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Godziban (ゴジばん is an ongoing multi-segmented Gojiban)Japanese puppet web series co-produced by Toho, AlphaBoat, and Studio Koganemushi which premiered on the Godzilla Channel YouTube channel on August 9, 2019. The series is the result of a Godzilla-based audition campaign held by the collaborative project GEMSTONE and reuses puppets from Koganemushi's 2004 puppet show, Gekigoji.
Godziban episodes are divided into a number of unique segments, typically anywhere from two to four. The most prominent of these are Go! Go! Godzilla-kun (Go! Go!ゴジラくん, in which Go Go Gojira-kun)Godzilla-kun teaches his brothers Minilla and Little various Godzilla skills, such as breathing atomic breath or tail sliding, and Attention! Godzilla (かまった！ゴジラ, in which Kamatte Gojira)Kamatte-kun appears before people in times of need. Each episode ends with a nameless entry of Master of Monsters: Hedoji (ヘドじい, where a conversation occurs between the titular Hedojī, lit. Old Man Hedo)Hedoji and his grandson Hedochi as they trek through a seemingly endless wasteland. In episode 6, which included all three of the aforementioned segments, a bonus second installment of Hedoji was included entitled Master of Monsters: Hedoji Extra (ヘドじい番外. Episode 8 introduced the animated segment Go! Jet Jaguar Hedojī Bangai, lit. Old Man Hedo Extra) (ジェットジャガーに訊け!, in which Jetto Jagā ni Kike, lit. Ask Jet Jaguar!)Jet Jaguar is an advanced robot created by Dr. Roborobo who answers press questions from a podium at a news conference, while Moshi Mosu (もしモス) appeared in episode 9, following two Mothra larvae on their journeys through life. In episode 10, a spinoff of Hedoji was introduced entitled Hedoji Adventures (ヘドじい漫遊記, comprised of a montage of smaller segments in which Hedoji and Hedochi visit an area of Hedojī Manyūki)Japan while discussing viewer-suggested topics.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Hideyuki Kobayashi
- Written by Hideyuki Kobayashi
- Produced by Koji Azuma, Takanori Higuchi
- Executive Producing by Keiji Ota, Taichi Ueda, Akihiro Yamauchi
- Music by Hideyuki Kobayashi, Nana Morohoshi
- Cinematography by Koichi Inokuchi, Jun Shimazaki
- Puppets Created by Hideyuki Kobayashi, Mile Paxton
- Puppet Operators Hiroto Nakayama, Megumi Kawano, Emi Takita
- Title Logo(s) by Yukihide Toyoda
- Illustrators Junko Kubota, Marunana, Onigiri, Shiu Yoshijima
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Yumiko Takahashi as Godzilla-kun (voice)
- Rino Shimomura as Rino, office lady
- Masahiro Omura as Rino's boyfriend
- Clair as Mia, ballerina
- Marie Katsura as Ballet master / Marika, warrior girl
- Yuko Amami as Yuko, office lady
- Aiko Yuhara as Aira, warrior girl
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A pilot for Godziban was submitted in March of 2019 to the first GEMSTONE Creators Audition, which had the theme of "Godzilla." It was awarded the grand prize of 300,000 yen, along with G vs. G, Fiction, Gifu Godzilla, DRESS, and Godzilla Trailer. The prize-winning creators were thus given the opportunity to work with producers at Toho, with Godziban becoming a full series aired on the official Godzilla Channel months later.
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A 4-panel comic strip-style manga adaptation of Godziban, entitled Godziman (ゴジ漫, began being serialized by the Japanese anime news site Animage Plus beginning on September 12, 2019. Gojiman) New issues are released every Thursday.
- Godziban marks the first Godzilla-related series to be produced since 1999's Godzilla TV. It is also the first ever web-exclusive Godzilla series.
- A number of episodes of the Go! Go! Godzilla-kun segment feature references to previous Godzilla films.
- In episode 1, Godzilla-kun stepping on Minilla's tail to make him fire stronger smoke rings is a reference to the film Son of Godzilla, in which Godzilla stepping on Minilla's tail causes him to fire atomic breath, rather than smoke rings.
- Anguirus communicates with Godzilla-kun through roars and speech bubbles at the request of Japanese YouTube user Uchi no Angirasu (うちのアンギラス). This is in reference to the Japanese theatrical version of Godzilla vs. Gigan, which featured Godzilla and Anguirus' dialogue being represented with speech bubbles. Anguirus' recurring line "OK!" is even taken directly from the film.
- The "Godzilla Kick" move that Godzilla-kun teaches to Minilla and Little in episode 4 is a reference to an identical move performed by Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Megalon. This too was a fan request, by user Yoshio-kun (ヨシオくん).
- The ending to episode 6 of Go! Go! Godzilla-kun may be seen as a reference to Gamera. Minilla and Little, dressed as turtles, spin around and lift off into the air, similar to the manner in which Gamera flies.
- As with Go! Go! Godzilla-kun, fan suggestions began being taken for Master of Monsters: Hedoji beginning in episode 8. Episode 8's premise was suggested by Yasutaka (泰貴), and episode 9's by Kuroneko vs. Godzilla (黒猫vsゴジラ. Kuroneko tai Gojira)
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