Godziban Episode 07 – “Run! Three Brothers’ Chapter” Go! Go! Godzilla-kun # 5 (Review)

March of Godzilla 2019

Godziban Episode 07 – “Run! Three Brothers’ Chapter” Go! Go! Godzilla-kun # 5

aka ゴジばん
Godziban ゴジばん
September 20, 2019
Written and directed by Hideyuki Kobayashi
Godziban ゴジばん
With the seventh episode of Godziban we are forced to ask the big question. Where is Gabara? Certainly he has to show up soon to bully Minya so the Godzilla brothers can train him to beat him up, right? I know the puppet exists, there are photos of him from the original stage show! Maybe after the monster training storyline concludes. (Future Tars here: Nope, we have a different story yet and several new characters, but no Gabara yet!) Until then, we got more Go! Go! Godzilla-kun! There is a new kaiju who shows up this week, so maybe the cast will continue to expand like a star reaching the end of its life cycle! Wait, maybe I should find a better analogy than that. No time, gotta hit post!

Go! Go! Godzilla-kun
Godzilla-kun is training the boys how to run like real monsters. Suddenly Anguirus and Baragon pop up and want to join in on the running fun. Yes, Baragon is here now! Hooray for Baragon, everyone loves him!
In puppet form! Also even Baby Mothra comes by, it’s a regular Monster Island reunion going on here!
Godziban ゴジばん
Godzilla and Anguirus race first. Baragon and Little also race, Baragon is much faster and jumps ahead. Minya and Baby Mothra then get ready to race, and just like last time in the GEMSTONE pilot, Baby Mothra makes Minya eat her dust by blasting away so fast. Godzilla-kun and Anguirus converse via speech bubbles agian, this time animated instead of on signs. Baby Mothra passes by Little and Baragon (Little has regained much of the lost distance) and then Godzilla-kun and Anguirus, each time making everyone she passes spin around out of control by how fast she is passing them. Baby Mothra then turns and heads back to the start, passing everyone again. The others make it back to the starting line, Little hitching a ride on Baragon’s back. Everyone then faints as Minya says a joke

Now it is time for the big race between all monsters, everyone will race at the same time, reach a far away flag, and then return. Per usual, Baby Mothra shoots off super fast and returns before anyone knows what is going on. I also enjoy thejoke that Minya keeps getting knocked down by her speed and just lies there at the starting line until Mothra returns. Mothra has Minya ride on her back as she races out again, passing by the other 4 and making them eat her dust. Minya and Mothra win, Minya having learned the valuable lesson to have fast friends. Community and solidarity is the key to be a good monster.

Hedoji
We are again on the wasteland, but this time the clouds give the setting sun (or moon??? who knows!) an otherworldly look. Perhaps they have wandered so far on Earth they ended up on another desolate planet. Perhaps they are on the Planet of the Apes and may pass by a Statue of Liberty buried in the sand. Or maybe they are in the near future and Mad Max and his friends will soon drive by in cars. We may never know, but we do know that this stinger keeps the same format as the usual Hedoji episodes.
Godziban ゴジばん
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Posted by Tars Tarkas - December 11, 2019 at 10:29 am

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Godziban Episode 06 – “Secret recipe! roll of drop kick” Go! Go! Godzilla-kun #4/ Kamatte-Godzilla # 3 (Review)

March of Godzilla 2019

Godziban Episode 06 – “Secret recipe! roll of drop kick” Go! Go! Godzilla-kun #4/ Kamatte-Godzilla # 3

aka ゴジばん
Godziban ゴジばん
September 13, 2019
Written and directed by Hideyuki Kobayashi
Godziban ゴジばん
The sixth episode of Godziban is packed with skits, not only having the Godzilla brothers do Godzilla things, but there is a Kamatte Godzilla skit thrown in and TWO Hedojiis! Bigger, better, and banging, that the Godzi way!

Go! Go! Godzilla-kun
Godzilla-Kun is still having the monster practice for his two brothers near the Sonic the Hedgehog ramp. This time they are to kick a giant rock off a cliff onto the ramp. Godzilla-kun demonstrates this using the horizontal flying we saw in Godzilla vs Megalon and kicks the rock. Little tries next, he masters the horizontal flight, but when he hits the rock it is far too massive and instead he is the one who goes flying. At least Little manages to land on his feet.

Minya tries next, but he can’t do the horizontal kick straight and keeps somersaulting around until he hits the rock head-first. Needless to say, that does not work. Minya tries again and gets a straight horizontal kick, but the rock is again too big and he bounces on top of it. That’s enough to dislodge the rock, it falls over the edge and begins rolling with Minya grabbing on for dear life. It rolls back to the top of the cliff where Little then tries to grab Minya, but fails and instead is now clinging to the rock as well as it rolls back and forth. It reaches the top of the cliff again and this time Godzilla-kun is now grabbing onto it as well as it heads back down. This is like reverse Sisyphus or something!
Godziban ゴジばん
Baby Mothra comes by and they call for help. Mothra helps…by rolling alongside the rock as it rolls back and forth!!!! This goes on for quite a while, Anguirus spies them rolling around and a big question mark appears above his head.

