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Go! Godman: Godman vs. Bat-Man (ゴッドマン対バットマン)

March of Godzilla Godman

Go! Godman: Godman vs. Bat-Man

aka ゴッドマン対バットマン その1 – その3 aka Goddoman Tai Battoman
Godman Title
Week of February 22 – 28, 1973

I saw Godman and Bat-Man in the closet and they were making babies and one of the babies looked at me!

Godman battles Bat-Man, and then later that week, Kappalge. As Kappalge never bothered to be in Latitude Zero, he doesn’t make the cut for the DVD episodes. So enjoy Godman only defeating Bat-Man! For a who’s who of who the crap these people are, check out the Godman Splash Page, and enjoy this entry in March of Godzilla: Godman!

Bat-Man isn’t THAT Batman, nor is he Principal Joe Clark. He’s one of the bat people from Latitude Zero who is now running around attacking children. How the mighty have fallen… We get all three parts of this Godman story arc, so prepare for the entire exciting adventure to be detailed. Detailed only a bit, because mostly it’s just the monster punching each other again and again.

Two kids in short shorts are piling rocks in a vacant lot (Is this why Japan is so far ahead of us in education? Empty lot rock games?) Suddenly…the Bat-Man appears! The children run, but bat people are jerks and this one is no exception. Bat-Man flies around and annoys the kids, until the kids chorus screams for “GODMAN!”

Godman flies in to kick some bat butt, and Bat-Man runs away like a coward. He’s only brave when menacing tiny children! The attempted escape just means Bat-Man will get beaten up while on the run.

They fight and fight…until…

Tsuzuku for the next episode!

Bat-Man approaches Godman as random explosions happen. Is Bat-Man causing these explosions? I’m so confused. Bat-Man and Godman got giant sized at some point and now battle over a scale model town. Bat-Man seems to be a better fighter now that we needed some more dramatic tension in part II. Godman tosses his explosive discs at Bat-Man, who just knocks them down.

They fight some more, until we tsuzuku for the next part!

Godman is tired of playing and breaks out his flail weapon to smash Bat-Man with. He does that for a bit, then fires his Godman Supersonic Wave (aka he projects a swirly animation from his chest) which causes Bat-Man to explode! I guess Bat-Man shouldn’t have eaten all that nitroglycerin!

Godman wins!

Let’s chill until the next episode, but chill somewhere else, because we won’t get Kappalge on this dvd set! Which is weird, because he appears in the updated Godman special…
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Ike! Godman Splash Page

March of Godzilla Godman
Godman was Toho’s first tokusatsu, premiering Thursday, October 5th, 1972, on the Good Morning! Kids Show on NTV. This was a day before Toho’s Rainbowman series premiered, so Godman is technically first even if his show is only five minutes long. This means we must be respectful of his place in history, even though he is terrible and so is his show! The story was designed to play six days a week at five minutes each episode, wrapping around the weekend, and providing a complete Godman adventure. But as the show is almost entirely Godman fighting a different monster each week without any of that plot nonsense, it’s not 100% required for you to watch every episode. Eventually, the Ike! Godman series was replaced by the successor Ike! Greenman series, and Greenman would battle some of the monsters from Godman. Never fear, the plots would be just as scarce.

Ike Godman stood in obscurity for decades, with only a few episodes released on laserdisc format (or so the people who upload clips claim), which soon began circulating in the exciting world of grey market vhs tapes. In 2008, the world was shocked when DVDs were released of select episodes of Ike! Godman and Ike! Greenman, along with a brand new original short starring the pair. Shocked, because who was really clamoring for this?? Now, we did not get either full series on DVD, the disks are mainly “best of”s, with only a few complete stories and many monsters only getting a one episode appearance, if that. But like an awful jerk once said, we go to war with the army we have, and what we have is garbage that will only get worse in longer form. I have managed to find a few more extra episodes out there thanks to the magic of the internet, so that will be included when possible. Unfortunately, that means a few of the monsters have no representation at all, at least until the rest of the show is finally released somehow.

That being said, the Godman Splash Page is filled with whatever information I could muster of all the creatures and powers of Ike! Godman, which should be enough to make people think I know what I am talking about. It’s not like anyone else will watch more than one episode of this show, unless they are being tortured by terrible, terrible people. Honestly, this show is awful, and it is only interesting because of the many monster suits being reused.

