Neofilms Opens Shinkalion Anime Film in Hong Kong on January 23

Hong Kong anime film distributor Neofilms announced on Tuesday that it will open 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 Takara Tomy's Shinkalion toy line, in Hong Kong on January 23.

The film will open in Japan on December 27.

The film centers around ALFA-X, JR East Japan's experimental prototype for the next generation of shinkansen bullet trains.

Rie Kugimiya plays 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 play the antagonists Nahane and Ohanef, respectively.

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). Synergy SP is collaborating on the animation production, and SMDE is producing the CG animation. BOYS AND MEN will perform the film's theme song "Gattan Gotton Go!"

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.

Source: Neofilms Facebook page