Dec 272017

Hatsune Miku will be making an appearance in the bullet train transforming robot anime “Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion”, not as a cameo, but a complete role with the accompanying visual released today.

The virtual diva will be playing as an 11 years old pilot for the Shinkalion H5 Hayabusa as “Hatsune Miku”. While the name comes as no surprise, it’s written with the Japanese characters for “pronunciation” (発音ミク) instead of “first” and “sound” (初音ミク).

“Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion” is an upcoming TV anime directed by Takahiro Ikezoe based on the line of transforming train toys, where gifted children piloted transforming bullet trains to combat monster that resembles a jet black bullet train. The series will broadcast on the Tokyo Broadcasting System network on Saturdays at 7:00AM JST starting from January 6th, 2018 .

Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion official site:

Via Crunchyroll

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  • Tony Leong

    I am SO WATCHING this for the sake of seeing Miku in her original role appearance in a full length series…the excitement is addicting and I love it so much.

  • Tamás Fehér

    I think this is already endgame for Miku i.e. CFM chasing out. Her phenomena depended on a fluid personality not being fixed by vendor, hence the lack of Miku anime thus far. Fans entirely shaped her for the better or worse. Miku anime literally means jumping the shark, with a friggin laser attached to it head.

  • Tamás Fehér

    Sorry for the typo in the first line of text, I wanted to say “CFM cashing out”.

  • MD

    I like to think of it as an acting job rather and a specific Miku personality. Also the character is technically NOT Miku herself and is not about vocaloids or trying to be a pop singer idol. Also Miku and the other vocaloids already have Manga out and it hasn’t affected them in any negative way.

  • Hélio Botelho

    It technically IS a version of Miku. Kanji change is not enough if it’s going to be pronounced the same way, because, like every other anime, it will have subs and eventually dubs. If they announced the name to be pronounced as Hatsuon (according to online translators) instead of Hatsune, everything would be fine and legal and people like me and Tamás wouldn’t spit out the flames.

    Copyright laws regarding “open-source” characters make me totally confused now that this is happening, along with mangas not produced by Kei or original song producers.