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Crazy movie coincidence reveals Godzilla’s true weakness: Films called Your Name

The King of the Monsters has his cinema dominance challenged by hit anime Your Name, and it won’t be the first time he’s been defeated by a movie with that title.

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How much would it cost Tokyo to recover from a Godzilla attack? Analyst gives the shocking answer

Famous for his ability to demolish buildings, the King of the Monsters would also be pretty adept at wrecking Japan’s finances.

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Image of Godzilla designs past and present show newest Japanese film’s monster is the tallest yet

A new graphic shows that Godzilla has been on some serious nuclear-infused ‘roids the last 60 years.

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The original Godzilla would look positively tiny attacking modern-day Tokyo【Pictures】

Photos show just how much the capital of Japan and the King of the Monsters have grown in 60 years.

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After all these years, there’s still one place in Tokyo Godzilla won’t ever touch

There’s just one place in Tokyo this mascot of mayhem always seems to spare.

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Evangelion Unit-01 morphs into Godzilla in exquisitely freaky crossover figure【Pictures】

The King of the Monsters is lurking under the skin of modern anime’s most iconic mecha.

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Reebok releases limited edition Instapump Fury Road sneakers to celebrate upcoming Godzilla movie

Step out in a pair of Godzilla kicks featuring a number of awesome beastly details.

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Japan’s Godzilla movie looks darker than ever in director Hideaki Anno’s new trailer【Video】

Godzilla is once again menacing and immune to missiles.

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Godzilla and fellow kaiju monsters apologise at Japanese press conference for acts of destruction

And every formal Japanese-style apology comes with a heartfelt bow.

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Japanese superhero Ultraman spotted going to work on the Yamanote train line in Tokyo

Will station staff let him give up his kaiju monster-fighting days and allow him to commute like an ordinary Japanese salaryman?

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Godzilla takes over limited-time retrospective exhibit at the Fukuoka Art Museum this summer

On July 15, the King of the Monsters is set to trample all over Japan’s southern city of Fukuoka! Er, well, maybe just the art museum…

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Godzilla/Evangelion crossover figure: Two giants of Japanese storytelling in one awesome package

Get in the damn kaiju, Shinji.

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Godzilla vs. Evangelion continues with art by kaiju designer Yuji Kaida

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Teaser gives us our first peek at Japan’s upcoming Godzilla movie—and he’s gonna be BIG!【Video】

The upcoming Japanese-made film, which now has a release date and teaser video, will feature the largest Godzilla in franchise history.

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So a bikini model and a kaiju walk into Japan’s most famous porn location…to sell toys 【Video】

A rubber suit monster, surreal humor, and a heaping helping of sexual subtext that has nothing to do with the product itself? This might be the alpha and the omega of Japanese commercials.

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Kagawa’s Udon Monster joins Japan’s other local kaiju to help save the environment

Did you know that each of Japan’s 47 prefectures has a designated monster that represents their region? The larger-than-life beings were born from the “Gotouchi Kaiju” (“Local Monsters”) multimedia project helmed by Professor Hiroshi Sagae, who’s worked on a number of kaiju-centric films such as Godzilla Millenium, Ultraman Saga and Gamera the Brave.

Now there’s a special crowdfunding campaign that’s calling on the masses to support the plight of the monsters as they strive to protect nature and promote greenery in their towns. Patrons who contribute to their favourite beast will be rewarded with cards, T-shirts or even a 3-D kaiju figurine but best of all, the funds raised for each prefecture will go towards supporting environmental projects in the region.

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Automated Godzilla coin bank will make you King of the Moneysavers

Itazura Banks are a series of cute little Japanese coin banks that look like cardboard boxes, each with an adorable animal hiding inside. You place a coin on the edge of the box and a sweet little kitty’s paw pops out to grab your money and keep it safe in the bank for you.

But if that all sounds a bit too cutesy for your liking, never fear—the newest Itazura Bank doesn’t contain a kitten or a panda, but Godzilla himself!

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Screaming crowds stampede through Tokyo as new Godzilla movie starts filming 【Video】

Last Sunday morning, dozens of Tokyoites ran screaming through the streets of the Kamata neighborhood. Ordinarily, this would be cause for concern, but for cinema fans the world over, this is actually something to celebrate, as the crowds, caught on video, are proof that filming has begun for the newest made-in-Japan Godzilla movie.

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The surprisingly classy secret of where Godzilla’s roar comes from

Awesome as Godzilla may be, in most of his best-loved appearances it’s pretty easy to tell that the world’s most famous kaiju is being portrayed by a guy in a rubber suit. What’s less obvious, though, is how the creature’s unmistakable roar was created, and it turns out there’s actually a rather high-brow origin to the King of the Monsters’ signature sound effect.

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Ultraman-themed Kaiju Pub is coming back to Kawasaki, and this time it’s here to stay!

Getting pounded into the turf by a 40-meter (131-foot) tall martial artist who can shoot beams of energy from his hands can’t be an easy lifestyle. So last year when a restaurant opened in Kawasaki to honor the giant monsters and aliens who so often end up on the losing side of the battles in the Ultraman franchise, we thought it was nice they now had a place to relax, enjoy some tasty food, and knock back a few beers between regularly getting pummeled by the good guys.

Of course, we Earthlings were also welcome at the establishment, called the Kaiju Sakaba (“Monster Pub”). We stopped by shortly after the place opened last year, and all of the Ultraman-themed decorations made us feel like we were little kids again (well, at least until our first round of alcoholic drinks arrived, anyway). And then we felt like little kids again as wept in sadness upon hearing the Kaiju Sakaba was closing last March.

But, just like the ending of each installment of the Ultraman saga gives way to the next chapter, the Kaiju Sakaba is coming back to Kawasaki later this month, and this time it’s here to stay!

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