Hideaki Anno, the creator of Evangelion, has teamed up with some of Japan’s largest pop-culture figures in new cooperation that promises new art, merchandise, and events. Ultraman, Godzilla, Kamen Rider, and Evangelion are joining forces in a new partnership.
Japanese production studios Tohei, Tsubarya, and Toho productions are teaming up with Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno’s. Toho’s king of monsters, Godzilla, Toei and Tsuburaya’s tokusatsu masked hero pioneers, Kamen Rider and Ultraman, and the Evangelion Unit 01, the lead “mecha” from the highly acclaimed and influential anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. They will be under Khara production, according to CBR.
Mahiro Maeda, who collaborated as an animator and designer on the Evangelion franchise, drew the new illustration of the four protagonists. Yutaka Izubuchi, who previously worked on Evangelion and many entries in the Mobile Suit Gundam series, designed the crossover logo. The four franchises are connected through director Hideaki Anno’s involvement.
Hideaki Anno, the great director, has been off fulfilling his nerd dreams, assisting in the production of films based on Godzilla, Ultraman, and now Kamen Rider, which will be released next year. He’s taking the next logical step, which is to smash them together during a new collaborative endeavor.
Shin Japan Warriors Universe, a four-way crossover incorporating Anno’s work on the Evangelion “rebuild” movie saga. And it will be developed by Anno’s studio Khara in collaboration with Ultraman’s Tsuburaya Productions, Godzilla’s Toho, and Kamen Rider’s Toei.
Shin Ultraman, which has been rescheduled for premiere in Japan this year, and his next solo project Shin Kamen Rider in 2023 based on the recent post on the Gizmodo website.
In 2021, Anno’s most recent release, Evangelion 3.0 + 1.01: Thrice Upon A Time, was released. The film, which was distributed globally as an Amazon Prime Video streaming service exclusive, was Japan’s second highest-grossing film of 2021.
Anno’s career as the leader of the Evangelion series and as an animation director came to an end with the film, which served as the culmination to the tale that began with the original Neon Genesis Evangelion anime in 1995.
Shin Kamen Rider, his upcoming film, will be released in 2023 and will star Sousuke Ikematsu (The Last Samurai) and Minami Hamabe (The Last Samurai) (Kakegurui).