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GODZILLA'S HEROIC YEARS: 1969-1975 "Godzilla 'Toho Champion

Postby klen7 » Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:30 am

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Re: GODZILLA'S HEROIC YEARS: 1969-1975 "Godzilla 'Toho Champ

Postby Gohi » Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:35 am

Wow. I need this.
Should I get Heisei Godzilla Perfection while I'm at it? What do you guys think of that one?
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Re: GODZILLA'S HEROIC YEARS: 1969-1975 "Godzilla 'Toho Champ

Postby klen7 » Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:13 pm

I think its a bit over priced now in the secondary market. Your money might be better spent on the Heisei Godzilla Chronicle Book edited by Kawakita. Its about half the price and packed with images. The Gamera Perfection book is unparalleled.
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Postby klen7 » Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:12 am

I got my preorder in for this... i'll report back sometime in December
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Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:10 am

klen7 wrote:I got my preorder in for this... i'll report back sometime in December


I'll be picking this up sometime after work either tomorrow or Tuesday night. Will post my thoughts shortly thereafter...
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Re: GODZILLA'S HEROIC YEARS: 1969-1975 "Godzilla 'Toho Champ

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:33 am

ebirahsmeg1 wrote:
klen7 wrote:I got my preorder in for this... i'll report back sometime in December


I'll be picking this up sometime after work either tomorrow or Tuesday night. Will post my thoughts shortly thereafter...


Actually, I checked Amazon's website, and according to the information there, the book will be on sale 11/28, not 11/18. I'll still check at the main bookstore in Shinjuku tomorrow after work though.

Personally, this year has been freaking awesome in terms of really great Japanese book releases. I'm into collecting G books just as much as vinyls/figures...
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Re: GODZILLA'S HEROIC YEARS: 1969-1975 "Godzilla 'Toho Champ

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:39 am

Quick update:

The store didn't have it, but it should be out on the shelves this Friday. Will try then...stay tuned!
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Postby klen7 » Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:59 pm

I am definitely looking forward to this one. I have an order in through Amazon Japan so I think its supposed to be around December 8th
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Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:54 am

Due to my job, I wasn't able to make it up to Kinukuniya Book store in Shinjuku until early evening today. I'll post my thoughts later tomorrow or Tuesday, but from what I've scanned thus far, let's just say there might have to be some new admendments/adjustments to the usual spiel we have heard about the "Godzilla vs The Space Monsters/Revenge of King Ghidorah" unmade concepts over the years :wink:
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Re: GODZILLA'S HEROIC YEARS: 1969-1975 "Godzilla 'Toho Champ

Postby klen7 » Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:05 pm

This book is REALLY good. I'll post some pictures later, but I am very impressed.
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Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:19 pm

Sorry for my delay in posting much about this book in terms of photos/reviews...once again, work has taken over my life. I'll *finally* have free time this weekend (my first days off in 2 weeks, lol) to write more. But Klen7 is right, this is a very good book...this year has rocked as far as G books are concerned.
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Postby klen7 » Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:20 pm

I'm looking forward to hearing what ebirahsmeg has to say about the unused scenarios.

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There are also plenty of interviews with various cast members. very cool
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Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:01 am

Thanks for posting the photos Klen7. Work the past few weeks has been ridiculously insane.

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As already mentioned, this book is very good. In addition to tons of behind of the scenes stills, it focuses a lot on the "Champion" film festivals, something I've never really seen much information on. Apparently, there were Champion festivals for the spring/summer/fall/winter of each year throughout most of the 70s (1978 seems to be last year of the Champion Festivals). It has alot of publicity stills and interested Godzilla-related goods, color posters, and other Memorabilia associated with the films. To say Japanese kids who were Godzilla fans during this time period were extremely lucky and spoiled would be an understatement! As a child, I would have killed to see such cool items/memorablia for these films.

Here's a small page sample focusing on the 1971 Winter Champion Festival:

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I also liked how this book interviewed past cast and crew members of these films.

The highlights include interviews with some of the more memorable actors/characters of this era of G films, such as Hiroshi Ishikawa (Gengo, the nerdy cartoon artist from GvsGigan, Mari Keiko and Tomoko Ai (both of whom have a little bit of MILF/GILF thing going for them, lol :lol:), and Hiroyuki Kawase (who played everyone's favorite annoying kid characters from GvsHedorah and again in GvsMegalon). The main actress from Y of: Space Amoeba is also interviewed.

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That is one of the things that puts "Champion Perfection" over the top of Heisei Perfection, as this book seems focused on the numerous different crew members and actors/actresses as a whole who contributed to this time period's films, while Heisei Perfection is mainly centered around one individual for the most part (you'll never guess who :P ).

In regards to the unmade projects, the book contains full scripts for Godzilla vs Redmoon / Godzilla vs the Space Monsters / Revenge of King Ghidorah / Giant Monsters Converge on Okinawa: Showdown in Zanpamisaki. "Meh, nothing new that already don't know" were my first thoughts. For example, Godzilla vs the Space Monsters (my personal favorite unmade project) had the usual synopsis involving Miko the alien Brain controlling KG/Gigan/Megalon as they square off against Godzilla/Anguirus/Maijun Tuol. I was initually disappointed in this section, as I hoped that some new, never before seen concept are would be present.

However, upon closer inspection of the Revenge of King Ghidorah script (which is basically nearly identical to what became the eventual GvsGigan), I saw this bombshell.

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For those of you who can't read the katakana, the script shows that Godzilla/Mothra/Anguirus battling King Ghidorah/Gigan/Megalon. :shock: Now, up until this book, I've already heard numerous times that Godzilla/Rodan/Varan vs KG/Gigan/Mogu (a new monster)...no where else had I read the above monster line up was considered for this film. In fact, as far as I can tell, this book makes zero mention of "Rodan/Varan/Mogu" in regards to Revenge of King Ghidorah. Very fascinating indeed. I have a feeling that these unused scripts contain alot of interest tidbits that are just waiting to be translating. Damn, do I need to work on my kanji skills quickly!

Overall, one of the better books released this year (and this year has seen a ton of great books). A must have for those into collecting G-related books....
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Re: GODZILLA'S HEROIC YEARS: 1969-1975 "Godzilla 'Toho Champ

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:40 am

Not sure how this escape my attention, but for anyone interested in learning about what exactly is the "Champion Festivals" are, here's a nice summary article from TK:

http://www.tohokingdom.com/articles/art ... tival.html
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Re: GODZILLA'S HEROIC YEARS: 1969-1975 "Godzilla 'Toho Champ

Postby walshiam » Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:49 pm

The printed material from this time period was simply beautiful. Back when I started collecting anything Godzilla, the posters were killer. Me and a few of my friends in Houston at the time would get loads of this stuff from pen pals in Osaka, one of which was a collaborator with Famous Monsters of Filmland. I still remember his name: Hajime Ishida. My personal pen pal was Toshiyuki Aota. The photograghy from these items were unmatched by anything released since that time and I regret having traded it away when I was a kid.
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Postby lhb412 » Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:15 pm

The prop that casts the cockroach shadow!

mind... blown.
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Postby canofhumdingers » Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:52 pm

Just got this book today. It is awesome! I noticed on one of the pages about megalon there's a series of numbered pictures alon with associated numbered captions. Picture number two clearly shows the second Gigan suit under construction beside the original suit from the year before. I'd love to know what the caption says! Can anybody read it?

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