I appreciate that one of the lessons of this episode showed that doing a horizontal kick is easy, but doing it with enough force to dislodge a rock is what is hard. I would have never guessed. It’s now canon that Little Godzilla and Minya can do horizontal kicks now.

Hedojii
Hedoji and Hedochi have finally reached a new place to wander, instead of a desert wasteland it is now a rocky wasteland. This is progress, but is just exposes the entire show as taking place in an endless runner where the background changes only slightly over time. It’s the same format as usual, but it’s obvious that Hedochi asks about the Godziban show in his question even if this still isn’t subtitled.

Kamatte Godzilla
A lady named Yuko works at a dead end office job where her boss yells at her. By the time she gets home she’s too tired to feed her Kamatte Godzilla pet or even acknowledge it as he makes noise and slides on its glass cage. She’s already passed out on bed.

But not too passed out to remember to love her pet and pick it up for hugs and now things are a-ok! Love conquers all, even love of strange ugly lizards.

Hedojii
Huh, they wandered back to the old wasteland. Beyond that it is still the same format of question/pronouncement/zinger. Hedochi!

The rock encounter with the Godzilla brothers was so awesome I’m just granting this episode a perfect score. Please continue to be silly and dumb fun while continuing to give a nice mix of skits, Godziban!
Godziban ゴジばん
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Posted by Tars Tarkas - December 9, 2019 at 10:32 am

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Godziban Episode 05 – KAIJU PUPPET SHOW 「Secret Training on the Pointed Mountain」 Go! Go! Godzilla # 3【Goji Ban】(Review)

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Godziban Episode 05 – KAIJU PUPPET SHOW 「Secret Training on the Pointed Mountain」 Go! Go! Godzilla # 3【Goji Ban】

aka ゴジばん
Godziban ゴジばん
September 6, 2019
Written and directed by Hideyuki Kobayashi
Godziban ゴジばん
It’s episode 5 of Godziban and we’re still going strong with lots of puppet action and adventure and jokes. Mostly jokes. As you can see from the ever-expanding episode titles, Godziban is running into the problem of YouTube’s stupid algorithm ruining everything. That’s what happens when you have a bunch of skits and a platform that makes searching arbitrary at best.

Go! Go! Godzilla-kun
Godzilla-Kun is teaching the boys more monster stuff and they head off for lessons. On the way they run into Anguirus….and Godzilla-Kun and Anguirus talk with pop up speech bubbles (here held up by signs because puppet show!) and it’s adorable and amazing callback to Godzilla vs Gigan. Also hooray for Anguirus now showing up in these, more kaiju please, expand the cast!!!

There is a bunch of bananas on a far away high mountain connected to the Godzilla brothers via a ramp. Godzilla-kun demonstrates how to run fast in a Sonic-the Hedgehog manner to get up a steep ramp to grab a banana. Little is next to try, but he repeatedly can’t get all the way up and Godzilla-kun and Minya drop a rope to pull him back up to their cliff. Minya just falls over the side and rolls around, they immediately drop the rope on him to yank him back up, lol. Poor Minya.

Baby Mothra then shows up, and because Baby Mothra is awesome she rolls across the ramp and yanks a banana for Little, and then rolls again to yank a banana for Minya, and then rolls once again to yank the rest of the bananas. Then she keeps rolling back and forth because Baby Mothra is not only awesome, but also crazy! The monsters watch her as she has her fun.

Then they all eat bananas! Anguirus also eats a banana and Mothra continues to roll. In conclusion, sometimes when life gives you ramps, you gotta roll!
Godziban ゴジばん
Hedojii
Hedojii continues the same wasteland wandering format. There is no rolling or bananas.
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Posted by Tars Tarkas - December 6, 2019 at 5:03 pm

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Godziban Episode 04 – “The Sad Ballerina” Kamatte Godzilla # 2 (Review)

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Godziban Episode 04 – “The Sad Ballerina” Kamatte Godzilla # 2

aka ゴジばん
Godziban ゴジばん
August 30, 2019
Written and directed by Hideyuki Kobayashi
Godziban ゴジばん Sad Ballerina Kamatte Godzilla
More Godziban with a Katatte focused fourth episode. Don’t worry, there is still a Hedojii bumper for fans of pollution monsters!

Kamatte Godzilla
A lady is doing ballerina practice super hard, but continues to fail to do the super hard spins. Problem because the big recital is coming up! Kamatte Godzilla hears her in her time of need and appears in the studio to cheer her up by being weird. At first she thinks she’s seeing things, but the next day he’s back and keeps appearing wherever she spins.

