Shin Japan Heroes Universe: a new collaboration shrouded in mystery

Mash-ups, whether they be music, movies or multi universal crossovers, make for interesting and sometimes legendary content. Case in point, Marvel vs Capcom, the hotly anticipated Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, and my recently discovered obsession with Encanto and Usher songs. Regardless of where crossovers happen, the announcement of a new one certainly has our ears perked.

So, when a possible project from the amazing anime creator Hideaki Anno showed up on Twitter, speculations began immediately. Anno is known for his work on Evangelion, Godzilla, Ultraman and Kamen Rider to name a few. Now, according to an official Shin Kamen Rider tweet, all four universes may be set to collide soon.

Known as Shin Japan Heroes Universe (Shin is part of each anime’s names in Japanese) the project will be a collaborative effort between Toho, Studio Khara, Tsuburaya Production, and Toei. A website is up and running but gives very little details as to what is involve. The artwork published in the tweet, however, may shed some insight.

Created by Mahiro Maeda, known for his work with Studio Ghibli and Gonzo, the gorgeous, harshly colored piece of art shows off all four of the series respective main characters. As does the black and white logo, drawn by Yutaka Izubuchi, artist and designer behind Ergo Proxy and Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket. Both artists are part of the Shin Japan Heroes Universe project.

For now, we will just have to keep an eye on the site and wait for more information. As an admittedly rabid anime fan, I look forward to the return of some truly unforgettable characters. How about you? Let me know in the comments below!


Alicia Graves

A bit nerdy, a bit punk rock princess, and a whole lot of mom, I'm constantly in motion. I have an enthusiasm for gaming and the cultural complexities of entertainment, both past and present. I don’t believe in limiting myself to one kind of genre in books, comics, manga, anime, music or movies. I prefer to seek out hidden gems in panned pieces, uniqueness in the mundane and new outlooks on nuances.
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