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Crawdaunt: Horror of the Deep by KaijuWithNoName
Crawdaunt: Horror of the Deep
Most people who have either been to my page or at least know the name of my account know that I am a massive kaiju film fan. I wanted to do something for kaiju films, but I wanted to do something different. One day I was flipping on deviantart and remembered an awesome piece I saw from Twarda8 :icontwarda8: .…   It inspired me to create my own tribute to both Pokémon, the first real Nintendo game I ever owned, and my favorite film franchise.

Pokémon is awesome! My first true Nintendo game I ever owned was a copy of Pokémon Blue for the Gameboy. It was so much fun to play. I have a strong nostalgia for the Indigo League season of the show (even with its faulty dubbing, courtesy of 4Kids). I admit that I am a bit behind in the games, but I still try to keep up with what's been created. My fandom for the franchise grew when I one day discovered that the entire concept of Pokémon came from Ultraseven. It makes sense, I mean- after all, Seven's capsule monsters (Windam,Miclas, and Agira) were precursors to Pokémon. Many Pokémon as it turned out had been either phyiscally modeled after kaiju (ex: Nidoking looks awfully similar to Baragon) or their moves are similar to those done by kaiju (ex: Squirtle's Hydro Pump is similar to how Gamera flies) and that just further adds to the awesomeness of this franchise.

As for the kaiju part of this fanart, I'm paying tribute to Ebirah: Horror of the Deep/Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster. This is a film that is considered by many to be a low point in the franchise and admittedly it does have its faults. Most of the faults are due to the fact that this film was originally going to have King Kong star as the main kaiju instead of Godzilla (hence why Godzilla had a thing for Kumi Mizuno's character, Dayo). There are problems with the soundtrack to the point that when GNP Crescendo Records released a compilation of the best parts of each Godzilla film (from 1954-1995) they left out tracks from Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (lets just say that during some scenes I kept expecting Elvis to start surfing in and singing "Blue Hawaii" or something at some point). But, despite all those faults, I still liked the film. If you want a more detailed review, he's Brandon Tenold's awesome review of this movie.…

Overall, I hope that I not only captured the spirit of both franchises, but also made Twarda8 proud.

Tyranitar, Crawdaunt, Beautifly, Yveltal- copyright Nintendo, Game Freak, The Pokémon Company, Satoshi Tajiri
Ash Ketchum, Misty, Brock- copyright OLM Inc., Team Ota, Team Iguchi, Team Kato, 4Kids Entertainment, The

Pokémon Company International
Would You Like to Know More? by KaijuWithNoName
Would You Like to Know More?

"There are no dangerous weapons. There are only dangerous men."- Sgt. Charles Zim

Robert A. Heinlein's Hugo Award winning novel Starship Troopers is one of the greatest sci-fi novels of all time. Whether or not you agree with the politics presented in the book, it was an important work of science fiction because it explored the politics of a space militia. Many elements of this book also inspired a lot of other works including books (Joe Haldeman's The Forever War, John Steakley's Armor, John Scalzi's Old Man's War, and John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata...I am still not sure if Orson Scott Card's Ender series was inspired by Starship Troopers), films (the colonial marines from Aliens were modelled after the Mobile Infantry, in fact they used terms that present in the book ["bug hunt", "drop", etc.]), anime (Yoshiyuki Tomino was directly influenced by Starship Troopers when he created Mobile Suit Gundam), and video games (Warhammer 40,000, StarCraft, Armorines: Project S.W.A.R.M., and the Halo series).

An anime OVA adaptation of Starship Troopers was released in 1988. The designs for the Mobile Infantry's power armors were created by Kaztuaka Miyatake, who is famous for his work on Macross (the source material for the first third of Robotech). Say for one scene on YouTube, I have not seen the anime. I really wish that either someone would post it on YouTube with subtitles or that it would be released in the U.S. on DVD/Blu-Ray. I am very interested to see what they did with the source material.

