Neon Genesis Evangelion Creator Directing New Kamen Rider

Hideaki Anno, creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion and director of Shin Godzilla, is directing Shin Kamen Rider, a new Kamen Rider film coming in 2023.

The creator of the critically acclaimed anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hideaki Anno, is directing a new Kamen Rider film. Debuting in 1971, Kamen Rider (also known as Masked Rider) is one of the most iconic characters in Japanese popular culture. The first show follows a grasshopper-themed cyborg on his mission to eliminate an evil origination called Shocker. There are over 30 Kamen Rider shows, over 40 films, and plenty of merchandise. Toei is celebrating the franchise’s 50th anniversary with a few notable announcements. The FUUTO PI manga is being adapted into an anime, and the classic show Kamen Rider Black is being remade. Just as notable as these announcements is Hideaki Anno’s involvement in the franchise.

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Shin Kamen Rider has been announced. As revealed during the Kamen Rider 50th anniversary event (via Mantan Web and translated by Anime News Network), Hideaki Anno is directing the live-action film and writing the script. According to Anno, the project actually had its beginnings six years ago, but the pandemic unfortunately delayed its production. Shin Kamen Rider is set to release in March 2023. Check out Anno’s passionate quote about the project below, along with the announcement video.

“Five decades ago, almost every grade school boy was enthralled by the life-size hero Kamen Rider. I was no exception. I launched this project out of the desire to give back a little for the great gifts I received from the TV shows five decades ago, in the form of a movie five decades later.”

Anno has made quite the name for himself with his storytelling. His and Shinji Higuchi’s work on Shin Godzilla was critically acclaimed. It should be fascinating seeing Anno’s producing hand on Ultraman when Shin Ultraman releases, although the film was delayed from its summer debut. Shin Kamen Rider certainly has a lot of potential to do something special for the long-running franchise. Kamen Rider hasn’t really made a dent in North America, so it will be interesting to see if the film can potentially help change that.

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Source: Mantan Web (via Anime News Network)

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