Starting on April 1st and leading into the July 29th opening of Toho’s new Godzilla movie (Godzilla Resurgence internationally, Shin Gojira in Japan), co-directed by Hideaki Anno (Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (Heisei Gamera series, Attack on Titan), a series of art pieces have been imagining clashes between Godzilla and Evangelion Unit 01. A big name has been brought for the latest, internationally recognized modern artist Takashi Murakami.
Murakami, named on Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2008, and the subject of prestigious exhibits, including at the Palace of Versailles, featured Evangelion commentary in the “Littleboy” catalog for his 2005 exhibition of post-modern anime/manga inspired “superflat” art.
Japanese 7-Eleven shops will be featuring the visual on goods such as pre-paid cards in July.
The first in the series of crossovers was by Masahiro Maeda (Gankutsuou, proto-Ghibli Nausicaa and the Studio’s Castle in the Sky and Porco Rosso, and early Gainax Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honnêamise and Gunbuster, as well as contributing Angel designs to Evangelion, also an early version of Mad Max: Fury Road).
Then, there was “Roar at Daybreak” (Reimei-no hoko) by Yuji Kaida visual was introduced. Kaida has a long history as an illustrator/designer/packaging artist for Godzilla, Ultraman, Macross, Gundam, Patlabor, games such as Snatcher, and his own line of limited edition Zoids.