The True Monster of Ike! Godman:

Godman – Godman is a jerk who slaughters monsters for fun and has an unnatural attraction to young children, who he has brainwashed to be a mass army that spots new targets for him to kill. That this dangerous cult leader is lauded as a hero speaks to the fundamental failing of humanity. Godman wears a uniform that is a red spandex body pajama with an outside filthy silver diaper, and booties and gloves. His long flowing hair flutters in the breeze. Godman is big at promoting his own brand, with a big “G” imprinted on his belt buckle, boot buckles (actually golden rings), and wrists. Godman came to Earth from the Fire God Star, which means there might be more of him. He has an alliance with Greenman, another monster killer.

Godman powers
Godman has a bunch of special moves that he does by calling out their name. They include:

God-Circle – Godman’s Deadly Tron disc that explodes on contact.
God-Spark – Godman’s explosive finger sparkles. Nice to know Godman’s fist is a member of the NRA!
God-Crush – Godman’s flail that he uses on monsters to redirect their attack back to them. He also occasionally uses it as an actual flail.
God-Shower – Godman’s gross-sounding water attack. Seriously, Godman, what is wrong with you??? This stuff is sprayed on monsters and they dissolve. Eww! Some reports also list a “God-Acid” power that comes from his hands, but all I’ve seen is the hose-spraying God-Shower.
Godman Supersonic Wave – Godman fires a swirl from his chest that brutally murders his opponents, which looks amazingly identical to the Qotile blasts in Yars’ Revenge.

Godman kaiju roll call!

