Godziban (2019-)

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Godziban
Godziban promotional image
Air date August 9, 2019-
Produced by Keiji Ota, Taichi Ueda, Koji Azuma,
Akihiro Yamauchi, Takanori Higuchi
Distributed by Toho
Channel(s) Godzilla Channel (YouTube)
Genre(s) Comedy, puppetry

Godziban (ゴジばん,   Gojiban) is an ongoing multi-segmented 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.

Plot

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[note 1] (Go!Go!ゴジラくん,   Go Go Gojira-kun), in which 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,   Kamatte Gojira),[note 2] in which Kamatte-kun appears to comfort people in times of need. Each episode ends with an unnamed entry of Master of Monsters: Hedoji (ヘドじい,   Hedojī, lit. Old Man Hedo), where a conversation occurs between the titular 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,   Hedojī Bangai, lit. Old Man Hedo Extra). Episode 8 introduced the animated segment Go! Jet Jaguar (ジェットジャガーに訊け!,   Jetto Jagā ni Kike, lit. Ask Jet Jaguar!),[note 3] in which Jet Jaguar is an inflatable robot created by Dr. Roborobo who springs into action as a guardian mecha to help and defend the people of Earth. 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,   Hedojī Manyūki), comprised of a montage of smaller segments in which Hedoji and Hedochi visit an area of Japan while discussing viewer-suggested topics.

Episodes

Episode no. Title Segment Air date
Overall Segment
1 1 "We Are the Three Godzilla Brothers!" Go! Go! Godzilla-kun 2019/08/09
2 1 "Parting Lovers" Attention! Godzilla 2019/08/16
3 2 "Smack It! Three Godzilla Brothers" Go! Go! Godzilla-kun 2019/08/23
4 2 "The Sad Ballerina" Attention! Godzilla 2019/08/30
5 3 "The Secret Training Dojo" Go! Go! Godzilla-kun 2019/09/06
6 4 "Secret! Dropkick" 2019/09/13
3 "Office Lady Yuko's Depression" Attention! Godzilla
7 5 "Run Past! Three Brothers" Go! Go! Godzilla-kun 2019/09/20
8 6 "Godziban Tales: The Tortoise and the Hare" 2019/09/27
1 "First in History!! The Robot Press Conference" Go! Jet Jaguar
4 "The Sorrowful Warrior Girls" Attention! Godzilla
9 1 "Moshu Moshu Transmission" Moshi Mosu 2019/10/05
2 "Jet Jaguar Activates!!" Go! Jet Jaguar
10 1 "Aso, Kumamoto, Hinokuni" Hedoji Adventures 2019/10/11
11 1 "First in History!! The Robot Press Conference" Go! Jet Jaguar 2019/10/18
2 "Jet Jaguar Activates!!"
3 Untitled episode
12 7 "Fly at That Cliff!" Go! Go! Godzilla-kun 2019/10/25
13 2 "Smack It! Three Godzilla Brothers" 2019/11/01
14 Godzilla Fest 2019 digest movie N/A 2019/11/08
15 4 "Red Balloon" Go! Jet Jaguar 2019/11/15
16 5 "A Stubborn Father's Longest Day" Attention! Godzilla 2019/11/22
17 8 "Son of Minilla" Go! Go! Godzilla-kun 2019/11/29

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Hideyuki Kobayashi, Jun Shimazaki (pilot)
  • Written by   Hideyuki Kobayashi
  • Produced by   Koji Azuma, Takanori Higuchi
  • Executive Producers   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

Cast

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 / Miyoko, Tetsugoro's wife (photograph)
  • Yuko Amami   as   Yuko, office lady
  • Aiko Yuhara   as   Aira, warrior girl
  • Holly Kaneko   as   Tetsugoro Kuroiwa, widower
  • Natsumi Tezuka   as   Tetsugoro's daughter
  • Kota Iijima   as   Kenji Mizubota, bridegroom
  • Fumihiko Nemoto   as   Kenji's father
  • Junko Kubota   as   Kenji's mother
  • Megumi Kawano   as   MC of wedding (voice)

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

  • Shobijin (Go! Go! Godzilla-kun and Moshi Mosu title / end cards)

Gallery

Awards

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.[1] 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.

Award Category Recipient(s) Result
GEMSTONE Creators Audition Vol.1 Godzilla Godziban Won[1]

Manga adaptation

A 4-panel comic strip-style manga adaptation of Godziban, entitled Godziman (ゴジ漫,   Gojiman), began being serialized by the Japanese anime news site Animage Plus beginning on September 12, 2019.[2] New issues are released every Thursday.

Live performances

Live performances of Godziban were held at Godzilla Fest on November 3, 2019, featuring appearances from Godzilla-kun, Minilla, Little, Mothra, Hedoji and Hedochi, all voiced by their actors from the series. The Three Godzilla Brothers meet an elder Godzilla bearing the ShodaiGoji design, named ShoGoji (初ゴ爺 or ショゴじい,   Shogojī), who grows giant to face off against the mutated Dorat monster, King Ghidorah. Several displays were also set up around the venue, featuring the first appearances of the Rodan, Gezora, and Gorosaurus puppets. A "digest movie" of the event and performance was posted to the Godzilla Channel on November 8 as episode 14 of Godziban.

Full performance

Videos

GEMSTONE submission video
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8
Episode 9
Episode 10
Episode 11
Episode 12
Episode 13
Episode 14
Episode 15
Episode 16
Episode 17

Trivia

  • 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 and kaiju 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).
    • Anguirus' rolling in a ball after falling from the cliff in episode 7 is a reference to Godzilla: Final Wars, in which Anguirus has the ability to tuck into a ball as a means of quicker transportation. This was requested by Takkī (タッキー).
    • Rodan's hatching in episode 8 is reminiscent of a similar scene from the character's debut film. The episode's title, "Son of Minilla," is also a reference to Son of Godzilla.
  • 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 have been taken for Master of Monsters: Hedoji beginning with episode 8, culled from responses to a Tweet by the official GEMSTONE Twitter.[3] Episode 8's premise was suggested by Yasutaka (泰貴), episode 9's by Kuroneko vs. Godzilla (黒猫vsゴジラ,   Kuroneko tai Gojira), episode 15's by Hiropon (ヒロぽん), episode 16's by Kai Hodora (ホドラ.改,   Hodora Kai), and episode 17's by Kamatama (かまたま). A segment devoted to such submissions was also later introduced in episode 10.

Notes

  1. Translated on title cards as Go!Go! Godzillakun and in subtitles for the English dub of "Smack It! Three Godzilla Brothers" as Go! Go! Mr.Godzilla.
  2. Though the exclamation point is present on the segment's title card, it is sometimes absent, such as in the titles of episode uploads.
  3. While the segment's Japanese title card lacks an exclamation point, it is present in the titles and descriptions of episode uploads, as well as other sources. Additionally, the English title Go! Jet Jaguar is written in Japanese as ゆけ!ジェットジャガー (Yuke Jetto Jagā) on title cards beginning with episode 11 of Godziban, and as ゴー!ジェットジャガー (Gō Jetto Jagā) at the beginning of episode 15.

References

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