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Godzilla, Evangelion, Ultraman and Kamen Rider team up for Hideaki Anno Collab


Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno brings together some of Japan’s biggest pop culture icons in a new collaboration promising new art, merchandise and events.

A recently revealed collaboration brings Godzilla, evangelization, Ultraman and Kamen Rider together.

As detailed by the new project official siteJapanese film studios Toho, Toei and Tsuburaya Productions are partnering with evangelization creator Hideaki Anno’s Khara studio for a new cross-promotion event that brings together the biggest icons of Japanese pop culture. The new collaboration was unveiled accompanied by an image representing the flagship characters of each studio: the king of the monsters of Toho, Godzilla, the pioneers of the tokusatsu (masked hero) of Toei and Tsuburaya, Kamen Rider and Ultraman, and finally, the ‘Evangelion Unit 01, the “mecha” lead from the very famous and influential anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. The crossover between the four legendary franchises is labeled “Shin Japan Heroes Universe”, and the four companies involved in the project are now planning special events and team-based merchandise.

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The new illustration of the four heroes was created by Mahiro Maeda, who previously worked as an animator and designer on the evangelization franchise. The crossover logo was created by Yutaka Izubuchi, who also worked on evangelization and several entries in the Mobile Suit Gundam series.

The four franchises are all linked by their connection to director Hideaki Anno. Anno is best known as the creator of the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise, but he was also personally involved in each of the other three series in the collaboration: he directed the critically acclaimed 2017 reboot shin godzillacurrently running Rider Shin Kamenand also wrote and produced ShinUltramanscheduled for release in Japan on May 13. ShinUltraman was directed by longtime Anno collaborator Shinji Higuchi, who previously worked as special effects director on the Gamer series.

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The latest version of Anno, Evangelion 3.0 + 1.01: Three Times Upon A Time premiered in 2021 to rave reviews. The film was the second highest-grossing film in Japan in 2021 and was released internationally exclusively for Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service. The film, which served as the conclusion to the story that begins with the original Neon Genesis Evangelion anime in 1995, also marked the end of Anno’s time as head of the evangelization franchise and as animation director. Although he hinted that the series could continue with someone else at the helm, he announced that he plans to work exclusively on live-action films for the time being. His current project Rider Shin Kamenis set to be released in 2023 and stars Sousuke Ikematsu (The last Samourai) and Minami Hamabe (kakegurui).

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Source: Shin Japan Heroes Universe Official Site

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