What do Godzilla, Ultraman, Kamen Rider, and Evangelion‘s Unit-01 have in common? They’ve all have had projects in their name helmed by Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno. Those might be the key factors in a new initiative called Shin Japan Heroes Universe, which may be aiming to unite the four under one banner.
The project was teased by the official Shin Kamen Rider social media account.
— 『シン・仮面ライダー』【公式】 (@Shin_KR) February 14, 2022
The account shows off some art of Kamen Rider, Ultraman, Unit-01, and Godzilla standing in formation, along with a logo bearing their likenesses. The Shin Japan Heroes Universe will be a “collaboration project” between Shin Godzilla, Shin Kamen Rider, Shin Ultraman, and Rebuild of Evangelion (whose Japanese title is Shin Evangelion). Though the tweet encouraged those interested to wait for new information, an official website opened up that hint at what’s to come.
The site describes Shin Japan Heroes Universe as a “miraculous project” uniting the four works. It was launched by agreement between Toho, Studio Khara, Tsuburaya Productions, and Toei. The art shown off in the tweet was created by artist Mahiro Maeda. After spending his early career at Studio Ghibli, Maeda became major contributor to the works of anime studio Gonzo, helping create shows like Blue Submarine No. 6 and Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo. He helped design angels and work on Evangelion 3.0 and 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time. The Shin Japan Heroes Universe logo was designed by Yutaka Izubuchi, an artist and designer with credits on works like Ergo Proxy, Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, and Mobile Police Patlabor. He also designed the new logo of the SEELE organization in Rebuild of Evangelion. Both artists will be heavily involved with whatever the project comes up with.
Shin Japan Heroes Universe is in development. Shin Godzilla is available on streaming services and via retail, while Evangelion 3.0+1.0 is available on Amazon Prime Video. Shin Ultraman releases in Japan on May 13, 2022, while Shin Kamen Rider is dated for March 2023.