The Monster Island Film Vault

Episode 57: ‘Rodan’ (1956) | Godzilla Redux | Feat. Kaiju Kim

January 26, 2022

Hello, kaiju lovers! YouTuber and aspiring filmmaker Kaiju Kim returns to Monster Island to discuss a nostalgic monster movie for her: Toho’s first kaiju movie in color, Rodan (1956). It may not have Big G in it, but Rodan debuted in this film and later became a staple of Toho’s flagship franchise. Amidst funny accents, cancelations (sorry not sorry, Jimmy), and talk of Meganula breakfast cereal, Kim and Nate discuss the film’s Japanese communist screenwriter, Takeshi Kimura, the infamous Mantell UFO incident that inspired the film, and the symbolism of the monsters. If ever there was an episode that exemplified our mantra, “Entertainment and enlightenment through tokusatsu,” it’s this one.

Before the broadcast, Nate visits the Monster Island Legal Action Team office to collect his new contract, and after getting an update from Gary, Raymund Martin bursts in and claims he was a Goranger back in the day. Let’s just say there isn’t enough salt in the ocean for Nate to take with Raymund’s story.

This episode’s prologue, “Go, Go, Goranger!” was written by Nathan Marchand with Damon Noyes.

Check out Kaiju Kim’s YouTube channel, including her Rodan review.

Read Jimmy's Notes on this episode.

Guest stars:

  • Damon Noyes as Gary Steward and Raymund Martin

Additional music:

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Check out Nathan’s spinoff podcasts, The Henshin Men and The Power Trip.

We’d like to give a shout-out to our MIFV MAX patrons Travis Alexander and Michael Hamilton (co-hosts of Kaiju Weekly); Danny DiManna (author/creator of the Godzilla Novelization Project); Eli Harris (elizilla13); Chris Cooke (host of One Cross Radio); Bex from Redeemed Otaku; Damon Noyes, The Cel Cast, TofuFury, Eric Anderson of Nerd Chapel, and Ted Williams! Thanks for your support!

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This episode is approved by Cameron Winter and the Monster Island Board of Directors.


  • Prologue: 0:00-5:22
  • Intro: 5:22-12:00
  • Main Discussion: 12:00-1:17:08
  • Housekeeping & Outro: 1:17:08-end

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