Although Japanese Monster Week doesn’t start up again until next week, we have some Kaiju news to start this week off. First and foremost, the Godzilla Animated Series is now available on NetFlix streaming. Yes, although the Sony 1998 Godzilla film was pretty terrible and GINO himself sucked, the cartoon follow-up was actually quite good. It wasn’t Godzilla quite as we know and love him, but it did make a lot of great changes to the Tristar GINO and brought him close enough to be a good American counterpart to Godzilla. The show has pretty much never been available in it’s entirety since it’s debut over a decade ago, so go watch it if you have NetFlix!

Secondly, there’s a great new book out about Gojira himself from Jim Shepard. This new paperback is getting some rave reviews and looks like something that even the consummate Kaiju fan may find as a fresh take on some of the old favorites. Check out this snippet from the press release:

A perfect embodiment of mid-20th-century anxiety, Gojira, King of the Monsters touches on hubris and nuclear testing, lunatic perfectionism and fire-tornadoes and the schisms wrought by grief and silence. In Jim Shepard’s deft and darkly brilliant tale about the Master of Miniatures behind a legendary film, the complexities of creating a monster and shooting special effects resonate exactly with one man’s inner life. No one writes like Shepard, quietly layering loss over loss—and no one orchestrates catastrophe better.

At only $12, it sounds like something worth picking up for the Godzilla fan in your life this Holiday season. If you decide to buy it, use my Amazon link and help support this website!

So there you go, some pre-Japanese Monster Week goodness! Be sure to be here all next week for Japanese Monster Week!

3 Responses to Godzilla Cartoon and Book

  • Mecha-Shiva says:

    I've bee n waiting for ages for this cartoon series to be on DVD,also from the same company is "Big guy and Rusty"(full series can be viewed in Youtube's official tv channel.

  • I'd be willing to bet that a nice DVD set will come out when the new Godzilla movie hits. At least, that would make sense.

    Be nice if we could get Extreme Ghostbusters on DVD too, since it's in the same style.

  • Angel says:

    I used to watch the Godzilla cartoon series as a kid. Really great show. Dunno how it ended, though.

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