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  • 2003… This was the year the website underwent a major redesign. The new design introduced the now trademark purple hue and also had a, for the time, modern aesthetic. That layout included a banner area up top and a navigation menu to the left. A look that was fairly popular on major sites of the time.

    It replaced an archaic design that was technically the second iteration of the site. That design lasted from, I want to say, 2000 to 2002. The look included a splash image of Godzilla followed by a layout that was heavy on frames. Yes frames, that web design element that was all the rage in the 1990’s and has since been deemed “obsolete” by some random Wikipedia editor, although I don’t argue with their verdict. It included a website counter as well, and really all it needed was spinning gifs and a guest book to be a website that would have made Strong Bad proud. (more…)

    General // January 19, 2016
  • This is a lofty goal of compiling 34 of the top Toho soundtracks. Why 34? Because I’m feeling random. The rankings aren’t based on a particular CD or LP release, but rather the entire music that surrounds the film. To make the list I actually made a top 65 and then removed 31 of them to prevent any soundtracks from slipping in that might not be worthy. (more…)

    General // November 23, 2015
  • Another comic mini-series from IDW Publishing. This time the company takes the King of the Monsters in an unseen direction: literally to hell. This concept, with issues released from July 15th to November 18th in 2015, featured a variety of creative talent working on the titles. What’s more, the series took an interesting turn of of having three of the five issues written and drawn by the same person. From James Stokoe, who helmed the Godzilla: The Half-Century War series, to Dave Watcher the comic run had a lot of creative talent that handled both plot and visual elements. (more…)

    News // November 18, 2015
  • IDW Publishing continues their ongoing Godzilla comic saga with Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. This series lasted for 25 issues, from June 25th, 2013, to July 8th, 2015. This is actually a record for a comic series based on the King of the Monsters, besting the 24 issue run that Marvel comics achieved with the character back in the 1970’s. The long series also featured a host of Toho monsters, including some surprises at the time like Zilla and the Gargantuas: Sanda and Gaira. While the creative team shifted a little, most of the issues were done by writer Chris Mowry, who wrote the Hedorah vs. Mechagodzilla issue of Godzilla Legends #4, and artist Matt Frank, who did art duties on the Anguirus vs. Destoroyah issue of Godzilla Legends #1. (more…)

    News // July 8, 2015
  • 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. (more…)

    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. (more…)

    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. (more…)

    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. (more…)

    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: (more…)

    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? (more…)

    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. (more…)

    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…)

    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. (more…)

    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. (more…)

    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. (more…)

    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. (more…)

    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. (more…)

    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. (more…)

    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. (more…)

    News // March 14, 2012
  • Just this month, Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #12 marked the end of IDW’s first ongoing Godzilla comic series. The character isn’t going away, though. In fact, a new IDW Godzilla series is coming soon. IDW Publishing will be launching a new ongoing series in May with a new creative team and a brand new vision for the title. (more…)

    News // February 19, 2012