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Incredibly Strange 

Wednesday, Nov 5 2008
Dipping into the bizarre, dense Web site of Kaiju Big Battel reveals the endurance of Japanese Kaiju, or monster fighters. It also reveals – slowly, cheekily – that something is amiss. Hey, is this whole thing a prank by some Boston art students? Why, yes it is, but it’s a prank that has become a legitimate if intergalactic sport. The group, headed by Rand and David Borden and incorporated as Studio Kaiju, has been throwing live, fairly big budget, tournament-style battles with their homemade monsters since 1994. Their costumes are insane (a can of soup!), the battles are more so, and the grammar is atrocious. Tonight’s San Francisco Big Battel features a main event with “intergalactic pest” Uchu Chu fighting the secret-powered, 2415.09433 Martian-pound Neo Teppen. Whatever happens will happen.
Wed., Nov. 19, 8 p.m., 2008

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