Godzilla and Evangelion form a new Japanese cinematic universe


Japanese industry titans team up for a new cinematic universe based on iconic properties. Toho, Toei, Khara and Tsuburaya Productions have announced the upcoming launch of the Shin Japan Heroes Universe, which will include representation from the Godzilla, Ultraman, Kamen Rider and Evangelion franchises.

Toho is the company that created Godzilla, Toei is behind Kamen Rider, Tsuburaya produces Ultraman, and Khara is the animation studio founded by Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno. The founder of Tsuburaya Productions, the late tokusatsu special effects pioneer Eiji Tsuburaya, did effects for films in both the Godzilla and Ultraman series.

Toho released the version directed by Anno Shin Godzilla in 2016, and Anno will also direct the upcoming Shin Ultraman and Shin Kamen rider, which appear to be stylistically similar reboots. In recent years Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 three times at a time was known as Shin Evangelion Gekijouban in Japan and is listed alongside the other “shinbonemovies on the new Shin Japan Heroes Universe website.

So while no new projects have been announced yet, the idea of ​​a crossover between these properties themed around “shin,” meaning “new” in Japanese, doesn’t come out of the blue. The addition of Evangelion to the mix, as well as the declaration of an explicit universe in which the IP will interact with each other, set the stage for some unprecedented cinematic battles. As if Tokyo-3 didn’t have enough on its plate without Godzilla showing up.

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