Producer Shogo Tomiyama (left) and director Masaaki Tezuka (right) pose for photos at Loft Plus One in Tokyo. Photo by Brett Homenick.
March 22 saw a talk show and autograph signing at Loft Plus One in Shinjuku, attended by Godzilla series producer Shogo Tomiyama, Godzilla series director Masaaki Tezuka, and illustrator Shinji Nishikawa. The event celebrated the launch of Tomiyama-san's new book, Godzilla's Management, which chronicles his experiences working as Godzilla's boss.
During the event, a special message from Megumi Odaka, who played Miki Saegusa throughout the Heisei series, was read on her behalf. She congratulated Tomiyama-san on the launch of his new book. Odaka-san is interviewed in Godzilla's Management.
While autographs were being signed, a raffle took place in which many coveted items were given away to audience members. One such prize was the actual newspaper headlines used in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), including the infamous headline which heralds the arrival of a "shinig" UFO in the "ski" of Tokyo. As luck would have it, my friend Yasushi ended up winning this unusual piece of G-history!
Overall, the event was enjoyable, but as is quite common with events hosted by Cast Co., fans are rushed through the autograph line, and there are no opportunities to pose for photos. Still, Cast Co. events are usually much cheaper than those that offer photo sessions, so I suppose it's a bit of a trade-off.
After the event, Yasushi and I were joined by other fans and professionals, and we had drinks at a local cafe. We talked about various subjects and had a great time. I'm already looking forward to the next event, whatever it may be!