"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog

Monday, November 10, 2008


Over the last two months, I've been slammed with getting my work completed for the upcoming INAZUMAN Complete Series DVD box set, as well as finalizing and running our horror film festival, SHOCK IT TO ME!, which caused me to fall behind on this blog, and especially the "Monster of the Month" feature. But, now that I have them out of the way, I can play catch up. And after a few weeks, I will settle each of these new entries into their proper dates to fill the delinquent gaps. So, stay tuned for more monsters!


Prof. Grewbeard said...

there ya go!

not that you asked, but my favorite Toei series in terms of monster design is ROBOT DETECTIVE. it also happens to be my favorite Toei series from the 70's period. now if only it would come out on dvd...

Unknown said...

nice. grew up a kaiju fan, not so much tokusatsu. only thing i've seen was Ultraman. Having bought the U-boxset, i enjoyed it thoroughly. someone sent me a mixed DVD of tokusatsu films, one episode was from Inazuman. looked like a super fun series. look forward to this set.

August Ragone said...

ROBOT DETECTIVE does indeed have some amazing designs for the BADO assassin robots... You can expect to see some of them featured in the near future.

One of the great things about Toei's tokusatsu series (Godzilla is also tokusatsu, too), especially during the 1960s-1970s, is seeing all of the character actors from yakuza movies who pop up! So, that might add an extra appeal for you!