OP: 「向かい風に打たれながら」 (Mukai Kaze ni Utarenagara) by 茅原実里 (Chihara Minori)
「けーよんへようこそ!」 (Keeyonn he Youkoso!)
“Welcome to the Defense Four!”
I’m still a little confused about how to feel about RAIL WARS. I was stoked about its premise that involved trains and the men and women who operate them, but after getting through the first episode I can confidently say that I was a bit more confused than before I started.
Trains Vs Boobs
I clearly remember talking to Stilts about this show and him questioning me just why I would want to watch a show about a world where Japan didn’t privatize its national railway system. Sure I’m no train buff and I’d have a tough time telling trains apart, but ever since I was a little kid I’ve always been really into trains. Starting with an old cartoon show called Thomas the Tank Engine, I used to have anything and everything involving trains. But even after I grew out of that phase, aren’t trains just a damn cool mode of transportation? They’ve survived through the ages and no matter where you look the history involved with their creation and use always ends up being interesting!
Which is why I was a little disheartened when boob physics came into play. I’m not crazy enough to think that a girl with large breasts won’t show up in an anime about a niche idea, but when you throw the entire focus onto them and apply crazy physics it just shifts your attention to things that really don’t need it. In my opinion, I really think the show could hold itself up with the unlimited amount of knowledge it could dump on us. But then again maybe I’m just an oddball.
Some General Impressions
Even though I was really hoping we’d get a deeper look into just what makes the railways work, I suppose we’ll have to do with the security side of things for now. The best part of the episode though has to be scene where our main cast tries to get their coal engine train up to speed with some fancy coal scooping. That or the short but super well animated fight scene with the two thugs. Because even if it is an anime about trains, there’s never a bad time to show a well animated punch with a satisfying weight behind it.
Jumping into something a little different than what I normally watch, RAIL WARS was pretty fun to watch. While I would have preferred a heavier emphasis on the real nitty-gritty things behind what make the railways and I suppose to a lesser extent how the trains themselves work, I did enjoy the little bits of knowledge the show dropped here and there. With a quirky cast of characters who don’t get too caught up in the normal shenanigans most do and a fairly strong supporting cast, it gives me hope that this show has all the things it needs to become really fun.
P.S. Thanks again guys for reading the post! I’m still at Anime-Expo and am trying to crank these posts out as quick as I can. They may be a little late but that’ll be all resolved once I’m back home. Thanks for your understanding <3
ED: 「OVERDRIVER」 by ZAQ