Book Review: ‘Godzilla On My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters’ by William M. Tsutsui

godzilla-on-my-mindGodzilla On My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters is a very personal book, as written by author William M. Tsutsui. It is also one of the better books on the topic of the King of Monsters.

I say that it is one of the better books because there are a lot of bad English language books about Godzilla. Godzilla On My Mind is packed full of information and it is good from a beginner’s perspective. There isn’t much here that hasn’t been available elsewhere, however. And, to be honest, I didn’t really learn anything new.

Also, there are a lot of personal stories. While that is done to connect to the author and to see his fandom and maybe how it could be similar to the reader’s fandom, it sometimes feels like it’s a bit too much.

The author also shares his ideas on the political and social meaning in a lot of these pictures, not just the original Gojira. Some of it feels like a stretch and maybe he is reading too much into fun monster movies that really didn’t have deep philosophical meaning outside of entertainment. Sure, I can’t dismiss the purpose of the original Gojira but fans of the franchise already know what that film was made to represent.

While I may be coming off as someone who doesn’t like this book, I did enjoy the experience of reading it. Unfortunately, it just rehashes a lot of stuff that I’ve known for a long time.

Rating: 6/10