I was trying to figure out what to do tonight’s Showcase on. Another Ultraman series came up for posting, but I’ve done so much Ultraman I wanted to do something else for a while, like I did last week. Then this afternoon I bring up Twitter and learned today is the 50th anniversary of Godzilla Vs. Gigan, released in Japan on March 12, 1972, and off to YouTube I went. The official YouTube movie channel (free with ads) had this version up, offered by Shout Factory TV so if the video below doesn’t work (someone had problems with the last one I posted from YouTube Movies And Shows) here’s a link to the video on Shout Factory TV. A quick look shows I actually posted this before from Hulu but that offering is no longer available since Hulu changed their desire to make more money by letting websites post embeds of their videos and I have no time to come up with anything else. Plus it’s an anniversary so let’s do this!
A failing manga artist is hired by a company to create a mascot for their new theme park preaching “absolute peace”. However, the theme park is a ruse for something far more sinister, and alien (it’s Showa period Godzilla; Earth was invaded every few years). It’s up to the artist and his friends to foil their plans, but the aliens have Gigan, in his debut appearance, and access to Ghidorah. Luckily Earth has Godzilla and Anguirus. I only have access to a subbed version of the movie and not the English release Godzilla On Monster Island. On the plus side I’m sparing you the terrible English voices used for Godzilla and Anguirus, using the word balloons to tie in to the comic creator part of the plot, which is a nice touch. Enjoy!
If for some reason you want to hear the bad voices the English dub gave Godzilla and Anguirus here’s another bonus for the 50th along with the trailer from earlier.
In this case I’m going with the sub.