Perhaps the most famous version of the story, and admittedly the version that got me interested in the Mobile Infantry, was the 1997 film. It was directed by Paul Verhoeven, who directed Robocop (one of my all-time favorite films, which should not have been given a crappy remake) and Total Recall (another great sci-fi film that also got an unnecessary remake). The movie deviates from the book....alot. Sure there are some similarities to the book, but the similarities are only superficial. For example- what happened to the Squishies and why didn't they use the effects to create the power armor from the book?! But unlike some movies that are supposedly based on books but completely deviate from them to the point that they're barely recognizable (Eragon [no relation to Baragon nor Barugon] and World War Z- I am looking at you with strong contempt), I actually kind of like this film. The story's a decent one and the battles between the bugs and the Mobile Infantry are awesome (probably because of the inner THEM, The Black Scorpion, and The Beginning of the End fan in me). If you want another opinion about the differences between the book and the film, I strongly recommend watching The Dom's Lost in Translation review of the film and book.…   I also recommend checking out Krimson Rogue's review of it in his The Book Was Better series.…   Oh, and as for the DVD sequels- I absolutely hated them. The most tolerable one was Starship Troopers: Invasion, but even that was so-so (it felt like I was watching cut-scenes from a video game that you didn't get to play to earn said cut-scenes). I also haven't seen Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles (so I have no opinions on it). On December 2011, it was announced that there would be a remake of Starship Troopers. The results, even if they aren't good, will still be interesting.

With this piece, I wanted to pay tribute to both the book and the legacy that it inspired. I hope you will enjoy this piece.

Starship Troopers- copyright Robert A. Heinlein, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Ace books
Starship Troopers- copyright Sunrise, Bandai Visual
Starship Troopers- copyright Tristar Pictures, Buena Vista International, Touchstone Pictures, Jon Davison Productions

Frankenstein vs King Kong by KaijuWithNoName
Frankenstein vs King Kong
"Holy mackerel! What a show"- Carl Denham

King Kong is one of my all time favorite movies (and I'm surprised its taken me this long to pay tribute to it on deviantart). Willis O'Brien's effects and the story are just timeless. Son of Kong was a decent film, but not exactly the best follow up to such a cinematic classic. There have been two remakes, one in the 70's (which stunk and its sequel that was worse) and one in 2005 (which I consider one of the best monster movie remakes since John Carpenter's The Thing and The Fly).

Frankenstein has always been a fun thing for cinema to explore, whether it be James Wale's classic Frankenstein (along with its sequel that is debatably superior- The Bride of Frankenstein) or Terrence Fisher's The Curse of Frankenstein (with Peter Cushing as the "good" doctor).  Overall, chances are if its Frankenstein related I might get some enjoyment out of it (except for I, Frankenstein...that movie sucked).

Why do I have a boxing styled poster of King Kong with a strange humanoid creature? Well, there was originally going to be a sequel to King Kong that would have been released in the early 1960s. This film would have featured a creature created by Frankenstein's grandson and the two beasts would have fought in San Francisco (though one wonders how Kong would have come back considering that, you know, he got shot down by airplanes). The idea was later taken by John Beck and could not find an American film studio to buy the story (even with the title being renamed King Kong vs. Prometheus). But, strange luck would have it that Toho bought the story and changed it so that instead of Frankenstein's Monster, it would be the king of the monsters himself, Godzilla, that battled Kong. Kong not only appeared in Toho's King Kong vs. Godzilla, but he also appeared in King Kong Escapes (a film where Kong battled a robot duplicate of himself, which I suspect is where they got the idea of Mechagodzilla). But, Toho did not abandon the idea of a giant sized Frankenstein's monster since they used it for Frankenstein Conquers the World (a movie that honestly is not that bad, in fact I actually liked it) fact, Toho also considered having the monster battle Godzilla in a movie that would have been called Godzilla vs. Frankenstein (heck, Nick Adams's character Dr. Bowen was in that script). Frankenstein's monster's involvement in Toho's kaiju films was also responsible for one of my favorite kaiju movies, The War of the Gargantuas.

This concept idea for Frankenstein's monster battling King Kong seemed so strange yet so intriguing that I could not help but discuss it. I hope you guys will enjoy this piece.

