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Kaijuvision Radio

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Created and hosted by Brian Scherschel. A podcast about the appreciation of kaiju and tokusatsu movies and discovering their historical and cultural value

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Created and hosted by Brian Scherschel. A podcast about the appreciation of kaiju and tokusatsu movies and discovering their historical and cultural value

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Hands Down the Best I've Heard

By Hippiepenguin - May 04 2020
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Brian does such SUCH a great job explaining the historical and cultural backgounds of the films. Any other kaiju podcasts I've tried pale in comparison. Great podcast and all-around great guy.

Exceptional in every aspect.

By セーラーファイター - Oct 15 2018
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Quite simply, the best kaiju-related podcast out there. Copious historical/cultural background and in-depth insights are given, providing even hardcore fans with new material. There's enough of the usual production history for casual fans, but this is a podcast meant to be savored by those looking to go beyond the usual production histories most genre pods concentrate on. AND they have top notch music and production values, and a release schedule that never misses. In my opinion, a must-listen for kaiju fans.

iTunes Ratings

18 Ratings
Average Ratings
16
1
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1

Hands Down the Best I've Heard

By Hippiepenguin - May 04 2020
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Brian does such SUCH a great job explaining the historical and cultural backgounds of the films. Any other kaiju podcasts I've tried pale in comparison. Great podcast and all-around great guy.

Exceptional in every aspect.

By セーラーファイター - Oct 15 2018
Read more
Quite simply, the best kaiju-related podcast out there. Copious historical/cultural background and in-depth insights are given, providing even hardcore fans with new material. There's enough of the usual production history for casual fans, but this is a podcast meant to be savored by those looking to go beyond the usual production histories most genre pods concentrate on. AND they have top notch music and production values, and a release schedule that never misses. In my opinion, a must-listen for kaiju fans.
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Kaijuvision Radio

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Rank #1: Episode 37: Shin Godzilla (2016) (2011 Great East Japan Earthquake/Tsunami/Fukushima Meltdowns)

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At last, it is time. Fasten your seat belts, kaiju fans.  It’s like this movie was made for Kaijuvision Radio.  Just as I was planning a podcast emphasizing the connection between the Godzilla franchise and international affairs, this masterpiece was delivered to me on a silver platter.  This episode is our masterpiece.  After our film description, part two is my opinion on the big picture of this incredible movie.  Part three is a detailed chronological rundown of the film, and we will tie it to the events of 3/11.  Our related topics are the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdowns.

This episode is dedicated to the victims of the 3/11 disaster, Plant Manager Masao Yoshida, the Fukushima 50, the U.S. service members who participated in Operation Tomodachi, U.S. Forces Japan, and the JSDF.

We’d like to send a shout-out to our patron Kyoei Toshi and Sean Stiff for pledging at the Kaiju Visionary level.  Thank you for your support!  We really appreciate it.

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/37-shin-godzilla8f2udslqlp023djrensacz03s19.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:42

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:42 – 9:02

Part 2 – Opinion of the Big Picture: 9:02 – 1:04:45

Part 3 – Chronological Rundown: 1:04:45 – 3:10:52

Closing: 3:10:52 – End

“The Big Picture” written by Brian Scherschel

Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Lincoln Tower and Allen County Courthouse, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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May 30 2018

3hr 15mins

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Rank #2: G-Fest XXVI (2019) Panel: Alien Invasions w/Giant Monster Messages

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This is our G-Fest Conference panel, which took place at 12:00pm (CDT) on July 14, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. In it, we compare and contrast alien invasion stories in movies from the Godzilla franchise and from American kaiju/sci-fi movies. I connect the stories from the Godzilla movies to events and trends in Japanese history, while Taylor connects the stories from American films to events and trends in American history. I highlight events from World War II, post-war globalization, nationalism, and the Japanese stock market crash in 1989/1990. Taylor highlights events from the Great Depression, the Red Scare, resource management, and technology.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi, Sean Stiff, William Mize, and Eric White. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

http://kaijuvisionradioepisodes.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/g-fest-xxvi-2019-panel-alieninvasions-94as31l01hncqwoi.mp3

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Taylor Hensley

Editor/Director/Video: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Crowne Plaza O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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Jul 24 2019

49mins

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Rank #3: Episode 16: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) (Pollution in Japan, the Two Nixon Shocks)

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It’s 70s Month at Kaijuvision Radio, and we begin with the most counter-culture entry in the franchise.  We have a smog-based monster that kills hippies (and quite a few others)! Listen as Brian and Nate analyze and appreciate this fascinating and experimental film. Only Godzilla can “Save the Earth”.  Our related topics are pollution in Japan and the Two Nixon Shocks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2gFfJvAK9Y

