With the release of the new "Godzilla" film, this "Godzilla Special" issue celebrates 100 years of history; Godzilla's 60th birthday and Big Comic Original's 40th anniversary.
A total of 20 authors including Rumiko Takahashi (Urusei Yatsura), Kitami Kenichi (Tsuribaka Nisshi), and Keigo Shinzo (Bokura no Funka Matsuri) have passionately created works brimming with their love for Godzilla.
Additionally, this issue is full of special features like interviews with celebrity Godzilla fans Shiro Sano, Baku Yumemakura, and Masuko Naozumi (of Dohatsuten) in which they each reflect passionately on what Godzilla means to them.
Also included are a chart showing Godzilla's evolution and a summary of a round-table discussion with Godzilla fans.
Shimpei Ito, Yasuo Otagaki, Tobira Oda, Naoki Karasawa, Masahiko Kikuni, Kenichi Kitami, Akira Saso, Keigo Shinzo, Yasuhiko Takata, Rumiko Takahashi, Yamamoto Terry, Kazuichi Hanawa, Mochiru Hoshisato, Yasushi Hoshino, Nobuyuki Hori, Kazuha Magokoro, Koichi Masahara, Yukio Miyama, Daijiro Morohoshi, Sensha Yoshida (ordered by Japanese syllabary)
■ Special Features
1. "60 Years of Godzilla, King of Monsters"
An introduction to the history of Godzilla along with a chart showing how the monster has changed over the years.
2. "An analysis of the movie 'Godzilla'" - by Minoru Kawasaki
Film director Minoru Kawasaki talks all about the new Hollywood big budget Godzilla movie.
3. "Godzilla vs. Godzilla Fans: The Greatest Conversation on Earth"
A summary of a 7 hour roundtable discussion between kaijuu (giant monster) loving manga authors Nobuyuki Hori, Sensha Yoshida, and Naoki Karasawa, as well as Fuyuki Shinada, a molding artist with previous experience working on Godzilla suits.
4. "Godzilla Fan Interviews: Roar at Godzilla!"
Actor Shiro Sano, author/photographer Baku Yumemakura, and musician Masuko Naozumi (of the band Dohatsuten) each give passionate interviews on what Godzilla means to them.
■ Big Comic Original Extra "Godzilla Special" digital version details:
On sale from July 22nd (Tuesday)
Price: ¥350 (excluding tax)
Sales period: July 22nd, 2014 (Tuesday) - October 24th, 2014 (Friday)
Publisher: Shogakukan's official digital comic sales site — Comic Shogakukan Books