Holiday Gift Guide: The ‘Gamera’ Trilogy Box Set
When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.
If you’ve got a friend who got into kaiju with this summer’s Pacific Rim, then here’s a good gift that’ll let ’em see the influences: A box set of the ’90s Gamera trilogy on BluRay for eight bucks. Eight. Bucks.
ITEM: The Gamera Trilogy
CLASSIFICATION: BluRay boxed set of three movies
AVAILABILITY: $7.88 on Amazon
I’ll be honest with you, folks: I know exactly two things about Gamera. 1: He is made of turtle meat, and 2: He is a friend to all children. And while we’re being real with each other, I can probably go ahead and admit that I’m not actually sure if those are accurate.
I do, however, have friends who are way more into giant Japanese monsters than I am, and while I’d normally be a little skittish about recommending a movie that’s consistently described with one of my least favorite phrases (it’s a “darker and edgier” reboot of the franchsie), they’ve assured me that Shusuke Kaneko’s take on everyone’s second-favorite kaiju is actually really good stuff. Kaneko, who you might know as the director of the live-action adaptation of Death Note, if you’re into such things, relaunched the series with 1995’s Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, which was both critically acclaimed and successful enough to warrant two sequels, all of which are collected here, for less than eight dollars.
That’s what really sold me on it. I might not know Gamera from Gigan, but for eight bucks and the recommendation of friends assuring me that it’s actually worth watching (and influential on Pacific Rim, a movie I really did like), it’s a pretty good risk to take. It’s exactly what I like in my gift-giving: cheap enough for a stocking stuffer, but enough there to make a great gift.