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: 5.741 (scored by 12491,249 users)
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Ranked: #100332
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Popularity: #8552
Members: 3,250
Favorites: 6

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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
Kanemori, Yoshinori
Character Design, Animation Director
Takei, Masaki
Key Animation
Aoki, Katsushi
Art Director


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Ending Theme

"Take the A Train" by Akiko Yano

Nov 16, 2017
busterbeam (All reviews)
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 read more
Dec 23, 2019
EggheadLuna (All reviews)
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 read more
Jan 11, 2016
Freida5 (All reviews)
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 read more
Feb 1, 2017
Sidewinder51 (All reviews)
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.

art: Characters and some elements were trashy in appearance. Not something you would go home and fantasy over.

plot: was confusing not in a good way. Too many unanswered questions. Mostly caused from the weird turns they made.

Intro: was a mess. I understand they had two stories going on in the read more

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