Friday, August 14, 2009

G-FAN Magazine # 41 "Millenial Magnum Opus"

G-FAN #41 is loaded with fresh insights, creative illustrations, and an enthralling look back at G-Fest '99. From the opening pages, which are wall-to-wall stills from Godzilla 2000 (at this point, it was still unclear if G2K would be released theatrically) there is absolutely no letdown in quality. The greatness begins with an incredible interview with Akira Ifukube, the composer who gave Godzilla musical life. I will not spoil it for you--but look for Mr. Ifukube's recollections regarding his "first meeting" with Eiji Tsuburaya. You won't believe it! Also answered conclusively is the question: Did or didn't Mr. Ifukube see footage of Godzilla before composing the musical score? Thanks to Steve Ryfle and company for this one-of-a-kind conversation.
The fun continues with a reproduction of a hand-written letter sent by director Shusuke Kaneko, who describes what it was like to witness the reaction of western kaiju fans to Gamera 3. All I can say is I wish I had a time machine!
Next is Stan Hyde's G-Fest Diary--a perfect pairing of awesome event and winsome author, supplemented with photos that make it seem like you were there.
Norman England offers his own take on G-Fest '99, and his unique perspective as a resident of Japan makes for a truly interest-holding read.
Richard Pusateri's "Hidden Meanings" delivers the final word on whether or not Godzilla can be considered a symbol of America. This is well-reasoned and well-written analysis.
Believe it or not, there is much more to enjoy in G-FAN #41, including Skip Peel's fiction, book reviews (including a review of Steve Ryfle's "Japan's Favorite Mon-Star"), and an eye-catching comic by Gabe McIntosh. Finishing this issue, one thing is clear: 1999/2000 was an excellent time to be a G-Fan!

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