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Godzilla will fight Evangelion next summer at Universal Studios Japan

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Since making his debut 1954, Godzilla has fought dozens of giant-sized foes. He’s gone up against Mothra, King Ghidora, and even King Kong.

Next summer, though, for the first time ever the King of the Monsters will do battle with the lord of the angsty anime robots, in Evangelion vs Godzilla.

The idea isn’t quite as crazy as it might initially sound. While it falls into anime’s mecha genre, Evangelion’s fight scene direction actually has more in common with kaiju films and special effects tokusatsu TV series, both genres of which Eva creator Hideaki Anno has long been an unabashed fan of. There’s also the fact that the last Godzilla movie, "Shin Godzilla," was directed by Anno himself, bringing many of his influences full circle as he applied visual cues he used in "Evangelion" to the giant lizard’s latest live-action cinematic installment.

However, the hotly anticipated slugfest won’t be coming to cineplexes in Japan, but to the Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka. At the end of May, the park’s successful Universal Cool Japan attraction group, which salutes landmark Japanese-produced franchises such as hit anime and video games, will be rolling over to its Universal Cool Japan Summertime lineup, and Evangelion vs Godzilla will be part of the festivities.

Details are sparse, but we do know that Evangelion vs Godzilla will be a theater-style attraction (no word on whether or not it’ll contain interactive elements like Universal Studios Japan’s previous original-story "Sailor Moon" attraction). Joining Eva Unit-01 and Godzilla for the Universal Cool Japan summer will be separate attractions for "Attack on Titan," "Sailor Moon," "Detective Conan" and "Lupin III."

While the exact schedule for the Evangelion vs Godzilla attraction is yet to be released, the overall Universal Cool Japan Summertime event runs from May 31 to Aug 25.

Sources: Comic Natalie via Anime News Network/Lynzee Loveridge, Anime Anime

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Oh, goodie, goodie! I can just imagine all the ‘children’ lining up for this one.

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I want Godzilla to fight that thing in the 1998 "Godzilla" movie.

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If you mean you want proper Godzilla to fight Roland Emmerich's "Godzilla" (in name only), it's already happened in Toho's Godzilla - Final Wars.

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Oh! Pitch a giant biological robot with a mentally unstable youth pilot against a bipolar disordered over-sized lizard. What fun!

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If you mean you want proper Godzilla to fight Roland Emmerich's "Godzilla" (in name only), it's already happened in Toho's Godzilla - Final Wars.

And it was barely even a fight. 1998 Godzilla ('Zilla') got his butt handed to him pretty quickly.

There was also a joke about 1998 Godzilla in another film, I think it was Tokyo SOS maybe. During a large military briefing about Godzilla, someone asked if Godzilla had previously been sighted in New York, but the officer in charge dismissed it as 'That turned out to not be Godzilla'.

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