Role-playing games and Writing
Tonight's blog post is about something I am very passionate about, and that is role-playing games. I'm not talking about video games either, I'm talking about table top role-playing games such as Pathfinder, Warhammer, Dungeons and Dragons and stuff like that. Good old fashion pencil and paper with dice games. I have always been inspired to create and tell stories, and you can do that with role-playing ways in various creative ways. Role-playing games help you in two main ways. As a character you have a viewpoint of that character and you role-play according to how that character would perceive something. The other way is through the Dungeon Master (DM) as they are the story teller and have to deal with a variety of changes and obstacles to place in front of the players.
Playing a character or role-playing a character in these role-playing games is what it is all about. You create a character, or as we call it roll up a character. That person is who you have to play as in the game. There are two mechanics involved one is the dice-rolling which is all numbers, math, probability and that stuff. Then there is the actual role-playing, you put yourself in the shoes of a character and accomplish tasks, and great feats. You show the character you are trying to play, you are also more often than not trying to solve a problem, and then you have to try to put yourselves in the shoes of someone else.
You are showing your character, and the best way is to have a backstory for your character. Who is he/she. Where do they come from? What is their race, occupation, religion. What did they do before they went on this adventure? It is these questions that you can use to flesh out your character in a role-playing game. It is a skill that is learned the more you play these role-playing games.
It is not unlike what you have to do when you flesh out a character in a novel. Good characterizations can make good characters. The more unique or more real the character seems it makes them less like a trope. So, I do recommend any would be writer to try a role-playing game as it might help you vision a character, and what makes a good character.
That character is more often than not going to have to face problems, and you will have to give solutions. Sometimes that solution is using your magic spells, sword, or just kicking butt. However, sometimes you can't use violence. There are a variety of ways you can solve a scenario, be it diplomatically or strategically. That is another good thing about role playing games, is that it forces us to problem solve as characters. It uses our brains to find out solutions to problems, which I would say is useful outside the confines of the game.
It is really important when writing a character for a story. If your character is faced with a trial or a problem, you can use role playing to show how that character would deal with the obstacle. There are various literary tools you can use to help you with that such as Try-Fail cycles, and others. It helps the writer make the character into a better character and push a character arc to help them grow.
Remember, though that when you role-play that you are not the one making the decision. It is your character who is supposed to be making the decisions, you are just playing a chracter. If you are in a medieval setting, pulling out a firearm to end a quarrel is not going to be something you can do. You can't always just answer problems with violence, so putting yourself in the shoes of someone who is not going to be provoked to violence is a good exercise.
Character's are only one way to look at role-playing and how it can help writers. The Dungeon Master (DM) or Game Master (GM) is in charge of the game. He or she controls the fates per say of the characters. They are in charge of plot progressing, making the story itself so that the characters can advance it, they build the lore, and they are the ones who have to deal with the changes that the player characters invoke on their game world.
A DM must provide a plot and journey for the player characters. The players are the ones that will more than most likely be pushing the plot. However, a clever DM can allow the characters to push the plot and then mold the plot around the characters as well. Are the characters at the mercy of the plot or are they at their own mercy.
That is what you have to think about when you write a book. Pushing a plot on a character can seem dull in fantasy fiction, and in fact that is what many novelists tell us not to do. It can be a much more rewarding situation as the characters to push the plot forward instead of the plot pushing on the protagonists. Again, exercising as a DM can help you understand how good plot progresses a story and how not to do it.
Speaking of story, the Dungeon master is the one who places the problems and obstacles for the player characters. You are the one who is in charge of throwing monsters, traps, and a slew of other problems at these characters. Sometimes that ends in character death, sometimes that ends with having to reward the protagonists.
This is important for a since of advancement and plot advancement as well in a novel. You are in charge as the writer to make sure that the story is full of problem solving, choices, and conflicts. Going back to the try-fail cycle, is just one of many ways in which you can create a since of advancement in your story. You can get this by doing DM exercises and putting problems for these characters to solve.
As a DM you also are in charge of the lore and world building. Creating an interesting world in which the characters live. Be it diverse, homogeneous, basic fantasy or whatever. It is up to you to create the back drop and help shape the world. You can make it as interesting or as basic as you want. But, try to not bog down the game with lots of world building and exposition.
Speaking from experience, this is my main problem as a DM. I try too much to tell a story in a back drop and give tons of lore information. Instead of progressing the plot. So, my advice is to focus on a few things as a dungeon master, and also that is good advice when writing. Only focus on a few things in your lore when you write a book then add when they are needed.
