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anonymous asked:

Hey, what movies/comics would you recommend as must-sees for someone just getting into Kaiju stuff? I've only seen Pacific Rim, which I loved, and everything looks interesting to me but there's so much it's hard to know where a good starting point is.

Originally posted by kx-gifs

So I have a go-to-list that includes Godzilla and non-Godzilla films. This is “Essential Viewing”!
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Gojira (1954)
Rodan (1956)
Mothra (1961)
King Kong vs Godzilla (1962, Japanese version if you can find it)
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Ghidrah: The Three Headed Monster (1964)
Monster Zero (1965)
Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965)
Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)
Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (1997)
Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris (1999)
Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack (2001)
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Godzilla (2014)

Now, to clarify for fans and otherwise, these films are not necessarily the BEST OF or include some of the true classics, like Matango. These are purely “gateway drug” material, a combination of quality stuff mixed with accessibility. Final Wars may have a dubious reputation in the fandom, but I think it’s worth seeing just to understand the craziness of the genre that it can sometimes embody. G’14 is also the most recent so it’s worth catching up on. I also recommend the Gamera trilogy pretty highly, to the point where I’d actually place it OVER most of the films on this list.

That being said, I’m curious to see how your journey would fare if you watched the entire Godzilla franchise, 1954-2014, in order. That’s an interesting experiment, but it could become a slog at certain points. Proceed as you desire!

As for comics…pretty much whatever floats your boat. Obviously there’s the stuff I worked on like Legends and Rulers of Earth, but there’s really solid stuff in Half Century War and weird experiments like Godzilla In Hell. There’s also the awesome run from Marvel in the 1970′s that’s available in one trade paperback for pretty cheap. The Dark Horse run is worth reading as well.