MONSTER PARTY WANTS TO SHOW YOU THE EFFECTS JAPAN HAS ON US! JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, celebrate a subject that is near and dear to their cyborg enhanced hearts. Prepare to take a journey through blue-tinted space, to discover the secrets of... TOKUSATSU: THE ART OF JAPANESE SPECIAL EFFECTS!!! TOKUSATSU is a broad term that basically covers any Japanese film or TV show that relies heavily on special effects. Which pretty much means everything in our DVD libraries! But don't expect just another podcast about the GODZILLA, GAMERA, and ULTRAMAN. This time, we dig deep into the history of TOKUSATSU, and honor the pioneers who helped make it the beloved sub-genre that it is. Not only do we go behind the scenes of such long-running shows as ULTRAMAN and KAMEN RIDER we also shine our Beta Capsules on many of the more obscure offerings from Japan! We're talkin' secret agents, super ninjas, black and white space heroes, crazy kaiju, kids who like to hang out with Satan, a fly with TV sets for eyes, and sooooooooooo much more! To do justice to such a gargantuan topic, we tracked down someone who is definitely a superhero in our eyes. He's a celebrated author, journalist, blogger, commentator, event promoter, and a TOKUSATSU historian who has been an inspiration to us for many years. MONSTER PARTY is Ultra-proud to welcome... AUGUST RAGONE! (EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS; THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND GODZILLA; FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND; SHOUT FACTORY; CREATURE FEATURES) NOTE: YOU MAY NOTICE THAT IS KAIJU-SIZED EPISODE OCCASIONALLY SUFFERS FROM SOME MINOR SOUND DISTORTION. WE OFFER OUR APOLOGIES, BUT BLAME IT ON TV FLY!