Last year was the first Atami Vs. Godzilla event, now the 2020 event is in full swing, this years event seems slightly toned down from last year due to the pandemic but is still interesting it takes place at Atami Castle location of the famous battle between King Kong and Godzilla. Like year there are a number of events happening these include stamp rallies, sales locations, photo ops, special exhibition panel, and more.
With the stamps you have to go to different locations to get the stamps located in and around Atami Castle, there are also special trading cards that people can receive there are sixteen in all, eight available from November 1st till the 30th, and a second eight from Dec 1st till Dec 31st, the fronts have various images from Godzilla films while the backs when put together create the Atami Vs. Godzilla promo art (each set of eight makes the same image from the back). There are photo ops also place around the castle, a two meter tall Godzilla 1962 standee will be on the second floor of the castle, while six other standees will be around the castle. The special event will take place on the second floor of the castle (no details were listed), at multiple times. There will also be event merchandise like t-shirts, and more, plus over twenty five Movie Monster Series figures. Check out some of the items below.
Nijigen Nomori Co., Ltd. is open the world's first life size Godzilla attraction, that allows you to zip line into Godzilla's mouth, on Oct 10th. There will be a special short film as well as special merchandise to go along with the event. The length of the attraction is 120 meters (nearly 400 feet), and it goes along with the first ever Godzilla museum there as well, but it is more than just a zip line ride you have to complete a mission using a special gun to stop Godzilla's growth and dodge attacks from Godzilla cells, all which sounds very cool. The special merchandise announced with this includes tote bags, shirts, cell phone cases, bags, glasses, notebooks, and much, much more (all listed on a special Twitter page, some images below).
There will be two events that will be happening soon both involve the famous scene from King Kong Vs. Godzilla where they destroy Atami Castle. The first event is Atami Vs. Godzilla (from Little Monsters) it will feature a 2 meter tall Godzilla, collectible stamps, other displays and merchandise for Godzilla. The event takes place the whole month of November at Lasuka Atami, directly connected to Atami Station, also at Atami Castle will be the 2 meter statue and a panel exhibition “Godzilla and Landmark Exhibition" on the 2nd floor, that will be including unpublished photos.
In addition to that event the Atami Kaiju Film Festival will take place November 22nd to the 24th, it will feature an event poster designed by Yuji Kaida, and will include the films King Kong Vs. Godzilla (Toho, 1962), Ultraman Episode 11: Ramenbo from Space (1966 broadcast, Tsuburaya Productions), National Independent Monster Film Championship [Atami Masterpiece Selection] "Mechanical Ninja Complete Edition" (2018/15 min), "Mutainless Night Neckless Monster" (2018/30 min), "Dragon Saur Battle Zone" (2018/3 minutes), “Vividman V” (2018/18 minutes) (+5 minutes of making), “Women Weapons 701 (Joheiki Seven Owan)” (2017/5 minutes), “UNFIX Special Edition” (2018/20 minutes); Cat Planning (2018, Director: Jun Awazu), Deep Sea Monster Raiga vs. Lava Beast Ohga (2019, Director: Shinhei Hayashiya), and Sagiri no Kuni (2019, Director: Daisuke Sato).
There will be live music as well on November 23rd, “Godzilla Legend Atami Absolute Defense Live”, that will feature singers, dancer, and musicians. Screening Venue (for the films): International Tourism College Atami School 13-4 Chuocho, Atami City; Venue (for music): Atami Geisha Banban Kabenjo 17-13 Chuo-cho, Atami City.
Godzilla Expo 2019 History of Godzilla through photos In OIOI has been announced and will take place at three locations from Oct 21st to Jan 13 in Japan. Check out the info below on this event from Marui Group (translated from Japanese).
Update: A number of items that will be for sale have been added to the site for this (link below), they include clear files, key chains, picture boards, t-shirts, pass cases, pen, jacket, hat, phone stands, mint tins, and snack boxes (with snacks of course).
An exhibition where you can experience the history of Godzilla with photos! Godzilla EXPO 2019 ~ The history of Godzilla in photos ~ in OIOI Look back on the history of Godzilla with precious photos and props!
Yurakucho Marui, Namba Marui and Hakata Marui will hold "Godzilla EXPO 2019-History of Godzilla in Photos-in OIOI"!
Exhibit precious photos of the template that became the basis of the suit of the 1954 movie "Godzilla" with large panels and explanations. You can look back on the movie “Godzilla” and the process until the character is born, along with precious photos. In addition to photos, we will exhibit valuable props.
Also, Toho and ALPHABOAT will display a panel of works drawn by creators who won a prize in the first audition project “Godzilla” of the “GEMSTONE” human resource discovery and audition project using YouTube.
Mr. Shuhei Yamaguchi, Mr. YELLOW JUNKIE / kyo → ko and Mr. Ken Konami have newly drawn the first Godzilla under the theme of "Godzilla 65th Anniversary"!
In addition, Gemstone creators newly created Godzilla under the three themes of Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka where "Godzilla EXPO" will be held this time (images below). We welcome customers with three different key visuals at each venue!