A tear of frustration drops from her eyes, but gets sucked into Kamatte Godzilla’s mouth. Because EWWwwwww! This is followed by more tears, but it also turns out to be the secret sauce to making her feel better. She realizes Kamatte Godzilla is good and hugs him.

It’s now the big recital day, and the ballerina can now do the ballet recital effortlessly, thanks to the power of Kamatte Godzilla!

Also Kamatte Godzilla spins in wearing a tutu. This is canon, it’s canon, people, Shin Godzilla wore a tutu and does ballet! 100% canon, no takebacks!!

Hedojii
Hedoji and Hedochi are still wandering the wastes, but by now the moon is big and red as it too sets in the sky. It soon becomes dark, but both Hedojii and Hedorah glow in the dark. After the explanation part of the skit, both of them fade their glow except their eyes glow red for a few more seconds before going out. Then small one says his joke and we get a flash of Hedojii annoyed. Good stylized change to the format while keeping the same basic structure, who needs to understand the joke to understand this is good?
Godziban ゴジばん Sad Ballerina Kamatte Godzilla
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Posted by Tars Tarkas - December 4, 2019 at 11:49 am

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Godziban Episode 03 -「かっとばせ!ゴジラ三兄弟の巻」Go!Go!ゴジラくん#2【ゴジばん】(Review)

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Godziban Episode 03 -「かっとばせ!ゴジラ三兄弟の巻」Go!Go!ゴジラくん#2【ゴジばん】

aka ゴジばん
Godziban ゴジばん
August 23, 2019
Written and directed by Hideyuki Kobayashi
Godziban ゴジばん
Go! Go! Godzilla-kun
Godzilla-kun is going to teach the other two brothers how to bat rocks with their tails so the rocks fly far. I guess he got tired of banging rocks with his head like in Godzilla vs the Sea Monster! Godzilla-kun demonstrates by knocking a home run with his tail. Little gets a hole in one by hitting it right into a hole in the ground. Minya is hopeless per usual and the rock just sits on his head. The same thing happens the second time! The third time Minya hits the rock!!! right into Godzilla-kun’s face! That’s our Minya!

Godzilla-kun gives up and moves to the next challenge – batting three rocks! I think we all know what is going to happen here… Godzilla-kun bats three rocks very far into three home runs. Little bats three rocks into three different holes getting three holes in one. Minya bats three rocks far into the air…and they all land on Godzilla-kun’s head! Minya is pretty awesome!

Baby Mothra then shows up and wants to do the tail challenge. She does, and bats a rock super far off, farther than Godzilla-kun. Godzilla-kun then tosses 8 rocks in the air for her to hit, she hits all eight….and has them all land in a row nearby in a configuration that looks just like Baby Mothra!
Godziban ゴジばん Mothra
Hedojii
Hedojii continues the same format with Hedoji and Hedochi.
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Posted by Tars Tarkas - December 2, 2019 at 11:49 am

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Godziban Episode 02 -「さよならの恋人たちの巻」かまってゴジラ#1【ゴジばん】(Review)

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Godziban Episode 02 – 「さよならの恋人たちの巻」かまってゴジラ#1【ゴジばん】

aka 「さよならの恋人たちの巻」かまってゴジラ#1【ゴジばん】 aka Gojiban aka ゴジばん【GEMSTONE ゴジラ 応募作品】
Godziban ゴジばん
August 9, 2019
August 16, 2019
Written and directed by Hideyuki Kobayashi
Godziban ゴジばん
Episode 2 of Godziban is here and encapsulates the variant features of the show, for this week’s episode features the Kamattee Gojira skit as the main story (and then has a Hedojii bumper) Yes, which segment is featured will vary week to week, it’s pure variety, baby! Also by extreme galaxy brain reasoning, we are numbering the episodes of Godziban based on their appearance as part of the ongoing series, treating the pilot as basically episode 0. This is consistent with the numbering of the skit entries in the descriptions of the episodes on the youtube channel. (Sometimes the descriptions are just in Japanese, sometimes they have an English translation, but it is usually simple enough to figure out what it says as it usually is just a synopsis of the episode. And recently there have been more official English versions!)

Kamatte Gojira
One feature of the Kamatte Gojira series is it is live action, there is just also a puppet there. A lady is dumped! On a walkway over traffic! And breaks the heel on her high heels! Cue So_You_Had_A_Bad_Day.mp3 to play…

The lady is in a funk, but then hears the weird noises of…Kamatte Gojira! It’s gross, so she kicks if off the walkway onto the street. Hey, animal cruelty isn’t nice, lady! Later on street level, the lady sees Kamatte Gojira hanging from a tree as she passes by, still making noises. By now she’s decided to take it home and love it, so she does!
Godziban ゴジばん Kamatte Godzilla
Hedojii
We continue the same Hedojii format, but the sun is setting on the wasteland desert so there is a red glow on everything.
Godziban ゴジばん
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Posted by Tars Tarkas - November 29, 2019 at 11:52 am

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