Kinger (キンガー) Kinga
Appearances: Godman vs. Kinger (ゴッドマン対キンガー その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Kingaa (October 5 – 11, 1972)
Bio:He is called Kinga in other translations. No Kinger episodes are available at this time, despite this being the first episode and that seems like the kind of thing you would include on a DVD…
Gabara (ガバラ) Gabara
Appearances: Godman vs. Gabara (ゴッドマン対ガバラ その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Gabara (October 12 – 18, 1972)
Bio: Gabara returns from being an imaginary monster into reality thanks to a toad getting hit by lightning. I’d explain the science behind that, but we all know it as it is very simple Science 101 and it would just be a waste of time. Gabara is a jerk, so he immediately gets into a fight with Godman. His fighting style includes lying on top of Godman and slapping him. Perhaps the toad that became Gabara was a poisoned toad, and he corrupted Godman with his bullying powers, which is why Godman goes rogue in later episodes.
Ghoston (ゴーストン) Gosuton
Appearances: Godman vs. Ghoston (ゴッドマン対ゴーストン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Gosuton (October 19 – 25, 1972)
Bio: No Ghoston episodes are available at this time. He looks like some angry boulders came to life.
Yasugon (ヤスゴン) Yasugon
Appearances: Godman vs. Yasugon and Tsunoterah (ゴッドマン対ヤスゴン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Yasugon – Tsunokeraa (October 26 – November 1, 1972)
Bio: A young lizard monster child with dual rows of fins down his back. He has only two stubby, clawed fingers on each hand, and no thumbs. I don’t know why Godman decides to fight him, and after he beats him up he only lets Yasugon live after he bows in worship of Godman. The monster immediately befriends a small boy who helps fix one of his injuries, meaning this monster was good, and Godman is a bully. Tsunoterah doesn’t like him and threatens him in the second part of their week long story arc.
Tsunoterah (ツノケラー) Tsunokera
Appearances: Godman vs. Yasugon and Tsunoterah (ゴッドマン対ヤスゴン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Yasugon – Tsunokeraa (October 26 – November 1, 1972)
Bio: We briefly see him in the cliffhanger of the prior three episodes, but no Tsunoterah-focused episodes have been released. All I know is he threatens children and child kaiju, so he’s probably a jerk. He looks like an annoyed hippo donkey. Hopefully Godman murders him.
Tsunosilver (ツノシルバー) Tsunoshirubaa
Appearances: Godman vs. Tsunosilver (ゴッドマン対ツノシルバー その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Tsunoshirubaa (November 2 – 8, 1972)
Bio:Tsunosilver can fire deadly rays from his mouth, and even blows up a jet liner, giving Ike! Godman a huge body count! He also has a weird tongue jutting out of his mouth, which makes his rolling around with Godman in the dirt look more perverted than the average perverted Godman fight. Tsunosilver means Hornsilver, so you will occasionally find him listed by that name (or Silverhorn, or the similar Tsunoshirba). His name has a lot of different translations, including Tsunokeler.
Gorosaurus (ゴロザウルス) Gorozaurusu
Appearances: Godman vs. Gorosaurus (ゴッドマン対ゴロザウルス その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Gorozaurusu (November 9 – 15, 1972)
Bio:Gorosaurus is a famous kaiju, but by now the suit has seen better days and Gorosaurus looks like he’s sickly, which attracts scavenger predator Godman to try and finish him off. From the footage I’ve seen of unreleased episodes, Gorosaurus is expertly avoiding stomping on buildings, so his murder seems extra bad. Someone call Godzilla!
Madaran (マダラン) Madaran
Appearances: Godman vs. Madaran (ゴッドマン対マダラン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Madaran (November 16 – 22, 1972)
Bio:Madaran looks like Gappa the Triphibian Monster was run through a filter to make him more childlike. As his episodes aren’t released, no information is available at this time.
Gattlar (ギャットラー) Gyattoraa
Appearances: Godman vs. Gattlar (ゴッドマン対ギャットラー その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Gyattoraa (November 23 – 29, 1972)
Bio:This guy looks like a bunch of bananas got angry one day and caused some trouble. He must be an appealing guy! Gattlar is sometimes called Giandorah in other translations, I’m not sure what the official one is.
Momonglar (モモングラー) Momonguraa
Appearances: Godman vs. Momonglar (ゴッドマン対モモングラー その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Momonguraa (November 30 – December 6, 1972)
Bio:Momonglar has the distinction of being the hardest Godman kaiju to find anything about, the only picture of him is a grainy image in an animated gif, and I haven’t even seen him on any of the Godman edits I watched on the various Chinese and Japanese video sites. Momonglar is called Momondarah in other translations
Kamoebas (カメーバ) Kameeba
Appearances: Godman vs. Kameba and Folgon (ゴッドマン対カメーバ・フォルゴン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Kameeba – Forugon (December 7 – 13, 1972)
Bio:Kamoebas from Space Amoeba also shows up to be fought by Godman, but as Kamoebas was just chilling on the beach when Godman started punching him, he did nothing wrong, and it turned out Forugon was causing all the trouble. Godman didn’t even apologize for his brutal assault.
