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: 5.781 (scored by 18341,834 users)
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Ranked: #105292
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Popularity: #8935
Members: 4,439
Favorites: 9

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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...

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors


Director, Script, Screenplay
Koike, Takeshi
In-Between Animation
Okamura, Tensai
Key Animation
Nishimura, Satoshi
In-Between Animation


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Ending Theme

"Take the A Train" by Akiko Yano


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 10, 2019
Mixed Feelings
This is a really, really weird one. After completing it, I was just left thinking, "What the hell did I just watch?"

Let's start out with what sticks out the most: The character designs. Definitely not your standard, stereotypical 'anime' style, but rather a strange type of realism only stretched out a bit verging on the grotesque. Reminds me a bit of Don Bluth characters. And the designs are so...distinctive...you can't get past them in this one-shot story. You're noticing how strange the people look from beginning to end.

But beyond that, the ...
Feb 1, 2017
4 (decent)
seen via english subtitles

Warning: if you are not a fan of blood don't watch this!

art: For an 80's flick animation was good. Transitions were clean and cut.

Plot: A unique attribute unseen in most videos on horror. The right flare, right touch, right paint strokes... a lot of good tension building horror tools were used.


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