Shin-Keisei Electric Railway are now running a special Dragon Ball train between Matsudo and Chiba-Chuo stations in Chiba Prefecture. The train features a special nameplate and exterior wrapping which is entirely decorated with characters from the popular manga and anime franchise.
The new Dragon Ball train is running to celebrate the release on December 14th of a new animated movie, Dragon Ball Super: Broly. In the latest installment of the hit martial arts fantasy series, the hero Goku will fight his arch enemy, the villainous Broly. Posters for the new movie also decorate the interior of the train.
The Dragon Ball train follows the Shin-Keisei Line between Matsudo Station and Keisei-Tsudanuma Station and then continues on the Keisei Chiba Line until Chiba-Chuo Station in Chiba City. The train’s route therefore connects the cities of Matsudo, Kamagaya, Funabashi, Narashino, and Chiba.
On December 7th a special set of Dragon Ball tickets will also be released with different tickets available at different stations on the train’s route. Full commemorative sets of all seven tickets will be on sale in the 1st floor event space of the Ito Yokado store in Tsudanuma from December 6th.
The Dragon Ball train is of course likely to be very popular and many railway and anime fans may wish to take commemorative photos. For this reason, Shin-Keisei Railway have issued a request that photographers are mindful of their own safety and that of other passengers. In particular photographers are asked to be careful of the following points:
- Do not use a camera flash when photographing the moving train.
- Do not lean out of a train window in order to take pictures.
- When taking pictures on the platform please stay inside the yellow lines.
- Please refrain from using “selfie-sticks” as these can cause accidents and also annoy other passengers.
- Please be careful when getting off and on the train as it stops at each station very briefly.
- Always follow the directions of train crew members and other railway staff.
Of Shin-Keisei Railway’s 26 trains, only one has been chosen for the special Dragon Ball decoration. The Dragon Ball train began to run on November 26th and will continue until the end of February. To see its current timetable please visit the Shin-Keisei Railway website (Japanese only).
Article by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.