Kitty vs. Kaiju

by wjw on April 26, 2021

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Dish Network is devoting a single channel to (mostly) relaxing views of some countryside or other. February showed a view of the Giza plateau in the 1920s, which our cat Mocha found quite fascinating. Presumably in honor of St. Paddy’s Day, March was a view of an Irish castle, which Mocha mostly ignored.

Now in April it’s cherry blossom time, with Mt. Fuji, a pagoda, a lake, and lots and lots of cherry blossoms. Mocha quite likes this one, because it’s full of nature, with insects, hummingbirds, a monkey or two, and (at night) a lantern festival with dozens of golden lanterns rising into the sky. Occasionally Mocha will forget herself and make a lunge for one of the hummingbirds.

As with the earlier views, the view cycles through an entire day in about 20 minutes, with sunrises, sunset, moonsets, and pretty starscapes. But sometimes the fauna of Japan proves alarming, as when a laser-eyed kaiju stomps onto the scene.

The kaiju isn’t Godzilla or anyone you’d recognize, I suppose because they’d have to pay for the rights. It’s a sort of mechanical t. rex.

Here Mocha has leapt to our defense, and is pouncing on the kaiju. The kaiju makes its escape stage left.

Here Mocha is checking behind the TV screen to see where the critter went. She’ll have to wait another 20 minutes or so for another chance to do battle.

Still, it’s good to know our household has such a ferocious defender. Beware Catzilla!

Clyde April 28, 2021 at 6:51 am

Love it. Go Mocha!

mearsk April 29, 2021 at 9:35 am

Already a better show than Godzilla vs King Kong!

Shash May 4, 2021 at 6:12 pm

Respect to Mocha for recognizing and attempting to take out the competition. But also respect to whomever included the kaiju in the pic. It’s a great easter egg.

Privateiron May 10, 2021 at 5:27 pm

Why are there hummingbirds in a Japanese themed setting?

wjw May 10, 2021 at 5:40 pm

There’s a giant mechanical tyrannosaur in the video, but you stop to question the hummingbirds?

Privateiron May 11, 2021 at 11:25 am

Well, we associate kaiju with Japan and as far as we know there aren’t any functional tyrannosaurs anywhere these days. Mostly, I have seen several references to hummingbirds in Japanese settings recently and I am just puzzled by the phenomenon generally. Why are some people suddenly placing exclusively New World birds in Japan, particularly birds that cannot readily be kept in captivity and/or would have a hard time becoming an invasive import?

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