Rail Wars

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  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 5.8  (241)

Rail Wars! is a 2014 anime series produced by TBS. It is an action-packed portrayal of the daily life of a group of young train drivers as they work their way up the ranks in the Tokyo Railway Police Force. The main characters include Naoto Takayama, a high school graduate who has dreamed of joining the railway ever since he was a child; Aoi Sakurai, a computer expert; Haruka Koumi, a tactical mastermind; and Sho Iwaizumi, a gun enthusiast.

The story takes place in an alternate version of Japan, where the government is privatizing the railway sector. To prevent terrorism and other crimes on the trains, the Tokyo Railway Police Force is established, comprised of several divisions, including the Operations Division, the Public Safety Division, and the Security Division. The series focuses on the members of the Operations Division, who are responsible for driving and operating the trains while maintaining order and safety aboard.

The first episode opens with Naoto Takayama's trainee orientation, where we meet his fellow trainees, Sakurai and Koumi. Naoto dreams of becoming a conductor, but as a trainee, he is assigned to work as a security guard on the train. His first day on the job proves more eventful than he could have ever imagined when he encounters terrorists who have hijacked the train. Along with his team, Naoto must work to save the passengers and stop the terrorists from causing further damage.

Throughout the show, the characters face numerous challenges, such as preventing thefts and sabotage, conducting high-speed chases, and engaging in gun battles. They must balance their work duties with their personal lives, including Naoto and Aoi's growing romantic relationship and the team's camaraderie. The characterizations of the team members add depth to the show, and each character has their unique personality and quirks. The interactions between the characters are engaging, and it is satisfying to see how they work together to overcome obstacles.

The show also explores the intricacies of the railway system, including locomotive technology and the various tracks and lines. This attention to detail adds depth to the story, and it is clear that the animators put a lot of effort into accurately depicting the workings of a modern Japanese railway system. The animation is also fluid and visually appealing, with detailed character designs, vibrant animation, and dynamic action sequences.

Another highlight of the series is its soundtrack. The music, composed by Yoshiaki Fujisawa, perfectly captures the tone of the show, and each track serves to enhance the atmosphere of each scene. The opening and ending themes, performed by Minori Chihara and ZAQ, respectively, are also catchy and upbeat, setting a positive tone for each episode.

Overall, Rail Wars! is an entertaining and well-crafted series that blends action, romance, and comedy into a satisfying package. The characters are likable, the animation is top-notch, and the story is engaging. If you enjoy action-packed anime, then Rail Wars! is definitely worth checking out.

Rail Wars is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on July 4, 2014.

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E 12
12. E 12
September 20, 2014
After seeing the others back to Tokyo while they cleaned up the aftermath of the Hokutosei incident, Naoto and Iida wait at Aomori Station. The engine that will pull their train to Tokyo is the KiHa 381, equipped with a pendulum-style, diesel-fueled gas turbine engine. Shortly after they depart, Naoto hears a strange sound and can't shake the feeling that something isn't right.
E 11
11. E 11
September 13, 2014
Naoto and the others managed to fight off their attackers on the Hokutosei, but while on the run, Naoto and Bernina find themselves under attack again. This time it's Aoi who comes to the rescue after catching up with them in Sendai via the Tohoku Shinkansen. Just as he breathes a sigh of relief, Naoto's phone rings...
E 10
10. E 10
September 6, 2014
Prince Bernina of the small Mediterranean kingdom of Atella has arrived in Japan to attend a sister city ceremony in Sapporo, and the K4 members are appointed to guard and guide him on his way there. Naoto and the others are about to board the Hokutosei 3 at Ueno Station when Aoi contacts Naoto and tells him she's pursuing a suspicious man who was watching the platform.
E 9
9. E 9
August 30, 2014
Naoto and K4 head toward Yokokawa as the rain plummets down. Haruka says the track from Usui Bridge No. 3 to Yokokawa should be safe since it's regularly maintained for the opening of the Usui Abt Railway, but the downgrade is steep, they can't slow down, and the narrow tunnels make it difficult to handle curves... They're in a serious pinch when Iwaizumi takes action!
E 8
8. E 8
August 23, 2014
Misunderstandings further threaten the harmony among the K4 members. Even the weather is on a rampage, causing a landslide near Karuizawa. Meanwhile, an employee of the Japanese Organs Transit System tells station attendants that she must get an organ to the hospital in Maebashi as quickly as possible for a transplant operation, but both railways and roads are closed due to the heavy rains.
E 7
7. E 7
August 16, 2014
Naoto and the other K4 members head to Karuizawa for Advanced Railway Security Force Training. Naoto is excited to hear that they'll have a course on operating an EF63 electric locomotive. Aoi accompanies him in shooting lessons and strength training, saying she doesn't want him to slow her down as they'll be working in railway security together, but Naoto tells her he's aiming to be an engineer instead, leading to an argument.
E 6
6. E 6
August 9, 2014
The members of K4 have been punished with at-home suspension for their reckless actions on the Ashio Line. Naoto is relaxing at home when he receives a note in the mail that turns his mood upside-down: an anonymous death threat. He calls Aoi for advice, but there's no answer.
E 5
5. E 5
August 2, 2014
Early in the morning, Naoto is dragged into shooting practice with Aoi beneath Tokyo Station. When they finish, Aoi still doesn't seem satisfied. Then Naoto gets a message from Mari about plans for their school's trip the next day.
E 4
4. E 4
July 26, 2014
The popular idol Kashima Noa is named the honorary railway security team leader for the day, and K4 is appointed to guard her. They accompany Noa on the Odoriko special express to a JNR-sponsored event taking place on a beach near Ito Station.
E 3
3. E 3
July 19, 2014
Sassho Mari, like Naoto, is a second year at Kiryu Railway High School. She's into cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, and collecting recordings of train sounds. In hopes of working as an attendant in a railway-related company, she's begun on-the-job training with JNR's subsidiary, Japan Restaurant Enterprise Co., Ltd.
E 2
2. E 2
July 12, 2014
Having qualified for on-the-job training, Naoto is assigned to K4, the Tokyo Central Railway Security 4th Guard Team. Waiting for him there are his partners from JNR Central Academy: Aoi, Haruka, and Sho. They immediately set about their work at Tokyo Station, but as if being teamed up with the gruff Aoi didn't worry him enough, Naoto is increasingly anxious as he watches the Tokyo Public Security Mobile Police set out on a mission.
Welcome to K4!
1. Welcome to K4!
July 4, 2014
Naoto's dream of working for the JNR begins at the training academy, where he meets his soon to be friends and co workers. A purse snatching tests the groups' mettle early on.
Where to Watch Rail Wars
Rail Wars is available for streaming on the TBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Rail Wars on demand at Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 4, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    5.8  (241)