'Godzilla Vs. Evangelion' - A Toho April Fools Joke Gone Strange

So, there was a little excitement over here at Tokyo Lives, when the official 'Shin Godzilla' website posted the above image a few hours ago with no explanation. Kyle and I fought about posting it, but decided to hold off as it was hard to tell what this image even meant to the new movie.

Fan sites started reporting that it was an accident, and Toho's twitter related something similar, but still, the image remained. Suddenly, merchandise began to appear, and a title revealed itself on the website under the alleged "accidental" image. The title read 'Godzilla vs. Evangelion.' 

Now, if you've been following Toho's 2016 Godzilla production, you know that one of the directors is Hideaki Anno, who has a long history with the popular EVA series. This fact, along with several official postings led many people down the rabbit hole of believing something crazy was happening. Were we getting an anime? Live action cross-over? WHAT ARE YOU!?!

Before anyone had time to even spread the news or begin discussing it, Toho pulled the plug and admitted it was just a bit of fun and cross-marketing to help promote the advance ticket sales for 'Godzilla: Resurgence' in Japan.

What a weird, and incredibly brief, April Fools Day joke on a starving fanbase desperate for news on the upcoming feature film.