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John Byrne
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Posted: 02 June 2019 at 9:40am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

So... when did this term become a thing? Seems like I first heard it in the PACIFIC RIM movies.
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 02 June 2019 at 10:12am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Pacific rim certainly entered the term into general use as far as I know. Before that I think the only people that really knew the term were people into Japanese films.

I guess Bill Mimbu knew it well before Pacific Rim


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Doug Centers
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Yeah, my kids were way ahead of me on that term. After years of reading Manga it was well known to them. Kids sure love it when they can teach you something.
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Bill Mimbu
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Posted: 02 June 2019 at 12:11pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I guess Bill Mimbu knew it well before Pacific Rim

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My earliest encounter with that term was from watching the 1990 Gainax anime series Nadia of the Mysterious Seas in Japanese, before finding out how it applied to the giant monster film genre in G-Fan magazine...

...And this was well after a steady diet of Godzilla movies on TV.
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Rick Whiting
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Posted: 02 June 2019 at 12:22pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

The term Kaiju was common in Japan and started being used here in America by fans of Japanese movies,comics,cartoons, and video games many years ago (I first heard the term back in the mid to late 90's). From there, it started to spread via the internet and spread to mainstream American entertainment (specifically comics,video games,and animated TV series). Then came Pacific Rim and the rest is history.

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I first heard it in the early to mid 90ís. I want to say that it was in relation to the KING OF MONSTERS arcade game, which was a wrestling game with Godzilla pastiche characters. 
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Brian Hague
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My friend Bill was using the term in the late 80's, if I recall correctly. He had it as part of his username on some website. He was ahead of the cultural curve in many ways, with Japanese monster movies being but one of them. 

In many ways, he's still out there on the fringes. When is America's appreciation and love for Chinese Hopping Vampire films going to start kicking in? Bill has already cleared the cultural path for others to follow. Where are they all? The cowards...

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Matt Hawes
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I have heard the term from both customers and friends of mine for several years before "Pacific Rim," but I don't recall hearing it used by people I knew before the 1990s, or so.
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Roberto Melendrez
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I remember hearing the term back around the time of Godzilla '85 and I vaguely remember hearing it used sometime before that but not exactly sure when.

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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 06 June 2019 at 5:48pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Also Kaiju Big Battel (a performance thatís basically pro wrestling but the wrestlers are dressed as giant monsters) had a bit of a cult following in the mid-2000s, when G4 would show snippets of during their kidsí programming. I recall coming across it and being really confused about what I was watching.
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Steve Adelson
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Posted: 09 June 2019 at 9:50pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I can't think of an age that I DIDN'T know that word.  But then, I've always been a bit of a nerd.
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Adam Schulman
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Same, Steve. I think I might've learned it from watching subtitled Japanese versions of Godzilla films. It wasn't hard to figure out that "kaiju" meant monster, "daikaiju" meant giant monster, etc. 
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