The Shin series (「シン・」シリーズ, "Shin" shirīzu) as it has been labeled by some media outlets, is a franchise of unconnected Japanese film reboots of popular science fiction series that is primarily helmed by Hideaki Anno. It is currently composed of four entries: Shin Godzilla (2016), Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time (2021, called "Shin Evangelion the Movie" in Japan), Shin Ultraman (2022), and Shin Kamen Rider (2023). Besides Anno, recurring creative forces include Shinji Higuchi, Katsuro Onoue, Masayuki, Ikki Todoroki, Atsuki Sato, and Shiro Sagisu.
Though Shin Godzilla was the first to be released, Evangelion 3.0+1.0's Japanese title has borne the "Shin" prefix ever since it was unveiled in 2012. The "Shin" portion of the films' Japanese titles is written in katakana, similar to a loanword. This has the effect of obscuring its meaning, as shin can be the pronunciation of various words including "new" (新), "true" (真), "god" (神), and "faith" (信). The marketing of the films do not contain much unifying imagery beyond their titles, with each movie's logo styling "シン" in the trademark fonts of their respective franchises.
Toho is a major player in the Shin series, with it and/or one of its subsidiaries (co-)funding three entries, co-producing two, and (co-)distributing three.
|Release date||Title||Directed by||Effects director(s)||Funded by||Produced by||Distributor(s)|
|July 29, 2016||Shin Godzilla||Hideaki Anno
Shinji Higuchi (co-)
|Shinji Higuchi (VFX)
Katsuro Onoue (SFX)
|March 8, 2021||Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time||Hideaki Anno
Kazuya Tsurumaki (co-)
Katsuichi Nakayama (co-)
Mahiro Maeda (co-)
|Toyonori Yamada (animation)
Katsuro Onoue (live action)
|May 13, 2022||Shin Ultraman||Shinji Higuchi||Satoru Sasaki (VFX)||Shin Ultraman Film Partners
(Tsuburaya Productions, Toho, khara)
|March 18, 2023||Shin Kamen Rider||Hideaki Anno||Katsuro Onoue (SFX)
Satoru Sasaki (VFX)
Takumi Nibori (VFX)
|Shin Kamen Rider Film Partners
(Toei, TV Asahi, ADK Emotions, khara,
Bandai, Dentsu, Horipro, Akatsuki, MBS,
The Mainichi Newspapers Co.,
Toho Entertainment, GYAO)
Shin Godzilla (2016)
- Main article: Shin Godzilla.
Shin Godzilla (シン・ゴジラ was funded by Toho, who released it on July 29, 2016. It was written and directed by Hideaki Anno, with genre veteran Shin Gojira)Shinji Higuchi serving as co-director and VFX director. Production of a new Japanese Godzilla film had been announced on December 8, 2014, with its title revealed on September 23, 2015. The first live-action Godzilla film to be produced in Japan since 2004's Godzilla Final Wars, it proved massively successful, emerging as the country's second-highest grossing domestic film and third-highest grossing overall film of 2016. Shin Godzilla also topped franchise records, surpassing 1992's Godzilla vs. Mothra as the highest-grossing Japanese Godzilla film of all time and cementing itself as the fifth-highest attended film of the series. Moreover, Shin Godzilla enjoyed virtually unprecedented critical acclaim for a kaiju film, being nominated for and winning numerous prestigious awards, including Picture of the Year, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Lighting Direction, Best Sound Recording, and Best Film Editing at the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize. The film can be said to have established much of the style of subsequent Shin films.
