On Friday, the Bandai YouTube channel introduced a new 3D CG/tokusatsu short film as part of the Shin Japan Heroes Universe collaboration project. This project brings together the worlds of Shin Godzilla, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijo-ban), Shin Ultraman, and Shin Kamen Rider films.
The newly released short film serves as a promotional platform for the “Shin Universe Robo” toy, which brings together the iconic machines and creatures from all four franchises.
Additionally, the short features the song “Tsumi to Batsu – Inorazaru Mono yo” (Crime and Punishment, You Non-Worshipers) by Yoko Takahashi, which made its debut as the project’s theme song on the “EVANGELION ETERNALLY” maxi-single on May 10.
The short is directed by Hiroshi Butsuda, a special effects veteran of the Kamen Rider Franchise.
Hideaki Anno, known for his involvement in the Evangelion franchise, takes on multiple roles across various films.
He serves as the writer and co-director of the Shin Godzilla film, the writer of the upcoming Shin Ultraman film, and the director and writer of the Shin Kamen Rider film.
Shinji Higuchi, a longtime collaborator, and co-founder of Gainax, joins Anno as a co-director for Shin Godzilla and takes on the directorial role for Shin Ultraman.
Each of the franchises mentioned carries Hideaki Anno’s distinctive “Shin” prefix in their Japanese titles, which can encompass various meanings, such as “new” or “true.”
Anno intentionally maintains an air of ambiguity surrounding the precise interpretation of the prefix in all of these titles.
Evangelion stands as Hideaki Anno’s most renowned creation. The journey began with a groundbreaking mecha anime series that premiered in 1995 and culminated recently with the final installment, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time, released last year.
On the other hand, Godzilla is an enduring franchise by TOHO that revolves around the iconic kaijū, or giant monster. Similarly, Ultraman and Kamen Rider are both long-standing tokusatsu franchises, with Ultraman produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Kamen Rider by Toei.