Following its first appearance in the 17th episode aired on May 5, 500 TYPE EVA, the 500 series Shinkansen decorated with the EVA-01 color, will reveal its transformation into its Shinkalion robot form in the upcoming 33rd episode of the TV anime Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion. In addition, the Evangelion franchise's main character Shinji Ikari is confirmed to appear as its pilot, and of course, Shinji's original voice cast Megumi Ogata voices her iconic character. The special crossover episode is scheduled to be aired in Japan on August 11.
The 500 TYPE EVA bullet train was introduced in November 2015 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sanyo Shinkansen Line and the 20th anniversary of the TV anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. It was designed by the Eva franchise's mechanic designer Ikuto Yamashita and supervised by the franchise's original creator/general director Hideaki Anno. After the 14-month exteinsion due to very high demand, it ended its operation in May 2018.
500 TYPE EVA Shinkalion form
500 TYPE EVA (real)
500 TYPE EVA (in the anime)
Shinji Ikari/CV: Megumi Ogata
More information about the collaboration will continue to be announced from now on...
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