X Densha de Ikou

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Take the X Train
Japanese: X電車で行こう


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 6, 1987
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, MysteryMystery, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 50 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 5.701 (scored by 14041,404 users)
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Ranked: #100412
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Popularity: #8804
Members: 3,731
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Ishihara Toru is an everyday guy with an on-and-off girlfriend and a position working for a train buff. Things become complicated when a ghostly vehicle dubbed the X Train begins to ride the rails, destroying everything in its path. Somehow, it seems that Toru is connected with the X Train by a strange power, which draws the attention of some very dangerous and power hungry people who would wield it for their own...

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Characters & Voice Actors


Director, Script, Screenplay
Koike, Takeshi
In-Between Animation
Nishimura, Satoshi
In-Between Animation
Kanemori, Yoshinori
Character Design, Animation Director


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"Take the A Train" by Akiko Yano

Nov 16, 2017
Ignore the negative reception completely; this OVA is amazing. It's not "deep" or "high art for the elite" or any of those other pretentious descriptors, but it's a very inventive, experimental, stylish, spooky, funny and above all else mind-bendingly fun horror-comedy. As far as I'm concerned, everything is perfect - it's conceptually sort of (I say "sort of" because it's always hard to simplify something extremely unique) like the kind of vague, unexplained short horror stories Edgar Allan Poe wrote, if made in the 80s, mixed with a ton of animated comedy and sci-fi elements. Don't worry, though. It's not generic anime comedy.

All the plot ...
Dec 23, 2019
Take the X Train, a riff on Billy Strayhorn’s composition ‘*Take the “A” Train,’ was written by Kōichi Yamano as a tribute to the late Duke Ellington. This OVA is a fascinating thriller that is half supernatural spectacle, while the other half focuses on the protagonist’s paranoia, involving government surveillance. I came across this anime, while going on a Rintaro binge, and it blew my socks off! It is spectacular!
*Take the “A” Train was a signature piece performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

This review of X Densha de Ikō (1987) contains spoilers! You have been warned!


The story begins with Toru Ishihara, who is a run-of-the-mill ...
Jan 11, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Toru is the put upon lackey of an add company and learns about a particular train. He thinks nothing of it, but little does he know that he is more closely connected to this train than he realizes...

Pros: The best part of this ova is the artwork. It has a very classic 80's style that is smoothly animated. It has some good gross/spooky imagery that fit the horror theme. It also does a quirky, comic book style word balloons to represent actions at some points, like the sounds of a fight. I had never seen it used like this in anime before and thought it ...

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