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Rail Wars! Anime Reviews by other people…

If you are following reviews of the Rail Wars! anime, I recommend checking out these blogs as well as my own reviews:

  • Fandom Post
    Kept up to date? High
    Quality of reviewing? High
  • Rabujoi
    Kept up to date? High
    Quality of reviewing? High
  • Anime Corps
    Kept up to date? High
    Quality of reviewing? High
  • DayShawnRShow
    Kept up to date? Medium
    Quality of reviewing? High (yes, these guys make me smile!)
  • AnimeThief
    Kept up to date? Medium
    Quality of reviewing? High
  • AniMeat
    Kept up to date? Low
    Quality of reviewing? High
  • AnimeVice
    Kept up to date? Low
    Quality of reviewing? Low

My somewhat subjective system for handing out the ratings is as follows:

  • Kept up to date?
    • High - Reviewer stays up to date with current releases
    • Medium - A couple of episodes haven’t been reviewed yet but it is likely they will be
    • Low - Many of the episodes are missing reviews and it is unlikely that they will be
  • Quality of reviewing?
    • High - Reviewer makes a serious attempt to review various aspects of each episode
    • Medium - Makes an effort to review some of the aspects of each episode
    • Does not make a serious attempt to review many aspects of each episode

If I’ve missed your reviews of Rail Wars! off the list and you’d like a mention, drop me a message and I’ll add your blog to the list (as long as you are making a decent effort in reviewing it!).

Since I’ve rated other people’s reviews, you might be interested in how I’d rate my own reviews. I definitely keep my reviews up to date but I will admit to only doing brief reviews, so I’d only score myself a medium on the quality. I hope you still enjoy reading them though!

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Why is the only content on tumblr of rail wars the asses and boobs, and why isn’t it the cool stuff like takayama taking the stab from the knife guy or the beat down of bad guys, or maybe even the cool scenery with the trains, but nah, tits and ass

Tumblr does not understand. Then again, the producers of the Rail Wars! anime don’t understand either - I consider it to be a very weak adaption and I just wish I knew enough of the Japanese language so I could read the light novels!

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Rail Wars! Episode 4 Review

Before I start this review, there’s just one thing I need to say about this episode: excessive amounts of service.

Don’t get me wrong, I know this series has a habit of randomly inserting service shots but this whole episode is an excuse for service - it could be at least half the length and still convey the same story. With that made clear, let’s delve into reviewing this episode.

The episode actually opens with some pleasant countryside and ocean shots as we follow the Odoriko service travelling to Ito station using a fictional version of the 185 series, modified with wide view windows in the style of the Super View Odoriko 251 series which doesn’t appear to exist in the Rail Wars! fictional universe.

Enjoy the train whilst it lasts though as it’s soon back to the characters and introducing another new character - Kashima Noa, an idol who will be JNR’s annual “image girl”. The Public Safety Force are escorting her for an event, although it’s not really clear why they are the ones that have to be her bodyguards throughout the whole episode.

The idol’s event is at the seaside, so basically this is the mandatory beach episode and hence the excuse for so much service. The only outfits that are decent are Sakurai’s one piece swimsuit (far more tasteful than the other character’s skimpy gear), the hotel kimono which we see slightly later on and Nao’s performance outfit which is the best outfit of the episode.

Some really flimsy drama is of course as mandatory as the service and we get to see a gift-giving stalker (which reminds me that I have actually had my own gift-giving stalker in Japan) and a really flimsy bad guy trying to disrupt the idol’s performance.

Talking of the performance, Nao’s inset song is quite possibly better than both the opening and closing songs.

Quote of the episode comes from Sho Iwaizumi: “I wish I could have raged as well.” I’m sure we all wish we could have raged as Naoto is too popular and I’m disappointed that Iwaizumi isn’t getting enough screen time.

I’m also still annoyed that there is no evidence of the plot to privatise the national railways, which is meant to be a fundamental aspect of this universe but instead we’re just given another standalone story episode.

So, summing up this episode, it’s mostly service and the moments with value are far outweighed by those without value. The next episode looks like it might be a little better but given the Rail Wars! anime’s record I am not going to raise my expectations unnecessarily.

My very, very last observation: Sakurai absolutely has shorter hair than I imagined when she has it down and it’s very cute.

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Today I welcome a new Shinkansen to the stable - Tomix’s recent 300-0 series (late version) from the Tokaido Shinkansen.

This is a particularly meaningful purchase as this was pretty much the first Shinkansen that I travelled on. That was way back in 2008 on my first trip to Japan when I returned from a tour of Hakone from Odawara station to Tokyo station. At the time I was hoping to travel on one of the newer Shinkansen series but looking back I’m glad I had the chance to travel on the 300 series given that I’ve since been on the 700, N700 and N700A series on the Tokaido Shinkansen.

This purchase gives me a chance to test out some features that Kato Shinkansen models don’t have.

The first and probably most prominent of these features are the ‘power couplings’. They’re precisely what you might think they are - electrically conductive couplings between the cars that basically means that the whole length of the train can act as an electrical pickup and minimise the effect of dropouts. It isn’t a substitute for clean tracks and wheels of course but it does mean that the end car lighting is almost constant, even at low speeds. It also means that motor stalling at low speeds is less likely although I don’t tend to find that happening with Kato Shinkansen models anyway.

I do have one major concern with the coupling mechanism. It appears to restrict the free movement of the bogies just enough to cause them to ‘stick’ in certain positions. This causes what I call ‘flying wheel’ syndrome and I noticed it happening even when using a rerailer to put the cars onto the track, as well as general running, which could be an issue on a layout with turnouts. Although it didn’t result in derailments, my test layout was an elevated figure of eight so I didn’t have the chance to see what happened with turnouts. I’m hoping with some running this will loosen the joints and allow it to run a bit more freely but it is disappointing to see such a unique feature having a negative side effect like this.

The second of Tomix’s unique selling points are the two motor cars, at mid-points in the full train consist, which I think helped the train a more consistent speed over the elevated section and inclines than the single motor Kato Shinkansen.

The third and final feature are the ‘silver wheels’ which are meant to give better electrical contact with the track. With the all-wheel pickup, power couplings and dual motors I must admit it is hard to tell if these made a difference. Visually they do unfortunately look like toy train wheels with their bright finish and large flanges, so I think it is more of a gimmick than a real-life necessity.

Reviewing the 300-0 Shinkansen generally, it has the usual high level of quality that you’d expect of Tomix and Kato. I’m always impressed at the level of moulded and printed detail, and of course it looks great when all two and a half metres of it is running. My only niggle are the inter-car gangways which haven’t improved much since Tomix’s earlier models of the 300 series. This is an area where I feel Kato does much better.

Wrapping up this review, it’s an impressive model and Tomix have got a really clear focus on delivering a product that from an electrical point of view runs as smoothly as possible. Unfortunately the execution is slightly flawed with the side effect of the sticking bogies and I’m really hoping that running will loosen them and stop them sticking.

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