Lastly a DM must deal with changes that the player character's invoke upon the world that they created. This is a culmination of all the other points. Sometimes things happen that completely change your world, and it is up to the DM to decide if that will stay or if they will use their god powers to change it. This can be as simple as reviving a character who died or deciding to keep a world changing event.
Again, speaking from experience. We just recently played a Pathfinder game where my friend DM'd a campaign in my world. An event happened that completely changed everything. Now I have to find out a way to make this event canon in my universe.
If you are a writer, and you read this blog I do suggest that you try a role-playing games. I'm sure you can find some friends who play a local Dungeons and Dragons campaign. If you can't, maybe you could join in one of my online sessions from time to time.
Influences of the Imagient King: Music
In today's blog post we are going to talk about some of the influences of my writing that comes from the music I listen to. Those who know me know that I mostly listen to metal, but may not know that I love classical music, film scores, jpop, and a plethora of multiple genres of music. I am mostly a metalhead, and when I am not listening to metal it is mostly jpop. Music has influences me to do a number of things in my writing. It has inspired me to write lyrics for songs. It has influenced names, plots, and ideas. In today's blog post I will just go over a few of them. The first one will discuss Wagner's Ring Cycle's influence on Imagient King's narrative. Next I will discuss how Iron Savior's song 'Way of the Blade' has influenced me to write a stand alone novel. Then, I will discuss how movie and video game scores have helped me write tension, battles, and flow.
The Ring Cycle known also as Der Ring des Nibelungen are well known pieces of opera dramas written by Richard Wagner. Many of my generation and many others known about Flight of the Valkyries from The Valkyries which is the second drama in the set. But, the opera has four pieces and I have listened to them before, and of course everyone from Tolkien especially Sigurd and Gudrun, The Hobbit, ect have been inspired by it in some degree. Mostly because Tolkien and Wagner both drew from the Volsung Saga.
What you might not know is that the first three books from The Imagient King also takes some ideas from this opera. Although, it is mostly due to certain European myths that influenced me also had influenced Wagner. The most influence is that of the opera Siegfried, that is similar to parts of Leonli's character arc. I'm not saying that the whole book series is influenced by Wagner, as it is more influenced by The Wheel of Time and Journey to the West. But, the more I research Siegfried, the more I see a connection between the path that Siegfried took in his journey and the decisions of Leonli in his journey.
Siegfried was much like Leonli was raised not by his real parents. Siegfried was raised by Alberich and Mime. Alberich wants to reforge a sword so that a hero can slay the giant dragon Fafner who has taken the ring and other riches for itself. The ring is that of the Rheingold, told in Das Rheingold. Leonli is raised by Miriam as a blacksmith, but lacks motivation. Siegfried forges the sword that will kill the dragon. Leonli forges Tsuna's weapon, which will slay the demon.
Both of the characters are somewhat mirrored in the sense that they are orphans who are used by plots of their foster parents to gain power. Siegfried is a puppet to Mime and Alberich to gain power and the gold ring. Leonli is a part of a larger conspiracy that will drive his destiny to fruition, backed by Miriam and a few more players.
In the second act of Siegfried, we have Alberich and Mime quarreling over the treasure. We have Siegfried killing the dragon. Although, you could say that this is symbolic in killing the demon. However, it is much more akin to the fight with a much bigger bad guy in the conclusion of the third book.
However, it is the third act in Siegfried that starts to diverge from Imagient King. The second and third Imagient King books take the final act of Siegfried and a bit of The Twilight of the Gods and turn it into a much more positive direction. You see originally, The Ring Cycle was going to end on a positive note, but Wagner changed it into that of a tragedy. The end of Imagient King is more like the end of Journey of the West or Wheel of Time than to that of The Ring Cycle.
Speaking of music, and influence I am not only writing The Imagient King, but some other book ideas. It's interesting how new music can influence ideas and spark the imagination. The best and most recent example is that of how my new stand-alone book entitled at this point, Pit Fight was created or at least how I got the idea for it. It all started with the song, Way of the Blade by Iron Savior and it is quite the funny story.
They don’t believe in the devil
They don’t believe in heaven or hell
The only believe is the battle
Those words and that verse from Iron Savior's Way of the Blade helped throw ideas into my head one day. Originally, the thought some warriors banding together who don't fear death, who don't fear gods or of heaven or hell. That sparked an idea in me one day. The idea started with that of some atheistic warriors who just go and fight monsters. After all this was how the song began.
