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Old-school Special Effects with S(e)oul

Welcome to Maser Patrol, a weblog that covers Japanese genre fiction. But, it being April Fool’s Day, imagine if we did something crazy, like punking readers by instead…

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 47: Symphogear

After a long hiatus, it’s time for another episode of the Maser Patrol podcast. This time, we take a look at a show with a valuable life lesson:…

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Happy 50th Anniversary to Spectreman!

It’s now 2021, marking the 50th anniversary of the start of the 2nd Kaiju Boom, also known as the Henshin Boom, a period when Japanese television was flooded…

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End-of-Year Maser Patrol News Recap

Apologies: I’ve been bad about making timely news recaps this year. 2020 has been terrible, and the general stresses of the world combined with some personal life situations/tragedies…

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Unmade movie review: Versus (2008)

Note: this thumbnail was for fun and was not part of the unmade movie’s script The early-to-mid 2000s were perhaps the peak of Japan’s soft power in Hollywood.…

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Kaiju Transmissions podcast: Ryuhei Kitamura’s Action-horror

I was on Kaiju Transmissions last month for a post-Halloween show to talk about some of Ryuhei Kitamura’s early action/horror output, including: Down to HellVersusAliveAragamiLonginus He&#821…

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Interview: Tokyo Shock

I recently sat down for a conversation with Media Blasters to discuss the past and future of the Tokyo Shock line. The brand has been particularly active lately,…

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Halloween Hijinks: Japanese Body Horror

Confession: I was struggling to come up with another iconic monster to round up for this year’s Halloween article, and as such, a suggestion came my way –…

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Loose news round-up (plus random thoughts)

The recent Godzilla SP announcement proved to be the kick in the pants that I needed to get a new post together…however, Wordpress had some other plans, changing…

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Quick update

Hi all, Kevin here. The blog has gone sadly neglected for the past few months, for which I apologize; the stressful current state of world events has certainly…

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Watch/Read/Buy: a recent media-merchandise roundup (US-focused)

Since I’ve been negligent for the past couple of months, I thought it might be good to do a quick rundown of some of developments regarding the recent…

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Kaiju Transmissions triple-shot

Also, because I forgot earlier, I did guest spots on three episodes of Kaiju Transmissions without posting about them here. I wholeheartedly suggest adding Kaiju Transmissions to your…

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Podcast recap: Kaiju Con-Line double-feature

Hi all, Apologies for the lack of blog posts during all the lockdown. A lot of steam was let out of the weekly news recaps due to all…

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Scanlation: Gamera vs Morphos (1999, Nenpei Moo)

Arrow’s Gamera: The Complete Collection is hitting on August 17, with an assortment of amazing special features hitherto unseen for the franchise. To celebrate this incredible boxset, we…

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News recap: RIP Nobuhiko Obayashi

Welcome back! Hopefully everyone is following good social distancing guidelines, but in case you need some help, our favorite kaiju heroes are here to help:   On to…

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April 4/5: Kaiju Quarantine live podcast festival

This weekend, an octet of kaiju-centric podcasts will be gathering on Discord to do one live commentary each on their favorite giant monster movies. The Maser Patrol podcast…

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March news recap – plenty of new kaiju and hero media is a good reason to stay inside

In the overall scope of world events, this March has been one of the most impactful months in recent memory, as COVID has interrupted plans on all scales.…

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Kaiju Transmissions podcast: Virus (1980)

While there hasn’t been a new Maser Patrol episode in a hot minute, Kevin (along with author John LeMay) had a chance to drop by the Kaiju Transmissions…

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Kaiju-fied news recap

In a rare event, there was actually so much kaiju-adjacent news in the past week that rather than posting at the standard biweekly rate, I’m opting to do…

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February news recap

Procrastination and distraction has gotten the better of me again, but the inundation of kaiju news items in the past couple of days has made it impossible to…

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New Year’s news recap

Happy new year (admittedly a couple weeks late)! I’ve been distracted from putting together news recaps for a while, but that just means a lot more things to…

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 46: Lost Films and More with John LeMay

Looking for a last-minute Christmas present? Well, you’re in luck, because John LeMay has a varied bibliography on topics ranging from history, UFOlogy, horror films, cryptozoology, spaghetti…

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The 2010s: A decade in review timeline

As December winds to a close, I find myself reflecting back…. back on how many podcasts, blogs, and YouTubers seem to have already done their decades in review,…

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News recap: First TsubuCon quite a success!!

