Interviews

  • Helen McCarthy is one of the most influential anime and manga scholars in the West. As she explores later in this very interview, hers was one of the first voices to bring attention to anime and manga in print in English with titles such as Manga Manga Manga, a Celebration of Japanese Animation (1992), Anime! A Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Animation (1993), and The Anime Movie Guide (1996)—followed by many, many other volumes. Perhaps her most notable publication is her astonishingly huge The Anime Encyclopedia, which she worked on with John Clements, and which has gone through three editions so far. Here at Toho Kingdom Nicholas Driscoll reviewed her Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation book, and she has many other titles as well, including the Harvey-winning The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga (2009), and the recently-released tome on Leiji Matsumoto co-edited with Darren Jon-Ashmore. (more…)

    Interviews // August 17, 2021
  • For many, the most important interview a director can give is not during the promotional tour but afterwards when the film is fresh in the minds of fans. It’s rare that a MonsterVerse director talks about the film to fans post release (outside of the Jordan Vogt-Roberts Blu-Ray release interview and the Reddit AMA that Adam Wingard did). As a result, we are both lucky and grateful that Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) director Adam Wingard agreed to let us interview him again following the release of the latest MonsterVerse entry. As expected, this interview, conducted on June 16th, is aimed more at the hardcore fans who followed the film during production. That said, it’s also general enough for newcomers. Hope you enjoy it and thanks again to Adam Wingard for doing this!

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    Interviews // August 2, 2021
  • Longtime Toho Kingdom writer Nicholas Driscoll recently had the opportunity to interview William Tsutsui, longtime Godzilla-fan, academic, professor of history, scholar on environment and economics, and BBQ enthusiast. He has a distinguished academic background with degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Princeton, and he has driven a Zamboni–but for Godzilla fans, he is most notable for writing Godzilla on my Mind and working as the editor on In Godzilla’s Footsteps–both of which Driscoll reviewed some years before. Here is the result of their interview!

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    Interviews // July 22, 2021
  • Kyle Byrd has been a big name in kaiju-related journalism, and is most well-known for co-founding the ambitious and prolific Kaiju Transmissions Podcast with Matt Parmley. Over the course of only about five years, the Kaiju Transmissions Podcast has really exploded and netted tons of huge interviews and over two hundred episodes! Byrd also was a huge part of the Kaiju Masterclass online virtual con, which our own Patrick Galvan also helped to work on. Nicholas Driscoll asked Kyle to do an interview on his kaiju-related activities, and he graciously accepted, with the following as a result.

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    Interviews // July 8, 2021
  • In today’s interview, we are going to have a sit-down with Boston-based filmmaker J. L. Carrozza. Carrozza, who actually wrote for Toho Kingdom briefly, has directed a number of his own films, including the short “Little Red Riding Hood,” the documentary “Black Sunshine: Conversations with T. F. Mou,” the TV series Micro-Shocks, and the Matango-influenced “Fungus.” A long time fan of Japanese cinema with a unique perspective, we will be discussing his recently released book, SF: The Japanese Science Fiction Film Encyclopedia, among other projects.

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    Interviews // May 13, 2021
  • We talk with the creative team behind Godzilla: Dominion, the tie in comic for Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). For this session we are interviewing Greg Keyes, writer whose past work includes the Godzilla: King of the Monsters – The Official Movie Novelization and The Age of Unreason series. It’s also with artist Drew Edward Johnson, who worked on Godzilla: Aftershock and has previously contributed to comic series such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Star Wars X-Wing: Rogue Squadron.

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    Interviews // May 8, 2021
  • We interview the creative team behind the children’s book Kong and Me, which follows the characters Kong and Jia. This interview features writer Kiki Thorpe, who has done over 30 books including Disney’s The Never Girls series, the Meet the Kreeps series, How to Grow a Monster and more. It also features artist Nidhi Chanai, whose other work includes Binny’s Diwali, I Will Be Fierce, Jukebox and more. Chanai is also the author of the book Pashmina.

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    Interviews // April 22, 2021
  • The creative team behind Kingdom Kong is interviewed, the tie in comic for Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). Featured is writer Marie Anello, whose background includes training in opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, voice acting and drama. In addition, her writing background includes Shout Out and writing numerous articles. Also featured is Mohammad Yazid “Zid” Kamal Baharin, who returns to the MonsterVerse after previously having worked on the Skull Island: The Birth of Kong comic series.

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    Interviews // April 12, 2021
  • On Tuesday, March 23rd I interviewed Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) director Adam Wingard about the film. Topics discussed (or briefly mentioned) were James Rolfe’s (aka The Angry Videogame Nerd) possible cameo in the film, the absence of Akira Ifukube’s Godzilla theme, and many other things. The interview is audio based and almost 15 minutes long. This interview DOES contain spoilers so come back after you’ve seen the film! (more…)

    Interviews // April 5, 2021
  • In 2019 Playmates Toys ventured into releasing Godzilla figures. Initially launching with 12 inch figures, with later ones closer to 11 inches, the company also branched out into a six inch line. Their releases have included those from classic films, such as the Showa and Heisei eras of the Godzilla franchise, to an extensive line around the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie. To get more information on past and upcoming figures from the company, we sat down for an interview with John Stelzner, Vice President of Marketing at Playmates Toys.

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    Interviews // November 13, 2020