posted on 2021-04-02 06:25 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
BOYS AND MEN perform opening theme for show premiering on April 9
The staff for the new Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion Z television anime for Takara Tomy's Shinkalion toy line revealed the show's non-credit opening sequence on Friday. The video features BOYS AND MEN's song "New Challenger."
The anime will premiere on April 9 at 7:25 a.m. JST.
The cast includes:Minami Tsuda as Shin Arata, the first protagonist, and self-proclaimed "one who takes on mysteries of the world" Akari Kitō as Abuto Usui, the second protagonist, a genius grade schooler, and gifted mechanic Jun Fukuyama as SMAT, Abuto's mysterious robot mascot Yuka Terasaki as Hanabi Ōmagari, the driver of Shinkalion Z E6 Komaru and Shinkalion Z E6 Nex Michiko Kaiden as Taiju Togakushi, the driver of Shinkalion Z E7 Kagayaki and Shinkalion Z E7 Azusa Kanon Takao as Ayu Arata, Shin's older sister Marina Inoue as Akeno Myōjō, a mysterious woman who is a cameraman Kōsuke Gotō as Saijō Sogō, the coordinations commander of the Yokogawa branch of the Shinkansen Ultra Evolution Institute Takahiro Fujiwara as Goichi Shima, the maintenance leader of the Yokogawa branch of the Shinkansen Ultra Evolution Institute Sayaka Senbongi as Kasumi Abiko, instructor of the Yokogawa branch of the Shinkansen Ultra Evolution Institute Satomi Moriya as Misaki Ōishi, commander of the Yokogawa branch of the Shinkansen Ultra Evolution Institute Fumihiro Okabayashi as Atsuta Hosokawa, mechanic of the Yokogawa branch of the Shinkansen Ultra Evolution Institute Tooru Sakurai as Wadatsumi, a member of the enemy group "Teoti" Masaya Matsukaze as Valtom, a member of the enemy group "Teoti"
The new anime's story is set a few years after the original anime, with the Shinkansen Ultra Evolution Institute developing the new "Shinkalion Z" robot, as well as the "Zailiner" combining support robot to combat new threats, with new children with high compatibility rates being chosen once again to pilot the transforming robots.
Kentaro Yamaguchi (Beyblade Burst God) is directing the anime at OLM, while the previous series' director Takahiro Ikezoe returns as chief director, and is also in charge of the series scripts alongside Masanao Akahoshi (Future Card Buddyfight). Yuka Aono returns as character designer. Masafumi Mima returns as sound director. Norihito Sumitomo (Dragon Ball Super) is composing the music. Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment is handling the CG animation.
Virtual YouTubers Morinaka Kazaki meets ▽▲TRiNITY▲▽ are performing the ending theme song "Kizuna Rail" (Bond Rail). ▽▲TRiNITY▲▽ is composed of virtual YouTubers Takamiya Rion, Hakase Fuyuki, and Furen E Lustario.
The first Shinkalion anime premiered in January 2018, and ended in June 2019. The franchise also had an anime film titled 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), which opened in Japan in December 2019.
Source: Press release