Episode 72: Record All Monsters vs. ‘Colossal’


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Hello, kaiju lovers! Today on “Ameri-kaiju,” we get artsy with the indie film Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway. Robert and Courtney from the Record All Monsters podcast stop by to have a thoughtful discussion on this unique kaiju film where the monsters are psychic projections of the main characters. While it’s a comedy, it touches on some heavy subjects, like alcoholism and narcissism. All three hosts share personal stories connected to those subjects. While some commentators have said that the film is about domestic abuse, Nate disagrees. So instead, today’s Toku Topic is on the psychology of inner demons because every character in Colossal is wrestling with one.

Beforehand, Cameron Winter pays Nate a visit in Nate’s prestigious media master office. Winter asks Nate if he knows anything about Jessica helping to free the Ymir—and to maintain his cover, Nate reluctantly says she conspired to do so. Afterward, Nate and Jet Jaguar go to the Heat Seeker and meet H.E.A.T.’s techie, Randy, who sends the robot N.I.G.E.L. to spy on Winter’s operations on the Beta Site. There they make a surprise discovery that’s more than they bargained for, and now Jet must save them.

The prologue and epilogue, “Trespassing,” was written by Nathan Marchand.

Guest cast:

  • Jack Hudgens as Cameron Winter
  • Andres Perez as Randy Hernandez
  • Daniel DiManna as N.I.G.E.L.

Additional music:

  • “Pacific Rim” by Niall Stenson
  • “Chant My Name!” by Masaaki Endo
  • “Black Moonrise (Midnight Mix)” by BeanJammin
  • “The Shadow” by Mike Norvak

Sound effects sourced from Freesound.org, including those by InspectorJ.

Check out Nathan’s spinoff podcasts, The Henshin Men and The Power Trip.

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This episode is approved by Cameron Winter and the Monster Island Board of Directors.


  • Prologue: 0:00-8:16
  • Intro: 8:16-17:50
  • Entertaining Info Dump: 17:50-25:36
  • Toku Talk: 25:36-1:31:40
  • Promo: 1:31:40-1:32:39
  • Toku Topic: 1:32:29-2:07:00
  • Housekeeping & Outro: 2:07:00-2:26:24
  • Epilogue: 2:26:24-end

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