

    Matango (1963)

    The selection for this movie is, once again, similar to the earlier release by SLC (SLCS-5065). It changes a lot of the titles around, and moves “The Terror of Matango” (now called “Attack II”) to the bonus tracks. It includes a new version of M17, and movie edits for two more tracks.

    1. Main Title (M1)
    2. Opening Credits (M2)
    3. Sea Breeze (PS7-1)
    4. Bad Weather (M3)
    5. Dark Clouds (M4)
    6. Adrift (M5)
    7. The Transistor Radio (M6)
    8. Illusion (M7)
    9. Ukulele (M8)
    10. Isolated Island Shrouded in Fog (M9)
    11. Fog (M10)
    12. Cliff (M11)
    13. Shipwreck (M12)
    14. Matango (M13)
    15. Signal (M14)
    16. “With Memories” (PS87B-1)
    17. Mystery of the Deserted Island (M15)
    18. Monster (M16)
    19. Food (M17)
    20. Clustering (M18)
    21. Frenzy (M19)
    22. Escape (M20)
    23. Rainy Season (M21)
    24. The Matango Woman (M22)
    25. Monster’s Forest (M23)
    26. The Remaining Two (M24)
    27. Testament (M25)
    28. Attack (M26)
    29. Kidnapping (M27)
    30. Escape (M28)
    31. Ending (M29)Bonus Tracks
    32. Food (M17 + DB-8PS)
    33. Attack I (M26 + M26A)
    34. Kidnapping (M27 + M26A)
    35. Attack II (M26A)
    36. Transistor Radio (M6 Complete)

    December 27th 2011 update

    It has been over a year since Toho Music released the last soundtrack in their science fiction line, and even longer since they announced a new title. Well the silence was broken today along with a bit of an explanation of the situation. First, it seems that Toho Music was negatively impacted by the March 9.0 magnitude earthquake, both in productivity and also in damage to their site and equipment. In fact, the small branch of Toho had to relocate as a result.

    Despite this set back, Toho Music is ready to begin work once more on their classic science fiction line of soundtracks and have announced the next release, which will be the first three disc collection in the series to date. This new release contains H-Man (1958), The Human Vapour (1960) and The Secret of the Telegian (1960). That’s three soundtracks from three different composers in the set, which will retail for ¥ 4,725 as the most expensive release yet. It is currently set for a release date of February 1st, 2012.

    The set has also been given a CD number of TSFCD-12/13/14. For those keeping track, that means the series currently looks like this:

    TSFCD-03/04 ~ Rodan/Space Amoeba
    TSFCD-05/06 ~ The Mysterians/Battle in Outer Space
    TSFCD-11 ~ The Three Treasures
    TSFCD-12/13/14 ~ H-Man/The Human Vapour/The Secret of the Telegian
    TSFCD-15 ~ Mothra
    TSFCD-22 ~ Latitude Zero

    Furthermore, Toho Music has revealed that the following titles will be upcoming from them, although mention this is subject to change:

    Atragon/Matango
    The Last War (2 Disc)
    Gorath (2 Disc)

    The two disc nature of the The Last War (1961) and Gorath (1962) mean it will probably be a similar situation to Mothra (1961), where the mono and stereo releases are collected. That leaves eight other titles to be placed in the set, one of which has already been mentioned to be Half Human (1955) as the probable “01”.

    Toho Music has also given the track listing for the set. A couple of broad things to note is that a few of the tracks that were included at the end are mixed into the main score for H-Man (1958), while several tracks are presented as edited suites to reflect their movie offering although also presented in their unedited form as bonus tracks. The Secret of the Telegian (1960) does the opposite, removing some of the tracks and placing them as bonus tracks such as “Thriller Show”, but also presenting shortened, edited versions of a few themes to match their movie length while presenting the unedited ones as supplements. It also includes the stock theme from the 1959 movie The Boss and the Explosive Daughter by Hachiro Matsui now moved to the end of the disc. The Human Vapour (1960) seems the least improved, with some of the “source” cues removed from the body of the score and moved to bonus tracks while a lot of the extra content deals with the Demon of Emotion music. Track titles are as follows:

    H-Man (1958)

    1. Main Title (M1-T1 + M24-T4)
    2. The Rain at Night (M23-T3)
    3. The Man Who Vanished in the Rain (M2)
    4. Homura Club I (PS1-T4)
    5. The Magic Begins (PS2)
      By: Martha Miyake
    6. Homura Club II (M3)
    7. Recalling the Taiei Maru (M4)
    8. Mysterious Ghost Ship (M5 + M6 + M6A + M7)
    9. Chikako Arai’s Testimony (M8-T2)
    10. So Deep is My Love (PS3-T5)
      By: Martha Miyake
    11. Homura Club III (PS4-T3)
    12. The Liquid Invasion (M9)
    13. The Liquid Approaches Chikako (M10)
    14. Homura Club IV (M11)
    15. The Death of Detective Sakata (M12)
    16. Uchida Disappears (M13-T2)
    17. Liquefaction Experiment (M14-T2)
    18. Report: Era of the H-Man (M15)
    19. Masada in Pursuit (M16)
    20. H-Man in the Sewers (M18-T2)
    21. H-Man Incineration Strategy (M19)
    22. H-Man’s Demise (M20-T2)
    23. Ending (M21-T2)Bonus Tracks
    24. Main Title (M1-T1)
    25. Main Title (M1-T2)
    26. Mysterious Ghost Ship (M5)
    27. The Creeping Liquid (M6)
    28. Emerging Shadow (M6A)
    29. The Ghost Standing on Deck (M7)
    30. Uchida Disappears (M13-T1)
    31. Ending (M21-T1)
    32. Homura Club I (PS1-T2)
    33. So Deep is My Love (PS3-T2)
    34. So Deep is My Love (PS3-T4)
    35. Homura Club III (PS4-T1)
    36. Homura Club III (PS4-T2)
    37. H-Man (M22)
    38. H-Man (M24-T1)
    39. H-Man (M24-T2)
    40. H-Man (M24-T3)
    41. H-Man (M24-T4)

    The Secret of the Telegian (1960)

    1. Main Title (M1)
    2. The First Homicide (M2)
    3. Fallen Parts (M3)
    4. The Victim’s Personal Effects (M4)
    5. The Man That Purchased a Cooling Device (M5)
    6. Kirioka and Chujo I (M6)
    7. Muzzle (M7-T2)
    8. Cabaret Daihonei I (PS26-T2 Edit)
    9. Old Imperial Army Dog Tag (M8)
    10. Cabaret Daihonei II (M9)
    11. The Taped Threat (M10)
    12. Cabaret Daihonei III (PS30)
    13. Corporal Sudo (M11)
    14. Pursuit I (M12)
    15. The Telegian in the Warehouse District (M13)
    16. First Lieutenant Onishi’s Recollection (M14-T2)
    17. The Death of Sudo (M15)
    18. Kirioka and Chujo II (M16)
    19. The Cooling Device’s Location (M17)
    20. Sudo and the Transmission Machine (M18)
    21. Creating an Alibi I (M19)
    22. The Telegian Appears (M20-T1)
    23. Pursuit II (M21 Edit)
    24. Creating an Alibi II (M22)
    25. The Third Homicide (M13 Edit)
    26. Radio Music (M23)
    27. Early Warning of the Final Homicide (M24)
    28. Sudo Vanishes (M21)
    29. Sudo’s Whereabouts (M26)
    30. The Telegian’s True Colors (M27)
    31. Pursuit III (M28-T2)
    32. Ending (M29-T1)Bonus Tracks
    33. Muzzle (M7-T1)
    34. Corporal Sudo (M11 + DBM)
    35. First Lieutenant Onishi’s Recollection (M14-T1)
    36. The Telegian Appears (M20-T2)
    37. Sudo Vanishes (M25)
    38. Pursuit III (M28-T1)
    39. Ending (M29-T2)
    40. Cabaret Daihonei I (PS26-T1)
    41. Cabaret Daihonei I (PS26-T2)
    42. Radio Music (M23 Final Edit)
    43. Thriller Show (Record 1)
    44. Cabaret Daihonei IV (The Boss and the Explosive Daughter M8)

    The Human Vapour (1960)

    1. Main Title (M1)
    2. Itsukaichi Highway Pursuit (M2)
    3. The Beauty with the Devil’s Mask (M3)
    4. Dragon I (M4)
    5. Terror at the Mikuni Bank (M5)
    6. Safe Room Mystery (M9 Edit)
    7. A Bank Gangster’s Spree (M6)
    8. Solo Investigation (M7)
    9. Tailing (M8)
    10. Fujichiyo’s Secret (M9)
    11. The Kyodo Bank (M10)
    12. A Series of Incidents (M11)
    13. Dragon II (M12)
    14. The Man who Turned Himself in (M13)
    15. The Human Vapour Emerges (M14)
    16. Declaration of the Human Vapour (M15)
    17. Horror of the Human Vapour I (M16)
    18. Fujichiyo and the Human Vapour I (M17)
    19. Kasuga’s Bond (M18)
    20. The Human Vapour Arrives (M19)
    21. Doctor Sano (M20)
    22. 240 Hours (M21)
    23. The Creation of the Human Vapour (M22)
    24. Despair and Hope (M23)
    25. The Human Vapour is Immortal (M24)
    26. Fujichiyo and the Human Vapour II (M25)
    27. Fujichiyo’s Desire (M26)
    28. Horror of the Human Vapour II (M27)
    29. The Fate of the Demons of Emotion (M23A Edit)
    30. The Moment Approaches (M28-T1)
    31. Ending (M28A)Bonus Tracks
    32. The Human Vapour’s Theme (M23A)
    33. The Moment Approaches (M28-T2 First Half)
    34. Ending (M28-T1 Second Half)
    35. The Demon of Emotion I (PS62-1)
    36. The Demon of Emotion II (PS115-1)
    37. The Demon of Emotion III (PS115B)
    38. The Demon of Emotion I (PS115-Hand Drum)
    39. The Demon of Emotion II (PS115-Whistle)
    40. The Demon of Emotion III (PS115B-Hand Drum)
    41. The Demon of Emotion: Fujichiyo’s Residence (DB1-PS)
    42. The Demon of Emotion: Practice (DB5-PS)
    43. The Demon of Emotion: Symposium I (DB12-PS)
    44. The Demon of Emotion: Symposium II (DB13-PS)
    45. Fujichiyo’s Performance (Soundtrack Excerpt)

    September 22nd 2010 update

    Toho Music has announced their fifth release in their science fiction line, with the soundtrack being for Rodan (1956). However, like the company’s The Mysterians/Battle in Outer Space (TSFCD-05/06) release, this will be a set that will also include the soundtrack for Space Amoeba (1970).

    Currently, there is no further information about this release, including no number given for this new set which will be apart of the 22 CD science fiction line that began in 2006. At present, the following entries comprise this line of soundtracks:

    TSFCD-05/06 ~ The Mysterians/Battle in Outer Space
    TSFCD-11 ~ The Three Treasures
    TSFCD-15 ~ Mothra
    TSFCD-22 ~ Latitude Zero

    This new release confirms a few things, including that the entire line will likely be two disc sets and that there will be more “double features”. It does, however, throw a wrench into previous conceptions. Earlier, Toho Music had stated that the series would encompass Half Human (1955) through Latitude Zero (1969). The statement left many to believe that, oddly enough, Space Amoeba (1970) would not be included as it fell after the 1969 feature. Clearly this is not the case. Either things have changed since that original statement, or it merely means that Half Human (1955) will be TSFCD-01 and Latitude Zero (1969) is the last at TSFCD-22.

