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
- 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.