That was always me, too. My younger brother and sister used to watch that show Dino Dan, and I just couldn't stay in the room when they had it on. Watching that kid was like looking into a brutally honest window into my childhood.
Welcome aboard! You're probably a rarity around here in terms of how few of the Japanese films you've seen. There are plenty of people here who haven't seen them all, but very few who've only seen six. Which of those is your favorite so far?
Haha, I feel that! But at the same time, I don't know that I ever 100% grew out of this phase... sometimes an unsolicited dino fact still escapes, though it's usually followed now by, "Don't quote me on that, the science might have changed since I last read up."
Thanks for the welcome! Yeah, I've been slacking on getting caught up. I never had any exposure to the Japanese films when I was younger and I've found them a bit of a pain to get a hold of on Blu-ray in the UK (if any UK forum-goers know where I can get them, hit me up
). Of the Japanese films I've seen so far, I've loved '54 and Shin; they never lose sight of their themes, the devastation feels genuinely horrific and Godzilla's metaphorical significance always feels focused. They're easily my favourites of what I've watched so far. I love GMK Goji's design and presence and also liked Baragon in this film (so cute!), but I found the movie messy overall; to me, it felt like the fantasy feel of the guardian monsters clashed with the war atrocity origin of Godzilla and the final battle outstayed its welcome for me. The anime series was a slog and I could feel myself checking out for most of it. I didn't really like any of the characters except Metphies and didn't really care about the fate of anyone. The final third of Planet Eater was the most interesting part of the anime for me... but even then, only in a vague way.
I want to tackle some of the goofier Showa offerings to get my hero Godzilla fix next, but I'm also looking forward to getting into the Heisei films because those plots sound right up my street. If anyone's got any recommendations, I'm all ears!