Armies of monsters are marching
Bloodthirsty inhuman hordes
Straight out of hell they came to destroy
To kill in the name of gods
How can you not be influenced to write an awesome heroic novel when listening to something like that. It stirs the imagination and song writers like Piet Sielck, Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Dickenson, Kai Hansen who are all good at painting pictures with words, have helped create ideas. Piet Sielk in particular who writes the lyrics and music for Iron Savior inspired me to create a story or at least put thoughts into my head about atheist warriors. However, it was just an idea, and I take ideas and forge them into working concepts.
The idea of atheistic warriors was abandoned for gladiators. I had a few places where gladiators were commonplace in my giant world building mythos of Computus lore. But, where to place it in the time line that all was difficult to decide. Until, I started reading Malazan and talking about diversity and would create the story for Pit Fight which is pretty much Spartacus starring a Heroic Fantasy protagonist who is from a very African-influenced society called the Akosi.
The Akosi needed research so I had to ask one of my friends for information on Ugandan culture which I decided to be the basis oft the Akosi. A warrior culture derivative by Ugandan warriors, but a bit of my own fantasy flavor mixed in. The Akosi were a culture of imperialistic and martial warriors who wielded steel and rode on war elephants and rhinos.
This all started and was helped by one song, and thanks to this one song I know have a book idea. The book will be worked on next year, and I already have a ton of notes for this project. It will continue to work on it and make it the best book I can make. But, it all is thanks to being inspired by that Iron Savior song.
Then there is what I listen to when I write, which is mostly theme music from video games and scores from films/tv shows. I mostly do this because just like film scores influence a film's sense of tension and tone, it can help a book as well. I know a lot of writer use it for a variety of reasons such as clearing your thoughts and helping for focus. Those are all reasons I listen to it as well ,but I think it helps with tone and addressing pace as well.
You see I understand why various films, video games use music to add emotion to a scene. It adds something that you don't get from the script or from the actors. It helps clarify certain motifs in a written scene that can't be shown visually. It helps tie together something that isn't there.
I think that helps if writers use this idea in a manuscript for a novel. I think it helps add an extra voice to a piece. I'm not saying that all authors have to use this technique, but it is quite helpful for at least me, to write a scene.
For example, if I want to write a battle scene. I am probably going to either have a video game boss battle theme, or a faster classical piece playing. It helps with tone and I can imagine the battle in my head and with the help of the music create a tone and work on the pacing of the battle to the music. It doesn't mean I'm limited by the music, but I use the music to help construct the scene in my head and then write what I imagine. I am literally using the music to manifest my thoughts into paper. If that makes a bit more sense.
Music for me is not superficial, it is a very important part of my life. As you can see I am influenced by the music I listen to. Be it metal, classical, opera, or whatever. It helps me plan, it helps me mange life and it has always been there for me. It is why these influences won't just help me on my journey to be a better author, but a better person.
Daikaju Monster MAdness Week 5
Sorry, for getting this out late, but it is finally out. In today's blog post and the last in the series of Daikaiju Monster Madness Month, we will discuss some more of the Showa films. This last week I watched, Godzilla vs. Megalon, Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Terror of Mecha Godzilla, Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters, Invasion of the Astro Monster, and Godzilla's Revenge. I also posted this blog a bit late so I could watch Godzilla Raid's again on Monday. Many of these films excluding Godzilla Raids Again focus on the changing of Godzilla from a symbol of nuclear destruction into a kid friendly superhero. Many of these films are iconic and Godzilla fans form the 70's and 80's have avid memories of these films.
Godzilla vs. Megalon
Godzilla vs. Megalon has a sort of infamy within the Godzilla fandom. It has one of the most hilarious dubs, and dub not withstanding the story had been parodied by Mystery Science Theater and even commercials. It is a very fickle title in the opinion of many Godzilla fans, and I have always enjoyed it. This film has a lot of nostalgia for me, it is one of the original Godzilla films I watched when I was a kid and I do have fond memories of it. So despite the fond memories let's dig into this film and examine why it is probably hated.
The film starts off with nuclear activity that disrupts the monsters of Monster Island. Godzilla is left alone on the island while Angiurus falls into a fault and Rodan flies alone. This sets the scale for Godzilla is now alone. It sets the tone for the film, and of course is critical of nuclear attacks.
This comes to ahead when those nuclear attacks disrupt the undersea civilization of Seatopia who unleash their most powerful weapon Megalon to destroy the world.
