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  • 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.

    This news report showcases the previews of the dynamic series that were provided to Toho Kingdom from IDW Publishing. Click on an image to expand to the full page view.

    Godzilla in Hell #1

    Released July 15th, 2015.

       

    Godzilla in Hell #2

    Released August 26th, 2015.

       

    Godzilla in Hell #3

    Released September 30th, 2015.

        

    Godzilla in Hell #4

    Released October 21st, 2015.

      

    Godzilla in Hell #5

    Released November 18th, 2015.

        

    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.

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

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1

    Released June 25th, 2013.

         

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #2

    Released August 6th, 2013.

    [preview pending]

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #3

    Released August 28th, 2013.

          

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #4

    Released September 24th, 2013.

          

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #5

    Released October 30th, 2013.

          

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #6

    Released November 27th, 2013.

          

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #7

    Released December 17th, 2013.

          

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #8

    Released January 29th, 2014.

          

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #9

    Released February 19th,2014.

          

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #10

    Released March 26th, 2014.

          

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #11

    Released April 23rd, 2014.

          

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #12

    Released May 28th, 2014.

          

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #13

    Released June 24th, 2014.

        

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #14

    Released July 24th, 2014.

        

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #15

    Released August 27th, 2014.

        

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #16

    Released September 24th, 2014.

        

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #17

    Released October 22nd, 2014.

        

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #18

    Released November 26th, 2014.

        

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #19

    Released December 17th, 2014.

        

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #20

    Released January 28th, 2015.

        

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #21

    Released March 4th, 2015.

       

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #22

    Released March 25th, 2015.

        

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23

    Released April 22nd, 2015.

        

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #24

    Released May 27th, 2015.

        

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #25

    Released July 8th, 2015.

       

    The series was first announced in March of 2013. It included the addition of a lot of new monsters to the comic run with the inclusion of  Biollante, Gorosaurus, Moguera, Zilla and Varan as confirmed picks when the news broke.

    Series editor Bobby Curnow left a message about the series on the Toho Kingdom forums around this time:

    “First off, Godzilla fans seem PSYCHED and that’s great to hear. We’ll need your enthusiasm, and support. Here’s why:

    Chris and Matt are well-respected (beloved?) in G-fan circles. But here’s an important thing: they are virtual unknowns in the greater comic book community. If you’re a comic book shop owner, (i.e., the person responsible for ORDERING comics) you’re probably not going to recognize their names. Every other Godzilla book has been helmed by established comics pros. So this book is going to be a big unknown, and a gamble for many of the people ordering the books. So how well it will do is in question.

    That’s the main reason you haven’t seen longer stories from Chris and Matt before now. In terms of sales, it’s a very risky proposition. I’ve spent the better part of a year trying to convince folks here at IDW that they can pull it off. And I sincerely believe they WILL. This book is going to be tons of fun.

    But here’s the thing: We’ll need YOUR support like never before. This is a Godzilla book by fans, for fans. It will be up to you guys to support this book. It’s really important that you tell your local comic book shop directly to ORDER THIS book! Tell them specifically that YOU want to buy a copy (or three!). Spread the word to anyone you know who digs Godzilla— or just fun monster stories in general. We’ll provide ordering codes as time goes on, but for right now, just spreading the word is VERY important!

    It’s awesome that everyone is excited, you SHOULD be! But at the same time, don’t take this book for granted. Don’t assume your comic book shop will have it! This series will last as long as the numbers support it. It’s in the readers hands!”

    Below is the cover for the first issue, by Matt Frank along with the original press release in full.

    Terrifying New Monsters Rise in…
    GODZILLA: RULERS OF EARTH!

    San Diego, CA (March 13, 2013) – Following Duane Swierczynski and Simon Gane’s run on Godzilla, the fan-favorite creative team of writer Chris Mowry and artist Matt Frank have returned with a new ongoing series kicking off this June, GODZILLA®: RULERS OF EARTH! In the wake of humanity’s war on Godzilla, a host of new monsters will rise up, determined to stake claim on mankind’s greatest asset… the Earth itself!

