2014-07-21

Hot Off The Presses!

In most countries, newspapers are becoming a dying medium but here in Japan, they are still booming. For example, for just 320yen, you can get this 24-page tome. Great covers and a huge centerfold spread are the selling points but it's also jam-packed with articles, interviews, and photos past and present. Guess who is featured...













Relatively few ads and even then, they feature Gojira himself (he is such a shill).



I can understand the ads for movies, figures and even the coin but a mattress??


I suppose even Godzilla has to sleep somewhere.

Unlike the manga, I'm on top of this newspaper and have snagged a few copies. Let me know if you are interested and I can send you one...

2014-07-17

G-Cups.

Don't be mislead by the post-title, it is definitely safe for work. For the last month or so, one can buy a Godzilla-Cup at the cinema. Alas, they are sold out at Movix at 800and at 109, they cost 950¥. I recently managed to get a cup at CineForum for 700¥. Woohoo!



They are definitely promoting the heck out of this movie. All the staff at Movix are wearing this t-shirt. Who do I need to mug in order to get one?


Unfortunately, there is still very little merchandising out there. I need to track this down for it has to be one of the coolest vehicles out there. It would fit in well racing against the Slag Brothers in Wacky Races. Check out the Gojiramobile.


Over at famima (Family Mart conbini) will soon feature ゴジラーメン (Gojira-ramen??). Not sure what it entails, I'll have to wait until July 24th to find out. (Click that link for details.)


I wish they had one of these in my city. I'll have to go visit in Tokyo next week before I head to Canada. It's positively statuesque!


More Goodz as I find them...

Addendum: I forgot about this item. I believe that there was a larger model of this for several thousand bucks made out of gold, this guy is much more reasonably priced at just over 100$. You have your choice of Godzilla or Ghiddorah.





Big Manga On Campus.

I promised new Godzilla daily but I sort of reneged on that. I haven't rehooked up my satellite*so I haven't been watching the movies and I haven't seen much around to inspire me.
* (I'll do so after my vacation, why pay for a month if you're not going to be there.)

I don't frequent the magazine section of a conbini very often but I happened to glance down and saw this:


Two issues ago, Big Comics, featured an all-Godzilla issue in time for his 60th anniversary. A more recent issue has come out so I was lucky to snag a copy. (I managed to find another copy if someone wants it.) There's about 350, pages 21 stories and several articles about the Big G.


The back cover has a lovely picture of the new Godzilla and mentions all the countries in which it has reached #1. Of course that doesn't include our little archipelago for we don't get to see it until 7/25!



The second page features a really nice fold out poster and a list of all previous movies on its reverse.

The only other colour in the entire book is some info on the new movie. I'm sure it's full of spoilers, so don't read it if you're Japanese and want to remain unsullied.


The next couple hundred pages feature stories of varying length by various artists mostly focusing on the history of Gojira. I'll highlight some of the best panels for you. If you want to read the book, you'll have to find your own copy.




 Wouldn't this make a great poster?


A cute tale where Gojira visits a movie theatre.



This story starts off innocuously enough and then features 14 pages of smut. A couple graphically makes out every time Godzilla terrorizes their neighbourhood. Definitely NOT for the kiddies. To retain a SFW, I won't show any of those panels.



 Hey, it's Minira/Minya!


Some odd tales where he visits some rockers, provides the inspiration for the Oxygen Destroyer and protects a bullied child.





Some allies and foes.




This story called "Savior Tooth" utilizes the new-look Godzilla, the only tale to do so.


He battles the Defense Forces, is miniaturized, and shows up as a Hamster-hybrid.



Next, a cool behind-the-scenes look at the suit-actors, another Oxygen Destroyer origin, and another kid who gets bullied story.



Finally a story entitled "Country of Godzilla" and the artwork is great.


Like I said, I have an extra copy if someone wants to take it off my hands and if there is demand for it, I'll seek out more copies.

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