King Kong, Frankenstein- copyright Willis O'Brien, John Beck, George Worthing Yates, Toho Co. Ltd.
Reviewamania VI: Bone Button vs. Ultimate Warrior by KaijuWithNoName
Reviewamania VI: Bone Button vs. Ultimate Warrior
RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper

"I like wrestling. But I don't like fighting."- Lou Ferrigno, "The Cage"
I love watching wrestling. When I was a kid, my dad and I used to flip between WCW Monday Nitro and WWF (I'm sorry, "WWE") Monday Night RAW. I'm such a fan of wrestling that I have often searched on YouTube for classic wrestling matches (some before my time, which got me really invested in the stuff). Although lately I haven't been much of a fan of WWE and TNA Impact, I still watch wrestling- specifically the El Rey Network's Lucha Underground. My favorite wrestler was and still is Bill Goldberg.

Now, some of you may be wondering- what the heck is going on here? I've admitted before that I am a big fan of Atop the 4th Wall and the Spoony Experiment. The Spoony One and Linkara reviewed the hilariously awful comics written by the late Ultimate Warrior, a wrestler who was so bat-crap crazy that one wonders why he was allowed to write comics to begin with. Because of those reviews, I became a fan of the Warrior's wrestling matches. Fairly recently, during Linkara's review of Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating Batman (part of a series that explored the idea of Stan Lee reimagining the DCU), a new character was introduced (and I hope he'll show up again in a future review)- Bone Button. Along with promoting Longbox of the Damned: A Midsummer's Nightmare (which was awesome by the way), his character challenged Cthulhu and that version of Batman to a wrestling match. It made me wonder, what were to happen if that wrestler dared to challenge the destrucity of the Warrior? I hope you'll enjoy this piece.

Pollo, Bone Button, 90's Kid- Lewis Lovhaug, Channel Awesome, Inked Reality
Warrior Spoony, Burton- Noah Antwiler, Blip TV
Snowflame- copyright DC Comics
Warrior- copyright Ultimate Creations, Ultimate Warrior, Jim Callahan, J.D. Smith
Giant Robo and Tetsujin 28 vs. Black Ox and GR2 by KaijuWithNoName
Giant Robo and Tetsujin 28 vs. Black Ox and GR2
I've always been a fan of GR1 ever since the days of seeing Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still OVA and later seeing Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot (thank you, iTunes and Shout Factory!). My interest in Mitsuteru Yokoyama's works were further validated because of the awesome Tetsujin 28 DVDs released by Geneon (wasn't entirely a fan of the live-action film they also released, but that's just me). So I felt that it would be awesome to see Giant Robo and Tetsujin 28 team up to take on Black Ox and GR2 (Torozon, as it was called in Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot). I hope you'll enjoy it.

Giant Robo, GR2- copyright Mitsuteru Yokoyama, Shogakun Kodansha
Tetsujin 28, Black Ox- copyright Mitsuteru Yokoyama, Shonen
Well, fellow deviants- looks like I'm back. My schedule is starting to lighten up lately, so be sure to check in for some more submissions.

Anyway, onto a bit of news that I should address and admittedly have been slow in giving an opinion on - Godzilla Japanese cinema. That's right - Toho is making a film series while Legendary Pictures focuses on making its Godzilla trilogy. The news came on March 30, which made me suspect that this was a faux article due to April Fools' occuring that same week. But, it was later revealed that the news was true. The source I learned this information from was the author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters: Defending the Earth with Ultraman, Godzilla, and Friends in the Golden Age of Japanese Science Fiction Film himself, August Ragone, on his blog "The Good, The Bad, and Godzilla".……

As far as my thoughts are opinions, even though I am excited to see more kaiju material [especially since there's a live-action Attack on Titan coming up soon], I have mixed feelings about this. Yes, its great to see Godzilla return [especially with Shinji Higuchi, the visual effects master behind the Gamera trilogy, and Hidaeki Anno, the creator of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, attached to the project]. The teaser poster does get you excited for the upcoming movie. I am, however, worried that this might potentially hurt the Legendary pictures trilogy. But, it is entirely possible that I may be overreacting and might need to just relax and accept the fact that we're getting some more kaiju awesomeness in the near future. Overall, this will more than likely be an interesting experience for kaiju fans.



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I'm glad you liked it! Stay tuned there's more "Night Wolf" character designs and pages to come! And if you are interested check out the script to issue #1! Thanks again!
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