Hideaki Anno Is Directing Shin Kamen Rider

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In 2023, a new Kamen Rider film will be released. Called Shin Kamen Rider, it will be the latest reimagining of one of Japan’s most iconic heroes. Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno will be at the helm.

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Anno just finished Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time.

The Kamen Rider series debuted in 1971 and features a masked hero in a kick-ass costume on sweet motorcycles.

The news was just announced at a press conference today in Japan. Anno isn’t only directing, but also writing the picture.

To date, he wrote and co-directed 2016's Shin Godzilla. He also wrote the upcoming Shin Ultraman.

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In a written statement, Anno mentioned that fifty years ago, nearly all grade school boys in Japan looked up at Kamen Rider with tremendous zeal. “I was one of them,” he said.

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“I got a lot out of the TV show fifty years ago, and fifty years later, I started this project with the feeling that I’d like to return the favor in a small way.”

According to Anno, it’s been six years since the idea for the project was first created. He added that because of covid-19, the release schedule has been pushed out two years and asked fans to wait (likewise, Shin Ultraman’s release has been impacted by the pandemic). Anno said that he’s working hard so to make an entertaining film that can be enjoyed even by those who aren’t familiar with Kamen Rider.

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Shin Kamen Rider has a release window of March 2023.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

DISCUSSION

So... Does this mean that the next film will be Shin Godzilla X Shin Ultraman X Shin Kamen Rider?