Folgon (フォルゴン) Forugon
Appearances: Godman vs. Kameba and Folgon (ゴッドマン対カメーバ・フォルゴン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Kameeba – Forugon (December 7 – 13, 1972)
Bio:A goofy bird monster with a weird haircut, Folgon was causing trouble on the beach and Kamoebas caught the blame, until a jealous Folgon decided he wanted to be beaten to death by Godman instead! So he was.
Bolbes (ボルペス) Borupesu
Appearances: Godman vs. Bolbes (ゴッドマン対ボルペス その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Borupesu (December 14 – 20, 1972)
Bio:Looking like a weird tree came to life, Bolbes probably was just being Bolbes before Godman flew by to kill him dead. His episodes aren’t released. Bolbes is called Borupes in other translations
Imogoras (イモゴラス) Imogorasu
Appearances: Godman vs. Imogoras (ゴッドマン対イモゴラス その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Imogorasu (December 21 – 27, 1972)
Bio:Imogoras looks like a cool, creative kaiju design that screams the 1970s, but is the type of tokusatsu monster that you get nostalgic for when you start seeing modern designs. His episodes aren’t released, so no word on how Godman probably murders him.
Bullman (ブルマン) Buruman
Appearances: Godman vs. Bullman (ゴッドマン対ブルマン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Buruman (January 4 – 10, 1973)
Bio:Weird how Bullman doesn’t have that prominent of horns even though so many other Godman kaiju have horns to the point where “horn” is in their name. The Bullman episodes aren’t released, so no clue if at one point Godman taunts him with a red cape.
Dongolar (ドンゴラー) Dongoraa
Appearances: Godman vs. Dongolar (ゴッドマン対ドンゴラー その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Dongoraa (January 11 – 17, 1973)
Bio:This walking butt with a nose looks like he’s supposed to be ginseng, maybe? Who knows, Godman wants him dead regardless. Dongolar is called Dongorah in other translations
Skeleton Man No.1 (スケルトマンNo.1) Sukerutoman No.1
Appearances: Godman vs. Skeleton Man No.1 and Skeleton Man No.2 (ゴッドマン対スケルトマンNo.1・スケルトマンNo.2 その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Sukerutoman No.1 – Sukerutoman No.2 (January 18 – 24, 1973)
Bio:Skeleton Man No.1 shows up to harass a kid who is fishing, and Godman comes to actually defend children for once and beats up Skeleton Man No.1 and his buddy, Skeleton Man No.2. His head looks slightly more blueish in some shots.
Skeleton Man No.2 (スケルトマンNo.2) Sukerutoman No.2
Appearances: Godman vs. Skeleton Man No.1 and Skeleton Man No.2 (ゴッドマン対スケルトマンNo.1・スケルトマンNo.2 その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Sukerutoman No.1 – Sukerutoman No.2 (January 18 – 24, 1973)
Bio:Skeleton Man No.2 appears when Skeleton Man No.1 is getting beat up to help his friend, only to get murdered first. His head looks slightly more yellowish in certain shots.
Sanda (サンダ) Sanda
Appearances: Godman vs. Sanda (ゴッドマン対サンダ その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Sanda (January 25 – 31, 1973)
Bio:Poor heroic Sanda gets targeted for death by the evil Godman. Godman, is there anyone he won’t kill?
Gaira (ガイラ) Gaira
Appearances: Godman vs. Gaira (ゴッドマン対ガイラ その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Gaira (February 1 – 7, 1973)
Bio:After killing Sanda, Godman decides to complete the set and kill off the evil Gaira, so he does.
Trunker (トランカー) Torankaa
Appearances: Godman vs. Trunker (ゴッドマン対トランカー その1 – その3 Goddoman Tai Torankaa (February 8 – 14, 1973)
Bio:Cool-named monster that looks like an old man in bumpy armor. Trunker is called Toranka according to some translations, but that name sucks compared to Trunker, so we reject it outright! None of his stuff is on DVD.
Hotter (ホッター) Hottaa
Appearances: Godman vs. Hotter(ゴッドマン対ホッター その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Hottaa (February 8 – 14, 1973)
Bio:Hotter pops up the same week as Trunker, so they are connected somehow, but that’s all we know without their episodes being released!
Green-Mask (グリーンマスク) Geriinmasuku
Appearances: Godman vs. Green-Mask (ゴッドマン対グリーンマスク その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Geriinmasuku (February 15 – 21, 1973)
Bio:Green-Mask is a demonic magician who loves to kidnap children. Despite being demonstrably evil, Godman lets him live because he strokes his ego by worshiping him.
Funtlar (フントラー) Funtoraa
Appearances: Godman vs. Funtlar (ゴッドマン対フントラー その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Funtoraa (February 15 – 21, 1973)
Bio:I thought Funtlar would be like “elephant” but he looks nothing like an elephant so who knows? His stuff isn’t on DVD. Funtlar is called Funtorah in other translations
Bat-Man (バットマン) Battoman
Appearances: Godman vs. Bat-Man (ゴッドマン対バットマン その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Battoman (February 22 – 28, 1973)
Bio:One of the Bat People from Latitude Zero pops up as Bat-Man, but he’s not that Batman, he’s a child-attacking jerk who gets killified by Godman!
Kappalge (カッパルゲ) Kapparuge
Appearances: Godman vs. Kappalge (ゴッドマン対カッパルゲ その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Kapparuge (February 22 – 28, 1973)