    Toho Music has also provided a track listing for the two disc set, along with running times which are 47:10 for Rodan (1956) and 58:51 for Space Amoeba (1970) respectively. Sadly, these CDs appear to be very light when it comes to new content compared to the mid-1990’s releases. For Rodan (1956), the set contains a new outtake for “The Great Nature of Aso” and a version of “Tracking Supersonic Speed” with echo. For Space Amoeba (1970), the release has a new outtake for “The Remains of the Bats” and the movie edit for “Obata’s Resistance” as the new material. Both, however, have shorter runtimes compared to the earlier releases due to the loss of sound effects and trailer tracks that were originally placed at the end. Below is a translated version of this set’s track listing:

    Disc 1
    Rodan (1956)

    1. Main Title (M1-T2)
    2. The First Victim (M2)
    3. Tragedy in the Tunnel (M3)
    4. Meganulon Appears (M4)
    5. The Terror of Meganulon (M5)
    6. The Meganulon Pursuit (M6)
    7. Cave-In (M7)
    8. Earthquake (M8-T2)
    9. Amnesia (M9)
    10. Tracking Supersonic Speed (M10-T2)
    11. The Shadow Across the Sky (M11-T2)
    12. The Birth of Rodan (M12)
    13. The Huge Underground Cavern (M13)
    14. Rodan Emerges (M14-T2)
    15. Get Rodan (M15)
    16. Rodan Flies to Sasebo (M16)
    17. Rodan and the Saikai Bridge (M17)
    18. Rodan Attacks Fukuoka I (M18)
    19. Shockwave Fury (M18A)
    20. Rodan Attacks Fukuoka II (M19)
    21. Self Defense Force at Aso (M20)
    22. The Great Nature of Aso (M21-T3)
    23. Ending (M22)Bonus Tracks
    24. Main Title (M1-T1)
    25. Earthquake (M8-T1)
    26. Tracking Supersonic Speed (M10-T1)
    27. The Shadow Across the Sky (M11-T1)
    28. Rodan Emerges (M14-T1)
    29. The Great Nature of Aso (M21-T1)
    30. The Great Nature of Aso (M21-T2)
    31. Main Title (M1-T2 with Roar)
    32. Tracking Supersonic Speed (M10-T2 with Echo)

    Disc 2
    Space Amoeba (1970)

    1. Main Title (M1-T2)
    2. Helios Launch (M2)
    3. Helios Enters Outer Space (M3)
    4. Crisis Aboard the Helios (M4)
    5. Helios Returns (M5)
    6. Gezora Appears (M6)
    7. Music On-Board the Ship (M7)
    8. Mysterious Light in the Cave (M8)
    9. Gezora’s Attack (M9)
    10. Prayer of Selgio Island (M10 Mix)
    11. Underwater Investigation I (M10A-T2)
    12. Underwater Investigation II (M11)
    13. The Helios Underwater (M12)
    14. The Terror of Gezora (M13)
    15. Gezora Comes on Land (M15)
    16. Gezora vs. the Humans (M16)
    17. The Cosmic Being Migrates I (M17)
    18. Ganimes Appears (M18)
    19. The Cosmic Being Migrates II (M19)
    20. Obata and the Cosmic Being I (M20-T2)
    21. Obata and the Cosmic Being II (M21)
    22. Wedding (M22)
    23. The Remains of the Bats (M23-T2)
    24. Kamoebas Appears (M24)
    25. Obata’s Resistance (M26)
    26. Ganimes vs. Kamoebas (M27)
    27. The End of the Cosmic Being (M28)
    28. Ending (M29Bonus Tracks
    29. Main Title (M1-T1)
    30. Underwater Investigation I (M10A-T1)
    31. Obata and the Cosmic Being I (M20-T1)
    32. The Remains of the Bats (M23-T1)
    33. The Remains of the Bats (M23-T2)
    34. Obata’s Resistance (M26 Repeat Edit)
    35. Drums for Prayer (M Drums)
    36. Prayer of Selgio Island (M10 Karaoke)

    July 14 2010 update

    Toho Music has announced their fourth release in their science fiction line, with the subject this time being the original Mothra (1961). The score will be given a two disc release that will debut on July 30th, 2010. The set will contain the score in stereo and also newly remastered in mono across the two CDs. Bonus content is also being touted, although no exact details are given.

    The disc is being given the classification of TSFCD-15, although please note this may change before release as Toho Music has done in the past. This is important as it continues to enlighten what the total 22 soundtrack line may be. Currently, the following have been released:

    TSFCD-05/06 ~ The Mysterians/Battle in Outer Space
    TSFCD-11 ~ The Three Treasures
    TSFCD-15 ~ Mothra
    TSFCD-22 ~ Latitude Zero

    So one can speculate on what the remaining releases can be, although Half Human (1955) seems destined to be number one with how Toho Music keeps bringing it up. It’s interesting that Mothra has such a high number too for being a 1961 film. This would seem to indicate that many of the 1950’s movies will be bundled with later films, giving them an earlier number; such as was done for Battle in Outer Space (1959) which got 06 because it was sold with The Mysterians (1957). So for example one might see something like H-Man (1958) and Matango (1963) together, with Matango having a very early number simply due to being attached with a older production. This of course assumes that Toho Music will continue to only have two disc releases in this line too.

    Toho Music has also given a track listing for the two disc set. In terms of contents, the disc has a lot more tracks than the previous single disc release. However, this is because the first was organized as suites. For example, track three on the original CD release (“Infant Island”) actually contained cues M2-M6. So it will be interesting to see how much of this music will actually be new. It’s also worth noting that some of the mono cues are actually longer than their stereo counterparts, especailly Mothra’s Song which is a full minute longer. The overall contents will be organized as follow:

    Disc 1 – Stereo

    1. Overture (M1A-T2 + M1B) [1:04]
    2. Main Title (M1-T2) [1:44]
    3. Infant Island (M2) [0:19]
    4. The Miraculous Survivors (M3) [0:32]
    5. The Research Team Departure (M4) [1:00]
    6. Finding the Large Jungle (M5) [0:32]
    7. Cave Inscription (M6) [1:12]
    8. Telepathy Music I: Finding the Shobijin (M7) [0:17]
    9. Telepathy Music II: The Expedition and the Shobijin (M8A) [0:45]
    10. Telepathy Music III: The Shobijin are Captured (M8 + M25A) [0:37]
    11. The Natives Emerge (M10-T2) [1:05]
    12. Telepathy Music IV: The Shobijin are Freed (M11B) [0:51]
    13. The Research Team Returns (M12) [0:50]
    14. Nelson on Infant Island (M14) [0:21]
    15. Telepathy Music V: Nelson and the Shobijin (M15) [0:38]
    16. The Egg Appears (M16 + M16A) [1:31]
    17. The Secret Fairies Show (M17) [0:11]
    18. The Show Begins (PS-90) [0:16]
    19. Telepathy Music VII: The Wagon Through the Air (M18) [1:16]
    20. Mothra’s Song (PS-92) [2:13]
    21. Prayer from Infant Island (M19-T2) [1:10]
    22. Captive Fairies I (M20) [0:09]
    23. Telepathy Music VIII: Chujo and the Shobijin (M21) [1:54]
    24. The Birth of Mothra (M22) [1:49]
    25. The Infant Girl (PS-106) [2:20]
    26. The Orion Maru Tragedy (M23) [0:09]
    27. Telepathy Music IX: The Shobijin’s Sorrow (M24) [1:00]
    28. Mothra in the Sea (M28) [0:38]
    29. The Mothra Annihilation Strategy (M25) [1:20]
    30. Captive Fairies II (M35) [0:15]
    31. Captive Fairies III (PS-144) [0:27]
    32. The Third Dam Collapses (M28) [1:54]
    33. Telepathy Music X: Shinji and the Shobijin (M29) [0:29]
    34. Mothra Advances I (M30) [1:16]
    35. Mothra Advances II (M31) [2:33]
    36. Mothra and Tokyo Tower (M28) [1:53]
    37. Mothra Shoots String (M32) [0:20]
    38. Mothra’s Cocoon (M33) [0:17]
    39. Atomic Heat Ray Gun (M34) [1:08]
    40. Imago Mothra Emerges (M35) [0:39]
    41. Mothra Takes Flight (M36) [1:11]
    42. Nelson’s Death (M37) [0:49]
    43. Newkirk City Bell I (M38) [0:53]
    44. Newkirk City Bell II (M39) [1:13]
    45. Telepathy Music XI: Parting with the Shobijin (M39A) [1:19]
    46. Ending (M40) [1:32]Bonus Tracks
    47. Mothra’s Song · Prayer from Infant Island (M18 + PS-92 + M19-T2 + M20) [4:18]
    48. The Egg Appears (M16) [1:31]
    49. Telepathy Music VI: The Shobijin are Lost (M16A) [0:51]
    50. Mothra Advances (M30) [1:21]
    51. The Infant Girl (PS-106) [2:19]
    52. Mothra’s Song (PS-92 · Karaoke) [2:14]
    53. Mothra’s Song (PS-92 · Song) [1:49]
    54. The Infant Girl (PS-106 · Karaoke) [2:19]
    55. The Infant Girl (PS-106 · Song) [1:54]
    56. Captive Fairies I (M20 · Karaoke) [0:10]
    57. Captive Fairies I (M20 · Song) [0:09]
    58. Imago Mothra Emerges (M35 · Karaoke) [0:39]
    59. Imago Mothra Emerges (M35 · Song) [0:38]
    60. Ending (M40 Incomplete T2) [1:33]
    61. Ending (M40 · Song) [0:50]

    Disc 2 – Mono

    1. Main Title (M1-T2) [1:44]
    2. Infant Island (M2) [0:20]
    3. The Miraculous Survivors (M3) [0:33]
    4. The Research Team Departure (M4) [1:17]
    5. Finding the Large Jungle (M5) [0:32]
    6. Cave Inscription (M6) [1:12]
    7. Telepathy Music I: Finding the Shobijin (M7) [0:17]
    8. Telepathy Music II: The Expedition and the Shobijin (M8A) [0:47]
    9. Telepathy Music III: The Shobijin are Captured (M8 + M25A) [0:37]
    10. The Natives Emerge (M10-T2) [1:05]
    11. Telepathy Music IV: The Shobijin are Freed (M11B) [0:51]
    12. The Research Team Returns (M12) [1:17]
    13. Nelson on Infant Island (M14) [0:21]
    14. Telepathy Music V: Nelson and the Shobijin (M15) [0:38]
    15. The Egg Appears (M16 + M16A) [1:30]
    16. The Secret Fairies Show (M17) [0:11]
    17. The Show Begins (PS-90) [0:16]
    18. Telepathy Music VII: The Wagon Through the Air (M18) [1:15]
    19. Mothra’s Song (PS-92) [3:34]
    20. Prayer from Infant Island (M19-T2) [1:09]
    21. Captive Fairies I (M20) [0:10]
    22. Telepathy Music VIII: Chujo and the Shobijin (M21) [2:01]
    23. The Birth of Mothra (M22) [1:49]
    24. The Infant Girl (PS-106) [2:22]
    25. The Orion Maru Tragedy (M23) [0:09]
    26. Telepathy Music IX: The Shobijin’s Sorrow (M24) [0:59]
    27. The Mothra Annihilation Strategy (M25) [1:20]
    28. Captive Fairies III (PS-144) [0:47]
    29. Telepathy Music X: Shinji and the Shobijin (M29) [0:31]
    30. Mothra Advances I (M30) [1:16]
    31. Mothra Advances II (M31) [2:32]
    32. Mothra and Tokyo Tower (M28) [1:53]
    33. Mothra Shoots String (M32) [0:20]
    34. Mothra’s Cocoon (M33) [0:17]
    35. Atomic Heat Ray Gun (M34) [1:07]
    36. Imago Mothra Emerges (M35) [0:39]
    37. Mothra Takes Flight (M36) [1:11]
    38. Nelson’s Death (M37) [0:49]
    39. Newkirk City Bell I (M38) [0:49]
    40. Newkirk City Bell II (M39) [1:21]
    41. Telepathy Music XI: Parting with the Shobijin (M39A) [1:20]
    42. Ending (M40) [1:32]Bonus Tracks
    43. Overture (M1A-T1) [1:01]
    44. Overture (M1A-T2) [1:03]
    45. Overture (M1B) [0:54]
    46. Main Title (M1-T1) 1:43
    47. Telepathy Music (M8) [1:18]
    48. Telepathy Music (M9) [0:32]
    49. The Natives Emerge (M10-T1) [1:05]
    50. Telepathy Music (M11) [0:40]
    51. Telepathy Music (M11B Original) [1:02]
    52. Chime of Mothra (M13) [0:20]
    53. The Egg Appears (M16) [1:31]
    54. Telepathy Music VI: The Shobijin are Lost (M16A) [0:51]
    55. Prayer from Infant Island (M19-T1) [1:09]
    56. The Infant Girl (PS-106RR) [2:20]
    57. Telepathy Music (M26) [1:03]
    58. Telepathy Music (M27) [0:52]
    59. Mothra Advances (M30 Repeat) [1:26]
    60. Newkirk City Bell (M39) [1:20]
    61. Ending (M40 Incomplete T1) [1:32]
    62. Ending (M40 Incomplete T2) [1:32]
    63. Scene Prescoring I (PS-76) [1:05]
    64. Scene Prescoring II (PS-97) [3:03]
    65. Scene Prescoring III (PS-224) [0:34]
    66. Scene Prescoring IV (PS-225T3) [1:33]

    April 5th 2010 update

    Ark Square it seems will be giving out the DVD as well for those who purchased all of the “Godzilla Perfect Collections”. This will be done under the following conditions which they posted: “The customers who already bought previous five box sets and to place a pre-order of this BOX 6, a bonus DVD will be shipped with BOX 6 (the additional postage of $2.40 will be applied). Please name all five serial numbers written on the previous each box sets on the comments field on your order form when placing a pre-order of BOX 6”

    March 24th 2010 update

    Six years after its start, the soundtrack based “Godzilla Perfect Collection” is finally set to be complete next month (April 25th, 2010) with the sixth in the series. This last box in the set contains the soundtracks to: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000), Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001), Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003), Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) and GODZILLA (1998) as a bonus.

    Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

    Godzilla vs. Megaguirus will be the first entry in the final box set

    The set is a total of nine CDs in all, with the extra CDs being made up of three in total for Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) and two for GODZILLA (1998). Although more definitive details will have to wait until its released, a full track listing has been disclosed which does give an idea how these will stack up with previous releases. Below is translated listing of those, and some thoughts compared with the earlier CDs.

    Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

    1. Nichiei News (M1) [0:10]
    2. 1954: Godzilla Attacks Tokyo – Reconstruction (Stock Akira Ifukube) [0:59]
    3. 1966: Godzilla Attacks Tokai – Government’s Decision (M2) [1:18]
    4. 1996: Godzilla Attacks Osaka (M3T2 · First Half) [3:05]
    5. Superior Officer Miyagawa’s Demise (M3T2 · Second Half) [0:45]
    6. Main Title (M4) [0:31]
    7. Scout (M5) [0:42]
    8. Special G Task Force (M6) [1:15]
    9. Unfortunate Disaster (M7) [0:20]
    10. G Confirmation I (M8) [0:48]
    11. Test Preparation (M9) [1:12]
    12. Black Hole Gun Engaged (M10) [0:29]
    13. The Late Night Abnormality (M12) [1:24]
    14. Dumping the Egg (M13) [0:59]
    15. Identification Tag (M14) [0:26]
    16. Cell Division (M15) [0:19]
    17. Meganulon (M16) [1:56]
    18. Kiriko and Jun (M18) [0:59]
    19. G Confirmation II (M19) [0:19]
    20. The Griffon Mobilizes (M20) [1:52]
    21. Godzilla Surfaces (M21 · First Half) [2:23]
    22. Transmitter Installed (M21 · Second Half) [1:02]
    23. Dimension Tide (M22) [0:21]
    24. Submerged Shibuya (M23) [0:24]
    25. The Underwater Search in Shibuya – Godzilla in the Trench (M24) [1:25]
    26. Leading (M25) [2:02]
    27. Flight of the Meganula (M26) [1:10]
    28. Starting the Dimension Tide (M27) [0:34]
    29. Godzilla × Meganula (M28) [2:19]
    30. The Dimension Tide Fires (M29) [0:49]
    31. Immortal Godzilla (M30) [1:34]
    32. Larval growth (M31) [1:03]
    33. Megaguirus is Born (M32) [2:00]
    34. Ultra-High Frequency (M33) [1:00]
    35. The Ultimate Combat Form (M34) [0:38]
    36. Godzilla to Tokyo (M35) [0:33]
    37. Godzilla Lands in Odaiba (Stock Akira Ifukube) [1:09]
    38. Godzilla × Megaguirus I (M36) [1:03]
    39. The Effect of Ultra-High Frequency (M39) [0:49]
    40. Godzilla × Megaguirus II (M40) [1:58]
    41. Godzilla × Megaguirus III (M41) [1:27]
    42. Godzilla × Megaguirus IV (M42) [1:06]
    43. Program Restored – Conclusion (M43) [3:03]
    44. The Falling Dimension Tide (M44) [0:56]
    45. Kiriko’s Decision – Lock On (M45) [3:29]
    46. Dimension Tide × Godzilla (M46) [0:42]
    47. A Moment of Victory (M47) [1:10]
    48. End Credits (M48) [3:24]Bonus Tracks
    49. Nichiei News (M1) [0:09]
    50. Nichiei News (M1 · Oshima Version) [0:09]
    51. 1996: Godzilla Attacks Osaka (M3T1 · First Half) [3:05]
    52. Superior Officer Miyagawa’s Demise (M3T1 · Second Half) [0:45]
    53. Space-Time Distortion (M11) [0:21]
    54. Witness Meganula! (M17) [0:04]
    55. Appearance! I (M38A) [0:05]
    56. Appearance! II (M38B) [0:04]
    57. Ending Material (M48A) [0:05]
    58. Ending Material (M48B) [0:06]

    Couple of things to note here. First is that the “Newsreel” theme, M1, is finally present, complete with the original source and Michiru Oshima‘s version of it. Second is that cue M3 and M21 have each been broken in two after previously appearing as a two single tracks. The Akira Ifukube tracks from the Victor release (VICL-60613) have been added in, while all of the content from the DVD bonus CD (NCS-261) is present. The unused cues have been moved to the end of the CD, though, which is good as Toho Music had picked up a bad habit for the past two boxes of placing these with the used ones. M37 is gone here, but this was simply a repeat of cue M22.

    Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

    1. Call to Arms (M1) [2:15]
    2. Main Title (M2) [1:34]
    3. Village Spirits (M3) [0:22]
    4. The Huge Fang (M4) [0:49]
    5. The Menacing Claw Mark (M5) [0:46]
    6. Protection: The Legendary Sacred Beasts (M6) [0:20]
    7. Incident at the Lake Shore (M7) [1:18]
    8. Premonition (M8) [0:24]
    9. The Mysterious Old Man (M9) [2:22]
    10. The Giant Foot (M10) [0:32]
    11. Cries of Sorrow (M11) [0:22]
    12. Mysterious Stone (M12) [1:10]
    13. The Sleeping Three-Headed Dragon (M13) [0:45]
    14. Cruiser Aizu (M14) [0:34]
    15. Dark Vision (M15) [0:57]
    16. Revived Legend (M16) [0:53]
    17. God of the Earth: Baragon (M17) [1:13]
    18. The God of Destruction Appears (M18) [0:52]
    19. Terrifying Landing (M19) [0:46]
    20. The Forgotten Horror (M20) [1:04]
    21. Confrontation of the Two Giant Monsters (M21) [1:59]
    22. The Sacred Beast’s Ambush (M22) [3:07]
    23. Signs of Revival (M23) [0:16]
    24. Giant Cocoon (M24) [0:32]
    25. God of the Sea: Mothra (M25) [1:21]
    26. Unleashed Spirits of the War Dead (M26) [1:22]
    27. Attack Preparation (M27) [0:44]
    28. A Tense Moment (M28) [1:10]
    29. God of the Sky: King Ghidorah (M29) [1:43]
    30. GMK (M30) [1:32]
    31. D-03 Missile Salvo (M31) [0:40]
    32. Godzilla’s Rage (M32) [2:46]
    33. Determined to Protect the Future (M33) [3:52]
    34. Mysterious Power (M34) [1:16]
    35. The Miracle of the Three Sacred Beasts (M35) [2:29]
    36. A Desperate Crisis (M36) [1:02]
    37. Escape from Godzilla (M37) [0:36]
    38. A Salute to the Spirits of the War Dead (M38) [3:22]
    39. End Roll: Godzilla Theme – Great Monster War March – Main Title (M-End) [4:40]Bonus Tracks
    40. The Giant Foot (M10 Edit) [0:26]
    41. God of the Earth: Baragon (M17 Edit) [0:46]
    42. The Forgotten Horror (M20 Edit) [0:47]
    43. The Forgotten Horror (M20A Edit) [0:45]
    44. Confrontation of the Two Giant Monsters (M21 Edit) [0:42]
    45. The Sacred Beast’s Ambush (M22) [2:47]
    46. God of the Sky: King Ghidorah (M29) [1:21]
    47. GMK (M30) [0:44]
    48. God of the Sky: King Ghidorah (M34A) [1:32]
    49. Demo I [2:43]
    50. Demo II [4:09]
    51. Demo III [3:39]

    This soundtrack got a better update than the previous one, although its harder to spot the new cues since the Tokuma CD (TKCA-72279) did not contain cue numbers. So one will have to compare running times to see what might be new. From doing that, it appears that M3, M6, M8, M11, M12, M14, M16, M23, and M24 are new. That’s nine themes in total, although many are short. Oddly, the isolated themes for Godzilla and the Great Monster War March, both stock, are gone compared with the previous disc (probably because they appear elsewhere in Box 4). All of the bonus content on this set, which are demos and “edits”, are new. Time will tell if that content is worthwhile or not.

    Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)

    1. Toho Logo – Transport Duty (M1) [1:34]
    2. Godzilla Lands – Godzilla × Special Defense Forces (M2 · First Half) [3:55]
    3. Mesa Blow (M2 · Second Half) [0:39]
    4. Main Title (M3) [0:33]
    5. Ominous Memories (M4) [1:25]
    6. Memorial Service (M5) [0:56]
    7. Appearance Requested (M6) [0:56]
    8. The Skeleton of Godzilla (M7) [1:32]
    9. Leaving School (M8) [0:45]
    10. Akane’s Great Effort – Kiryu’s Construction (M9) [2:02]
    11. Return – Kiryu (M10) [0:56]
    12. Intensive Training (M11) [0:53]
    13. Akana and Sara (M12) [1:34]
    14. Announcement Ceremony for Type3: Kiryu (M13) [3:12]
    15. Mobilization (M14) [2:16]
    16. Godzilla × Type3: Kiryu (M15) [1:47]
    17. Awaking (M16) [0:29]
    18. Running Wild (M17) [1:04]
    19. Crash of the Type3: Shirasagi (M18) [0:51]
    20. Functions Stop (M19) [1:10]
    21. Investigation Into the Cause (M20) [1:11]
    22. Trust – Sara’s Shorea Plant (M21) [2:52]
    23. Godzilla Detected – Interception (M22) [2:55]
    24. The Prime Minister’s Decision (M23) [1:43]
    25. Flying (M24) [1:14]
    26. Intense Fighting I (M25) [1:40]
    27. Intense Fighting II (M26) [3:03]
    28. Absolute Zero (M27) [0:31]
    29. Akana’s Resilience (M28) [2:18]
    30. Power Outage (M29) [0:31]
    31. Reactivation – Kiryu’s Will (M30) [2:05]
    32. Crisis – Decisive Battle (M31) [2:22]
    33. Godzilla Immortal – The End of the Fight (M32) [1:40]
    34. End Credits (M33) [5:15]
    35. Salute! – Ending (M34) [0:52]

      Bonus Tracks
    36. Akane’s Great Effort – Kiryu’s Construction (M9 Edit) [2:09]
    37. Toho Logo – Transport Duty (M1) [1:31]
    38. Godzilla Lands – Godzilla × Special Defense Forces (M2 · First Half) [3:55]
    39. Main Title (M3) [0:33]
    40. Mobilization (M14) [2:15]
    41. Godzilla × Type3: Kiryu (M15) [1:46]
    42. Intense Fighting I (M25) [1:39]
    43. Godzilla Immortal – The End of the Fight (M32) [1:39]
    44. Salute! – Ending (M34) [0:48]

    Not much has changed here compared with the King Record CD (KICA-586). Cue M2 has been broken in two tracks. M5 + M6, M10 + M11, M16 + M17, M18 + M19, M20 + M21, M27 + M28, and M29 + M30 appear by themselves finally. Otherwise the early tracks are the same. The bonus tracks are… unclear on what they are. The first is a different edit, but the others are unmarked although a few do have different runtimes compared with the used tracks with the same names.

    Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

    1. Toho Logo – Mothra in Flight – Main Title (M1) [5:02]
    2. The Little Beauties Visit (M2) [1:19]
    3. Mothra Departs (M3) [1:28]
    4. Press Conference (M4) [1:29]
    5. Reunion (M5) [0:13]
    6. Island of Memories (M6) [0:52]
    7. Akane and Yoshito (M7) [2:10]
    8. Realm of God (M8) [1:12]
    9. Beached Kamoebas (M9) [1:26]
    10. The Nuclear Submarine is Attacked (M10) [1:05]
    11. Repair Status (M11) [0:55]
    12. Azusa and Yoshito (M12) [0:47]
    13. Ministry Bureau’s Cross-Examination (M13) [0:39]
    14. Godzilla × Fleet Escort Force (M14B) [1:16]
    15. The Self Defense Force Goes into Battle Formation (M15) [1:18]
    16. Godzilla × Ground Self Defense Forces – Landing (M16) [3:46]
    17. Imago Mothra Comes Flying (M17) [1:02]
    18. Imago Mothra × Godzilla I (M18) [1:24]
    19. Yoshito’s Bitterness (M19) [1:01]
    20. Imago Mothra × Godzilla II (M20) [1:14]
    21. Mothra’s Song (M21) [1:18]
    22. Imago Mothra × Godzilla III (M22) [1:04]
    23. Call to Arms (M23) [1:01]
    24. Kiryu Mobilization (M24) [1:31]
    25. Tokyo Tower Collapses – Godzilla × Kiryu I (M25) [2:19]
    26. Yoshito in the Schoolyard – Godzilla × Kiryu II (M26) [2:01]
    27. The Larvae Mothra are Born (M27) [0:31]
    28. Mothra Larvae in the Sea (M28) [0:30]
    29. Rescuing Two People (M29) [0:49]
    30. The Mothra Larvae Land (M30 · First Half) [2:01]
    31. Imago Mothra Dies (M30 · Second Half) [0:12]
    32. Yoshito Goes to Repair Kiryu I (M31) [1:27]
    33. Yoshito Goes to Repair Kiryu II (M32) [1:35]
    34. The Little Beauties Lead the Way (M33) [1:33]
    35. Kiryu Repaired (M34) [1:42]
    36. Cannot Escape – National Diet Building Collapses (M35) [2:44]
    37. Mesa All-Out Attack (M36) [1:39]
    38. Prayer (M37) [1:05]
    39. Kiryu in Flight – Yoshito Rescued – To the Japan Trench (M38) [6:04]
    40. Only Courage Wins – Saluting (M39) [3:09]
    41. End Credits (M40) [3:29]Bonus Tracks
    42. Send-Off Party BGM [1:33]
    43. Call to Arms – Kiryu Mobilization (M23 + M24) [2:28]
    44. The Mothra Larvae Land – Imago Mothra Dies (M30) [2:06]
    45. Mothra’s Song 2003 Version [1:59]

    This CD is, like the one before it, similar to its King Record counterpart (KICA-620). It breaks up all the joined tracks, and breaks up M30. The disc has a few edits at the end too… but is otherwise unchanged. Sadly, Toho Music mixed the unused music with the material that was used in the film (M9, M11, M19, M20, M22, M28, and M36 do not appear in the movie). On the plus side, the “Send-Off Party BGM” will make its debut here.

    Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
    Disc 1

    1. Opening (King Kong vs. Godzilla M10) [0:25]
    2. Godzilla vs. the Undersea Battleship (M1 Edit) [1:53]
    3. Earth Defense Force and the Threat of Monsters (M2A Long) [1:14]
    4. Main Title (M2C) [1:49]
    5. Gotengo vs. Manda (M3) [2:46]
    6. M Organization Combat Training Facility (M4) [1:36]
    7. Doctor Otonashi (M5) [1:17]
    8. Gigan Mummified (M6) [1:17]
    9. Message From Infant Island (M7) [1:39]
    10. Rodan Attacks New York (M8) [4:11]
    11. Ebirah vs. the Mutant Forces (M9) [2:34]
    12. The Xilien Arrive (M10) [4:51]
    13. We Love X I (5.1 Channel Material) [0:29]
    14. We Love X II (Crusing the Cirro-Stratus) [0:16]
    15. Secretary General Daigo’s Accident (M11) [2:49]
    16. Commander Namikawa’s Abnormality (M12 Mix) [1:26]
    17. The Truth About Gorath (M13) [0:59]
    18. Xilien Conspiracy I (M14b) [1:26]
    19. Xilien Conspiracy II (M14a) [10:30]
    20. Highway Battle (M15) [2:46]
    21. Gigan Awakens (M16 Edit) [1:55]
    22. Gotengo’s Underground Base (M17) [0:40]
    23. Operation: Final War (M18 + M19) [4:28]
    24. Gotengo Launch (M20) [1:07]
    25. The King of the Monsters Returns (M22 Edit) [3:33]
    26. Gotengo and Godzilla (M23-1) [1:18]
    27. Godzilla vs. Kumonga · Kamacuras (M23-2) [2:07]
    28. The Wrath of Godzilla (M24) [2:26]
    29. Godzilla vs. the Three Monsters (M25 GtrA) [3:27]
    30. Kazama’s Suicide Attack (M26 Edit) [2:26]
    31. The Gotengo Breaks Through (M26B) [1:06]
    32. Mothra Flies (M27) [0:14]
    33. Godzilla vs. Hedorah and Ebirah (M27B) [0:46]Disc 2
    34. The Xilien’s Intent (M28) [2:35]
    35. Monster X Appears (M29 Add) [0:47]
    36. Mothra vs. Gigan (M30) [1:07]
    37. The Fierce Battle of Four Great Monsters (M31-1) [4:56]
    38. The Fight in the UFO Mother Ship I (M31-2) [1:39]
    39. The Fight in the UFO Mother Ship II (M32) [4:40]
    40. Keizer Conflict (M33) [2:03]
    41. The End of the Xilien (M34) [2:45]
    42. Keizer Ghidorah Appears (M35-1) [4:24]
    43. Godzilla vs. Keizer Ghidorah (M35-2) [1:53]
    44. The Battle is Over (M36) [1:58]
    45. Godzilla and Minilla Leave (M37 Before End) [1:50]
    46. Ending (M37 Edit Type 1) [4:38]Bonus Tracks
    47. Godzilla vs. the Undersea Battleship (M1) [1:55]
    48. Gigan Awakens (M16) [1:55]
    49. Crusing the Cirro-Stratus [2:42]
    50. The King of the Monsters Returns (M22) [3:33]
    51. The King of the Monsters Returns (M22 · 5.1 Channel Material) [3:24]
    52. The Gotengo Breaks Through – Mothra Flies (M26B + M27 · 5.1 Channel Material) [1:16]
    53. Keizer Ghidorah Appears – Godzilla vs. Keizer Ghidorah (M35 · 5.1 Channel Material) [5:34]
    54. Earth Defense Force and the Threat of Monsters (M2) [2:57]
    55. Kazama’s Suicide Attack (M26 Tribute Version) [2:26]
    56. Monster X Appears (M29) [0:47]
    57. Ending (M37 Type 2) [4:32]
    58. Ending (M37) [6:22]Disc 3
    59. The Xilien Arrive (M10 Edit) [2:20]
    60. Xilien Conspiracy (M14 Edit) [3:52]
    61. Operation: Final War (M18 + M19 Edit) [3:26]
    62. The King of the Monsters Returns (M22 Edit) [3:10]
    63. Godzilla vs. the Three Monsters (M25 GtrA Edit) [2:36]
    64. M1 [1:49]
    65. M2A [0:40]
    66. M3 [2:45]
    67. M24 [1:26]
    68. M25 Battle 1 [2:12]
    69. M25 Battle 2 [3:02]
    70. Xilien Ship 1 [2:26]
    71. Xilien Ship 3 [2:19]
    72. First Meeting [0:21]
    73. Parody Spy Music into Serious 1 [1:08]
    74. Parody Spy Music into Serious 2 [1:51]
    75. Hedorah [0:42]
    76. Ifukube GZ [1:18]
    77. Demo Music 1 [1:48]
    78. Demo Music 2 [2:42]
    79. Demo Music 3 [1:20]
    80. Demo Music 4 [2:35]
    81. Demo Music 5 [3:14]
    82. Demo Music 6 [1:58]
    83. Demo Music 7 [1:12]
    84. Demo Music 8 [2:14]
    85. Demo Music 9 [1:55]
    86. Demo Music 10 [1:57]
    87. Demo Music 11 [2:10]
    88. Demo Music 12 [2:21]
    89. Demo Music 13 [2:45]
    90. Demo Music 14 [2:05]
    91. Demo Music 15 [5:13]

    Obviously, this film got the largest update to its soundtrack. Due to the fact that the previous release did not have cue numbers, one will have to guess with the runtimes what might be new. It would seem that the new cues include M2A (although this is from the Ending Titles), M5, M9, M16, M17, M20, M26B, M27, M29, M35, M36, and much more like the “We Love X” stuff. Other tracks were broken up, while edits of others are found and surround 5.1 channel material is also present. The changes are diverse and in the end will take hearing it to grasp what type of shape this three disc offering presents. Oddly enough, it seems that track four from the Victor release (VICP-62936) is in question if it is present, unless this is one of the demo tracks. The rest of the unique edits found on the earlier soundtrack appear to cover the early tracks of disc three as well. Oh, and if anyone was curious, no SUM41 song for the Zilla scene.

    As a side note, it seems that one of these discs will be in the Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) case, so that none of the cases will contain more than two discs.

    GODZILLA (1998)
    Disc 1

    1. The Beginning (01M3) [3:29]
    2. Tanker Gets It (01M3) [1:11]
    3. Chernobyl (01M5/6) [3:13]
    4. Footprint (02M1) [0:33]
    5. Footprints / New York / Audrey (02M2) [0:54]
    6. Chewing Gum Nose (02M3) [0:30]
    7. Ship Reveal / Nick Discovers Fish / Flesh (02M3a/4) [1:39]
    8. The Boat Gets It (02M5) [2:39]
    9. Dawn of the Species (03M1) [1:49]
    10. Joe Gets a Bite / Godzilla Arrives (03M3/4) [3:11]
    11. Mayor’s Speech (03M5) [1:03]
    12. Caiman’s Office (03M6) [0:45]
    13. Animal’s Camera (03M7) [1:39]
    14. Military Command Center / New Jersey (04M1) [1:55]
    15. Audrey’s Idea (04M2) [0:22]
    16. Evacuation (04M3) [2:41]
    17. French Coffee (04M4) [0:56]
    18. Subway Damage / Command Enters City (04M4) [2:50]
    19. Fish (05M1) [1:48]
    20. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (05M2) [5:13]
    21. 1st Helicopter Chase / Godzilla Swats a Chopper (05M3/4) [4:08]
    22. We Fed Him / Audrey Sees Nick (06M1/1x) [1:21]
    23. Nick and Audrey / He’s Pregnant / Audrey Takes the Tape / French Breakfast (06M2/3/4/07M1) [4:46]
    24. He’s Preparing to Feed (07M2) [0:34]
    25. Nick Gets Fired / Nick Gets Abducted / Frenchie’s Warehouse / Nick Joins the Foreign Legion (07M4/5/6/7/08M0) [5:47]

    Disc 2

    1. Chewing Gum (08M1) [1:51]
    2. Rumble in the Tunnel (08M2) [1:35]
    3. Godzilla O Park / Godzilla Takes a Dive / Godzilla Versus the Submarine / Egg Discovery (09M1/2/3/4/10M1) [9:42]
    4. Baby ‘Zillas Hatch (10M2) [3:51]
    5. Nick Phones for Help (10M3) [1:28]
    6. Eat the French (11M1) [2:14]
    7. Phillip Shoots the Lock (11M2) [1:39]
    8. Nick’s Big Speech / The Garden Gets It (11M3/12M1) [7:07]
    9. He’s Back! / Taxi Chase & Clue (12M2/3) [7:06]
    10. Big G Goes to Monster Heaven (13M1) [4:30]
    11. The End (14M1) [4:05]Bonus Tracks
    12. The Beginning (No Choir) (01M1) [3:32]
    13. Footprints / New York / Audrey (Alternate) (02M2a) [0:50]
    14. The Boat Gets It (Alternate) (02M5) [1:09]
    15. Gojira (Album Version) [2:46]

    This selection is identical to the two disc set that La-La Land Records released in 2007 (LLLCD-1058). Everything is unchanged, including the titles… well they did add cue numbers, which use a system that is unhelpful to more general consumers really. Regardless, this is a little disappointing, given that most English soundtrack fans probably already picked this up. Furthermore, it would have been nice if Toho Music had broken up some of the lengthier tracks so that there wasn’t a lot of themes compiled together, like track 3 on disc 2. Regardless, anyone who missed the original, which is now out of print, has a second chance to pick up this wonderful release.

