Episode 51: Don’t Let It Set In

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van bring you a wonderful Christmas special about a classic Japanese horror flick and its commentary on post-WWII Japanese society! Hooray! Sven’s facial blindness eclipses Van’s; we chat about the strong points of visual storytelling; we have a lengthy sidebar on nuclear radiation in Japanese and Western fiction; we realize one of our favorite video games has to be referencing the very movie we’re covering; Van curses Sven with forbidden biology; and, for the love of Christmas, don’t let it set in!

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The short story that Matango is based on, The Voice In The Night, can be found on Wikisource.


  • Matango (1963)
  • The film’s localization
  • Ishiro Honda and his legacy
  • William H. Hodgson’s The Voice In The Night
  • Annihilation
  • Dramatis Personae
  • Visual storytelling through shot composition
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Gushing about set design, ft. spooky-ass ghost ships
  • The Lucky Dragon 5
  • Watchmen and the culture of scifi after the atomic bomb
  • The food problem
  • Mushroom people (meeple?)
  • Shirley Jackson’s The Sundial
  • Class warfare dynamics and the resentment of social status
  • No Exit
  • Yoshida’s descent and Sakuta’s motives
  • The dissolution of the crew
  • The Matangos’ suit design
  • Kenji’s escape from the island & the finale
  • Sven learns that parasites are bad
  • Did we enjoy this?


  • “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
  • RIDER CHIPS – “Fight! Seven Riders!” – Pachinko Kamen Rider: Full Throttle

NEXT WEEK: Introducing the last commander in V3 and our secondary protagonist. Along with Marshall Armor, it’s time to meet the fourth of our Legendary Seven: Riderman.

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