Shinkalion Anime Film's Trailer Unveils Theme Song, Guest Cast, December 27 Opening
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Takara Tomy began streaming a trailer for Gekijō-ban Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion: Mirai Kara Shinsoku no ALFA-X (Shinkansen-Transforming Robot Shinkalion the Movie: The Mythically Fast ALFA-X That Came From Future), the anime film based on its Shinkalion toy line, on Tuesday. The video reveals and previews the film's theme song "Gattan Gotton Go!" by BOYS AND MEN, and unveils new cast members and the film's December 27 opening date.
Takara Tomy also revealed a visual for the film.
Rie Kugimiya joins the cast as a nine-year-old Hokuto, the father of protagonist Hayato. Hokuto travels from the past to the present and helps Hayato protect Earth from a new threat, and also to find his way back to his own time. Kentaro Ito and Kōtarō Yoshida also join the cast as the antagonists Nahane and Ohanef, respectively.
The film centers around ALFA-X, JR East Japan's experimental prototype for the next generation of shinkansen bullet trains.
Takahiro Ikezoe (Show By Rock!!, PriPri Chii-chan!!) is returning to direct the film at OLM. Also returning are writer Kento Shimoyama (Bleach, Armed Girl's Machiavellism) , character designer Yuka Aono (Brave Beats), mechanical designer Keita Hattori, musical composer Toshiyuki Watanabe (Giovanni's Island, Space Brothers), and sound director Masafumi Mima (Attack on Titan, Valvrave the Liberator). SynergySP is collaborating on the animation production, and SMDE is producing the CG animation.
Advance tickets will go on sale on October 4 with a toy of the main character Hayato riding the E5 Series Shinkansen train.
In the television anime's story, Hayato Hayasugi (his last name is a pun on the words for "too fast") and other children serve as conductors to pilot the Shinkalion. The children must work together with the adults of the "Shinkansen Ultra Evolution Institute" (SUEI) to defeat a monster that looks like a jet black bullet train.
The Shinkalion robots are various models of real-life Japanese bullet trains (shinkansen) that transform into robots to fight an unknown evil to protect the safety and peace of Japan.
The anime premiered in January 2018, and ended on June 29.