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/16-godzilla-vs-hedorah4h8s1mb9a3.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:13

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:13 – 7:37

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:37 – 46:01

Part 3 – Related Topic: 46:01 – 1:08:33

Closing: 1:08:33 – End

Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

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Jan 03 2018

1hr 11mins

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Rank #4: Episode 38: Half Human (1955) (Genetic Origin of the Ainu People)

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Season 2 at Kaijuvision Radio begins with the first non-Godzilla kaiju film from Toho Studios.  This Japanese take on the Abominable Snowman phenomenon is a story about the dark side of humanity.  The Japanese cut of the movie is effectively banned in Japan because of its depiction of the Ainu people as savages.  I find interesting parallels between this film and Disney’s “Song of the South” (1946), as well as “Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues” (1984), which was made famous by Mystery Science Theater 3000.  The related topic is The Genetic Origin of the Ainu People.

This episode is dedicated to the great Ishiro Honda.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patron Sean Stiff for donating at the Kaiju Visionary level.  Thank you for your support!  I really appreciate it.

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/38-half-human3l0I1hjl3s29da2021dsnw9s.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 4:27

Part 1 – Film Description: 4:27 – 11:08

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 11:08 – 28:57

Part 3 – Related Topic: 28:57 – 40:18

Closing: 40:18 – End

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: American Electric Power Building, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video Notes: The clouds in this video are part of the west edge of the remnants of Hurricane Florence, taken on September 17, 2018 in Fort Wayne.  We wish a speedy recovery to everyone effected by this disastrous hurricane.

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

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Sep 19 2018

42mins

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Rank #5: Episode 43: The Last War (1961) (NATO (The North Atlantic Treaty Organization))

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Brian and Daniel team up for this rare and incredible tokusatsu disaster film from Toho. Find it and watch it! It’s a nuclear war scenario between stand-ins for NATO and the Warsaw Pact at the height of the Cold War – and Japan is caught in between! It’s like an Ozu film with Tsuburaya’s special effects in it. It’s also a nearly perfect film for this show (besides Shin Godzilla). Includes a talented cast including Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Frankie Sakai, and Jerry Ito. The related topic for this episode is NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).

You can find Daniel DiManna’s Godzilla Novelization Project here:

godzillanovelizationproject.wordpress.com

This episode is dedicated to Yuriko Hoshi.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patron Sean Stiff for donating at the Kaiju Visionary level. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/43-the-last-war2md9sufoe01cswrhl5.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:01

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:01 – 8:19

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 8:19 – 1:23:25

Part 3 – Related Topic: 1:23:25 – 1:41:36

Closing: 1:41:36 – End

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Guest Co-Host: Daniel DiManna

Video Location: Giant American Flag, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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Nov 28 2018

1hr 45mins

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Rank #6: Episode 1: Introduction to the Godzilla Journey

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It’s G-Day at Kaijuvision Radio. Surprise! – We’re releasing the first two episodes of the show this week instead of just one. In our first episode, we discuss our philosophy of the podcast moving forward.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leO_L9NLxPw

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/01-introduction52689883.mp3

Opening Remarks: 0:00 – 2:33

Our Bios: 2:33 – 5:05

How We Became Godzilla Fans: 5:05 – 9:08

Some of our Favorite Non-Godzilla Films: 9:08 – 11:45

Our Impressions of the Godzilla Series 11:45 – 17:11

Our Thoughts on the Kaiju Genre: 17:11 – 21:11

Why the Godzilla Movies are Better than their Reputations 21:11 – 29:07

What We Think of Dubbing: 29:07 – 33:57

Refuting the “And then they got silly” argument: 33:57 – 38:13

The Role of Nostalgia in the Godzilla Movies: 38:13 – 43:51

The Versatility of Godzilla: 43:51 – 45:06

The Japanese National Spirit: 45:06 – 49:01

Closing: 49:01 – End

Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Japanese Friendship Garden, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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Sep 20 2017

50mins

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Rank #7: Episode 33: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) (Women in Godzilla Movies, Makiko Tanaka)

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Road to Shin Godzilla Month has begun! We’re counting down to our big episode on Godzilla’s latest reboot, starting with the “Kiryu Saga.”  Brian and Nate get a little Siskel & Ebert-ish as they discuss the second entry in the “Tezuka Trilogy,” which features the third incarnation of Mechagodzilla.  The movie has great cinematography and characters and some fun kaiju action, but Nate thinks the story missed some great potential with its wonderful new concept for Mechagodzilla.  Since this film once again features a strong female lead, our related topics are women in the Godzilla films and the firing of Makiko Tanaka.