Of course, goods using illustrations drawn will also be sold at the venue!
We look forward to your visit! !
Holding period: Monday, October 21-Monday, November 4
Holding place: 8F Event space
Opening hours: 11 : 00-21 : 00 (Sundays / holidays are 10: 30-20: 30) )
exhibition admission: Adults 300 yen / elementary school less than free
and Hakata Marui-
held period: November 9 (Saturday) to November 20 (Wed.)
Venue: 2F event space
Opening hours: 10 am to 21 pm
exhibition Admission fee: Free
Holding period: December 28 (Sat)
-January 13 (Mon) Holding place: 7F Event space
Business hours: 11 :00-20 :30 (Sundays and holidays are 11:00) -20:00)
Exhibition entrance fee: Free
There will also be a catalog of photos from the exhibition (price: 1,818 yen (tax included price: 2,000 yen)). (Bottom pic)
Link to Marui Group site.
Universal Cool Japan has announced some cool promo items for there Godzilla V.s Evangelion 4D show. They include a Shin Godzilla figure (first pic), tote bag, mug, stuffed hat, print cookies (second pic), Mechagodzilla popcorn bucket(limited to 5,000), and jelly drink (w/cup, third pic). No Prices were given for these but all will be on sale at the park (various locations).
Universal Cool Japan 2019 has announced the Godzilla Vs. Evangelion The Real 4D, a unique experience for fans. The event feature a 3D theater show but adds other elements like wind and rain, yes you will get wet. Each show is approx 20 minutes long and takes place each afternoon at the Cinema 4-D Theater. The first day will be a lottery via Twitter (retweet target tweets, starting April 10th and ending May 12th for the lottery) for five sets of ten people, other shows will be part of the admission price to Universal Cool Japan. The actual shows are from May 31st to August 25th. (Two pics below are from previous 3D shows.)
"Godzilla" Mr. Yuji Ohta
(Director, Video Business Division, Image Business Division, Music Business Division and Chief Godzilla Officer (CGO), Director of Toho Co., Ltd.)
“Godzilla” celebrates its 65th anniversary and we are very happy to be able to collaborate in the year 2019. The attraction "Godzilla vs Evangelion" starts on May 31, and the movie "Godzilla King of Monsters" will be released the same day.
This time, the film “Shin Godzilla” production staff are rallying together to take on the new challenge of “Godzilla vs. Evangelion”. Please look forward to collaboration, overwhelming quality and powerful images that you will never experience elsewhere.
"Evangelion" Mr. Yoshihiro Kamimura
(Groundworks Co., Ltd .: Representative
Evangelion copyright manager)
In "Evangelion", we have been working on Universal Cool Japan three times so far, and this time, it is a collaboration with the strongest character "Godzilla" that Japan is finally proud of!
The sound of "Godzilla vs. Evangelion" is exciting. The sound of this sound is Kimo of this project, but it was the otaku joke that was "interesting" Godzilla vs. XXXX "as it was when we were students several decades ago. I really look forward to it becoming an attraction.
A new VR experience is coming to the VR Zone in Osaka and Shinjuku in Japan, Godzilla VR. This cool VR (virtual reality) puts you right in the film Shin Godzilla as you fight the monster Osaka opens this fall with Shinjuku opening November. Check out the video and pics below.
A number of film announcements happened yesterday getting fans excited for the future, while not all were kaiju related they were coll none the less. First was the announcement (at Anime Expo) of the premiere of Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle on Netflix on July 18, less than two weeks away. The second announcement, also involving Netflix, was of a new Ultraman Anime (based on the Ultraman Manga comic) will debut in 2019, promo poster and promo and announcement videos below. Production for Ultraman is handled by Production IG and Sola Digital Arts. Also announced, while not kaiju related but big, is that Legendary will be making a Mobile Suit Gundam live action film, one of the most influential giant robot sagas of all time. It will be produced with Sunrise Inc. Poster and announcement video at bottom.
The first ever large-scale Godzilla exhibition outside Japan, Godzilla Special Exhibition in Taiwan, takes place June 30th to Sept 16th 2018. The event features a history of Godzilla films (Evolution Showcase), Studio Tour (Creators Room), Studio Tour (Special Art Warehouse), Diorama Stage, City Of Rumble, and Godzilla Encounter (pics below are for reference not actual pics). It takes place at No. 1 Warehouse, Songshan Wenchuang Park (No. 133, Guangfu South Road, Xinyi District, Taipei) Taiwan, a pre-sale is going on now up till the start, ticket prices will increase once the exhibition begins (220 to 320 yuan). Tickets available here.
Toho Cinemas Daily Theater in Tokyo will close for good February 4th 2018 after 85 years. To celebrate it's history Toho is having a "Sayonara Daily Theater Last Show". The last film to be screened their will be Godzilla 1954 (Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II will be shown the day before, guests include Masahiro Takashima, Director Takao Okawara, and Producer Shogo Toyama). Guest at the final show will be Akira Takarada, and 1,000 lucky people will get a limited Bandai Movie Monster Series Millennium Godzilla Daydream Last Show Version.