The mind-blowing Shin Godzilla vs. Evangelion Symphony Concert took place today in Shibuya, Japan… and we were lucky enough to see it LIVE!
The event was hosted by Megumi Hayashibara (voice actress of Rei Ayanami) and Satoshi Matsuo (Shin Godzilla actor) at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall.
Visuals from Neon Genesis Evangelion, the Evangelion films, and Shin Godzilla graced the screens surrounding the stage, and synchronised with the music performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
We also witnessed the most tremendous encore song battle between the two main theme pieces which included a local university marching band coming down the aisles and a choir!
To top things off, we were treated to a special appearance from 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!
It was then announced that the next Evangelion film is on its way, as well as the 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 really delved into the heart of the works by delivering the most passionate and awe-inspiring performance for all who attended. We ended up leaving the concert in tears, and will never forget this incredible experience.
There was a lot of confusion at the event regarding the Godzilla announcement. The initial on-screen text and translation that we received at the concert was incorrect. We have also updated this article to reflect that.
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.”