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Misato Brings 'Service, Service' to Shinkalion's Giant Eva-Filled Episode

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

The kids' sci-fi mecha show Shinkalion's August 11 episode is culminating in possibly the biggest Evangelion cross-over ever. The series has already announced cameos by Hikari Horaki and her sisters Kodama and Nozomi (all voiced by Hikari's original voice actress Junko Iwao) and Neon Genesis Evangelion protagonist Shinji Ikari, also brought to life by his original voice actress Megumi Ogata.

There are a few remaining lead cast members left, and viewers can now look forward to hearing Misato Katsuragi (voiced by none other than Kotono Mitsuishi), including her signature "service, service!" line. Mitsuishi returned to the role for next episode preview that airs on Saturday. The episode preview is not currently streaming, so viewers will have to tune in to episode 30 to hear Misato.

Mitsuishi stated that she enjoys voicing Misato and she welcomed the opportunity of returning to the character for this collaboration.

The August 11 episode will include musical cues from Hideaki Anno and Gainax's ultra-popular mecha series. The Shinkalion official website will also change after this week's episode for a limited time, so viewers might want to check out the official page to see what happens.

The new episode will again feature the transforming 500 TYPE EVA train with Shinji as its pilot.

Originally the anime was planning to only air a referential episode to send off the Evangelion bullet train. The train ended service in May, and seeing as the 500 TYPE EVA train already collaborated with Takara Tomy's Shinkanlion toy line in October, it would make for a fitting tribute. The first collaboration episode aired on May 5.

Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno welcomed the collaboration when it was first announced and said he especially wanted to watch the transformation. Anno is a train fan himself, and he and original mecha designer Ikuto Yamashita worked directly on the 500 TYPE EVA train project.

The Shinkalion anime series premiered in Japan on January 6. The anime may just be fulfilling its self-titled destiny. The title "Shinkalion" written in katakana is "シンカリオン" while Evangelion is "エヴァンゲリオン". Despite different pronunciations in English, both share "lion" in the title. Shinkalion could simply be a portmanteau "shinkansen" and "Evangelion."

Source: Comic Natalie

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