    “While we had a lot of fun with the Godzilla®: Legends series, they were just single issues,” said series writer Chris Mowry. “What we’re doing with this series is giving readers that same focus on monsters that Legends had, while telling stories set in IDW’s established Godzilla universe. Readers can look forward to the return of some of our human cast and the introduction of a number of new ones, but the monster roster is larger than it has ever been, using nearly all of Toho’s film creations to give readers battles never before seen. Many of these monsters having never appeared in the comic book/manga medium, so who better to change that but monster artist extraordinaire, Matt Frank?”

    “Whether it be Moguera, Biollante, or Gorosaurus, every Toho fanatic has their own favorite monster,” said series Editor Bobby Curnow. “Now it’s time to see these kaiju in action, and RULERS OF EARTH won’t fail to deliver the goods. It’s been a blast to watch Chris and Matt bring their passion to the page.”

    In RULERS OF EARTH, the entire world is opened up to the flying, stomping, smashing terror that can only come from the gnashing fangs, slashing claws, and otherworldly powers of destruction that these giant monsters wield. What will Godzilla do when he’s suddenly not the only giant lizard in our small pond?

    The only way to find out is to pick up the gargantuan thrills of GODZILLA®: RULERS OF EARTH when issue #1 crushes comic shops everywhere this June! Not only will RULERS OF EARTH be sporting covers by series artist Matt Frank, but Godzilla fanatics will also be able to find smashing covers by Bob Eggleton and comics legend Arthur Adams!

    GODZILLA®: RULERS OF EARTH #1 (FC, 32 pages, $3.99). In stores 6/19/13.

    News // July 8, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • On November 29th, 2004, Godzilla received his star on the famous Walk of Fame. Although it has been a few weeks since that happened, here is a video that showcases two news reports, from Fox News and KCAL 9, dedicated to Godzilla receiving his star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.

    The video has been saved in the .wmv (Windows Media Player) format and has been further compressed by being placed in a zip folder. Two different versions of the video have been made, one at a lower bit rate per second for users on slower connections.

    Download video at 696kb/sec (size: 8.31MB zipped)
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    History of the Walk of Fame

    The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and E.M. Stuart pitched the idea for the Walk of Fame back in 1953. It was meant to celebration the community, although also had a natural draw of being a tourist attraction as well. By 1955, the design had been decided upon while from 1956 to 1957 the initial selections were made. A huge 1,558 honorees were selected as part of the initial phase across motion pictures, television, audio recording and radio.

    Ground broke on February 8, 1960 and the stars started to fill up what would become the Walk of Fame. It took eight years, though, before it was decided to expand the Walk of Fame. This opened the doors for ongoing additions, as more stars were added on a frequent basis to honor those across the various entertainment mediums.

     

    Godzilla Walk of Fame

    Godzilla breathing his ray during the ceremony

    Other Fictional Characters with Stars

    Godzilla is not the first and won’t be the last fictional icon to receive a star on the Walk of Fame. The trend of giving them to fictional characters started back in 1978, roughly 18 years after the Walk of Fame was launched, when Mickey Mouse got his star. Other fictional characters to get their stars before Godzilla include:

    • Bugs Bunny – 1985
    • Snow White – 1987
    • Woody Woodpecker – 1990
    • Big Bird – 1994
    • The Simpsons – 2000
    • Rugrats – 2001
    • Kermit the Frog – 2002
    • Donald Duck – 2004

    Of note, Godzilla is presently the only fictional, movie character on the Walk of Fame who originated outside of the US. The distinction for movie is made as Snow White originated in Germany from the Grimms’ Fairy Tales. However, the Walk of Fame listing is for the Disney character, as stated for the reason for the star:

    “For her role in the first feature-length Disney animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

    News // December 18, 2004