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/33-godzilla-against-mechagodzilla2d7gkw0o1at42halsb.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:41

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:41 – 7:11

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:11 – 52:17

Part 3 – Related Topics: 52:17 – 1:46:51

Closing: 1:46:51 – End

Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Foster Park (St. Mary’s River), Fort Wayne, IN

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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May 02 2018

1hr 48mins

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Rank #8: Episode 48: Dogora, the Space Monster (1964) (The Liancourt Rocks Dispute)

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Robert Dunham has always impressed me with his performance in this movie! And his ability to speak Japanese adds to the flavor of this entertaining classic Sekizawan kaiju movie. I examine the underappreciated Mark Jackson character. I zero in on the diamond heist plot and explain why it’s in the movie, because it takes up a lot of time. I connect this movie to The Pink Panther (1963) and other classic movies that influenced it. The related topic for this episode is the Liancourt Rocks Dispute.

This episode is dedicated to Robert Dunham and Yosuke Natsuki.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patron Sean Stiff for donating at the Kaiju Visionary level and William Mize for donating at the Kaiju Commander level. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/48-dogora-the-space-monster-38gnw0d893htnv7hrog9ue.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:43

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:43 – 8:47

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 8:47 – 37:34

Part 3 – Related Topic: 37:34 – 51:26

Closing: 51:26 – End

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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Mar 08 2019

53mins

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Rank #9: Episode 44: Gorath (1962) (Near Earth Objects/Science of Gorath)

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And now it’s time to appreciate the immense imaginative power of Gorath! When it comes to mind-bending Toho technology, rows of atomic-powered thrusters nearly the size of New Mexico in Antarctica is on par with the Dimension Tide black hole gun from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus –and I love both of these inventions! A special effects tour de force, Gorath is everything that a toku fan would want. It even has a kaiju – Maguma! Well, the Japanese version does, at least. The English language version is the very definition of mediocrity. The related topic for this episode is Near-Earth Objects (NEOs),Planetary Defense, and other scientific aspects related to Gorath.

This episode is dedicated to Ryo Ikebe.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patron Sean Stiff for donating at the Kaiju Visionary level. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/44-gorath-3a81sdvila9t6bdspxh.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:40

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:40 – 8:28

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 8:28 – 42:10

Part 3 – Related Topic: 42:10 – 58:20

Closing: 58:20 – End

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Rousseau Centre (left) and First Financial Center at the Anthony Wayne Building (center right), Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video Notes: The Rousseau Centre (completed in 1971) and the Anthony Wayne Building (completed in 1964) are examples of mid to late 1960s architecture.

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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Dec 12 2018

1hr

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Rank #10: Episode 31: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000) (Energy in Japan, Prime Minister Mori’s Gaffe)

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Turn of the Millennium Month continues with the first of three Godzilla movies which are directed by Masaaki Tezuka and becomes the standard bearer for the Millennium Series. Brian proclaims that this movie is fantastic because Tezuka brings back many stylistic elements from the Showa series. Overall, we rate this movie as fun, smart, and ahead of its time. We pay particular attention to the Dimension Tide (the black hole gun), what Godzilla’s body slam in the fight is referencing, and how many of the Heisei issues have been fixed. Brian explains to Nate how this isn’t a revenge story (though our main character is motivated by revenge). Our related topics are Energy Use and Energy Independence in Japan and Prime Minister Mori’s gaffe.

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/31-godzilla-vs-megaguirus5esgep9bem49dxpri8ed1.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:52

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:52 – 7:56

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:56 – 1:09:22

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:09:22 – 1:29:27

Closing: 1:29:27 – End

Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: General Anthony Wayne Statue (Dedicated 1918), Freimann Square, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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Apr 18 2018

1hr 30mins

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Rank #11: Episode 49: Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965) (Ryuichi Shimoda et al. v. The State)

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I address the film’s depiction of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and how that scene is edited for the English-language version. Frankenstein is a stand-in for atomic bombing victims in this movie. I’ll pay attention to the scientific ethics explored in the story too. This movie is when screenwriter Takeshi Kimura started using a pseudonym, and with this movie, I don’t blame him. The related topic for this episode is Ryuichi Shimoda et al. v. The State, the case where atomic bomb victims sued for reparations.

