Released in 2016 (a full twelve years after Godzilla: Final Wars), Shin Godzilla marks the third reboot of the franchise as the eponymous lizard stomps his way across modern Japan with the Japanese government racing to stop him. It’s a well worn plot by this point, yet the film’s almost singular focus on the tumultuous bureaucratic response to the crisis — rather than, say, around a few core characters — makes for something that feels fresh and new, while also giving writer and director Hideaki Anno ample time to take aim at the bureaucratic morass that is Japanese government. As for Godzilla himself — courtesy of veteran VFX director Shinji Higuchi and a new design by Mahiro Maeda — probably not since his original outing in Gojira (1954)has the creature looked so terrifyingly monstrous.
Voltron Season 2 has Heat excited. Grant catches us up on the latest Power Rangers shenanigans. And Zen remarks on Moyocco Anno’s comedy manga,Insufficient Direction about her strange marriage to director Hideaki Anno.
After his minions gather the titular wishing stones, everyone’s favorite baddie that won’t stay down is resurrected to enact his revenge upon Goku and friends; surely, this time, he will prevail! As fan fiction as that sounds, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of ‘F’also marks the return of series creator Akira Toriyama to the franchise (following 2013’s Battle of the Gods) making this 2015 entry only the 2nd film to earn its place in official Dragon Ball canon. As might be imagined, the story penned by Toriyama, blends equal parts comedy and action, making for a solid outing that neither breaks new ground or seriously offends but is sure to please long time fans.
Finally, join us for giant robots, melodrama, spandex, and guts as we shoot for the stars with our review of Hideaki Anno and Gainax’s sci-fi / mecha / shojo genre-busting-OVA-classic: Aim for the Top! Gunbuster (review starts at 50:36).
For this inaugural, mega-long episode, we give a brief introductions, our backgrounds, and lay out our general review philosophy.
We discuss the upcoming Hulu purge of anime.
Ponder the possibilities of the upcoming Godzilla Resurgence film from Hideaki Anno — Edit: It’s Finally Here!
Finally, we have three back-to-back reviews of Hideaki Anno and Studio Khara’s Rebuild of Evangelion films. The first review begins at 47:53, the second at 1:57:15, and the third at 2:47:47.
Slightly related, I discovered an utterly inexhaustible resource for Evangelion and Gainax related interviews (after we’d already recorded the podcast, of course). Check it out. The NGE Source Anthology and NGE 2.0 Complete Records Collection sections are a wonderful place to start — tremendous props to the site owner!
Apologize in advance for the shoddy audio quality. And, yes, we realize this episode is alittle EXTREMELY rough in parts — please do bear with us!