Bio:Godman then attacks Kappalge, but those episodes aren’t on the DVD, so who knows what happens. Whatever it is, the killing isn’t complete, as Kappalge returns in the modern Godman special. Kappalge is called Katsubarge in other translations. Kappalge looks like a duck that had far too many head x-rays!
Alien Tiborus (ティボラス星人) Tiborasu Seijin
Appearances: Godman vs. Alien Tiborus (ゴッドマン対ティボラス星人 その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Tiborasu Seijin (March 1 – 7, 1973)
Bio:I’m glad Alien Tiborus lets us know he’s an alien, so we don’t get him confused with regular Tiborus. His stuff isn’t on DVD, so I don’t know how alien his is. Alien Tiborus is called Tieboras in more boring translations. Alien Tiborus has cool head stalks.
Ostotam (オストタム) Osutotamu
Appearances: Godman vs. Ostotam (ゴッドマン対オストタム その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Ostotam (March 1 – 7, 1973)
Bio:Ostotam is a cool looking monster who isn’t on DVD so I have no idea if he actually is cool or if he is just a chump who gets killed.
Tsunojiras (ツノジラス) Tsunojirasu
Appearances: Godman vs. Tsunojiras (ゴッドマン対オストタム その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Tsunojirasu (March 8 – 14, 1973)
Bio:A horned monster who enjoys egging on his opponents into brutally attacking and murdering him. Maybe Tsunojiras thinks that if his opponents kill him, then he wins because he corrupted them. But Godman was already a crazed murderer, so that strategy is sort of dumb!
Elephantar (エレファンダー) Erefyandaa
Appearances: Godman vs. Elephantar (ゴッドマン対ツノジラス その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Erefyandaa (March 8 – 14, 1973)
Bio:Finally, a guy named after an elephant who looks like an elephant! Sort of. Maybe. His stuff isn’t on DVD.
Totsaurus (トットザウルス) Tottozaurusu
Appearances: Godman vs. Totsaurus (ゴッドマン対トットザウルス その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Tottozaurusu (March 15 – 21, 1973)
Bio:Totsaurus is yet another bird-themed kaiju, I guess one of the designers was a big bird fan or at least had one of those guide books to bird species he pulled from when he was out of ideas. Totsaurus’s stuff isn’t on DVD.
Jilarji (シラージ) Shiraaji
Appearances: Godman vs. Jilarji (ゴッドマン対シラージ その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Shiraaji (March 15 – 21, 1973)
Bio:Jilarji is a friendly monkey who was mocked an attacked by children until he hulked out into Jilarji, which then meant Godman killed him, while the children who mocked the poor monkey got off scot free! This is among the worst things Godman does in the series. He’s yet another guy with a big horn on his head. Jilarji is also called Shiraaji in some translations, his name is among the most disagreed on I saw while searching around.
Wolflar (ウルフラー) Urufuraa
Appearances: Godman vs. Wolflar (ゴッドマン対ウルフラー その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Urufuraa (March 22 – 28, 1973)
Bio:Wolflar looks cool, so of course his episodes aren’t on DVD. Why waste time with cool monsters?
Gejilba (ゲジルバ) Gejiruba
Appearances: Godman vs. Gejilba (ゴッドマン対ゲジルバ その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Gejiruba (March 22 – 28, 1973)
Bio:Gejilba looks like an escapee from Sesame Street, but his passion for counting can’t compare to Godman’s passion for murder!
Trilorn (トリローン) Toriroon
Appearances: Godman vs. Trilorn (ゴッドマン対イボギラー その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Toriroon (March 29 – April 4, 1973)
Bio:Trilorn looks like he leads a Lovecraftian cult OR he’s a doctor in the year 3000 at Planet Express. Either way, Godman has his sights set on him, so Trilorn is probably Tri-DEAD! His stuff isn’t on DVD.
Ibogilar (イボギラー) Ibogiraa
Appearances: Godman vs. Ibogilar (ゴッドマン対イボギラー その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Ibogiraa (March 29 – April 4, 1973)
Bio:Ibogilar is another awesome monster design that isn’t on the DVD episodes! Dang it, DVD episodes, it’s not like you couldn’t cram all this stuff on your disk!
Stegojiras (ステゴジラス) Sutegojirasu
Appearances: Godman vs. Stegojiras and Akumon (ゴッドマン対ステゴジラス・アクモン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Sutegojirasu – Akumon (April 5 – 11, 1973)
Bio:Blue half of the Stegojiras and Akumon partnership, they kidnap children and worship a mysterious volcano god.
Akumon (アクモン) Akumon
Appearances: Godman vs. Stegojiras and Akumon (ゴッドマン対ステゴジラス・アクモン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Sutegojirasu – Akumon (April 5 – 11, 1973)
Bio:Red half of the Stegojiras and Akumon partnership, they kidnap children and worship a mysterious volcano god.
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Appearances: Godman vs. Stegojiras and Akumon (ゴッドマン対ステゴジラス・アクモン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Sutegojirasu – Akumon (April 5 – 11, 1973)
Bio:Mysterious volcano god thing that Godman kills after he kills of its acolytes, Stegojiras and Akumon. Even now, decades later, the show’s creators don’t have a name for it. Was it the main villain behind all the monsters? That would make too much sense, when the clear evidence is Godman is the Dexter Morgan of tokusatsu.

