Stomp Romp / Zilla Thrilla: The Merry Adventures of Muddy Mudskipper

The years-spanning (annual?) tradition continues with the next entry of Stomp Romp / Zilla Thrilla as Mom and I take breathless look at the 2016 Hideaki Anno / Shinji Higuchi joint, Shin Godzilla. CLICK HERE or on the banner above to download our review of the film, which features much discussion on Japanese politics, “scrap and rebuild”, and the imagery of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.



  1. I was having kind of a stressful weekend so seeing this episode pop up in my Twitter feed was MUCH appreciated. I could listen to you two talk about Godzilla every day. In fact, I’ve been on a Godzilla kick lately and watched Final Wars again last night — now that the “final” in that subtitle has been lessened, especially by a great film like Shin-Godzilla, have your feelings about that one changed at all?

    Thanks for the show, as always

  2. timeliebe says:

    I keep hearing this movie discussed as a “satire” on the Japanese Government – while I saw a few satiric bits, it looked more like a clear-eyed look at bureaucracy in every culture.

  3. Rob Hackett says:

    I can’t believe you left out one of the most important aspects of the movie. The final scene with the humanoid creatures coming out of the tail! No mention of this at all? This is a huge whiff that must be acknowledged somehow. If you did mention it, I must have missed it.

  4. gooberzilla says:

    Yeah, I totally mentioned the final scene. If you want, I can re-listen to the podcast and find you a specific time-stamp with the part where Mom and I talk about it and what I think it represents.

  5. Thanks, this was a good one.
    I do need to point out what is becoming a pet peeve of mine. Nationalism and patriotism are different things.
    Nationalism holds that one’s country is superior to all others and will cram that idea down your throat if you aren not careful.
    Patriotism is being proud of what is good and right about your country, it is not uncritical of faults.
    I see this film as having elements of patriotism and as not nationalistic.

  6. Somehow the title of this podcast made be giggle! Not counting John K’s latest unfortunate troubles thanks to the events of the past few months, I did thought the idea of comparing Hideaki Anno with Kricfalusi was pretty obvious to make, if only for different reasons (Hideaki for kaiju/tokusatsu flicks while John was a Hanna-Barbera/Bob Clampett fan). This was certainly a passion project of a nerd!

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