Studio Ghibli and Hideaki Anno Unleash the “Giant God Warrior”

The live action tokusatsu short film was made with traditional filmmaking techniques.
Nausicaa God Warrior

Here’s some anime trivia: before becoming famous for Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hideaki Anno worked for Studio Ghibli as a key animator on Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Nausicaä’s “god warriors” — massive bio-mechanical creatures responsible for the world’s devastation — would later serve as inspiration for the mecha in Anno’s seminal series.

Anno and Ghibli are collaborating once again on Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo, a live action tokusatsu short film made with traditional filmmaking techniques (i.e., no CGI). According to Anime News Network, the short film will play until October at Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art as part of an exhibition highlighting traditional filmmaking techniques. If the teaser above is any indication, the finished short is going to be something else indeed. Hopefully, it’ll receive a wider release once the exhibition is over so that the rest of us can take a gander.