It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, ladies, gentlemen and everyone in between, it’s December and as regular followers of this blog should know that means one thing and one thing only, a theme month! I’ve talked about a lot of franchises that I love in Decembers past, Doctor Who, Batman, One Piece, Spider-Man, Scooby-Doo and so on, but this time things are going to be a little different. That’s right, in honour of Godzilla vs. Kong releasing earlier this year (I enjoyed the film a lot, but King of the Monsters is still my favourite) I’m putting on a monster of a month. Instead of just a franchise I’m going to look at a whole genre, welcome to Kaiju-cember!
I find it hard to pin down why it is I instinctively love kaiju as much as I do, maybe it’s just the vicarious thrill of seeing a eighty foot monster stomping around the place. Not that kaiju are all about spectacle, if done correctly they can become a really poignant allegory, like in the original Godzilla all those decades ago. Speaking of the big G, that’s really where my love of the kaiju genre begins. Not the very original film, as I only saw that for the first time fairly recently (it’s a classic for a reason and everyone should watch it at least once). No, my first Godzilla film was ‘The Return of Godzilla’, which I still own to this day on VHS (for all the kids out there, VHS were these magical storage devices that we had before streaming was a thing. You’d buy, or rent, a film on this little box and put it in another machine to watch it on your TV. Think like a DVD, but it’s recorded on tape rather than a disc. Weird I know).
A lot of my younger days were spent trying to procure most of the Showa era Godzilla films on tape (a couple of which I still own) and watching them again and again. As such, it should be no surprise to anyone that the majority of this month is dedicated to the atomic-breathed reptile, but I’ve thrown in a more recent franchise as well as the token representative of other kaiju.
So, here’s what this month is going to look like:
3rd – Pacific Rim: The Black
10th – Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters
17th – Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle
24th – Godzilla: The Planet Eater
31st – Godzilla Singular Point
See you on Friday for the first review!
Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday or you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisGJoynson.