Godzilla, Crayon Shin-Chan, Eagle Talon Characters Walk the Red Carpet

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

The newly appointed tourism ambassador of Tokyo, Godzilla himself, walked a red carpet event to celebrate the grand opening of the Shinjuku Toho Building on Thursday. The new commercial building includes a movie theater, hotel, and restaurants in the the area's Kabukicho entertainment district and opened for eager shoppers on Friday.

The ceremony boasted Godzilla, actress Masami Nagasawa, Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Band, Crayon Shin-chan dressed in a sombrero from his film Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Ora no Hikkoshi Monogatari ~Saboten Daishūgeki, FROGMAN'S Eagle Talon, the Paper Rabbit Rope characters, and Sponge Bob Squarepants. The event also hosted celebrity lookalikes, from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Tom Cruise.

A giant Godzilla head, spotted atop Kabuki-cho's TOHO Cinemas Shinjuku, was unveiled last month.

Evangelion director Hideaki Anno is the chief director and writer of Toho's upcoming Godzilla film, the first new Japanese one in the franchise in 12 years. Shinji Higuchi, the director of Japan Sinks, Nobō no Shiro, and the upcoming live-action Attack on Titan films, is directing the new film and serving as special effect director as well.

Gareth Edwards and Legendary Pictures' Hollywood film opened last year.

Source: Anime! Anime, Getty Images

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