    Toho Music will also be distributing a special DVD based on the recording sessions of Akira Ifukube with these box sets, although the exact details on how to get it are forthcoming. It sounds like they will be attempting to target consumers who purchased all six, though. The runtime of the DVD will be split in the following way:

    – August 5th, 1983, Akira Ifukube Symphonic Fantasia – Hibiya [19:01 minutes]
    – August 12th, 1986, Ostinato – King Records Recording Studio Otowa [24:33 minutes]
    – September 2nd, 1992, Godzilla vs. Mothra – Toho Recording Studio [15:54 minutes]
    – August 28th, 1995, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah – Toho Recording Studio [2:39 minutes]

    No word on if people ordering the set outside of Japan might still be able to get the DVD. Ark Square, who will be selling the set internationally, is awaiting for Toho Music to hammer out the details and will begin accepting orders for the 6th box as soon as the bonus DVD aspect is finalized.

    October 27th 2009 update

    A finalized release date of November 1st, 2009, has been set for the two disc The Three Treasures (1959) soundtrack. The release is intended to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the production. The set will have a total of 71 tracks, including several outtakes, and will be more expansive than the previous Complete Recordings: Akira Ifukube Toho Special Effects Movie Music 8 (TYCY-5209/10) that contained the score.

    April 6th 2009 update

    It’s been awhile since Toho Music released their two disc set for Latitude Zero (TSFCD-22) in 2006, but the department seems posed to return to the company’s lesser known science fiction features for future soundtrack releases. In a statement on their site, Toho Music has mused over releasing more titles in its “Sci-fi series”. The near term ones for production this year include The Mysterians (1957), Battle in Outer Space (1959), and The Three Treasures (1959).

    In other news, the firm also mentioned what movies are being considered for this line, or to be more exact a range of films. The consideration block stretches from 1955’s Half Human to the already released Latitude Zero (1969), with those two films be given by name as the parameters. The selection is said to be 22 movies from this period. Excluding both the Godzilla and Akira Kurosawa movies released during this time, as all of these were already issued by Toho Music, there are roughly 25 or so movies that fit into this time frame that could be considered “science fiction” films. So it will be interesting to see what movies fall into this selection, although fan favorites like Matango (1963) and The War of the Gargantuas (1966) seem highly likely. A complete list of Toho’s science fiction output can be seen here.

    As for why Latitude Zero (1969) might be the cut off point, it’s quite possible this was done in consideration of VAP’s Toho SFX Champion Festival (VPCD-81382) which includes many of Toho’s science fiction films from 1969 to 1977.

    The Mysterians (1957) and Battle in Outer Space (1959) have been given a release date of July 2009. The two will be sold in a single set for ¥3,780 and will contain the CD number of TSFCD-09/10. The Three Treasures (1959) is still set for later in the year.

    August 27th 2006 update

    A lot of details this month have been pouring in concerning Toho’s much delayed fourth CD box set in the “Godzilla Perfect Collection.” Reportedly, this set will be the largest yet at a total of nine discs, but will only be featuring four Godzilla movie soundtracks: The Return of Godzilla (1984), Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) and Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992).

    The exact breakdown of all nine discs isn’t set in stone at this point, although most of it has been revealed. The standout presentation of the set should be the coverage for Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), which will be featured in a two disc presentation that includes: the ten extended album pieces found on the earlier Toshiba disc (TYCY-5361), bonus material including outtakes that have never been released before and also the complete score as it appears in the movie (sadly, in mono though). The Return of Godzilla (1984) is also being given the royal treatment here, as it includes: the full score, outtakes and the complete recordings to the songs from the film, which will actually be featured on the second Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) CD.

    The Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) score is also being featured here in its entirety, and being given a single disc presentation that dwarfs earlier music selection that has been available on CD. It should be noted that it won’t include the “drama” racks, though found on the Bandai Visual release (BCCE-9001R/2R) for those interested.

    Sadly, Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) seems to be getting the short end of the stick here. The most of the score will be featured, along with numerous outtakes and some songs previously released for the movie, but the selection won’t be nearly as complete as Toshiba’s two disc set (TYCY-5267/8). Something that is extremely unfortunate as a lot of the outtakes from the movie are actually very diverse from what ended up in the movie, as opposed to the normal variant themes that sound almost identical unless played back to back.

    The box set will also continue the tradition of featuring CD presentations of earlier LP releases. The one included here is King of the Monsters: Godzilla (pictured to the right). Unfortunately, this LP is dedicated to the same songs found on the bonus disc in the third box, along with the selection taken from single record releases for the 1971-1974 Godzilla films. The bonus tracks on this disc are at least unique to the set, although are still readily available on the Godzilla Song Book CD.

    Suffice to say, its inclusion here for more avid collectors is redundant; however, at least it contains some music not found elsewhere in the “Perfect Collection,” unlike the compilation LP found in the first box.

    The big news, though, are the details that have arisen for the second bonus disc. It starts off with three pieces dedicated to “We are Monster Unit”, a story record that featured Godzilla along with original kaiju like Kirasuta and Buruwara. The rest of the bonus disc is related to the 1973 show Zone Fighter. The selection will include music from the TV series along with “drama” pieces based around the Godzilla and King Ghidorah episodes, which look to be featured on a seperate disc. The presentation of the show won’t be nearly as complete as what was showcased on VAP’s excellent release (VPCG-84210), although its inclusion is still sure to interest a number of collectors.

    The set is overall shaping up nicely. Sadly, right now the box is undated, after being delayed again from the last “Late August” release change. It can be assumed that the box will follow a similar release pattern of the previous three and will likely be featured exclusively on Toho Music’s site and Ark Square. The price will probably be around $100 as before, although could possibly be more given the inclusion of more discs.

    News // February 10, 2013
  • 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 the longest running, and most consistent, 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, to last year’s very creative K.W.C. Match.

    The joke for April Fools’ Day 2012 was a little bit of a retread, I will admit, although taken to a new level. The concept was simply: to deck Toho Kingdom out from top to bottom with ads. The site is ad free as sort of a mantra, so the joke was meant to play on that angle. This had actually been done before back in 2003, nine years ago, with ads being placed all over the site’s design. The 2003 version only placed them on the front, as the site was much less scalable in its design… and can’t stress that enough. To do something like this on the old framework would have required manually editing page by page. However, this is no longer a hurdle and so the 2012’s version had them placed all through out the website.

    As in year’s past, though, the most fun from this year’s April Fools’ was to be found in the forums where reactions shifted from wondering where the joke was, to surprise, to finally a few saying they preferred the ad design. Sadly, due to a forum mishap, the thread is now gone. Thankfully, though, a Wayback Machine versions exists. Take a stroll down memory lane on what was said in the thread here.

    For those who might have missed it, below is a more compelte screenshot of the site with the ad design in place.

    General // April 2, 2012
  • The second Godzilla related mini-series from IDW Publishing. Godzilla Legends separates itself from the pack by focusing on kaiju other than Godzilla. The series ran for five issues from November 16th, 2011, to March 14th, 2012. The five focused kaiju were Anguirus, Rodan, Titanosaurus, Hedorah and Kumonga, although the latter is debatable since Godzilla is a much larger focus in the final issue. Unlike the earlier two series from IDW Publishing, Godzilla Legends by having a large number of creative teams. In fact, each issue has a new author and artist pairing.

    This news article is a roundup of the previews for this long series that were provided to Toho Kingdom from IDW Publishing. Right now it only includes the last two issues, missing the first three. Click on an image to expand to the full page view.

    Godzilla Legends #4

    Released February 22nd, 2012. Comic done by Chris Mowry, E.J. Su and Priscilla Tramontano.

          

    Godzilla Legends #5

    Released March 14th, 2012. Comic done by Bobby Curnow and Dean Haspiel.

          

    News // March 14, 2012
  • IDW Publishing, in cooperation with Toho Company Limited, has announced an agreement that will see new Godzilla comics released in the United States starting in 2011. This marks the first time since 1996 that new comics based on the character are being made in the US, as that was when Dark Horse ended their run with the King of the Monsters.

    March 30th 2011 update

    For the launch of the first issue of Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, artist Matt Frank and colorist Josh Perez attended a book signing at Austin Books & Comics in Austin, Texas, as part of a first issue release party. The location was one of the many comic shops which ordered 500 copies of the comic, landing them a custom cover showcasing their comic store being crushed under Godzilla’s foot.

    The book signing took place today, March 30th, from 2PM to 7PM. The store was decked out in Godzilla memorabilia for the event.

    The release party also got local television coverage, including a TV interview with Matt by WeAreAustin, which can be watched here. Beyond having the interview, the video also shows an early look at an upcoming comic cover with Kumonga.

    In regards to the release party itself, Matt had the following to say to Toho Kingdom regarding the event:

    “We most certainly had a grand ol’ time signing books at the Austin Books and Comics release party! The staff put on quite a show – they played classic G flicks in the back, had an Eric Powell original sketch as a door prize, and tons of Godzilla toys and shirts! The DESTROY ALL MONSTERS poster was the icing on the cake. Colorist Josh Perez (TRANSFORMERS: DRIFT) and I signed copies from 2 pm to 7 pm, and we had no idea there were so many Kaiju fans in Austin! We sold well over 300 copies. Good times.”

    – Matt Frank
    www.mattfrankart.com
    Monsters, mutants, mecha, oh my!

    March 29th 2011 update

    Artist Matt Frank has provided Toho Kingdom with an exclusive look at one of the variant covers for issue five of Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters. The cover follows the trend of the variants that came before it, with issue two being Rodan, issue three being Anguirus and issue four being Mothra. This particular cover focuses solely on one of Godzilla’s most well known adversaries: King Ghidorah.

    February 22nd 2011 update

    March 30th, 2011, is the big day when IDW Publishing’s Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters begins it run, which is the updated title for the comic series. Over the past month, details have been pouring in regarding the first three issues in the run. This includes a detailed look at the staggering 80 variants created for the first issue, which Bleeding Cool got the scoop on, which spawned from a promotion that lead to a lot of comic store exclusive covers.

    Solicitations for some of the issues are also available, which include some minor spoilers.

    Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1
    Release:
     March 30th, 2011
    Writer: Eric Powell and Tracy Marsh
    Artist: Phil Hester
    The King of the Monsters rises again, and for the first time in comics, he’s bringing lots of other beloved Toho monsters with him in one destructive saga, and The Goon‘s Eric Powell is sounding the alarm. Powell will also paint covers for each issue of this new ongoing series, including a wraparound cover to kick things off! Acclaimed artist Phil Hester signs on for the first storyline, and Alex Ross supplies a painted 50/50 variant cover! This is the Big G storyline you’ve been waiting for!

    Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #2

    The variant cover for Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #2

    Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #2
    Release:
     April 27th, 2011
    Writer: Eric Powell and Tracy Marsh
    Artist: Phil Hester
    The world is in panic as Godzilla reduces Tokyo to rubble. No one knows where the giant lizard has come from and even the most extreme military counter-measures prove useless. As the people of Japan struggle to survive Godzilla’s wrath, the world’s governments start thinking outside the box. Unfortunately, Godzilla may not be the only monster-sized threat the world faces…

    Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #3
    Release:
     May, 2011
    Writer: Eric Powell and Tracy Marsh
    Artist: Phil Hester
    Godzilla, Rodan, and Anguirus continue their devastation, and the worldwide media begins to chime in. As people around the globe suffer, celebrities band together to save the monsters from human counterattack, and the president is criticized for being “soft on monsters.” Meanwhile… a mysterious giant egg washes ashore in France. And what’s with those creepy little twin girls?

