Sunday, October 5, 2008
Godzilla vs. Mothra
“Mothra would go down in flames, and probably smash into Tokyo Tower for extra effect, if Toho had any say in the big fight.”
Japan—the country that created vital cinematic stars Godzilla and Mothra—continues to immerse the world in some scintillating anime and manga, and is the home for the otaku—a term that loosely translates as ‘geeks’, but (perhaps) takes the notion further still into obsessiveness and occasionally creepy social ineptitude.
With these concepts in mind—and carrying much hidden emotional baggage that will remain rather churlishly unspoken here—I set about doing an inept and somewhat pointless vox populi of some of the newer DJs and producers on the block, all of them here in Tokyo and established and/or undoubted rising stars, with the goal of attempting to discover common answers to some less-than-world-shattering concerns.
Q1: In a grand master bout between Godzilla and Mothra, who’d claim the golden glove?
"I'd definitely support Godzilla," assesses technopop musician, Tomoko ‘Electron Tee’ Terasaki. "He's much cooler—and, besides, I hate moths!"
Techno DJ/producer, Shin Nishimura, agrees with Tee, except for the bit about anathema towards the common streetlight variety of moth. "He'd win by jumping and punching with that tail of his," Nakamura visualizes.
DJ and producer, Naoto Yamazaki (a.k.a. Naotoxin), nods. "He—or is it actually she?—is bigger than Mothra, and more powerful."
While producer, Yuki Ota (a member of eclectic electro outfit, Alone Together), just shrugs—"I've never watched any of those movies," he swears in a sincere tone—Ota's compatriot, Chichi (a member of the electro/industrial duo, Dick Drone), is far more animated and assured.
"Mothra would go down in flames, and probably smash into Tokyo Tower for extra effect, if Toho had any say in the big fight," he says.
The rest of this story shows up and scars the pages of the November 2008 issue of Geek Monthly magazine, out shortly.
Posted by Andrez Bergen at 8:33 PM