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October 30, 2020

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The Eleven Most Fearsome Giant Monsters in Comic Books

World Comic Book Review proudly has a section dedicated to “kaiju”. Kaiju is a Japanese word meaning “strange beast” (怪獣), and refers to giant fantastic monsters. The motion picture “Pacific Rim” (2013) (see the image introducing this article) featured kaiju fighting giant robots piloted by humans. “Pacific Rim” is described as director Guillermo del Toro’s

Dragon Ball Super (Review)

“Dragon Ball Super”  Shueisha/VIZ Media, June 20, 2015 – ongoing Writer: Akira Toriyama, Toyotarou Dragon Ball Super is the manga sequel to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball shonen franchise, which originally ran from December 3, 1984 to June 5, 1995. The franchise became globally successful due to the anime adaptation, which was dubbed and released outside

Kaiju, History, Rage, and Mythology – Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Godzilla: Rage Across Time IDW Publishing, August, 2016-ongoing Writer: Jeremy Robinson (#1), Chris Mowry & Kahlil Schweitzer (#2) The globally famous, fictional giant reptilian monster “Godzilla” was originally introduced in a 1954 Japanese motion picture. The movie was a way of addressing the consequences of nuclear warfare, a concept all too real to Japan. Over

Yon and Mu (review)

“Yon and Mu” Kodansha Comics USA, October 2015 Writer: Junji Ito “Yon and Mu” is an autobiographical exercise, the description of a dog person’s slow transformation into a cat person. Writer and artist Junji Ito marries his sweetheart, described as “A-ko” (“ko” being the Japanese suffix meaning “child”, but has affectionate and cute connotations- “nekoko”

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