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time, called Shin Evangelion the Movie (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版𝄇 in Japan, was funded by Shin Evangerion Gekijōban)khara, who distributed it alongside Toho and Toei on March 8, 2021. The fourth and final entry in the Rebuild of Evangelion series of films, which is itself based on the 1995 anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, Thrice Upon A Time was written, produced, and directed by series creator Hideaki Anno. Though the Rebuild series had been planned as a quadrilogy as early as 2006, various delays postponed its finale to 2021, a little over eight years after the third film Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. Thrice Upon A Time's Japanese title was announced in 2007 as Evangelion New Theatrical Edition: ? but had been changed to Shin Evangelion the Movie by 2012, predating Shin Godzilla's use of the "Shin" prefix by close to three years. Because of this pattern in titles, Thrice Upon A Time is retroactively considered the second entry of the "Shin series," though it differs significantly from the rest; chiefly, it is not based on a tokusatsu franchise, nor does it feature live action characters. It is also the only of the films to not contain "Shin" in its English title.[note 1]
Shin Ultraman (2022)
- Main article: Shin Ultraman.
Shin Ultraman (シン・ウルトラマン is the first Shin film to be funded by a committee of companies, which included Toho, Shin Urutoraman)Tsuburaya Productions, and khara. Also unlike prior entries, the film was not directed by Anno, but rather by Shin Godzilla co-director Shinji Higuchi, though Anno still retained the role of screenwriter. Shin Ultraman was distributed to Japanese theaters by Toho on May 13, 2022. Announced on August 1, 2019, the film was initially set for a summer 2021 release but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shin Kamen Rider (2023)
Shin Kamen Rider (シン・仮面ライダー was also funded by a committee, composed of Toei, TV Asahi, ADK Emotions, khara, Shin Kamen Raidā)Bandai, Dentsu, Horipro, Akatsuki, MBS, The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Toho Entertainment, and GYAO. Written and directed by Hideaki Anno, Toei released it on March 17, 2023. The film was announced as the 50th anniversary Kamen Rider film at a press conference on April 3, 2021.
On February 3, 2016 during post-production on Shin Godzilla, Anno published a proposal for a sequel entitled Shin Godzilla Raids Again (シン・ゴジラの逆襲 which would be helmed by Higuchi. Intended as a low-cost production for a 2018 release date, the film would adapt and expand upon footage from Shin Godzilla in a manner similar to the films of the Shin Gojira no Gyakushū, lit. "Shin Godzilla's Counterattack")Toho Champion Festival. Anno submitted a treatment and concept art to Toho as a gift, but the project never materialized, with him later declaring the pitch "premature." By mid-2018, Toho's Chief Godzilla Officer Keiji Ota seemed to deny the possibility of a so-called "Shin Godzilla 2" in an interview with Nikkei Style, stating that the company was looking to create a new shared universe for Godzilla not unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe rather than cashing in on existing projects.
During a press conference on April 9, 2023, Anno revealed that he had intentionally left the door open for a Shin Kamen Rider sequel, and was prepared to make one should Toei request it of him. He continued that he had already been planning a sequel at the same time he wrote Shin Kamen Rider, dubbing it Shin Kamen Rider: Masker World (シン・仮面ライダー
- Main article: Godzilla vs. Evangelion.
Toho announced the production of a movie entitled Godzilla vs. Evangelion (ゴジラ対エヴァンゲリオン on April Fools' Day of 2016. Gojira tai Evangerion) In actuality, it was revealed to be a merchandising collaboration to promote the upcoming Shin Godzilla. In the ensuing months, a wide range of memorabilia and promotions were launched, including figures, a symphonic album by Shin Godzilla composer Shiro Sagisu, collaborations with the mobile games Monster Strike and Super Robot Wars X-Ω, and more.
Shin Japan Heroes Universe
The Shin Japan Heroes Universe (シン・ジャパン・ヒーローズ・ユニバース is a collaborative project launched by Toho, khara, Tsuburaya Productions, and Toei. Shin Japan Hīrōzu Yunibāsu, abbr. S.J.H.U.) Announced on February 13, 2022, a website was launched the same day with key art illustrated by Shin Godzilla designer Mahiro Maeda and a brand emblem designed by Super Sentai and Shin Kamen Rider artist Yutaka Izubuchi. Crossing over the starring characters from the four Shin films, various events and merchandise have been launched as part of the project.
