Commissioned by Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion), made by Studio Ghibli, with a monster designed by Hayao Miyazaki, this tokusatsu short is apocalyptic, bleak, and a great tribute to films of its ilk.
Directed by Shinji Higuchi, a writer on Neon Genesis Evangelion, this short bears more than a passing similarity to the iconic anime.
Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo (Kyoshinhei Tôkyô ni arawaru) was made for The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo in 2012 as part of a special Tokusatsu exhibition, which you can watch a short video about here.
The film itself features a Giant God Warrior laying waste to Tokyo, the effects are brilliantly done. The miniature work is second to none, and reminds me of the Kaiju films of the 70s, 80s, and 90s (as well as Hideaki Anno’s own Shin Godzilla (2015).
It is also worth noting that this is a prequel to Miyazaki’s first feature, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), a film whose success led to the creation of Studio Ghibli.
Here is the synopsis:
A humanoid giant appears over the skies of Tokyo and suddenly decimates the city in ruins. Within hours, more of its kind join it to continue their destruction of human civilization.