Archived entries for kaiju

A pair of action-packed Ultraman Monster paintings by Toshio Okazaki were published in Shōgakukan’s 1979 edition of Ultra Kaiju (Shōgakukan Nyūmon Hyakka Series #97).

From the incomparable Pink Tentacle, which you should visit immediately to see these in full size and in detail with each monster named.

Coming to DVD and Blu-Ray July 27th from Tokyo Shock!

The kappa, in Japanese folklore, are water goblins that are closely associated with a certain town in the country. Unfortunately, the area is also home to a militant splinter group of researchers dedicated to developing amphibious super soldiers based on the kappa of legends. When their experiments result in murders by some escapees, the appearance of an actual kappa, and the triggering of an atomic bomb, the consequences are of epic proportions. A monster arrives in the midst of the nuclear fallout, and Japan’s defenses are helpless against it. Mankind’s only savior is an irradiated water goblin that is on the rampage with death in its eyes.

Yes, this exists. And yes, it is already sold out on Amazon.

Here is a collection of vintage bromide cards showing various pachimon (imitation creatures based loosely on famous TV and movie monsters) at iconic locations around the world. Published by Yokopro in the 1970s.

From Pink Tentacle, which you all should be reading.

Ah, retro-futurism and kaiju movies, two of my favorite things mixed in a perfect sushi roll of awesome. Here’s the synopsis from Wikipedia:

It is the 100th year of Showa (2025, to be exact). Earth sends an expedition to Mars in the spaceship “Izanami”. A huge rock formation is discovered beneath the surface, and is transported back to our planet, on which the seemingly-harmless rock grows into a colossal floating saucerlike crustacean lifeform called “Negadon,” which proceeds to attack Tokyo. At the same time, Ryûichi Narasaki, a downcast robotics constructor, is still devastated by the death of his only young daughter (and the loss of his left eye, replaced with a bionic eye), caused by the malfunctioning of his masterpiece, the giant super-robot MI-6 2 “Miroku.” Because of the ominous threat of Negadon, Narasaki faces the painful choice of reactivating (and piloting) the Miroku to battle the space monster and protect our world.

And here’s the whole damn thing (all in 26 minutes in Japanese without subtitles, sadly).:

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