Many years ago - a virtual lifetime by anime standards - a young animator by the name of Hideaki Anno served as a key animator on Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind. The film established Miyazaki as the animation auteur that he is today while also firmly rooting his Studio Ghibli. And Anno? He would go on to international fame of his own as the director of Neon Genesis Evangelion. And now they're getting back together.
Anno is curating a summer museum exhibition titled Hideaki Anno's Special Effects Museum and he has enlisted Studio Ghibli to help him create a live action, special effects driven short for the event.
Titled Kyōshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru - literally Giant God Warrior Appears In Tokyo - the concept for the short was created by Anno with Miyazaki chipping in the design for the titular God Warrior, which is presumably a reference to the duo's earlier work together on Nausicaa. Shinji Higuchi - a storyboard artist for Anno's Evangelion work - directs.
Given how difficult it is to see the short films Ghibli has created for their own Studio Ghibli Museum there is a fighting chance this won't be popping up online any time soon but, still, it's a fantastic collision of talent.