By Nick Valdez
Godzilla has launched a new crossover you might have only dreamed of with not only classic Tokusatsu franchises such as Ultraman and Kamen Rider, but the original anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion as well. One of the most notable Godzilla releases in the last few years, Shin Godzilla, provided a completely new take on Toho’s classic kaiju that was meant with both critical and commercial success. Created by Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno and long time collaborator Shinji Higuchi, Shin Godzilla was so successful that the duo would go on to craft new “Shin” versions of other famous Tokusatsu properties.
With both Shin Ultraman and Shin Kamen Rider now in the works for a release in the future, it seems that Godzilla’s Toho, Neon Genesis Evangelion’s Studio Khara, Ultraman’s Tsuburaya Productions and Kamen Rider’s Toei are now launching a project that combines all of Anno and Higuchi’s collaborative works that brings together each of the massive Shin universes. While details are currently scarce for this new “Shin Japan Heroes Universe,” you can check out the new collaboration visual for the project below:
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The four studios have joined their respective “Shin” reboot projects together (with Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 releasing an updated Shin Evangelion in theaters through Japan last year) for this new project, but unfortunately are holding back the details of it at this time. Beyond the reveal of the collaboration illustration and the special logo, the four companies tease that there will be more details revealed at a later date that will show more of the actual scope of this new project.
In terms of what it could be, it might just be a line of collaborative goods but seeing this illustration here combining all of the projects is already a dream come true. It probably won’t manifest as a big theatrical or animated production, but that’s also not completely off the table either as the four companies seem to gearing up for something big. Either way, let’s hope that it results in more cool art! What do you think? How do you feel about this Shin crossover? What would you want to see from the Shin Japan Heroes Universe? Let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!
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