    Sci-fi Japan has also posted an interview with artist Matt Frank about the new IDW Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters comic run. It includes a look at the variant cover for issue #2, which is a shot of Rodan.

    December 16th 2010 update

    IDW Publishing issued a press release for their upcoming Godzilla comic series, titled Godzilla: Monster World.

    Not much has changed from the previous announcement on the title, although the name of the series has been now confirmed by IDW Publishing. The release date has also been pushed back a month to March, 2011. Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah and Rodan were once again the characters mentioned as being part of the series, although with citation that more, both old and new, will be in the fold:

    “Godzilla has been gone from comics for too long” said Yukio Kotaki of Toho. “And to have it return with other monsters is simply very exciting.”

    Co-writers for the project include Eric Powell, of The Goon, and Tracy Marsh. Phil Hester will be the artist on the title. As is tradition in the industry today, there will be variant covers offered for the series, with Eric Powell a “gatefold wraparound” of several Toho Monsters while renowned artist Alex Ross is contributing a cover as well. Matt Frank has also announced that he is doing supplemental artwork for the series.

    A plot for the comic series has also been given: “a full-scale apocalypse is brewing. The monsters are a force of nature whose attacks can be no more predicted or rationalized than a lightning strike. There will be no clean-cut heroes with perfectly chiseled chins and capes billowing in the wind; only ordinary human beings struggling desperately to survive in a world gone mad.”

    Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer, has also stated that this is only for the first “arc”: “What’s more, this is just the first series to come in the line. The next one out of the gates features multiple Eisner-nominees and winners handling the creative, so we’re well and truly just getting started here.”

    October 11th 2010 update

    Some more details have sprung up related to this project. The first of which is that the title will be Godzilla: Monster World. The second is that Eric Powell, who did the cover art, will also be co-writing the comics with Tracy Marsh and doing the series’ covers. Rumor also has it that some of the other Toho monsters that were included in the original license deal are: Mechagodzilla, Gigan, Anguirus, Hedorah, Destoroyah, SpaceGodzilla, Titanosaurus and Kumonga.

    October 8th 2010 update

    IDW Publishing has announced at New York Comic Con that they will be acquiring the license to release Godzilla comics. Details are currently scarce, but it was revealed that Godzilla will be joined by several familiar Toho characters along with some new faces. Of the familiar monsters: Mothra, King Ghidorah and Rodan were mentioned.

    Currently, the series is set to launch in Feburary of 2011. A creative team has yet to be announced.

    The cover for one of the issues was done by The Goon artist Eric Powell. A larger copy is available at MTV, along with quotes from those related to the initial deal.

    On a personal note, this is something I, along with a large part of the fandom, would love to see artist Matt Frank (whose work can be seen as part of Project G) be involved in seeing as how he is the premiere and most recognizable Godzilla and kaiju artist in the fandom. In my opinion, it would make the all the difference in the world in terms of quality to have a TRUE fan on board.

    News // March 30, 2011
  • Taking a cue from the show of nearly the same name, this Toho Busters article looks to address and debunk widespread misconceptions regarding Toho’s work and characters. It will not look to cover every incorrect belief, but rather focus on ones that are well published or are still addressed as fact today.

    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) – Alternate Ending

    A widely published misconception primarily found in sources outside of what would be considered “the fandom” in the years before the internet had gained such dominance. The idea was that there were two endings for the 1962 movie King Kong vs. Godzilla: one that played in America where King Kong emerges from the water at the end and one that played in Japan where Godzilla emerges from the water at the end. Although there are many changes between the US and Japanese versions of the film, King Kong is the monster that emerges from the water at the end of both versions.

    Godzilla vs. the Devil (1978)

    One of the most famous “lost projects” is sadly one rooted in misconception. The concept first came to light back in the late 1970’s following a report by Ed Godziszewski in Japanese Giants #5. The movie was said to be a joint venture between Toho and UPA Productions. The script was to be American and the concept was stated to be given a budget of $4 million and a running time of 110 minutes. It was also stated that Godzilla was to face off against a variety of monsters that included a giant spider, a giant fish and a giant bird. The movie’s climax was to feature a brawl with Godzilla against Satan. It sounds too crazy to be true, and sadly was. The following year, in 1979, Japanese Giants #6 ran an additional report about a trip to Toho studios where producer Tomoyuki Tanaka denied the existence of the project. As fate would have it, the denial ended up drifting to obscurity while the previous issue’s report of the idea spread and spread. Beyond the internet, publications began to talk about the project as well, including 1998’s Japan’s Favorite Mon-Star: The Unauthorized Biography of “The Big G”. Toho Kingdom itself is guilty of this as well, as the concept was listed on the site for years. Regardless, the project was not something that Toho had officially considered. As an aside, the pictures above were created by artist Matt Frank for use by Toho Kingdom.

    Little Godzilla’s Underground Adventure (1995)

    This was proposed as a movie idea centering around the Little Godzilla character. According to the concept, special effects director Koichi Kawakita had become such a fan of Little Godzilla that he pushed for the monster to get his own feature. This idea was picked up and reported on in several publications, such as David Kalat’s A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series which was re-published in 2007. According to author Kalat, the idea was meant to be a made for television production that would be aimed at a young audience. However, late in 1995, director Takao Okawara was asked about the concept during an interview and if it was more than just a rumor, to which he denied it being considered. In reality, the rumor probably originated from the fact that Kawakita wasn’t a fan of the Baby Godzilla design and had moved for the redesign as Little Godzilla, which is true, and then the rumor mill took that to another level.

    General // February 11, 2011
  • 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 where the final box was released in 2010, six years after the touted “50th Anniversary” line that it came with.

    To celebrate the conclusion of the Perfect Collection line this year, we at Toho Kingdom are putting together a round table to discuss, highlight and talk about various features of the six boxes. We will go over our favorite and least favorite aspects of the sets, to give an overview of what we each thought were the best and worst parts.

    To conduct this Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection round table, we have three writers lined up. Our first guest writer is Robert Storch, a contributor to this site and also Godzilla and Other Monster Music, who is a veteran collector that had managed to secure the original 1990’s Futureland releases of the Godzilla soundtracks to CD. Our second guest writer is Matti Keskiivari, another contributor to Godzilla and Other Monster Music, who has already published critiques and reviews for the box sets. Finally, we also have the site’s owner, Anthony Romero, weighing in as well. So without further ado, below are four basic questions followed by the responses of the three writers, before each gives an overall conclusion at the end.

    Favorite Two Aspects of the Perfect Collection

    Robert Storch
    Packaging – The packaging for Toho Music’s 50th Anniversary Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection was obviously inspired by the company’s earlier Akira Kurosawa boxed set line, and this same style packaging was also utilized for all six Godzilla boxed sets. While I personally still prefer the front “poster artwork” found on the earlier Godzilla Toshiba-EMI Futureland 20-CD set, I have to admit that the Perfect Collection’s “overall” packaging does add a bit of “class” to these Godzilla soundtracks, unseen before. Everything from the carefully thought out front heads shots, to the nice back inserts, better booklets that contain a lot of text and a few photos, to the sturdy boxes themselves helps to make this all an attractive and dignified collection. What I also think contributes to this is seeing the “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” heading at the top of each booklet. It kind of gives each Godzilla soundtrack a new level of respectability. It should also be noted that each set comes with an oversized second insert, and a very large obi which wraps around one side of the box.

    Extra Tracks – With the exception of a couple of soundtracks, most of these Godzilla Perfect CDs have been greatly expanded with a generous amount of previously unreleased tracks, and because of this aspect, probably makes the Godzilla Perfect Collection the one to own, even over the earlier 40th Anniversary Godzilla Toshiba-EMI Futureland set. As a matter of fact, the Perfect Collection contains many of my personal favorite tracks which are finally making their CD debut, such as the “Use of Handcuff’s” theme from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (G-005), the original rolling end title credits vocal song from The Return of Godzilla (G-016), two very obscure alternate vocal songs (by a different singer) from Godzilla vs. Hedorah (G-011) and the “Nichiei News” theme from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (G-024), just to name a few. The point is if you really add up all of the extra music found throughout the six boxed sets, you will no doubt find a lot of it. Not only is all of this extra music probably the single best reason to buy the Godzilla Perfect Collection, but it also adds value to each box, even more-so than the bonus CDs end up accomplishing.

    Matti Keskiivari 
    Never Before Released Music – I have to praise Toho Music for digging up a lot of rare stuff for these discs, and I don’t mean just the bonus tracks. Two great examples are the soundtracks of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (G-025) and Godzilla: Final Wars (G-028) from the sixth box. For both of them, it’s the first time the (almost) complete scores have been released on CD. This is especially true for Godzilla: Final Wars, as the original release from Victor (VICP-62936) didn’t really have all the highlights, like “Keizer Ghidorah Appears” (M35-1) and “Ebirah vs. the Mutant Forces” (M9), which is my personal favorite arrangement of Keith Emerson’s Earth Defense Force theme (or “Kazama’s Sacrifice” as it’s most commonly known as, thanks to the Victor release). Although not quite unreleased, these boxes also presented many rarities together for the first time, such as the inclusion of the mono and stereo scores found in the two disc set King Kong vs. Godzilla (G-003) that were packaged alongside each other.

    Sound Quality – In my opinion, the sound quality on the discs has been well remastered, for the most part. The soundtracks that received the best improvement are the original Godzilla (G-001) from the first box, All Monsters Attack (G-010) from the second box, Godzilla vs. Hedorah (G-011), Godzilla vs. Megalon (G-013) and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (G-014) from the third box, and The Return of Godzilla (G-016) from the fourth box. On these soundtracks, especially All Monsters Attack and The Return of Godzilla, you can hear the instruments more distinctly. The major disappointments, on the other hand, would have to be Invasion of Astro-Monster (G-006) and Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (G-007) from the second box and the Ostinato (GX-7) bonus disc from the fifth box. Aside from those, I’m generally pleased with the audio.

    Anthony Romero
    Extra Tracks – Looking over these releases, it’s easy to see that the people at Toho Music are fans of this music themselves. Because of that, one gets a lot of material that other companies probably would never have included. Original stock music used in the Showa films, demo material, and a boatload of outtakes all readily fill the CD releases here. They aren’t perfect, such as with the 1992-1995 Heisei series content, but generally all of these releases contain more music from their respective films than any previous CD release. A lot of never before released, at least to CD, material was also included, as one really gets a feeling that the archives were cracked open to try and add in a wealth of content to these releases. In a sense, we all probably benefited from the previous Toshiba releases in the 1990’s, as they convinced Toho Music to really try and pack some of these releases with a lot of extra content and go one step above.

    Godzilla: Final Wars – When thinking of something that Toho Music did oh so right, their deluxe treatment for the 50th anniversary film comes directly to mind. The original release by Victor (VICP-62936) was more of a traditional album, having movie themes edited and created for the CD release rather than presenting the score as it was used in the movie. Toho Music, on the other hand, opted to include both and more! The movie score, the album score, unused material and demos are all present here. Some really fantastic, previously unreleased cues were also included with this three disc treatment, such as “Commander Namikawa’s Abnormality” (M12 Mix), “Gigan Awakens” (M16 Edit), “Monster X Appears” (M29 Add) and many others. I was never a huge fan of this score in particular, yet many of these themes from the expanded selection made their way onto my iPod, making this without a doubt one of the best things about the six boxes.

