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Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Tom Gill – Pt. 2

Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Tom Gill – Pt. 2

Animation, Anime, Articles, Blog, Books, Comics, Culture, Dairanger, Interviews, Movies & TV, Power Rangers, Space Sheriff, Super Sentai, Toku, toku, tokusatsu, Ultraman
Welcome to the second installment of a brand new series here on HJU, Scholars Talking Toku. My name is Justin Mullis. I’m a scholar working in the academic field of religious studies with a life long love of Japanese pop-culture. Earlier this year an essay I wrote, “Notes from the Land of Light: Observations on Religious Elements Seen in Ultraman” was published in the book Giant Creatures in Our World: Essays on Kaiju and American Popular Culture (2017, McFarland Press) edited by Camille D.G. Mustachio and Jason Barr. I recommend you pick it up! As a result of my work on this essay I came to realize that there were a number of scholars, like me, who were interested in the topic of Japanese superheroes, through separated both geographically and by areas of expertise. The goal of ...
Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Tom Gill – Pt. 1

Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Tom Gill – Pt. 1

Anime, Articles, Blog, Books, Culture, Interviews, Kaiju, Kamen Rider, monster, Movies & TV, Super Sentai, Toku, toku, tokusatsu, Ultraman
Welcome to the start of a brand new series here on HJU, Scholars Talking Toku. My name is Justin Mullis. I'm a scholar working in the academic field of religious studies with a life long love of Japanese pop-culture. Earlier this year an essay I wrote, "Notes from the Land of Light: Observations on Religious Elements Seen in Ultraman" was published in the book Giant Creatures in Our World: Essays on Kaiju and American Popular Culture (2017, McFarland Press) edited by Camille D.G. Mustachio and Jason Barr. I recommend you pick it up! When I started working on this essay I believed that I was breaking new ground, that work by academics on Japanese superheroes was probably minuscule to nonexistent. What I soon realized however was that a number of scholars were in fact interested in this...
Ultraman Nexus 10th Anniversary Interview Series: Hiroyasu Shibuya and Keiichi Hasegawa

Ultraman Nexus 10th Anniversary Interview Series: Hiroyasu Shibuya and Keiichi Hasegawa

Interviews, Video Update
10 ago today, on October 2nd, 2004, the first episode of the TV series ULTRAMAN NEXUS (ウルトラマンネクサス, Urutoraman Nekusasu) was broadcast in Japan. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series, SciFi JAPAN TV presents the first in a series of interviews with series producer Hiroyasu Shibuya, writer and series organizer Keiichi Hasegawa, and directors Kazuya Konaka and Yuichi Abe. In this week’s episode, “Origins”, the staff discuss the early stages of the show’s development. (more…)
Interview with Yoshimitsu Banno, Executive Producer of GODZILLA 2014

Interview with Yoshimitsu Banno, Executive Producer of GODZILLA 2014

Interviews, Video Update
SciFi JAPAN TV has an exclusive 20 minute interview with Yoshimitsu Banno, the director of 1971's GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER (aka GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH) and Executive Producer of this year's GODZILLA from Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures'. In the interview, Mr. Banno discusses working with legendary director Akira Kurosawa and special FX pioneer Eiji Tsuburaya, directing HEDORAH, his efforts to make the IMAX short film GODZILLA 3-D, his involvement in the new GODZILLA, and much more! (more…)
Interview with White Dino Thunder Ranger Jeff Parazzo

Interview with White Dino Thunder Ranger Jeff Parazzo

Interviews, News
Last weekend, I attended SuperFan ComicCon in Toronto where Kevin Duhaney and Jeff Parazzo were present at their first local convention in the city which they are from. I had the opportunity to sit with them for an interview and ask them about various things including their thoughts on the news of the upcoming Power Rangers film! In part one of three interview posts, I talk to Jeff Parazzo who played the White Dino Thunder Ranger. Find out what he said after the jump... (more…)
HJU Exclusive Interview: Kane Kosugi the Black Kakuranger

HJU Exclusive Interview: Kane Kosugi the Black Kakuranger

Articles, Featured, Interviews
  In the tokusatsu community, Kane is best known for his role as Jiraya in Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, but this is a man with a love for tokusatsu and action. From his roles in Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero to his stunt choreography and motion capture in the Playstation game Tenchu: Stealth Assassins, he is always eager to tackle a new challenge. Henshin Justice Unlimited and Mecha Gorilla correspondent Trae Johnson interview this pillar in the tokusatsu shinobi about his experience with tokusatsu, his career, and his influences.  (more…)