“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 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!
I have discussed this issue on the podcast before, but feel the need to write it down in the hopes of having something more on the record and to have the ability to go into depth more about this era of Godzilla films–an era that I find to be, as the title of this article states, overlooked and unappreciated.
Before I continue, I want to give a note that this article is that of my own opinion and experiences. My experiences have shown me that this era is glossed over, or simply neglected, in many discussions within the fandom. Or, worse yet, looked upon as being inferior to the Showa and Millennium era of films. This article’s intent is not to say this era is better than the other two, but to, hopefully, bring about more discussions on the importance of this era of Godzilla films and to garner greater appreciation for the strides it made from when the Showa era ended in 1975. Many of the new techniques used in the Heisei era paved the way for the 1990s Gamera films and for the Millennium era that followed four years after the conclusion of the Heisei era.
Showa & Millennium Reign Supreme
There’s no doubt that the Showa era of Godzilla films is the most discussed and liked within the Godzilla fandom. Not only are there more movies made during this era (1954-1975), but many of the U.S. fans that have led the way to the explosion of kaiju popularity stateside grew up watching [...]
Yes, the title for this particular article that you just saw isn’t a mistake. Toho Studios has just announced that they will return and make their first Godzilla film in 12 years since Ryuhei Kitamura’s attempt at the King of the Monsters in 2004.
Some of the reasons that Toho has made the decision to go ahead and make a Godzilla film is that the Kaiju King is undergoing a new revival and has gained speed ever since Gareth Edwards’ blockbuster hit, Godzilla, which made over $470million worldwide and over $26million in Japan alone. Another reason too is that Toho doesn’t want to lose to Hollywood, as the filming techniques in Japan have really improved over the years, even their visual effects, from what I’ve seen. An example of this is from the film Parasyte that was just recently released at the end of November.
According to other articles out there, the new film will of course not tie-in to Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla universe. It’s also expected that Toho will reveal the staff and crew for the new film at a later date and will begin production on the film in the Summer 2015 timeframe (possibly around the time G-FEST XXII kicks off) and finish it up in the Fall. Toho plans to release the film in Japan theaters in 2016, and eventually worldwide afterwards.
So, what are your thoughts on Toho finally making a new Godzilla film after 12 years? Sound off in the comments below and we’ll have more news on [...]