This episode is dedicated to Showa era screenwriter Takeshi Kimura.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patron Sean Stiff for donating at the Kaiju Visionary level and William Mize for donating at the Kaiju Commander level. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/49-frankenstein-conquers-the-world-458hslj2isop38sdi.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:38

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:38 – 10:18

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 10:18 – 38:21

Part 3 – Related Topic: 38:21 – 46:58

Closing: 46:58 – End

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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Mar 25 2019

48mins

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Rank #12: Episode 50: War of the Gargantuas (1966) (The Ascension of Emperor Naruhito)

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With beautiful cinematography, detailed miniatures, and lots of work involving water, War of the Gargantuas is an incredible movie! Russ Tamblyn gives us a natural and cool performance in his role as Dr. Stewart. This movie is so refreshingly itself. The related topic for this episode is the recent ascension of Emperor Naruhito.

This episode is dedicated to actor Russ Tamblyn.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi, Sean Stiff, and William Mize. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/50-war-of-the-gargantuas-vj60dl5hw8ejl1sb.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 5:09

Part 1 – Film Description: 5:09 – 12:38

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 12:38 – 34:48

Part 3 – Related Topic: 34:48 – 51:35

Closing: 51:35 – End

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: South Anthony Boulevard, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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May 03 2019

53mins

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Rank #13: Episode 32: GMK: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) (Election of Koizumi,USS Greenville Collision)

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Turn of the Millennium Month comes to an end as Brian and Nate discuss an outlier of the Millennium Series and one of the highest-rated films in the franchise.  Directed by Shusuke Kaneko, the mastermind behind the acclaimed Heisei Gamera Trilogy, this is a complex film meditating on deep themes while also featuring incredible kaiju action, special effects, music, and characters.  It dared to make Godzilla purely evil and King Ghidorah a hero along with Mothra and Baragon (who’s sadly left out of the film’s mouthful of a title).  Our related topics are the election of Koizumi, the U.S.S. Greenville collision, and the many events of 2001.

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/32-gmk3g9sl3mb0a3zcg3f0s3srywmvo19.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:58

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:58 – 8:39

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 8:39 – 1:05:26

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:05:26 – 1:21:02

Closing: 1:21:02 – End

Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Trophy Point (Hudson River), West Point, New York

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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Apr 25 2018

1hr 22mins

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Rank #14: Episode 41: The Three Treasures a.k.a. Nippon tanjo (The Birth of Japan) (1959) (Shinto)

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Daniel DiManna of the Godzilla Novelization Project joins me to appreciate Kaijuvision’s first epic.  182 minutes long, it’s the Japanese response to Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1956).  The kaiju is Yamata no Orochi, the 8-headed dragon.  Toshiro Mifune plays the legendary Prince Yamato Takeru and the mythical god Susanoo.  Since this is a religious epic, the related topic is Shinto.

You can find Daniel DiManna’s Godzilla Novelization Project here:

godzillanovelizationproject.wordpress.com

This episode is dedicated to Toshiro Mifune.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patron Sean Stiff for donating at the Kaiju Visionary level. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/41-the-three-treasures-nippon-tanjo-38sh23n3dgj49f2jf2a1.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:35

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:35 – 9:44

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 9:44 – 2:00:28

Part 3 – Related Topic: 2:00:28 – 2:31:23

Closing: 2:31:23 – End

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Guest Co-Host: Daniel DiManna

Video Location: Headwaters Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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Oct 31 2018

2hr 37mins

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Rank #15: Episode 2: Godzilla Origins: King Kong (1933) and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

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In celebration of G-Day, we are releasing episodes 1 and 2 today!  In this episode we discuss how these two films only within the context of how they influenced the creation of Godzilla. Both of these films significantly affected popular culture and the kaiju genre. Our thesis is: King Kong + The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms +Japanese Culture + Castle Bravo Nuclear Test = Godzilla.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr6R_ih3h2Q

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/02-godzillaorigins13198465.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:22

King Kong: 1:22 – 22:44

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms: 22:44 – 37:07

Closing: 37:07 – End

Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Bicentennial Woods, Allen County, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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Sep 20 2017

38mins

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Rank #16: Episode 17: Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) (Globalization/Trade/Corporations, 1972 Winter Olympics)

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For this week’s episode, we present Brian’s favorite Godzilla movie! Though it’s an underrated movie, it sold the most tickets of any of the late Showa series movies (after 1968). It’s also filmed well, full of action, yet also cerebral. The movie contains a story with multi-layered symbolism, yet it has lots of fire, explosions, and monster fights. Plus it’s infused with the Japanese National Spirit. Listen to Brian and Nate synthesize everything fascinating about this movie. Our related topics are the symbolism of Godzilla vs. Gigan and the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics. Our 4k video for this episode was made at a location much farther away from home than usual: New York state.

