Throwback Thursday: Sacred Springs (1964), by Akira Ifukube, Sung by Emi and Yumi Itō

Undoubtedly one of the best of the Shōwa period of Godzilla films, Mothra vs. Godzilla features the return of the Shobijin along with Mothra herself. Akira Ifukube's scoring is tremendous and vivid, and Emi and Yumi Itō sing this melancholic, gentle tune he composed for the film. Although far eclipsed by the popularity of the... Continue Reading →

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Throwback Thursday: Mothra’s Song (1961), by Yūji Koseki, Sung by Emi and Yumi Itō

Although Godzilla will always be my favorite giant Japanese monster, Mothra is a close second and a very different sort of character. Whereas Godzilla has alternatively played the roles of villain, antihero, hero, and “a force of nature”, Mothra has been pretty consistently depicted as a benign and protective heroine. She’s worshiped as a goddess,... Continue Reading →

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