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It's no secret that a clash between the iconic anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion and the King of the Monsters, Godzilla has been brewing over the past few years. While a collaboration between the two monster-sized franchises was first teased as an April Fool's joke, Metal Gear Solid character artist Yoji Shinkawa unveiled designs for a hybrid figure, and ultimately kaiju EVA-02 and Evangelion/Mechagodzilla figures.
Now it appears the collision will have its biggest platform yet, with Universal Studios Japan hosting a Godzilla vs. Evangelion attraction to its summer lineup.
The battle will be part of the 5th year celebration of the Osaka amusement park's Universal Cool Japan initiative (an effort to promote popular Japanese entertainment around the world), which will also feature attractions based on Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, Detective Conan, and Lupin III. In the past the promotion even featured a VR Final Fantasy roller coaster.
It's a fitting team-up, as fans of either franchise will remember that Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno directed the most recent Godzilla movie, Shin-Gojira, or Godzilla: Resurgence. Although the King of the Monsters has changed looks many times over the years, it's a likely that given the Evangelion crossover, you'll be seeing the Shin-Gojira aesthetic at Universal Studios Japan.
The celebration is split into two halves in 2019, with the Springtime event (January 18th-June 23d) hosting Detective Conan escape games and restaurant, as well as a Lupin III XR ride and restaurant. The summertime event (May 31st-August 25th) will feature an Attack on Titan show attraction, Sailor Moon theater attraction, and Godzilla vs. Evangelion theater attraction.