We’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi and Sean Stiff for pledging at the Kaiju Visionary level. Thank you for your support! We really appreciate it.

This episode is dedicated to Haruo Nakajima.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdq71P6g1ls

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/17-godzilla-vs-giganfbn482d09g1.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:40

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:40 – 6:33

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 6:33 – 45:42

Part 3 – Related Topic: 45:42 – 1:19:36

Closing: 1:19:36 – End

Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Donahue Memorial Park, Cornwall-On-Hudson, New York

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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Jan 10 2018

1hr 25mins

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Rank #17: Episode 23: Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) (Human Genome Project, Ascension of Emperor Akihito)

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Are the Showa series movies simple, or are they really just focused? Are the Heisei movies creative, or are they just complex? As Godzilla fans, we want these movies to be better than they are. Brian and Nate dissect this experimental Godzilla film featuring a rare plant kaiju. Listen as Brian cracks jokes to maintain his sanity and Nate sings quirky show tunes (badly). Our related topics are the Human Genome Project, the death of Emperor Hirohito & ascension of Akihito, and Japan becoming a major non-NATO ally.

http://youtu.be/HWc9fnrGMpI

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http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/23-godzilla-vs-biollante7f34hs8jm04.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:13

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:13 – 8:14

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 8:14 – 1:23:07

Part 3 – Related Topic: 1:23:07 – 1:42:43

Closing: 1:42:43 – End

Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Anthony Boulevard Bridge (Maumee River), Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

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Feb 21 2018

1hr 43mins

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Rank #18: Episode 24: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) (Nationalism, US-Japan Trade Problems, Bubble Bursts)

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Filmed and released during the Japanese stock market crash, this movie perfectly captures the Japanese national spirit at the time it was made. In 1991, just like after World War II ended, the Japanese people collectively asked “How could this happen?” In fact, Miki Saegusa says that herself. While the symbolism isn’t very subtle either, this movie is not anti-American. Our related topics are nationalism and the US-Japan difficulties reaching a peak regarding trade. 

This film was released in late 1991, and if you can find that year on this graph of the Japanese Nikkei 225 stock market average, you will notice that’s at a very pivotal and scary time for Japan.

Source: macrotrends.net

http://youtu.be/PS8Wv6je8xU

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/24-godzilla-vs-king-ghidorahbbj03ft7cwm01l.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:59

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:59 – 7:23

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:23 – 57:55

Part 3 – Related Topic: 57:56 – 1:28:24

Closing:  1:28:24 – End

Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant, Confluence of the Three Rivers (St. Mary’s, St. Joseph, and Maumee), Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

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Feb 28 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #19: Episode 19: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) (The Reversion of Okinawa: History and Culture)

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The first Mechagodzilla film is roughly a spoof of James Bond and a twist on The Planet of the Apes, only the apes are alien invaders! The soundtrack fits like a glove to this gloriously campy and fun movie, made to celebrate Godzilla’s 20th anniversary.  Because this movie features an Okinawan kaiju, King Caesar, our related topic is the history and culture of Okinawa. Join Brian and Nate as they continue on with 70s Month – every 70s movie in the series in just one month. This episode is dedicated to Shinichi Sekizawa.

http://youtu.be/LODiyjrAb68

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/19-godzilla-vs-mechagodzillap5g8f9w7bc31.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:49

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:49 – 6:38

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 6:38 – 51:43

Part 3 – Related Topic: 51:43 – 1:25:09

Closing: 1:25:09 – End

Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

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Jan 24 2018

1hr 28mins

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Rank #20: Episode 7: Mothra (1961) (Renewal of the US-Japan Security Treaty in 1960)

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The Golden 60s begin with Mothra’s solo movie.  It’s the first film we cover written by Shinichi Sekizawa who changes the kaiju film formula forever, and the first kaiju movie in Tohoscope.  Listen to Brian and Nate as they tackle this overlooked, amazing, and high-quality kaiju masterpiece. Our related topic is the US-Japan Security Treaty and its renewal in 1960.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKz6lHzLm8s

MP3:

http://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/kaijuvisionradioepisodes/07-mothra-4i082d03k.mp3

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:48

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:48 – 6:59

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 6:59 – 42:24

Part 3 – Related Topic: 42:24 – 1:12:26

Closing: 1:12:26 – End

Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Eagle Marsh, Allen County, Indiana

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Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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Nov 01 2017

1hr 13mins

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