    Least Favorite Two Aspects of the Perfect Collection

    Robert Storch
    Audio Quality – Without a doubt, my least favorite aspect of the entire Godzilla Perfect Collection is the overall mixed sound quality. I am not sure what Toho Music’s remastering methods are, but it appears that their way of doing it has somehow “normalized” the sound quality on their CDs. In other words, these so-called “Perfect CDs” now sound noticeably flatter (or a little dull) compared with all of the past releases from Toshiba-EMI, VAP, King Records, Kitty Records, and all the rest. Now, this will be more apparent for buyers who own the earlier CDs, and perhaps not so detectible for people who are purchasing these soundtracks for the first time, but there is a difference for those curious. It’s almost as if the score tracks (and all of the stereo vocal songs for that matter) were put through a program or a filter of some kind? Bottom line – I cannot recall ever hearing “remasters” that sound quite like this from any other record company. Now, fortunately, there are a couple of exceptions throughout the boxed sets where the soundtracks do sound nicely “restored” and the normalizing isn’t as apparent, such as Godzilla (G-001), The Return of Godzilla (G-016) and the stereo Biollante CD, but overall, most of the Showa scores do not sound as clear as they should, especially Invasion of Astro-Monster (G-006) and Destroy All Monsters (G-009). The Heisei soundtracks aren’t as sharp as their earlier Futureland and Kitty Records CDs either. Concerning the Millennium scores, as mentioned in Anthony’s review of Box 6, all of those CDs don’t measure up audio-wise with their previous CD releases. Also, if I had to single out the worst (or most disappointing) sounding track from the whole collection, it would probably be Track 1 from the Invasion of Astro-Monster CD (the main title march), as it sounds extremely soft and flat compared with the rest of that CD. Now, as mentioned above, not even the stereo record songs which are scattered throughout the collection could escape getting dulled down either, as they have now lost their clarity. When directly compared with their Toshiba and Kitty Records releases, as well as the remastered Godzilla Song Book (VPCD-81381), it’s pretty obvious that the songs on the Perfect Collection simply don’t sound the same. One of the worst examples here would probably be “Echoes of Love” from Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (G-021), while some of the songs found on the Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II (G-020) soundtrack (as well as the GODZILLA 1998 David Arnold theme) sound much worse than their past CDs and CD singles. Unfortunately, the audio problems don’t stop there either, as the LP replica bonus discs also suffer from extremely disappointing sound quality.

    LP Replica Bonus Discs – Where to begin? First, couldn’t Toho come up with some better choices for the bonus CDs in the first three boxed sets (the three Makoto Inoue Godzilla Legend LPs come to mind)? While I initially liked Toho’s idea of miniaturizing the original “LP artwork” for each bonus CD, as it turned out, it was the sound quality that ultimately left me disappointed with all of them. Not only did Toho Music replicate the original artwork, but they also made a questionable decision to duplicate and preserve the “original LP listening experience” as well. Now, on the one hand, Toho Music decided to release Godzilla soundtracks that have been remastered of course, but on the other hand, they chose to include bonus CDs that wouldn’t sound on par with them. To be honest, I doubt that better master tapes even exist for the LPs that were chosen, but even so, while I can appreciate the nostalgia of replicating the packaging, this doesn’t mean that I want my bonus CDs to sound inferior or like an old LP. While some of them do sound OK, such as Godzilla 3(GX-3) and the two bonus discs from the fourth box, others, such as Ostinato (GX-7) and An Evening of Special Effects Film Music(GX-6) from Box 5 do not. What makes this almost a travesty, is that these two particular albums had already been released on CD before in the 80’s and 90’s with terrific sound quality, but because these versions are replica’s of their original LPs (not the CD pressings), Toho Music deliberately tried to adjust the audio on both of them (or mastered them from an inferior LP source), and the result turned out to be a huge disappointment as far as I’m concerned, with each CD sounding a bit too flat, dull and equalized when compared to their original King Records CDs. I’d even guess that the original LPs themselves sound much better than what’s found here. In any case, while it is still nice and nostalgic to get some of these original 70’s LPs on the CD format for the first time, like Godzilla 2 (GX-2) and Godzilla 3 (GX-3), I do not think that it was a smart idea on Toho’s part to try and take that nostalgia and apply it to the sound quality. In hindsight, it would have been better if Toho Music scrapped this “LP replica” idea altogether and simply picked different bonus CDs which could have benefited from state-of-the-art remastering.

    Matti Keskiivari 
    Akira Ifukube Recording Archives – I have to say, quite sadly, that the bonus DVD, which was given if you’d ordered all six box sets, left me a bit disappointed. To start off, the first segment, which was recorded at the first-ever performance of Symphonic Fantasia, isn’t exactly what you’d hope to see. Sure, it is fascinating to see old footage of the maestro himself, and Akihiko Hirata, Tomoyuki Tanakaand Ishiro Honda, but unfortunately the segment tends to focus on the speeches they give about Ifukube. That leaves us with very little of the actual music performance. In fact, only the first minute or so of the “No. 1” part is shown. It would’ve been nice to actually see more of the performance. Also, the video and audio quality on the segment leaves a lot to be desired. The fourth and last segment on the DVD, the recording session of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, is another letdown. It only runs for about two minutes, so basically it’s just one cue being conducted by Ifukube. Again, it would’ve been interesting to see more of the session. I also find it odd that Toho Music didn’t, for some reason, add more segments than the four we got. For example, I know that footage from the recording session of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) does exist and can be found on the older German DVD of the movie, released by Marketing Film.

    Repeating Content – Like Anthony and Robert, I have some problems with the LP reissue discs. Now, generally I don’t mind their inclusion at all, even if they are compilations of tracks that are already on the soundtracks. For instance, it’s intriguing to hear sound effects being integrated into some of the cues, like the helicopter and the SOS signal on the “Sea Hawks S.O.S.” track of the first bonus disc, Godzilla (GX-1). The main problem I have with these discs concerns the “movie songs”, since I don’t care that much about most of them. For me, it’s enough that they’re included on their respective movie soundtracks, like “Godzilla and Jet Jaguar Punch-Punch-Punch” on Godzilla vs. Megalon (G-013), but do we really need to hear them again? The aforementioned song and a couple of others are heard on both Godzilla 3 (GX-3) of box 3 and King of the Monsters: Godzilla (GX-4) of box 4. It would really be a nuisance, if it weren’t for the extra songs on those discs.

    Anthony Romero
    “Movie Created Tracks” – These are the cues that were ripped directly from film sources, with the most glaring example being the mono score for the Godzilla vs. Biollante (G-017) release. When done well, they mixed in with okay results and added a bit of extra content. When done poorly, they either had awkward volume levels that dropped and raised while being played, such as with Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (G-025), or had faint dialogue that could be picked up if one listened to the track close enough, as is the case with Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (G-027). The worst example, though, was the Biollante material, which not only had the faint dialogue but also reduced a stereo score to mono. Overall, this felt like something I would see from a fan bootleg than a major record label, and Toho Music easily could have spent more time in editing the original source material themselves rather than going the quick and cheap route of ripping it from film sources with these problems.

    LP Replicas – If someone has read any of my reviews, then my distaste for these LP replica bonus discs is probably well known. First off, the allure of LPs and traditional records is the format itself. Trying to repackage that for CD, if the content itself isn’t new, is largely a waste of time. Toho Music’s methods for doing so make this even worse. I’m not sure how they created these LP replicas exactly, but many of these seem to share the problems of the LP format… and the CD format. One gets the soft and muffled type of quality one associates with an LP to CD transfer, while at the same time its taking an analog format to digitial, meaning details are naturally lost. The lacking audio quality on these, along with all of the great stuff that could have been included instead like a complete score to Godzilla Island (1997) or any of the more recent video game soundtracks, make this a very large sore spot on the sets as a whole. I feel like I have tread this path a lot with my individual reviews, so I don’t want to repeat myself too much, but to reiterate: the idea of LP replicas that focus on compilations for material that is already present in these sets is worthless, especially given that the audio quality is notably worse on those compilations.

    Favorite Box Set

    Robert Storch
    Box 4 (GB4)
    My favorite box would have to be Box 4, as I simply like almost everything about it. This was the first box to present color artwork for the CDs, while it also contained 9 discs. However, it was the overall sound quality and all of the previously unreleased music which really sold me on this box. The Return of Godzilla (G-016) and the Stereo CD for Godzilla vs. Biollante (G-017) in particular sound superior compared with their earlier Toshiba-EMI and King Records CDs. The real treat for me though, are a couple of rare tracks that are finally making their CD debut on Box 4, such as the original The Return of Godzilla ending credits vocal song (which is sung by The Star Sisters), and all of those unreleased songs and themes from The Return of Godzilla that can be found on disc 2 of the Godzilla vs. Mothra (G-019) CD. Of course, one of the biggest highlights from the fourth box is the inclusion of the Godzilla vs. Biollante double disc soundtrack, which instantly became my favorite Biollante CD. The stereo disc actually has a spatial ambience which is not found on either of the two earlier Futureland CDs, and it also contains a couple of treats, like the “Bio Wars” theme without the lead guitar and the three full-length Ostinato tracks. The 1993 Futureland CD only contained two Ostinato themes and one of them was even edited. Also, for those who happen to own Box 5, just listen to how great the Ostinato tracks sound on this Biollante CD, compared with those same tracks on the bonus CD…what a difference. Speaking of bonus CDs, the two that are found in Box 4 are pretty rare and interesting, making them nice to have, although there’s not a lot of music on them. My only real complaint with this set is the second CD from Biollante, the mono disc, but because the stereo disc sounds so amazing and includes a few rare tracks too, it’s not the problem one would think. Still, Toho Music does deserve some bashing for including a mono Biollante disc, which again proves just how “unpredictable” Toho can be when it comes to these boxed sets. Overall though, I can highly recommend Box 4…it’s a winner!

    Matti Keskiivari 
    Box 3 (GB3)
    For me, boxes 3 and 6 (GB6) rank as the highest, most well done releases in the Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection. However, if I had to choose one over the other, my number one favorite would probably be the third box in the series. Yes, it does have two of the worst Godzilla soundtracks, both by Riichiro Manabe, but one can’t deny the fact that Toho Music did a commendable job in remastering those two, and the rest of the box’s soundtracks also feature a better sound while adding a lot of extra content. Also, while I did complain about the Godzilla 3 (GX-3) disc a bit, I like many of the extra songs on it, like “Monster Christmas” and “Godzilla Folk Song”. However, the primary reason why this box is my favorite would be the soundtrack of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (G-014). The film has always been my favorite Godzilla movie, and I like Masaru Sato‘s music in it along with the stellar treatment it got for this line that added content and improved the audio quality through remastering it. So when I got the third Perfect Collection box, I was glad to finally own the soundtrack of that 1974 movie in its best form.

    Anthony Romero
    Box 4 (GB4)
    The fourth box in this series was a clear favorite for me. It had a great selection of music, as it’s hard to go wrong with the 1980’s scores and Akira Ifukube, and felt like it was the most well rounded package. This was also the debut of the nine disc treatment, which is something that Toho Music should have started earlier. The music has also been nicely expanded for The Return of Godzilla (G-016), Godzilla vs. Biollante (G-017) and Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (G-018). The Godzilla vs. Mothra(G-019) release loses out a bit when compared to the previous two disc set from Toshiba EMI (TYCY-5267/8) in terms of coverage of the movie’s score, but at the same time provides some unique content that make it a very worthwhile addition to any fan’s collection and a great companion piece to the Toshiba EMI set. What really draws me to to the fourth box, though, is that it’s great for both old and new collectors. I actually like the LP material in this set as well, as its unique and in some cases very rare. After a less than stellar sales performance of the first three sets, which were all limited to 1,954 units each and none were close to selling out, this box was delayed and Toho Music really stepped up their game to deliver something worth the asking price. Overall, this box gives the feeling that they really went the extra mile in collecting some of this material and makes this a set for both casuals and diehards alike.

    Least Favorite Box Set

    Robert Storch
    Box 5 (GB5)
    After carefully considering everything, I would have to say that Box 5 is probably the set that I was most upset with. While I’m not crazy about Box 2 either, I believe that the disappointing audio quality is what really brings Box 5 down. Please remember that I am speaking from the viewpoint of someone who owns the original CDs (which sound better), but if someone doesn’t have them, they still shouldn’t hesitate to get this box, as it does contain a lot of great and essential music by Akira Ifukube and Takayuki Hattori, but just don’t expect superior sound quality. For example, Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (G-021) in particular sounds a bit soft to me and the “Echoes of Love” vocal song just doesn’t sound good either. However, the biggest reason why this box probably deserves to be the worst one is simply because of the botched audio on the Ostinato (GX-7) and An Evening of Special Effects Film Music (GX-6) bonus CDs. I mean, we finally get two important bonus discs that a lot of people were hoping Toho Music would include in one of the boxes, but unfortunately, for those people who really care about audio quality, these are going to collect a lot of dust. Other issues are the fact that Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II and Godzilla vs. Destoroyah sound much better and sharper on their original Toshiba-EMI Futureland 2-CD sets, while those earlier CDs also boast better presentations of their scores too. In addition, the Godzilla Singles Collection found on disc 2 of the Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II (G-020) set doesn’t sound as good as what was originally released on those Futureland, Sony or Polygram CD singles either, as almost every song suffers from being too “normalized” and a bit soft.