Godman Episode List:
Godman vs. Kinger (ゴッドマン対キンガー その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Kingaa (October 5 – 11, 1972)
Godman vs. Gabara (ゴッドマン対ガバラ その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Gabara (October 12 – 18, 1972)
Godman vs. Ghoston (ゴッドマン対ゴーストン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Gosuton (October 19 – 25, 1972)
Godman vs. Yasugon and Tsunoterah (ゴッドマン対ヤスゴン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Yasugon – Tsunokeraa (October 26 – November 1, 1972)
Godman vs. Tsunosilver (ゴッドマン対ツノシルバー その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Tsunoshirubaa (November 2 – 8, 1972)
Godman vs. Gorosaurus (ゴッドマン対ゴロザウルス その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Gorozaurusu (November 9 – 15, 1972)
Godman vs. Madaran (ゴッドマン対マダラン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Madaran (November 16 – 22, 1972)
Godman vs. Gattlar (ゴッドマン対ギャットラー その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Gyattoraa (November 23 – 29, 1972)
Godman vs. Momonglar (ゴッドマン対モモングラー その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Momonguraa (November 30 – December 6, 1972)
Godman vs. Kamoebas and Folgon (ゴッドマン対カメーバフォルゴン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Kameeba – Forugon (December 7 – 13, 1972)
Godman vs. Bolbes (ゴッドマン対ボルペス その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Borupesu (December 14 – 20, 1972)
Godman vs. Imogoras (ゴッドマン対イモゴラス その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Imogorasu (December 21 – 27, 1972)
Godman vs. Bullman (ゴッドマン対ブルマン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Buruman (January 4 – 10, 1973)
Godman vs. Dongolar (ゴッドマン対ドンゴラー その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Dongoraa (January 11 – 17, 1973)
Godman vs. Skeleton Man No.1 and Skeleton Man No.2 (ゴッドマン対スケルトマンNo.1・スケルトマンNo.2 その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Sukerutoman No.1 – Sukerutoman No.2 (January 18 – 24, 1973)
Godman vs. Sanda (ゴッドマン対サンダ その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Sanda (January 25 – 31, 1973)
Godman vs. Gaira (ゴッドマン対ガイラ その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Gaira (February 1 – 7, 1973)
Godman vs. Trunker (ゴッドマン対トランカー その1 – その6 Goddoman Tai Torankaa (February 8 – 14, 1973)
Godman vs. Hotter(ゴッドマン対ホッター その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Hottaa (February 8 – 14, 1973)
Godman vs. Green-Mask (ゴッドマン対グリーンマスク その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Geriinmasuku (February 15 – 21, 1973)
Godman vs. Funtlar (ゴッドマン対フントラー その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Funtoraa (February 15 – 21, 1973)
Godman vs. Bat-Man (ゴッドマン対バットマン その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Battoman (February 22 – 28, 1973)
Godman vs. Kappalge (ゴッドマン対カッパルゲ その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Kapparuge (February 22 – 28, 1973)
Godman vs. Alien Tiborusm (ゴッドマン対ティボラス星人 その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Tiborasu Seijin (March 1 – 7, 1973)
Godman vs. Ostotam (ゴッドマン対オストタム その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Ostotam (March 1 – 7, 1973)
Godman vs. Tsunojiras (ゴッドマン対オストタム その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Tsunojirasu (March 8 – 14, 1973)
Godman vs. Elephantar (ゴッドマン対ツノジラス その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Erefyandaa (March 8 – 14, 1973)
Godman vs. Totsaurus (ゴッドマン対トットザウルス その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Tottozaurusu (March 15 – 21, 1973)
Godman vs. Jilarji (ゴッドマン対シラージ その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Shiraaji (March 15 – 21, 1973)
Godman vs. Wolflar (ゴッドマン対ウルフラー その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Urufuraa (March 22 – 28, 1973)
Godman vs. Gejilba (ゴッドマン対ゲジルバ その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Gejiruba (March 22 – 28, 1973)
Godman vs. Trilorn (ゴッドマン対イボギラー その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Toriroon (March 29 – April 4, 1973)
Godman vs. Ibogilar (ゴッドマン対イボギラー その1 – その3) Goddoman Tai Ibogiraa (March 29 – April 4, 1973)
Godman vs. Stegojiras and Akumon (ゴッドマン対ステゴジラス・アクモン その1 – その6) Goddoman Tai Sutegojirasu – Akumon (April 5 – 11, 1973)

