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Ride on the Eva Train One Last Time

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The Evangelion Shinkansen is all sorts of cool compressed into one sleek vehicle. Entering service in late 2015, its phenomenal popularity has seen it being renewed with a bunch of exclusive goodies thrown in for fans of the epic series. Unfortunately, the bullet train (called 500 Type Eva) is ceasing operation after May 13, 2018.

The two-and-a-half years of service is 18 months longer than what the company originally planned for, speedily shuffling passengers between Hakata and Shin-Osaka Stations.

Almost everything about the Shinkansen screams Evangelion, including the stylish exterior design…

…the comfortable interior…

…and even the doors between cars.

There’s a ton of Evangelion stuff in the collaboration, including special train announcements for major stops along the route voiced by enigmatic character, Kaworu. Passengers can even experience what the main protagonist, Shinji, must have felt in the unique cockpit made to resemble those found in the anime’s Entry Plugs. Prospective pilots will be selected via lottery.

More information on 500 Type Eva, pricing and plans can be found here.

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