Godzilla: A Colossal Course in Japanese History

Big V Roman Comics and I sat down at Raleigh Supercon 2017 to present a discussion of Godzilla films and how they have commented or critiqued issues facing Japanese society at the time of their release. Kaiju films have addressed many topics over the years, from the original film’s commentary on use of nuclear weapons, to Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster promoting an anti-pollution message in the 1970s, to The Return of Godzilla questioning American military presence in Japan, and finally last year’s Shin Godzilla condemning the failure of government bureaucracy to help people affected by the Fukushima disaster.

Special thanks to Josh Thompson for assistance in research for this panel.

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