the train. Oh, wait… that was Segata Sanshiro with the Saturn.

Earlier today, Takara Tomy announced that their “Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion” toy line will receive an anime TV series next year. The new series, which will be titled Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion the Animation, will air on TBS and its affiliate networks in 2018.

A website for the franchise opened its doors, which includes a main visual of lead character Hayato and the E5 Hayabusa.

In addition, a trailer was released which shows off a few teaser clips of the ‘bots in action.

A character visual for Hayato was also unveiled, which you can check out below:

Hayato Hayasugi

Shinkalion robots are similar to Hasbro’s Transformers, in the sense that they are Japanese bullet trains (shinkansen) that transform into robots to fight for the safety of Japan. Unlike Hasbro’s popular robots, though, the Shinkalion bots require pilots.

The anime series will revolve around Hayato Hayasugi, the son of a train museum curator who, naturally, adores trains. One day, Hayato stumbles into his dad’s secret research laboratory, where he learns that his dad may like trains a bit too much.

In the lab, Hayato discovers the E5 bullet train which, being a curious kid, he decides to enter. Upon stepping inside, an announcement sounds stating that the Bachigami (“Bee Gods”) are attacking the city of New Saitama. With the aid of Hayato’s father’s “Evolve” (“shinca”) card, the train morphs into the (ultra-merchandisable) Shinkalion E5 Hayabusa.

As the series progresses, Hayato will join with other children, who will work as conductors of the Shinkalion. The children will team up with the grown-ups of the “Shinkansen Ultra Evolution Institute”, who have come together to defeat an unknown evil.

Did I mention that the big bad is a jet-black bullet train? Because it totally is.

Source: Mantan Web