This weekend was the first ever Tsuburaya Convention (TsubuCon), attached to Wonder Festival. As an inaugural outing, there were a number of fantastic announcements and reveals, including: The…

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News recap for the end of November

It’s been a wild few weeks with Thanksgiving and year-end festivities, but this previous weekend I made it out to Anime NYC, where I learned that: The English-dubbed…

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Two-week news recap: Godzilla turns 65 in style

November 3rd was Godzilla’s 65th birthday, and it was a wild Godzilla Festival in Tokyo this year. The Nijigen no Mori theme park, best known for ziplines and…

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 45: We’ve got the seasonal Blus…

On this episode of the podcast, Kevin, Justin, and Byrd sit down to discuss some of the exciting recent tokusatsu home video releases from Criterion, Mill Creek, Discotek,…

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Slow news week recap

Not a whole lot to report for the past couple of weeks, but here goes nevertheless. Starting on a sad note, RIP Hiroshi Sagae. He had a lot…

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Mid-month news recap

Time for a quick recap of some of the interesting happenings in tokusatsu and anime in the past couple of weeks: Tsuburaya’s latest Ultra Fight series, Ultra Galaxy…

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Halloween Hijinks: Kaiju Horror

I was racking my brain trying to think of what to do for this year’s Halloween Hijinks, since we’ve already discussed Japanese media depictions of most of the…

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At long last, a news recap!

Long time, no post! It’s a busy time to be an otaku, as this last week saw the North American theatrical releases of Tokyo Ghoul S, Takashi Miike’s…

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 44: Kevin and Amanda’s Bizarre Japan Adventure

On this episode of the podcast, Kevin’s in Japan, and with the help of local guide Amanda, we talk about all the neat pop-culturey stuff we got to…

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Quick news recap

I had a few spare minutes today, so here are some neat things that either came up in the previous week, or I simply neglected to mention last…

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Last weekly news recap for a bit

I’ve got a couple of busy travel weeks ahead, so it’s possible that there won’t be a news recap for the month of August. Still, it’s a fine…

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RIP Greg Shoemaker (1947-2019)

One of the best movies I stumbled across to cover when I was writing Kaiju for Hipsters was War of the Wizards. It’s not a difficult movie to…

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G Fest XXVI Panel: Nessie – The Kaiju that Hammer Loched Away

Here’s a video of one of the panels I was on at G-Fest this year. The camera is aimed more at the panelists than it is at the…

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Monstrous G-Fest summary and news recap

Back from a very busy G-Fest! It was wild with many panels to do, and several more to attend, but here are a few of the highlights: The…

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G-Fest XXVI panel: Bandai & Tsuburaya

Another panel from this past G-Fest, I joined RJ of BoatsCanFly and Matt of Kaiju Transmissions for a panel talking about how a certain toy company has been…

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G-Fest 2019: Godzilla Anime Trilogy Panel

We never did a proper podcast on the Godzilla anime trilogy, so I sat in on a panel discussing the subject this G-Fest. Not quite my usual format,…

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 43: “Kaiju & Tokusatsu Fandom in Media” at G-Fest XXVI

Of the whopping six panels I did at G-Fest this year, this was the only solo effort. It was the last of three back-to-back presentations, so I was…

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Quick news recap (no Godzilla this time edition)

With  G-Fest, NYAFF, and other exciting things right around the corner, this may be the last news recap for a while. I’ve already spoken about the numerous exciting…

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 42: A Legendary Double Feature

In this episode, Kevin, Andy, Josh, Justin, and Matt sit down to chat about Legendary’s new monster movie, co-produced with Toho, that hit theaters last month. The one…

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Post-Godzilla news recap

Hope everyone enjoyed Godzilla:King of the Monsters! Now we’re in the lead-up to the next big event, G-Fest XXVI in Chicago July 11-14, which is now only a…

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Preliminary thoughts from last night’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters screening

Last night, ten AMC theaters did free advance screenings for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, a full nine days ahead of its official US release date. This was…

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Godzilla’s Eve news recap

As of this writing, the first wave of public screenings for Godzilla: King of the Monsters is impending quickly, so it’s about time to discuss some of the…

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Podcast guest spot: Japan Station episode 12

Japan Station is Japankyo’s official podcast, covering all facets of Japanese popular culture. I had the good fortune to be interviewed there earlier this month, so check out…

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News recap: Ultraman Taiga trailer, Meister Titano, and King of Monsters music!

What’s this? A news recap only one week since the last one? Perhaps we can make this a regular thing; at any rate, this week is heavy on…

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April news recap

Long time, no update, due to a relative shortage of stuff to talk about and general business. We’ll see how that holds up over the coming months; somehow…

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Kaiju Transmissions podcast: Zone Fighter

Late on posting this, but I was on a guest Kaiju Transmissions again last month; this time to talk about the under-discussed Toho superhero series Zone Fighter! Every…

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Kong Unmade: The Lost Films of Skull Island

I figured this could use its own news post: Kong Unmade: The Lost Films of Skull Island, the latest entry of John LeMay’s series on lost and unmade…

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