Hideaki Anno will follow Shin Ultraman with Shin Kamen Rider. I saw that you are working on a separate Kamen Rider series [visual designs for “Kamen Rider Black Sun”], but I can’t find any information on whether you are involved in “Shin Kamen Rider”. Are you working on this production in any way?
I wasn’t involved with Shin Kamen Rider because we worked on it [the CG effects for] “Shin Ultraman.”
“Evangelion”, “Godzilla”, “Ultraman” and “Kamen Rider” are all now part of the Shin Japan Heroes Universe. It seems like this is mostly a merchandising thing, but have you thought about doing some kind of crossover movie between the different series in this universe?
For movies? No, we don’t have any plans for that. We can only do one film for one character at the moment.
Hayao Miyazaki has repeatedly complained that Ultraman allegedly had a negative impact on a generation of children in Japan. Of course, Miyazaki also works regularly with Anno, who seems to be the greatest “Ultraman” otaku out there. Did you have interesting interactions with Miyazaki?
Is that true? Because I’ve never heard that before.
In his book, Turning Point: 1997-2008, there are two different essays in which he complains about Ultraman. I’m not sure if he’s just doing this to troll Anno or not.
It’s the first I’ve heard of it.