GLORIO’s King of the Kaiju Episode 6: Rebirth of Mothra

Giant monsters are fucking rad, that’s an undeniable fact. But there are hundreds of kaiju films that have spawned out of Japan and the rest of the world, and we desperately needed a flimsy excuse to watch more of them. So join myself and colons each month as we take a look at different kaiju films, from the famous to the obscure, as we work out which ones are worth your time, and who truly is the king of the monsters.

For episode six, we’re watching Rebirth of Mothra! Not content with continuing the exploits of 60s Mothra, Toho decided it was time for somewhat Western-inspired reboot, though a few familiar faces are back nonetheless. If you want to watch the film before listening to the podcast, you can do so here via Archive.org.

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Opening music: “EM20_Jerry_GZM” – Shin Godzilla Original Soundtrack
Ranking sound clip: “Main Title” from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed MonsterShin Godzilla Original Soundtrack
Closing music: “Badman Riddim (Jump)” – Vato Gonzalez ft Foreign Beggars

Show Notes

Rebirth of Mothra (1996)

Directed by Okihiro Yoneda
Produced by Toho
Runtime: 106 minutes

Starring:
Sayaka Yamaguchi as Lora
Megumi Kobayashi as Moll
Aki Hano as Belvera
Kazuki Futami as Taiki Goto
Maya Fujisawa as Wakaba Goto
Kenjiro Nashimoto as Yuichi Goto
Hitomi Takahashi as Makiko Goto
Mizuho Yoshida as Death Ghidorah

(This video contains trailers for all three Rebirth of Mothra films, so proceed with caution!)

4:55 Kicking off Show and Tell with Godzilla’s 65th birthday and The Legend of Zelda

15:09 Some fun facts, courtesy of 15 minutes of looking on the Internet

19:57 The movie rundown begins by talking about the majestic opening sequence

24:42 After ten thousands years she’s free – it’s Belvis Belvera, the little-known sister of the Mothra twins

33:42 Not content with a big Mothra, we also have lil baby Mothra named Fairy and she is good. Also she has a laser dogfight with a dragon in someone’s home, and I’m into that

42:26 The twins explain to the Goto family that they need to get the seal from Belvera before she revives DEATH GHIDORA

47:21 Airline sponsorship! Also everyone is dressed up now, but we do get a good bit where the Goto family worry about the air hostess discovering the tiny people and palm-sized moth are actually alive

52:08 Uh oh, here comes Death Ghidorah. Also while we forgot to discuss it on the episode, this definitely counts as a volcano which makes us five for six and counting

59:03 Mothra enters the fight, and she’s just painfully fluffy

1:03:24 The second song of the film, set to the hatching and travel sequence of a new Mothra

1:11:28 The mysterious case of the missing Belvera

1:19:55 Saddest death scene in all of film

1:27:39 That one video of a spider getting squished and thousands of baby spiders pouring out of it, except moths

1:34:15 Mothra Leo is OP and someone just keeps giving it new powers

1:39:47 Belvera, the bad sequel hook

1:47:01 Why wasn’t this Disney movie localised at the time?

1:50:22 It’s colons’ cuddle corner!

2:08:46 Adding five new kaiju to the official GLORIO’s King of the Kaiju monster ranking

2:24:20 A brief mention of next month’s kaiju film

Ranking Monster Film Date Added Ep
1 Mothra Leo Rebirth of Mothra November 2019 6
2 Gamera Gamera, The Giant Monster June 2019 1
3 Death Ghidorah Rebirth of Mothra November 2019 6
4 King Ghidorah Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster August 2019 3
5 Godzilla Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster August 2019 3
6 Mothra Rebirth of Mothra November 2019 6
7 Yongary Yongary, Monster from the Deep October 2019 5
8 Kamoebas Space Amoeba September 2019 4
9 Rodan Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster August 2019 3
10 Rodan Rodan July 2019 2
11 Gezora Space Amoeba September 2019 4
12 Ganimes Space Amoeba September 2019 4
13 Mothra Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster August 2019 3
14 Garu Garu Rebirth of Mothra November 2019 6
15 Fairy Mothra Rebirth of Mothra November 2019 6
16 Meganulon Rodan July 2019 2

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Thanks for tuning in! Let us know your thoughts below, and consider preparing for December’s episode by watching the next film on our list; Daigoro vs. Goliath. See you in episode seven!

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