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The Passing of a Legend: Koichi Kawakita (1942-2014)

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Kawakita on the set of Godzilla vs Biollante

Last night, we received confirmation that legendary Tokusatsu Special Effects Master, Director, and Actor Koichi Kawakita has passed. We give our best to his friends and family in this difficult time, and grieve with the fandom at large for such a huge loss. His presence will be missed, but his work long remembered.

Koichi-KawakitaKawakita’s involvement and influence over Tokusatsu and Kaiju Eiga at large began with many varied Showa era productions – but we will always remember him as the shaper of the Heisei era: An endlessly creative individual whose imagination gave birth to a new age of Godzilla and revitalized an entire film genre. I had the pleasure to meet Kawakita-San in person at this year’s (2014) G-Fest, as did many of my friends and colleagues. He was a very genuine and passionate man, and even through language barriers there was no questioning his love for the genre and our fandom. Even if the Heisei era of films is not your cup of tea, there is no denying the impact his unique sensibilities and artistry had on all of Kaiju Eiga going forward.

As we broke the news last night, Facebook was lighting up with tributes and memories of Kawakita’s influence on all our beloved films, and the fact that our post concerning his passing generated the most views and share’s we’ve had on social media since the reveal of Legendary’s Godzilla – truly speaks to the impact this man’s legacy has had on us all, and will leave behind.

Thank you for everything you’ve given us, Kawakita-San. We remember you fondly.

(Heisei Era Tribute Slideshow by Youtube User Josh Shelton)

Jon @ UnCanny

BREAKING NEWS: TOHO To Produce a NEW GODZILLA FILM For 2016!

The Year of Godzilla indeed!

Toho has officially announced their intentions to revitalize the famed series where it all began – In Japan! The success of Legendary’s film has rekindled the homeland’s love of the world’s most famous giant monster, and he will stomp back to fervoring life in 2016!

Kaiju Guru and all-around-awesome-dude August Ragone has an excellent write up on the matter at his blog THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND GODZILLA 続・夕陽の呉爾羅! Click the link to head over and get all of the details from a true pro. We’ve included snippets below with our very own Hype Poster, but be sure to read the article in full over at August’s blog!

G-2016-Poster1Toho Company Ltd. will be producing an all-new Godzilla film to be released in 2016. This will be the first “Domestic Godzilla” in 12 years since GODZILLA FINAL WARS (2004). In a press release issued today, Toho announced they’ve launched the “Godzilla Conference” as an organization to discuss and decide a wide range of strategies for promoting the Big G, including, but not limited to motion pictures. The group has also been officially nicknamed, “Godzi-con” (or “Gojikon” in Japanese parlance).

“With the success of the Hollywood version of GODZILLA, we decided on a new [domestic] production,” said Mr. Ueda in today’s press statement. The new production will be handled by Toho, in-house. “The screenplay is currently in development and we plan to start shooting next summer. We cannot announce cast or staff selections at this time. And we’re still deliberating whether to bring Godzilla to life via CGI or man-in-suit,” said Mr. Ueda. “This resurrection will be the centerpiece for ’16, and this is the force of our words.”

“The passionate voices of the fans clamored for a resurrection [of the Japanese Godzilla]. We will bring the monster back to Japan, with the high-quality we’ve given films like [Takashi Yamazaki’s] PARASYTE (Kiseiju, 2014). By bringing together our collective know-how, which we’ve been striving for [over the last 12 years], we mustn’t lose to Hollywood,” he said with confidence.

We’ve just created our own TOHO’s G-2016 page to keep you up to date on all of the latest regarding this film. Are you excited yet!?

Jon @ UnCanny

The First Trailer for HAIL TO THE KING Is Finally Here!

Hey all! Jon @ UnCanny here!

I know what you’re thinking – “Articles posted two days in a row!? But Jon, you usually only post once a week/month/whenever-ish!” – And you would be right to say such things! This is, however, something you will want to see.

We’ve been promoting our good friend Kyle of Kaijucast’s upcoming documentary this entire year, and the fully-funded Kickstarter project was immensely successful in both it’s campaign here in the states and in it’s production in Japan. A select few of us got a sneak peek at the trailer last night, but Kyle has finally given the greenlight to make this bad buy public! He’s done a tremendous job cutting this trailer together, and if you weren’t excited for this 60th Anniversary Documentary – You’re about to be:

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The first public trailer for the independently produced documentary about Godzilla’s impact on Japan and the King of the Monster’s legacy. HAIL TO THE KING: 60 YEARS OF DESTRUCTION is currently in post production. The film was funded thanks to the generous donations from the “Hail To The King” kickstarter campaign.

The music in this trailer is a condensed version of “Ha!” performed and recorded by the Portland Taiko group, who generously granted permission for its use.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmEu…

For more information, go to HailToTheKingDoc.com
or like us at Facebook.com/hailtothekingdoc

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We’ll keep you updated on the project as always. Thanks for watching and keep an eye on Skreeonk.com and Kaijucast.com for the latest regarding this fantastic documentary!

Jon @ UnCanny

MONSTROSITIES Tokusatsu Vlog Reviews the NECA Godzilla 1984! G-TUBE TIME!

Hey, all! Jon @ UnCanny here!

Apologies for the lack of updates on the site, but Skreeonk is still very active on Facebook and in the Kaiju Fan Marketplace – which is still being updated weekly with new items! As far as the main site goes, its time for another G-Tube!

This is a quick entry in the series, but one deserving of its own entry, no less. This particular review was brought to my attention by some fellow friends of mine, and while this is the first time I’ve come across a MONSTROSITIES video review, it certainly will not be the last! I am really digging their review style, and the production quality is top notch.

NECA’s latest effort has been the subject of much flack as of late. The company went out of their way to give us a new head sculpt and please the fans (something this review directly addresses), but is the toy we ended up with still worth your twenty dollar bill? Watch the review below to find out!

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Be sure to subsribe to MONSTROSITIES YouTube channel for more! Thanks for watching and we’ll see yah next time!

Jon @ UnCanny

New S.H. Monsterarts and X-Plus Reviews! Its G-TUBE Time!

Hey, everyone! Jon @ UnCanny here with more top-notch video reviews from our good friends James and Rich a’la Diego Doom and Fresh Vinyl respectively!

Diego Doom reviews the S.H. Monsterarts MFS-3 Type-3 Kiryu!

Diego Doom reviews the S.H. Monsterarts Toho Special Weapons & Godzilla Effects Pt. 2 Sets!

Rich Eso reviews the X-Plus 30cm Titanosaurus!

Rich Eso reviews the X-Plus 25cm Godzilla 1955!

Be sure to thank the guys on YouTube, Facebook, or here on our site! Thanks for watching!

Jon @ UnCanny

Happy 60th Birthday, Godzilla!

Celebrate today, fandom! It’s Godzilla’s 60th!

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Browse the site, do some reading on all of the classic Godzilla films! Buy some vinyl goodness! Watch a G Film with family and friends! Eat Cake! Stomp a miniature city! Whatever way you celebrate, we hope you have an excellent day!

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Jon @ UnCanny

Bandai! Marusan! CCP! New Items Up on the Kaiju Fan Marketplace!

Hey, all! Jon @ UnCanny here.

A good friend of ours is listing a lot of his superb collection on the KFM, and is starting out with some excellent classic items from Bandai, Marusan, and other great companies. These figures are in pristine condition and are going out at great prices – Don’t miss out! Keep checking back for more items as they’re listed!

Jon @ UnCanny