Hideaki Anno is perhaps best known for creating what is considered by many to be one of the great anime franchises in Neon Genesis Evangelion, but the director has recently attempted to forge a new universe where the likes of Godzilla, Kamen Rider, and Ultraman are reworked thanks to the “Shin Universe.” Of Shin Ultraman recently released after the success of Shin GodzillaTamashii Nations recently revealed four new collectibles that hint that there may be another crossover in the works for all of these Shin characters.
At this point, it remains to be confirmed if we’ll actually see a live-action crossover bringing together the Godzilla, Eva Units, Kamen Rider, and Ultraman of the Shin Universe, though there’s certainly been plenty of merchandise and events. who have hinted that this collaboration could eventually happen. At Universal Studios Japan, the theme park even took the opportunity to create an attraction pitting Shin Godzilla against NERV and the Eva Pilots, while also introducing a terrifying take on what a “Shin Ghidorah” would look like. It was recently announced that a new Godzilla movie will hit Japanese theaters next year, but with no Hideaki Anno directing, many are wondering if the movie will focus on a new iteration of the King of the Monsters rather than the Shin iteration.
The producers of Tamashii Nations shared a radical new screen where the main players of the Shin Universe come together side-by-side, with new figures created for Shin Godzilla, Shin Ultraman, Shin Kamen Rider and Eva Unit 01, hinting at the idea that there might be just be a project in the future where all these classic characters join forces:
SHIN JAPAN HEROES UNIVERSE project view! The wondrous collaborative project between Shin Godzilla, Shin Kamen Rider, Shin Evangelion and Shin Ultraman!#shingodzilla #shinkamenrider #shinultraman #shfiguarts #shmonster doctor #robot minds pic.twitter.com/dPuZPpfWRt
— TamashiiNations (@TamashiiNations) November 19, 2022
Next year, Shin Kamen Rider is set to be what could be the final entry in the Shin Universe, as creator Hideaki Anno hasn’t confirmed if he’ll be returning for new projects in the drastically different new reality. Should a “Miracle Collaboration” actually take place, not only would these classic characters return, but fans would also get to see for the first time what NERV and the Eva pilots would look like in live action.
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