Meanwhile an inventor named Goro Ibuki, his little obnoxious nephew Rokuro and their friend Hiroshi Jinkawa are on a lake. The lake dries up and becomes the base of Seatopia and will exact it's revenge of humanity.
Goro has created a robot called Jet Jaguar and Seatopia agents try to steal the robot. After the attack Goro completes Jet Jeguar. Then Seatopia once again comes and knocks out Goro and his nephew. Goro and his nephew who is a kid genius are sent to be killed, but for some reason Hiroshi is abducted and told of Seatopia's plans, because … reasons.
Jet Jaguar leads Megalon to attack various cities. The heroes free themselves and end up breaking Jet Jaguar free from control. However, the robot gains sentience and goes and gets Godzilla for help. So Godzilla and Jet Jetgaur fight Megalon. The giant bug is beat by the teamwork, but the Seatopians get help from Nebula M aliens and get Gigan to help them.
Godzilla and Jet Jeguar defeat the two monsters and in the end Jet Jegaur reunites with it's inventors.
The film is a fun film, but has a pretty ridiculous plot. The characters are funny, and it is obvious why Mystery Science Theater decided to parody this film. If you haven't checked out that episode I do recommend it, because despite making fun of the film, it does it in a creative and earnest way.
Godzilla vs. Gigan
Technically, this film came out before Megalon, but I watched it the day after. The film is also a pretty silly film. It also features one of the most brutal Godzilla battles since Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla. The film also features the return of King Ghidorah and of Angirius.
The plot of the film is fairly simple giant cockroach-like aliens flee their dying planet to colonize on Earth. To do this they assume the forms of dead humans and work to establish a theme park themed around peace. It is called World Children's Land and in the center they have Godzilla Tower.
However, their plan gets threatened with mangaka Gengo Kotaka is hired as the concept artist for the park. When Gengo acquires the tape that the aliens will use to control Ghidorah and Gigan, it causes Godzilla and Angiurus who hear the tape to come to World's Children's Land and stop the evildoers plans.
Godzilla sends Angiurus to see what the sound was about, and he gets pushed back by the JSDF. Then the both of them head to World Children's Land and while Gengo and his friends try to sabotage Godzilla Tower a fight is about to begin.
The interesting thing about this fight that takes place is that Godzilla and Angiurus take on Ghidorah and Gigan who are assisted by Godzilla Tower. The tower and monsters proves too much for Godzilla who is pushed back, and brutally beaten. It really is one of the most brutal fights in Godzilla's history.
Gengo and his group of would-be saviors with the help of the JSDF plant explosives in Godzilla Tower, and have the bugs shoot the explosions. The funny thing is that Gengo draws a cook lifesize portrait of the heroes which is what sparks the guards to shoot it and blow up the tower themselves. With the Tower no more, Godzilla and his friend defeat Gigan and Ghidorah who flee into space. Then our heroic monsters return to Monster Island.
The film is pretty silly, but features some iconic lines. Some great characters, and some hillarious monster possibilities. Mamagon the monster of strict mothers and Shukra the homework monster. Apparently Mamgon is a borrowed name from a creature from the Ultraman series, which I didn't know about that until later.
Overall, this is a fun film, but has one huge theme. That over reliance of technology will make humanity stagnant. We must always strive to be creative, and not focus too much on technology. The characters are also interesting, and carry themes with them throughout the film.
Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Probably the most political, and social of Godzilla films, Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster or Godzilla vs. Hedorah is a trippy adventure that is quite bizarre. Godzilla's main enemy is a bloblike monster with multiple forms.
A scientist investigates a tadpole like organism which attacks ships. He is then attacked by the monster and is blinded in one eye for the remainder of the film. The theme of pollution is almost overbearing in this movie, but it is the main theme of the movie so I will let it slide.
Hedorah eventually mutates so that it can live on land and sucks up smoke from the pipes. It also attacks a dance hall, where two of our main characters are dancing/singing. Godzilla appears and fights Hedorah, but he is defeated in that encounter and Hedorah flees with a new flying form. After the attack, black scorch marks are seen. It is revealed that Hedorah can be defeated by using sparks. It is also discovered that Hedorah is from space.
The JSDF construct giant magnetic panels to shoot electricity to fry the smog monster. Meanwhile Japanese youths organize together a giant hippie fest. (I'm calling it that, because that is exactly what it is.) This attracts Hedorah who is then attacked by the mob of youths, who get their butts kicked until Godzilla arrives. Godzilla arrives and is initially defeated once again.
