Every year Toho is involved in numerous films, not to mention a large archive they have created during the “Golden Age” of Japanese cinema. This presents quite a catalog to review, and initially we at the Toho Kingdom opened our doors to user submitted reviews to help fill some of the void. That policy shifted with age, though, and it has been years since Toho Kingdom has accepted submissions from movie reviews. This blog will explain the policy change and also feature an archive of older user submitted reviews.

History of Movie Review Submissions

As some might know, at one time user submitted reviews were a big part of Toho Kingdom. It’s a process that actually led to the hiring of Miles Imhoff, who cut his teeth first on these reviews. Without realizing it, the user submitted reviews turned out to be a good way to vet talent.

Unfortunately, after years of use, this aspect started to get long in the tooth. The work involved was time consuming: editing reviews and asking for changes if it wasn’t deemed up to standard. This was especially true after a user was discovered plagiarizing reviews from other sources. This added a whole new layer where all submitted work needed to be checked against this.

Despite the labor involved, the real nail in the coffin was just a change in where I wanted the site to go. If you wanted a quick user review, IMDB has you covered. I wanted the reviews on Toho Kingdom to have a different pedigree. For readers to start to understand how a reviewer works and build a relationship with them. For example, maybe someone is closer in view point to Patrick Galvan’s analysis of films versus my own. Basically, I see value in starting to identify with the reviewer and for this to add a layer of importance to the review. …either that or the reader just might enjoy the humor that Nicholas Driscoll infuses in his work. To that point, the site has some really great reviewers right now as well, with Nicholas, Alexander Smith and, of course, Patrick. It’s a lineup where you have some great analysis of both popular and obscure material. It’s what I envisioned the reviews should be and with that strong backbone I no longer saw the need for the user reviews.

The Closure of Movie Review Submissions

Archived Toho Kingdom Movie Review Submissions

This decision was made years ago, but just yesterday the user submitted reviews were finally removed from the review section. That said, I’m a fan of keeping everything. So even though we no longer accept submitted movie reviews, I’m not deleting any of the old ones. If you want to read any of them, that were submitted between 2005 and 2011, feel free to scroll below for a trip down memory lane:

Published Movie Reviewer Score
10-23-2011
 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster [Continental]
Destroyer
4.0
09-24-2011
 Godzilla: Final Wars
Destroyer
4.5
09-01-2011
 Destroy All Monsters [International]
Destroyer
3.5
09-01-2011
 Invasion of Astro-Monster [Maron Films]
Destroyer
4.0
08-21-2011
 Akira
Evan Brehany
4.0
06-27-2011
 Onmyoji
Evan Brehany
4.0
02-07-2011
 Godzilla vs. Gigan
King Caesar
2.5
12-27-2010
 Godzilla vs. Mothra
Godzillawolf
3.5
12-16-2010
 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Paul Sell
4.0
10-26-2010
 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
Godzillawolf
4.5
09-19-2010
 Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
Godzillawolf
3.0
05-06-2010  Bye-Bye Jupiter (Sayonara Jupiter) DaikaijuSokogeki! 4.0
04-14-2010
 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah [Tristar]
Godzillawolf
3.5
02-14-2010
 Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
Godzillawolf
4.5
11-04-2009
 Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
Godzillawolf
4.0
10-22-2009
 Terror of Mechagodzilla
Ethan Reed
3.5
10-22-2009
 Godzilla, Mothra, & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack
Godzillawolf
4.5
08-13-2009
 Godzilla vs. Biollante
Godzillawolf
4.0
07-23-2009
 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Adam Striker
4.0
07-22-2009
 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Ethan Reed
3.0
11-29-2008
 One Missed Call 2
Pat Atwell
3.0
07-03-2008
 One Missed Call
Pat Atwell
4.0
12-21-2007
 Terror of Mechagodzilla
AnguirusGuy
3.0
10-24-2006  Pulse (Kairo) Hank Xavier 4.5
09-18-2006  Rebirth of Mothra Donny Winter 3.5
08-28-2006  The Spiral (Rasen) Hank Xavier 2.0
08-25-2006  Ikiru Chaos 5.0
08-22-2006  Godzilla (Godzilla, King of the Monsters) Cow 4.0
08-10-2006  The Return of Godzilla (Godzilla 1985) Hank Xavier 4.5
08-09-2006  Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla Chaos 1.5
07-28-2006  Godzilla vs. Megalon Hank Xavier 2.5
07-16-2006  Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II Hank Xavier 3.5
05-27-2006  Ring (Ringu) Hank Xavier 4.0
05-22-2006  Ikiru Athean 4.5
04-03-2006  Godzilla vs. Megaguirus Tim85 2.5
03-24-2006  Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack Tim85 4.5
03-17-2006  Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (Godzilla X Mechagodzilla) Tim85 3.5
03-04-2006  Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. Tim85 3.5
02-25-2006  Godzilla: Final Wars Tim85 3.0
02-18-2006  Gamera: Guardian of the Universe Tim85 4.5
02-11-2006  Rodan [DCA] Tim85 4.0
02-02-2006  Spirited Away DaikaijuSokogeki! 5.0
09-13-2005  Son of Godzilla Spinzilla 3.5
06-06-2005  Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (Gamera vs. Legion) THE GODZILLA 5.0
05-11-2005  Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris THE GODZILLA 5.0
05-07-2005  Godzilla Raids Again [Warner Bros.] THE GODZILLA 3.0
04-25-2005  Godzilla (Godzilla, King of the Monsters) gvsgdude89 4.5

 

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