Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion Z Anime Casts Kōsuke Gotō, Takahiro Fujiwara

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New series based on Takara Tomy's toy line debut's on April 9

The official staff for the anime for Takara Tomy's Shinkalion toy line revealed on Friday two new cast members for the new Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion Z television anime.

Kōsuke Gotō as Saijō Sogō, the coordinations commander of the Yokogawa branch of the Shinkansen Ultra Evolution Institute. He has a timid and easily flustered personality but is impossible to hate.

Takahiro Fujiwara as Goichi Shima, the maintenance leader of the Yokogawa branch of the Shinkansen Ultra Evolution Institute. He is a veteran mechanic who services the Shinkalion Z and has known Abuto for a long time.

The anime will premiere on April 9 at 7:25 a.m. JST.

The previously announced cast includes:

  • Minami Tsuda as Shin Arata, the first protagonist, and self-proclaimed "one who takes on mysteries of the world"
  • Akari Kitō as Abuto Usui, the second protagonist, a genius grade schooler, and gifted mechanic
  • Jun Fukuyama as SMAT, Abuto's mysterious robot mascot
  • Yuka Terasaki as Hanabi Ōmagari, the driver of Shinkalion Z E6 Komaru and Shinkalion Z E6 Nex
  • Michiko Kaiden as Taiju Togakushi, the driver of Shinkalion Z E7 Kagayaki and Shinkalion Z E7 Azusa
  • Kanon Takao as Ayu Arata, Shin's older sister
  • Marina Inoue as Akeno Myōjō, a mysterious woman who is a cameraman

The new anime's story is set a few years after the original anime, with the Shinkansen Ultra Evolution Institute developing the new "Shinkalion Z" robot, as well as the "Zailiner" combining support robot to combat new threats, with new children with high compatibility rates being chosen once again to pilot the transforming robots.

Kentaro Yamaguchi (Beyblade Burst God) is directing the anime at OLM, while the previous series' director Takahiro Ikezoe returns as chief director, and is also in charge of the series scripts alongside Masanao Akahoshi (Future Card Buddyfight). Yuka Aono returns as character designer. Masafumi Mima returns as sound director. Norihito Sumitomo (Dragon Ball Super) is composing the music. Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment is handling the CG animation.

The first Shinkalion anime premiered in January 2018, and ended in June 2019. The franchise also had an anime film titled 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), which opened in Japan in December 2019.

Source: Press release

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