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

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

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

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

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

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    News // October 29, 2020
  • Back in April, when it seemed likely covid-19 would lead to the cancellation of G-FEST 2020, a discussion began among some friends of mine, which turned into the idea of creating an online Godzilla-themed convention. A few days later, we were in serious talks; and now, after much hard work, it is my sincere pleasure to announce Kaiju Masterclass — a free online event dedicated to informative discussions on kaiju eiga — is right around the corner!

    Kaiju Masterclass will be held on October 2-4, 2020 — starting that Friday and lasting through Sunday. (A schedule is coming soon.) As mentioned above, the event is free to attend, with all panels streaming to the convention’s YouTube channel. Panels include original interviews with people who’ve worked on the Godzilla series — among the special guests are directors Shusuke Kaneko and Shinji Higuchi, suit maker Shinichi Wakasa, and GODZILLA (1998) composer David Arnold!

    Also giving talks will be genre historians Steve Ryfle (the head organizer of this event), Ed Godziszewski, and Stuart Galbraith IV; kaiju set veteran Norman England, whose science fiction film The iDol is now available on Blu-ray; staff members behind the unmade TriStar Godzilla films; the daughters of Nick Adams and Henry G. Saperstein; and many others! A list of confirmed guests can be found here.

    I myself will be involved in two panels. The first is a discussion with Akira Ifukube biographer Erik Homenick on Ifukube’s work in Children of Hiroshima (1952), Hiroshima (1953), and the original Godzilla (1954) — a nominal trilogy of post-occupation movies dealing with the subject of nuclear weapons and Japanese society. The second is a conversation with historians Steve Ryfle and Stuart Galbraith IV on the director Jun Fukuda.

    Be sure to check out Kaiju Masterclass’s website and follow the convention on social media for updates.

    News // September 21, 2020
  • Way back in 2018, Toho announced plans to make a stronger focus on film investment outside Japan. This announcement was made on the back of three movies that Toho was investing in at the time. These were: Detective Pikachu (2019), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and an undated remake of the 2016 movie Your Name. The first two projects were with Legendary, while the third was with Paramount and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. Details are now starting to emerge on the Your Name live action remake. This article is a news roundup of information as it’s released on this project.

    As part of the agreement, Toho will provide financing and handle distribution of the movie in Japan. Meanwhile Paramount will handle releasing the film in all other territories. (more…)

    News // September 19, 2020
  • On May 27th, the streaming service HBO Max launches in the United States. Similar to Disney+ and Universal’s upcoming Peacock, the streaming platform features a ton of media content. This includes a variety of TV shows, such as Friends and Game of Thrones. It also includes over 700 movies, many supplied from the Warner Bros. vault. To bolster the selection, though, parent company AT&T has worked with others to secure additional films. Studio Ghibli and Criterion are among those companies they are working with. From these efforts, quite a few Toho films are coming to the service when it launches in the US. This includes most of the Showa Godzilla films as well, excluding King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962). Find below a complete Toho and Godzilla movie list for HBO Max, as revealed on The Verge. (more…)

    News // May 18, 2020
  • In a surprise crossover announcement, Wizards of the Coast and Toho have come together to introduce Godzilla and company to a world of Magic: The Gathering. This will see several characters from the Godzilla franchise appear as cards in the long running game. Below is the official press release, with images courtesy of Wizards of the Coast!

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    News // April 4, 2020
  • Shortly after the turn of the century, Toho Music was on and off releasing CD soundtracks. From scores around director Akira Kurosawa to the expansive Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect line, a plethora of titles were issued. That is until 2013, when news and future releases stopped. A two disc set for The Last War (1961) would mark one of their final releases… but the torch would be passed. (more…)

    News // February 19, 2020
  • Not long after the release of Godzilla (2014), news started to come of another entry in the new series by Legendary Pictures. This time an entry that reunited the character with Mothra, King Ghidorah and Rodan in the next film in the MonsterVerse. It was also noted that, despite Legendary Pictures’ agreement at the time with Universal, that the movie would be distributed by Warner Bros. in the same way the 2014 movie was. (more…)

    News // September 4, 2019
  • Since the dawn of DVDs, Criterion has been issuing films to disc with a number on the spine. Seven Samurai (1954), for example, was their second release and is #2. With the advent of Blu-rays, this tradition continued, with House (1977) being an example of around this time and carrying spine #539. The company is now about to break past #999 and is ready to celebrate the shift to four digits. To commemorate this, and in an unprecedented turn of events, Criterion has announced that a slew of Godzilla movies will be joining The Criterion Collection for a Blu-ray boxset. This is not just a few titles, but is in fact the entire Showa series: from Godzilla (1954) to Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975). This will be a landmark release, the first time the entire original series has been available from one set in the United States.

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    News // July 26, 2019
  • To promote their upcoming Godzilla titles, Atari took over the Godzilla.com domain. It was then used to highlight their games, such as Godzilla: Save the Earth and Godzilla: Unleashed. However, as the promotion cycle on the titles ended, the site stretched on before eventually Atari’s rights lapsed. This resulted in the site being dormant for 10 years. However, godzilla.com returns as it has been revived as an official hub for general Godzilla-centric information. The site currently has seven categories to browse: (more…)

    News // May 17, 2019