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#25: Shin Godzilla

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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.

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#8: Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris

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Ultraman Orb, video game Engrish, wrestling, MacrossPower Rangers 

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Review (56:30)

We watch Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris from 1999, the final film in the Heisei Gamera trilogy.

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#5: Gamera 2: Attack of Legion

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Show Notes:

  • Brief Ultraman Orb impressions from Grant, which you can watch for free here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/ultraman-orb
  • Shout outs and blog talk.
  • Funimation’s Kickstarter for the Vision of Escaflowne Bluray with new English Dub comes out next month.  Here’s the trailer featuring the new dub cast.  Also, the super swag collector’s edition, which Zen has pre-ordered, is still available at Rightstuf.704400079702_anime-vision-escaflowne-tv-complete-series-movie-collection-altA
  • Super Dimensional Fortress Macross appears on Amazon Prime; Harmony Gold talk follows.
  • Our thoughts on Attack on Titan Season 2, Space Battleship Yamato 2202, and the new Godzilla anime announcements.
  • Finally, at 36:10 we continue with our review of part two of Shusuke Kaneko and special effects master Shinji Higuchi’s Gamera trilogy — Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (1996).

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#2: Gamera Guardian of the Universe

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Show Notes:

  • Grant has a short Hulu followup.
  • The End of the Millennium, Retail-Apocalypse manga (aka DD Fist of the North Star) comes to a close.
  • We collectively ogle Woody Robo Sheriff Star.
  • We chatter on about Studio Ghibli Producer Nishimura’s controversial remarks (he has since apologized).
  • Finally, we discuss and review the 1995, Kaiju film, directed by Shusuke Kaneko, Gamera: Guardian of the Universe.  The review starts at 28:40.

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#1: Rebuild of Evangelion 1.11, 2.22, 3.33

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Show Notes:

  • 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 a little EXTREMELY rough in parts — please do bear with us!

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