    Matti Keskiivari 
    Box 2 (GB2)
    If I had to choose between the six boxes within the 50th Anniversary Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection, my least favorite is definitely the second box that was released close after the first box in 2004. My main reason for this is that, out of all the sets, this one had overall the least improved sound. As I mentioned earlier with Invasion of Astro-Monster (G-006) and Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (G-007), some of these soundtracks lost out in terms of the audio quality that was already present on past CD releases. The only notable exception is All Monsters Attack (G-010), which has a great audio presentation, but that still doesn’t add a whole lot of value to this set.

    Anthony Romero
    Box 2 (GB2)
    Of the six boxes released in this line, the second always struck me as Toho Music’s weakest effort. It’s marked with largely unimproved audio, with Invasion of Astro-Monster (G-006) being on the weak side and All Monsters Attack (G-010) being one of the few here that benefited from the remastering. Lacking audio quality aside, the discs are relatively light on new content, having very little to offer over their previous releases on CD in the 1990’s. The bonus disc from this box, Godzilla 2 (GX-2), is also another lackluster compilation LP replica, containing content already found in the first three boxes and with rather poor audio quality. This box, by over an hour, also has the least amount of music of the six boxes released. Overall, this one is simply the hardest to merit from a price perspective, both to new and old collectors.

    Overall Thoughts

    Robert Storch
    Conclusion: The real question is, should you buy the 50th Anniversary Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection? Well, after a careful analysis I would have to say, yes, as these Godzilla soundtracks are probably the best ones we are going to get for some time, but this really isn’t a “Perfect” collection either, as was touted by the company. While Toho Music has proven that they can release CDs and boxed sets with exceptional packaging, they have not yet demonstrated that they can be reliable when it comes to remastering this music as, unfortunately, it has been “hit and miss” with them (their recent Battle in Outer Space CD was a definite “miss” in terms of sound quality as well). The problem is that Toho Music lacks the experience of a major record company, and is in all likelihood just a very small department. In many ways, they more closely resemble an “indie label”, which has both benefits and disadvantages for consumers. Some benefits: the generous amount of extra tracks and attention to detail regarding the artwork and packaging. Some disadvantages: audio quality is arguably not as state-of-the-art as it should be, and some of their questionable decision making has forever impacted these sets. In hindsight, should Toho Music have even sold these Godzilla soundtracks in six separate, very expensive boxed sets? While this boxed set format seems to have worked out well enough for the Akira Kurosawa soundtracks (which were only three boxes), I don’t think that coming up with a six boxed set format was necessarily the best way to reissue 28 Godzilla soundtracks, as in the end, it took Toho Music 6 years to release them all, as they kept falling further and further behind schedule. In closing, if you are someone who owns a few or all of the Godzilla Toshiba-EMI CDs from the 1990s, then I would still recommend holding on to those for their unique packaging and nice overall sound. However, if you can only afford one collection, then definitely go for the “Perfect” sets, simply because they are the most expanded Godzilla soundtracks currently on CD, and the price per disc is actually very low when you break it all down. As a side note, for people who have purchased all six boxed sets from Arksquare, they will also receive a free Toho Region 2 bonus DVD called Akira Ifukube Recording Archives.

    Matti Keskiivari
    Conclusion:
     I think it’s pretty ironic that back in 2004 Toho Music announced that the Godzilla soundtracks would be released in six box sets, and it took them six years to release them all. In the end, the boxes are great to own, even though there are flaws in each of them. Most of the Heisei soundtracks, for example, don’t have the score as it’s heard in the movie. The older two-disc releases from Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) up till Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) had the complete edited score, so those are still worth getting as companions to these boxes. Of course, these sets are pretty highly priced, so it’s up to every soundtrack enthusiast themselves to decide if they’re worth spending well over 100 dollars for each of them or not. I’d say yes to that question. And now that I finally have all the 50th Anniversary Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection boxes, I’ll be looking forward to the other science fiction soundtracks released by Toho Music.

    Anthony Romero
    Conclusion: The Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection has wowed me, disappointed me, and overall left me satisfied across the six releases. There are things that could have been done a lot better, and should have been for the high price tag. Still, some things Toho Music knocked out of the park across this very large 46 disc series. Although I’m not a huge fan of the “Godzilla face” CD covers, the set is very attractive looking while some of the added content goes beyond what many would expect from a normal soundtrack release and the attention to detail is very impressive. Now while I do wish some things had been handled with more professionalism, I still find the Perfect Collection to be a great entry point for new soundtrack collectors and a good way for “old timers” to pick up some scores they might have missed while also getting extra content for those they already have. If I had to give the entire series, from disc one to disc forty six, a grade… it would probably be a straight B. It falls very short of the “perfect” moniker the series touts, but is still very much worth owning for more dedicated soundtrack enthusiasts and I’m glad to have many of them in my own collection.

    General // December 31, 2010
  • 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.

    This leads to the Perfect Collection release of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (G-021), which frankly speaking had one of the worst track title jobs Toho Music has done to date. In order to help people out in a similar situation, I have decided to create a better track listing for the two CDs. The basis for this is largely from the Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla Complete Tracks (KTCR-1301/2) release; consequently, this is nothing too creative and most anyone could have done it on there own… but consider this a way of cutting out “the middle man” for those who just want the list without having to create it themselves. As an added bonus, any track with a * means it was extended compared with what was found on the Complete Tracks CD or new.As a result of my habit, I’m very picky about track titles. I want them to be representative and unique. My favorite method of playing these tracks on my computer is to play them all from a giant play list, which is close to 400 hours of music, and just press shuffle. So if “M8” comes up as a track title, one can understand that it would be a little grating.

    Anyway, let’s get this started. Below is a recreated track listing for Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (G-021):

    Disc 1Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

    1. Prologue (M1 First Half)
    2. Main Title (M1 Second Half)
    3. Birth Island I (M3)
    4. Little Godzilla (M6)
    5. Birth Island II (M7)
    6. The Giant Claws of the Devil (M8)
    7. Yuki’s Theme (M11)
    8. SpaceGodzilla Approaches (M12)*
    9. Moguera Mobilized (54 Second Version)
    10. Miki and Little Godzilla (M15)
    11. Mischievous Little Godzilla (M16)*
    12. Suspense (Normal)*
    13. Miki and Godzilla I (M19)*
    14. Human Suspense*
    15. SpaceGodzilla’s Theme
    16. Miki and Godzilla II (M23)
    17. Miki and Shinjo (M24)*
    18. The Two on the Beach (M25)*
    19. Miki is Kidnapped (M25A)
    20. SpaceGodzilla (Tempo Up)*
    21. Miki’s Telekinesis (M28)*
    22. G-Force Theme (M31)*
    23. Godzilla’s Theme (Normal)*
    24. Suspense (Tempo Down)*
    25. Godzilla’s Theme (Slower Tempo)*
    26. SpaceGodzilla’s Frenzy
    27. Moguera Minor*
    28. Requiem (M51)*
    29. Epilogue (M52)*
      By: Isao Shigeto
    30. Echoes of Love (M53)*
      By: Date of Birth

    Disc 2

    1. Godzilla’s Theme (10/28 Revision)*
    2. Godzilla’s Theme (Without Snare)
    3. SpaceGodzilla’s Theme (10/28 Revision)*
    4. SpaceGodzilla (Normal Brass Rising)*
    5. SpaceGodzilla (C-Start Brass Rising)*
    6. SpaceGodzilla (Horn in Front of C2)*
    7. M1 Second Half (10/28 Revision)*
    8. SpaceGodzilla Approaches (10/28 Revision)*
    9. SpaceGodzilla’s Psychokinesis
    10. Moguera Mobilized (42 Second Version)*
    11. Little Godzilla (Alternate)*
    12. Birth Island I (Without Shaker)*
    13. Birth Island I (Short Version)*
    14. Birth Island II (Long Fade)*
    15. Birth Island III*
    16. Crystal (M5)
    17. Crystal (M5 Without Horns)*
    18. The Giant Claws of the Devil (M8 Brass Rising)*
    19. Suspense (10/28 Revision)*
    20. Yuki’s Theme (Without Percussion)
    21. Epilogue (M52 Piano Raising Version)*
      By: Isao Shigeto Music for Assemble Edit
    22. Prologue (M1 First Half)
    23. Main Title (M1 Second Half)
    24. Miki and Mothra (M2)
      By: Sayaka Osawa and Keiko Imamura
    25. Radio Music*
      By: Katsu
    26. Miki and the Cosmos I (M9)
      By: Akira Ifukube
    27. Moguera Mobilized (M14)
    28. Godzilla Appears (M17)
      By: Akira Ifukube
    29. T-Project Initiated (M18)
    30. Space Warfare: Moguera vs. SpaceGodzilla (M20)*
    31. Miki and the Cosmos II
      By: Akira Ifukube
    32. Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla I (M41A)*
    33. Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla II (M42)
    34. Land Moguera Burrows (M44)
    35. Moguera vs. SpaceGodzilla (M44A)
    36. Epilogue (M52 Alternate)
      By: Isao Shigeto
    37. Echoes of Love (M53 Alternate)*
      By: Date of Birth
    General // September 2, 2010
  • Toho’s most successful endeavor from the 1970’s, Submersion of Japan (1973), is set for a remake to be released in 2006. The film will be produced on a budget of ¥2 billion, the same as last year’s Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), and will be directed by Shinji Higuchi, fresh off the extremely successful Lorelei (2005). Kazuya Hamana, the man behind Onmyoji (2001), is set to produce the movie.

    The picture sees the resurrection of the long dormant “destruction genre” in Japan, which was extremely successful in the late 1970’s and the early 1980’s, and documents a huge string of natural disasters that strike Japan one after the other, all of which lead up to a mammoth tsunami calling for a large scale evacuation of Japan to neighboring nations.

    June 1st update

    The site has rotated its trailers, removing the older adverts in favor of two new ones that feature much longer segments (“Teaser 2” and “Web Trailer 3”).

    The production now enters less than two months until it is released in Japan. Currently there is no word on the film being distributed in the US, and if so likely straight to DVD, although that will likely come after the box office receipts for the production are observed.

    May 4th update

    The official website for the latest Toho disaster movie has been further updated, allowing visitors an even closer look at the production as it nears finalization. This includes some rather breath taking special effects shots, and a closer look at the movie’s rather expansive cast. The site also now includes even more artwork related to the movie, including three paintings in the background of the main site that show off various stages of destruction taking place in the country.

    Sinking of Japan 2006 - News Roundup

    The movie will open on July 15th of 2006

    March 10th update

     The official site for the remake of Submersion of Japan has added yet another trailer, increasing the tally to four in total now. This latest one shows a much more finished look at the film, with CGI and other affects being slowly added in as the film’s ¥2,000,000,000 budget is starting to look well spent. For those familiar with the original 1973 movie, this latest trailer also provides the first look at the new Wadatsumi.

    The new trailer (called web trailer 2) can be located at: http://www.nc06.jp/trailer/index.html

    December 31st update

    The official site for the remake of Submersion of Japan has been updated to include some early teaser trailers for the big budget feature. At present, there are three adverts on the site, two of which are very short TV spots while the third is a much more extended web only version. It should be noted that the special effects have not gone into the post-production stage, so effects like CGI and other elements have not been added to the footage as of yet. The exception is the single, underwater, shot of the cityscape, which is also the only footage featured in the two TV spots.

    Sinking of Japan 2006 - News Roundup

    December 14th update 

    In what looks to be one of the biggest titles in Japan next year, the official site for the remake of Submersion of Japan has opened. At present, there is not much there, besides the main graphic and a rundown of the cast. The only new information to be obtained is that the film will not be produced by Toho alone, which was to be expected given the mammoth budget allotted for the movie. In fact, eight different companies are helping the production along, which include: Toho, TBS, Dentsu, Sedic, MBS, Shogakukan, SDP, and J-Dream.

    News // June 1, 2006