Shin Japan Heroes Amusement World
On May 17, 2022, the first collaboration of the four universes was revealed, known as the Shin Japan Heroes Amusement World. Events were held across three Bandai Namco stores throughout Japan: Yokohama's Bandai Namco Cross Store in July, Osaka's Umeda HEP FIVE in September, and Fukuoka's Bandai Namco Cross Store Hakata in November. In Operation Shin 765, players embodied a Global Unknown Event Keepers agent who must protect the planet from Godzilla, Ultra Series kaiju, Angels, and Shocker. Operation to Repel Kaiju No. 8 was Shin Ultraman-themed and had players formulating a plan to defeat a newly-emerged kaiju. Shin Ultra Roulette allowed players to win Shin Ultraman prizes. Two VR attractions were included as well, with players pursuing Godzilla in a helicopter in the first and piloting an Eva unit in the second.
- Release Commemoration Special Broadcast: Movie "Shin Kamen Rider" Premise / Act 1 Kumo Augment-01 (2023)
- S.J.H.U. Project: Shin Universe Robo promotional video (2023)
- Crayon Shin-chan episode 901B (TV 2016)
- Shin Ultra Fight (web 2022)
- Crayon Shin-chan episode 1,173C (TV 2023)
- Godzilla: The Real 4-D (2017)
- Godzilla vs. Evangelion: The Real 4-D (2019)
- Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji (2020)
- Operation Shin 765 (2022)
- Operation to Repel Kaiju No. 8 (2022)
- Shin Ultra Roulette (2022)
- Real Escape Game x Shin Kamen Rider (2023)
- The Art of Shin Godzilla (2016)
- Shin Godzilla Walker: The New Legend of the King of the Monsters (2016)
- Historiae Monstrum (2017)
- Shin Godzilla Modeling Archives (2017)
- Shin Godzilla Generation (2017)
- Shin Godzilla Government and Defense Force Situation Response Research (2017)
- Shin Godzilla Walker: Perfect Form (2017)
- Shin Ultraman Design Works (2022)
- Shin Ultraman Millennials BOOK (2022)
- Groundwork of Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time #01 (2022)
- Groundwork of Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time #02 (2022)
- Shin Kamen Rider Design Works (2023)
- Project Shin Evangelion (2023)
- Shin Godzilla Special Demo Content (2016)
- Shin Arima (2016)
- Pocoron Dungeons (2016)
- Eternal Linkage (2018)
- Godzilla VR (2018)
- Godzilla Defense Force (2019) - features Godzilla (2016) as a stage boss and playable card
- Vivid Army (2020)
- Godzilla Battle Line (2021) - features various playable Shin characters and S.J.H.U.-based rewards
- Puzzle & Dragons (2022)
- Pachinko True King of the Monsters Godzilla 2 (2022)
- P Godzilla vs. Evangelion: G Cell Awakening (2022)
- SD Shin Kamen Rider Rumble (2023)
- LINE POP2 (2018) - collaboration with Shin Kamen Rider in 2023
- Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival (2023)
Shin Japan Heroes Universe collab pack in Godzilla Battle Line
Shin Japan Heroes Universe icon in Godzilla Battle Line
- Another movie called "Shin Kamen Rider" in Japan was produced by Toei in 1992. However, the shin portion of its title was written with the kanji for "true" (真) and it is officially translated either True Masked Rider: Prologue or Masked Rider Shin.
- When Hideaki Anno remastered his Complete Thunderbirds compilation film in HD in 2021, the project was marketed under the name Shin Complete Thunderbirds.
- In order to capitalize on the success of Shin Godzilla, Amazing D.C. released the 2016 American film Atomic Shark to Japanese home video as Sin Jaws (シン・ジョーズ in 2017.
- The 2020 Chinese film Land Shark also received a release in Japan under the name Shin Jaws: Birth of the Strongest Creature (シン・ジョーズ 最強生物の誕生 in 2021. Shin Jōzu Saikyō Seibutsu no Tanjō)
- Shin Godzilla was initially marketed as Godzilla Resurgence internationally, but was released in North America by Funimation under a translation of its Japanese title. It has since come to be known as "Shin Godzilla" in virtually all English-speaking regions.
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