“Why did they even make it? Godzilla was hardly in the movie.”
“Well, I’m never seeing that again.”
These quotes are the general thoughts of most of those I heard in my audience last night as credits rolled for Toho’s 2016 Shin Godzilla/Godzilla: Resurgence. It was a one-time-only showing at one of my local theaters.
To be frank, and at the risk of other fans telling me I’m not a true fan, I understand, and, to a degree, agree with many of those in my theater.
It didn’t help when, almost three months ago, some fortunate fans were in Japan to see the movie during its opening week. I, and others left in the States, pleaded with such fans to not spoil anything on social media. Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be had. Not only did quite a few go into spoiler territory, some went so far as to post pictures and video clips of the movie. As a result, I didn’t go into this as spoiler-free as I would have liked. Also, due to some of the video and photo clips, what I saw were elements of Godzilla, and a Godzilla movie, that I was deeply concerned about. More on that as my review progresses.
For the first time, in my twenty-four years of being a fan, I found myself hesitant to see a Godzilla movie. Nevertheless, I did my best to enter the theater with an open mind–understanding that the movie was going to be different.
I’m okay with movies being different. In fact, [...]
It’s been another exciting tournament and it culminated into a showdown between Ultraman X and Irys.
Ultraman X came out strong but could not finish. The generator we used showed Irys, after a, brief, rough start, finished strong to pull off the victory.
I found her journey to become champion interesting as she was a kaiju that got upset in the first round of last year’s tournament.
What are your thoughts on the tournament and Irys as the new champion?
It was guaranteed that the left side of the bracket would be represented by a higher-seeded kaiju while the right side was represented by a lower-seeded kaiju,
With that I say, BEHOLD YOUR FINAL: Ultraman X vs. Irys!
This match would even be interesting if it were made into a movie. It’s amazing to see how far Irys has come since her loss in the first round last year. Ultraman, last year, made it to the Regional Final but ended up losing to Gamera. It appears that Ultramen have done well here. Of course, too, they’ve been seeded number two on the same bracket in back-to-back years. Maybe it is that bracket?
Coincidentally enough, the representative of the right side of the bracket comes from the bottom right of that bracket for a second consecutive year. Can Irys also be the second champion to come from that side of the bracket?
This Saturday the Final will be held! Jason and I will make the announcement on the podcast and then post the results soon after. We’ll also discuss the tournament overall. It’s a podcast you won’t want to miss!
Never have I had a round, prior to today and in last year’s tournament, where a single round’s bouts were so decisive.
This is the cream of the crop, folks. The titans of the kaiju world in 2016. Take a moment to look at the Final Four kaiju. Okay, you saw them? Good! Each one of them had no trouble in their Regional Final matchup. They made it look easy. I was even impressed considering that each one of these four kaiju had magnificent opponents.
Now that the Final Four is set, who do you have? Are your original picks still alive? Discuss below!
One of the many things I love about this is that anything can happen! Every round there is going to be, at least, one upset.
We found out, on Sunday, that neither Jamila nor Viras will be returning to The Final this year. Then we had MUTO and Reptilicus, the two kaiju who knocked off Jamila and Viras, come in and make us think that, perhaps, we could see them going the distance.
Alas, no eight seed will make it to this year’s Final. Nor will a number one seed for that matter: Gamera and Kaizer Ghidorah got knocked out by King Kong and Biollante. That’s a surprise considering Gamera was a Final Four participant and Kaizer was looking strong; albeit his only win was against Minya, but, c’mon, it’s Kaizer Ghidorah!
My Yongary will not be the champion either. It wasn’t even close. Irys swept Yongary.
Speaking of sweeping, Gigan did just that to MUTO. MUTO gave an impressive performance against Viras, which led me to believe that it could make a run for it. That wasn’t to be.
Barugon, in a tough bout, defeated Dada. Ultraman X and Daimajin went toe-to-toe with Ultraman X coming out victorious. Guiron quickly disposed of Legion, and Megalon had a tough round with Reptilicus.
My bracket is officially busted many times over.
My thoughts as to who will be the Final Four after Saturday? I think we’re looking at Megalon, King Kong, Barugon, and Irys. Those kaiju have been the most [...]