Citations and image sources:
インサイター (The site 90% of the internet got their Godman kaiju images from!)
ゴッドマン’s モンスター
「行け!ゴッドマン5円引き」の記事へ

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James Batman – Infernal Brains Podcast Episode 19

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From the depths of the internet the Infernal Brains have returned again to discuss the wonderful adventures of Batman and James Bond in the Philippines! Yes, it is James Batman, a film so amazing it starred two of the most popular figures worldwide, both played by the same actor! Totally unauthorized, totally crazy, totally fun, James Batman is an amazing film that is a shining example of Filipino pulp cinema of the 1960s. We also get into other Filipino Batman movies (of which there are many, but far less that survive!) and some history on Dolphy, the comedian who brought both James Bond and Batman to life at the same time. There was a bit of audio distortion at times due to a bad connection, but not so bad you can’t hear the conversation (apologies!)

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Films Discussed:
James BatmanTars’ ReviewTodd’s Review
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Batman Fights Dracula stills

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Prior Infernal Brains:
Taiwanese Giant Monster Films Part 1
Taiwanese Giant Monster Films Part 2
Polly Shang Kuan
Turkish Pop Cinema Part 1
Turkish Pop Cinema Part 2
Dara Singh
Infernal Brains Podcast – 07 – Insee Daeng
Infernal Brains Podcast – 08 – Worst Podcast Ever
The Mummies of Guanajuato – Infernal Brains Podcast Episode 09
Jane Bond – Infernal Brains Podcast Episode 10
Daigoro vs Goliath – Infernal Brains Podcast Episode 11
Down the Rabbit Hole with Pearl Cheung Ling – Infernal Brains Podcast Episode 12
Through the Looking Glass with Pearl Cheung Ling – Infernal Brains Podcast Episode 13
Starman – Infernal Brains Podcast Episode 14
The Brainiac – Infernal Brains Podcast Episode 15
The Secret of Magic Island – Infernal Brains Podcast Episode 16
Space Ladies from Outer Space – Infernal Brains Podcast Episode 17
Cat-Beast – Infernal Brains Podcast Episode 18

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - March 22, 2016 at 11:50 pm

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Batman: Assault on Arkham (Review)


Batman: Assault on Arkham

Batman Assault on Arkham
2014
Written by Heath Corson
Directed by Jay Oliva and Ethan Spaulding

Batman Assault on Arkham
DC Animated has hit some sort of weird divergence where the films are either really good or really bad. Batman: Assault on Arkham fits in the really good category, even though it reduces Amanda Waller’s character to too simplistic of a bully villain. That’s a shame, as Waller is one of the greatest comic book characters, a high-ranking official who runs her own show outside of the normal good and evil duology, and is capable of standing up to the greatest heroes and villains.

Assault on Arkham becomes unlike a lot of the animated super hero fare because it features a team of scummy villains, who have no qualms about killing people and spend half the film trying to betray Waller and each other.

the Suicide Squad is a group of criminals with heavy sentences who are sent on dangerous missions in return for time being shaved off their terms. As the teams are largely made up of sociopaths, they don’t get along and have trouble working in teams. The fighting and backstabbing just adds to the fun of watching the villains work as they push towards their goal. Waller uses the team to take down threats that can’t be dealt with by normal means and need to be off the books, often ignoring what may be bigger problems to achieve her own goals.
Batman Assault on Arkham
This is as much a Batman film as a Suicide Squad film, so Batman runs around looking for a dirty bomb the Joker has to try to stop it from exploding. That means he crosses paths with the Squad more than once, especially since Harely Quinn is part of the team, despite her insistence that she and the Joker aren’t together any more. As the Squad has to break into Arkham to retrieve a flash disk and the Joker is interred in Arkham, he does end up becoming part of the story, especially when things begin to go haywire.