Hedorah then is led to the giant panels, but when it was fighting Godzilla it knocked the power lines out. This makes the JSDF scurry to fix the power problem. But, we don't have to worry, because Godzilla appears and uses his breath to power the panels and defeats Hedorah. He takes out a circular orb and it immobilizes the creature. However, it tries to escape, but Godzilla grabs it and forces it once again to be hit by the electromagnetic waves which cripples it and eventually destroys it for good.
The main theme for this film is pro-environmentalism, and is very anti-pollution. There is also a message about youth, but it is really hard to tell if it was being positive about the youth of Japan or being cynical. Despite these social problems addressed as themes, the film is a really weird acid trip. It uses pchadelic music along with weird scenes and lights to create a very 60's feel. The film is still enjoyable, but you don't need drugs watching it, you already feel like you are on them when watching the film.
Terror of MechaGodzilla
Now we move onto one of my most favorite Godzilla films, most notably because my favorite kaiju Titanasaurus is in this film. The film's intro sequences start out with flashbacks of Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, where the vicious fight is depicted.
Then we begin with a submarine that is attacked by a giant dinosaur looking for the wreckage of MechaGodzilla. Interpol and a biologist find out that a similar dinosaur was discovered by Shinzo Mafune who was a disgraced scientist. Ichinose, the marine biologist and Interpol agent Kusaka, the two of them visit Mafune's lab, but are greeted by his daughter who says that he is dead.
What they don't know is Mafune is alive and is helping the alien simians in their destruction of earth and revenge against Godzilla. Ichinose and Mafune's daughter, Katsura ends up falling in love with each other. But, Katsura is actually a cyborg as she was killed in the first experiments in controlling Titanasaurus.
Desperate to get his revenge Mafune sends Titansaurus. This encounter allows Interpol to find out that the dinosaur has a weakness, supersonic waves. So the team gets together to build an weapon to stop Titansaurus. However, Katsura arrives to disable the machine. However, all is not lost as Godzilla appears to fight Titansaurus. Meanwhile the simians lay in wait as they will have Mecha Godzilla destroy the victor.
Ichinose tries to visit Katsura, but he is captured by the aliens. He is then tied up, and watches as Mafune and his alien allies unleash both MechaGodzilla and Titansaurus to destroy Tokyo. Meanwhile Interpol agents repair the sonic machine. Katsura who is now controlled by the aliens completely controls both monsters to destroy the city.
Godzilla comes to defend Tokyo, but he is badly outnumbered by the two monsters. Interpol distract the humbering Titansaurus with the supersonic wave oscillator Godzilla can focus on taking on his metallic other half. Interpol agents led by Kusaka save Ichinose and end up killing Mafune and many of the aliens. The remaining enemies try to flee, but are destroyed by Godzilla. Katsura who breaks free of the control commits suicide so that Mechagodzilla can be destroyed and now that it is no longer under controll, Godzilla defeats Titanasaurus.
The film is rather interesting as it was a direct sequel to Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, but didn't do as successful. Many people don't like Titansaurus, but I loved his design. That is mostly because I love dinosaurs, and find the cyborg story arc with Katsura was interesting. I also felt that the human characters in general were better than the original film. But, the fight choreagraphy in both films were great.
Themes include that of love, and being more machine than man, or in the case of Katsura woman. The tampering of monsters, as well as with nature. A big theme is also vengence since that is what drove Mafune to the side against humans. There is a respect of science in this film, as the younger generation was much more eager to support Mafune, even though the old guard scientists thought he was crazy.
Godzilla: Destroy all Monsters
Godzilla: Destroy all Monsters is the big monster mash, and a ton of great fun. All the monsters are brought to Monsterland which is in the Ogasawara island chain. There a special control center was constructed to make sure the monsters stay safe and so researchers can study them with no danger to themsleve.s
Mysteriously, one day Monsterland is attacked and the signal is lost. Then monsters start to appear across the world and attack major cities. Dr. Yoshida who heads the UNSC has captain Yamabe and the crew of his spaceshift to leave the moon and head to Monsterland. There they see that the scientists have been controlled mind-controlled slaves of the Kilaaks who have the ability to control monster.s The leader demands humanity surrender or face destruction.
Godzilla attacks New York City, thirty years before Godzilla '98 making him a hipster. Rodan meanwhile is in Moscow, Mothra attatacks Beijing, Gorosaurs is in Paris, but is identified as being Baragon. These attacks initially were actually one big distraction to open Japan so that the Kilaaks can set up base near Mt. Fuji. They then attack Tokyo and in their arrogance, don't protect the thing that lets them control the monsters. In the same swoop the astronauts destroys the Killaks lunar base and return the alien control systems to earth. This allows the earthlings to unite the monsters to fight the Kilaaks.
