Shinkalion Transforming Bullet Trains Anime Begins Airing
One of several non-Transformers lines from TakaraTomy is Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion (新幹線変形ロボ シンカリオン, “Bullet Train Transforming Robot Shinkalion”), created in conjunction with ShoPro and based on the famous bullet trains of JR Railways. On Saturday 6 January 2018 a television anime adaptation, Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion The Animation, began broadcasting on Japanese network TBS.
The first episode is available for view on the official YouTube channels for TakaraTomy and Shinkalion.
In the series narrative, Hayato Hayasugi, a young railfan living in the city New Saitama, is recruited by his father’s secret organization SUEI (Shinkansen Ultra Evolution Institute) to battle Bachigami (“bee gods“), monsters that are attacking New Saitama. Hayato and other gifted children use Shinca (“evolution”) cards to serve as train conductors for the transforming Shinkalion as they combat the Bachigami leader, a mysterious black-colored Shinkansen.
The Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion line began in 2015, and several CGI adverts for the figures are available for view on ShoPro’s YouTube channel.
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