Today we attend the mind-blowing Shin Godzilla vs. Evangelion Symphony at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya!
The concert was hosted by Megumi Hayashibara (voice actress of Rei Ayanami) and Satoshi Matsuo (Shin Godzilla actor).
There were also special appearances by Yoko Takahashi, best known for performing the original opening theme of Evangelion (Cruel Angel Thesis) and surprise guest Hideaki Anno, the Director of Evangelion and Shin Godzilla!
Anno graced us with his presence towards the end of the concert and it was announced that the next Evangelion film is on its way, as well as next works for Godzilla – including an anime and titles of Hollywood version.
The following text was displayed on the big screen:
‘Please expect the next series of Godzilla, and Shin Evangelion Gekijōban:||’
The symphony included the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Masamichi Amano, a local university marching band and choir. There were also incredible solo performances by Junko Miyagi (Piano), Tsuyoshi Con (Guitar), Eric Miyashiro (Trumpet), Hideo Yamaki(Drums) and Kenji Takamizu (Bass).
There were synchronised visuals from the original Evangelion series, Evangelion films and Shin Godzila that accompanied the music. We were also treated to an encore song battle between the two main themes that involved the audience.
UPDATE: There was a lot of confusion at the event regarding the Godzilla announcement. The initial on screen text and translation we received at the concert was incorrect. Khara have elaborated on the announcement text and confirmed the following details on Twitter:
— 株式会社カラー (@khara_inc) March 23, 2017
‘There seems to be some misunderstanding over the text ‘next Godzilla series’. What it refers to is an anime for Godzilla and titles of Hollywood version – not a continuation of Hideaki Anno sequel.’
We have updated this article to reflect that!