The monsters now attack the Kilaaks base, but the aliens have a hidden monster in the form of King Ghidorah. Godzilla and his merry group of monsters team up and defeat King Ghidorah. The Kilaaks then bring out their trump card called the Fire Dragon. Which attacks the control center at Ogasawara Island. Despite this Godzilla attacks the base, knowing that their enemies are the Kilaaks. The space ship battles the Fire dragon and achieves victory for humanity. Then the remaining monsters return home.
There isn't any real themes to this film, it is just a fun ride. If you like giant monsters and some action sequences with humans doing a generic science fiction plot then this is for you. It is a simple film, and I do recommend the dub as it is a pretty hilarious.
Godzilla Raids Again
This is a film that is rather boring to talk about, but it is historically significant for a few reasons. It was the first film with Angirius, which is introduced fighting Godzilla in the first part of the film. The other reason this film is historically significant is for it's atrocious dub which cut scenes and ruined characters and plot points. The dub does have George Takei, but beyond that, it is pretty atrocious. I haven't watched the dub in a while, but what I remember was that it was bad.
The film starts with two pilots named Shoichi Tsukioka and Koji Kobayashi are hunting for fish for a tuna company based in Osaka. While surverying for fish, Kobayashi's plane malfuctions and he is dropped on Iwato Island. When looking for his friend, Tsuioka finds his friend safe with basic injury. Then they hear strange noises and find two monsters fighting. The two monsters who are fighting are Godzilla and Anguirus. The two return and a group of scientists reveal that Godzilla and Anguirus were from the same time period.
Kyouhei Yamane the paleontologist from the first film is present at the meeting. He shows some clips of the original monster attack. This is when the film starts to get boring, because it is silent footage and is played for an extended time. It is a huge part of this film where scene go on for a long time with no build up.
He reveals that they can't stop Godzilla because professor Serizawa took the secret of the oxygen destroyer with him. This is a nice tie in to the first film, and much like the first film this new Godzilla and Angirius were probably awoken thanks to the H-bomb tying into Godzilla's nuclear origins.
Despite this Godzilla appears in Osaka. A blackout and mass evacuation plan is needed. The JASDF lure Godzilla away from the shore with flames and starts to leave.
However, not all goes as planned as some prisoners escape in the darkness. The few of them that escape are followed by the police in a truck. The truck then crashes into a massive building used for some sort of chemicals which causes a massive fire. The fire attracts Godzilla and just a few minutes latter Anguirus swims ashore as well and the two monsters fight each other.
They destroy the tuna canner ythat Tsukioka and Kobyashi work for, which comes up later as well. In the fight, the criminals get what they deserved as they are submerged in water in the subways. Meanwhile Godzilla traps Angirius in the moat of Osaka Castle and burns it to death.
Days later Kobayashi is transferred the to Hokkaido plant. During the part he invites Tsukika and his own fiance Hidemi. There they are notified that Godzilla has destroyed fishing boats. The military and the pilots go looking for Godzilla. Tsukioka finds the monster and notifies the cannery where Kobayashi flies off to switch places.
Kobayashi dives his plane to distract Godzilla as the JSDF plan to bury Godzilla in an avalanche on the small island. Kobayashi is killed, but in his death they found out they can use the bombs they were using on Godzilla to bury him. So the shoot missiles at the mountain and bury the monster in ice freezing it to death.
The film is long and drags on forever. The first half has some slow parts, and the ten minutes or so of silent footage isn't needed. A recap was fine, making sure we knew who the monsters were, but it was a good half of the film. The fight in Osaka is interesting, but again drags on for a long time. The characters themselves were interesting, but didn't get enough development time. We also don't see Kobayashi's fiance, which is a huge part of the film. If we were shown her picture, I think that his death would have had a larger impact.
Overall, these films were the last Godzilla films I watched in October. Godzilla is my favorite movie monster and character. Throughout October, I rewatched and analyzed my favorite hero/villain/anti-hero with all his films. I have changed some of my opinions. Including finding new found love for Showa films, a new found dislike for the Heisei era, and still loving the films I loved the most. It has been a great month, so please keep reading my blog if you want more information on my books, what I am up to and the latest news.
A.L. Hornbeck, historian, author, metalhead, and all around geek.