The Suicide Squad consists of Deadshot (who is concerned only with getting out so he can spend time with his young daughter), throwing expert Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, ninja Black Spider, ice queen Killer Frost, Killer Croc ripoff King Shark, and guy not to get too attached to KGBeast. Deadshot serves as the alternate main character, who keeps the team focused on the mission despite their various distractions like ex-boyfriends and marksmen rivalries. The Deadshot presented here is just professional enough to make a compelling main character. Captain Boomerang serves as his less moral counter and constant thorn in his side as Boomerang’s competitive and antisocial streak causes him to see Deadshot as an enemy.
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Posted by Tars Tarkas - March 12, 2015 at 7:53 am

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Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (Review)


Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Justice League Flashpoint Paradox
2013
Written by James Krieg
Based on Flashpoint by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert
Directed by Jay Oliva

Justice League Flashpoint Paradox
Flashpoint became the even that subsequently rebooted the DC universe into The New 52!, as the covers say. Basically, everything got rebooted, and was done so with less of a notice than you would like to wrap up storylines in dozens of comic books. This resulted in some things being a bit more rebooted than others, but all that continuity you knew and loved was once again thrown out the window by the latest DC reboot. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox doesn’t get into the continuity situation (except a brief costume change at the end), but deals with the storyline that causes it, leaving the actual fallout for the eventual sequels like Justice League: War. It lacks the excitement and fun of some of the animated DC flicks, though does have a few bright points to offer.

Flash is a character that, like Batman, is overshadowed by his villains. I say this not because I don’t really care for Flash, but because I find the dynamics of his villains far more interesting. Captain Cold and the Rogues are a cool team dynamic, working together for profit while avoiding excess casualties, even if they occasionally get sucked into more bloody affairs simply because they walk in the criminal underworld. Flash is potentially one of the most powerful heroes on the planet, and they regularly do battle with him. They even fight against other super-villain teams that try to control them. However, Professor Zoom/Reverse Flash/Eobard Thawne is simply an Evil Flash from the future who is a jerk. Sadly, the tale here turns the Rogues into petty thugs easily tricked by Professor Zoom, who then orchestrates manipulating Flash into altering history and continues to taunt Flash even as the future Professor Zoom comes from ceases to exist. C. Thomas Howell puts in a good performance letting the creepy sociopath shine through, but he’s stuck with what is there in the script to deliver, and Professor Zoom never becomes a classic villain.
Justice League Flashpoint Paradox
The biggest problem with Flashpoint is that it was never really that good to begin with. The series wasn’t terrible, but it never really turned into a classic story that will survived through the ages. The only real continual allure is the alternate reality itself, and even some of that is a bit corny. We already had alternate versions of the Justice League members not that long ago with Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, and despite the limited screen times, many of those characters felt more developed than the inhabitants of the Flashpoint world.

The fact the event was used to justify the rebooting of all of DC continuity makes it a lightning point of controversy, as some of the rebooting caused arguments of their own (Superman’s marriage went kaput, many dead characters sprung back to life, a few established female characters suddenly became giant slores) in addition to the general idea of everything getting reset yet again in DC. One theory was the resetting was a ploy to gain new readers, though if that was true, it didn’t seem to pan out too well, but much digital ink was spilt as various factions argued throughout the internet.
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Posted by Tars Tarkas - November 20, 2014 at 7:08 am

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Justice League: Doom (Review)


Justice League: Doom

Justice League Doom
2012
Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Based on JLA: Tower of Babel by Mark Waid
Directed by Lauren Montgomery

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The Justice League is under attack, except this time it’s by one of their own! Okay, not really by one of their own, but by the very plans Batman developed to deal with members of the Justice League.

Justice League: Doom is based loosely on the JLA: Tower of Babel storyline by Mark Waid, Justice League: Doom changes things up enough to be a different take while providing a nice adaptation of the overall themes. The main villain is changed (from Ra’s al Ghul to Vangal Savage) and some of the Justice League’s lineup is different, but the feelings of betrayal by a paranoid Batman remain.

Doom is not direct sequel to Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, but follows it with very similar character designs and voices. Many of the DC Animated films are their own shards of a loose continuity that exists purely to tell that exact tale. It’s a perfectly fine way to operate, allowing the general mythology of the heroes to exist and leaving toom for the specifics needed to make the stories work and be unique. The return of many of the familiar voice actors helps sell the loose familiarity and provides a comfort to longtime fans so they aren’t put off by Batman sounding weird or something.
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Justice League: Doom is one of the better DC Animated films, dividing enough characterization between the different members to give each of them their own take, while still keeping a focus on Batman. Switching the villain to Vandal Savage helps push a more minor villain into focus and provides an excuse to make the full range of the plans make more sense than eliminating reading and talking.
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Posted by Tars Tarkas - November 17, 2014 at 7:48 am

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