I wouldn’t want to say that I have high expectations for Rail Wars, but I wanted it to be worth the watch the moment I started watching it. However, as the anime progresses, the story gets more generic and boring.
In a nutshell, this anime shows a group of trainees working for the Japanese National Railways (JNR), under the Railways Security Force (RSF) division. The trainees are: Naoto, Shou, Haruka, and Aoi. There is also a head of the group named Nana. In the story, we look at how the RSF gets involved with some events, and so it is like a slice of life action.
The main theme of the anime, which are trains, convinced me to watch it. I was intrigued for a while. The first few episodes are ‘not really awesome’, but fine. It introduces the main characters well and I like the action between antagonists and the RSF, mostly involved by Aoi.
Sadly, the anime has fallen to the depths of being less original and having more fan-service. Harem takes a play into the story, with Aoi, Haruka, Noa, and maybe Mari. The romance part is very shaky, as if you don’t even know which girl Naoto will fall in love to. Yes, all these girls have a particular feeling to him, hence this is why I would say that there is a harem. Also, since there is a lot of fan-service, which I did not expect that to happen, I was dissatisfied by how repetitive this can get. Why would Naoto bumped into a girl’s boobs every episode? It’s just boring.
The pacing of the story is a bit weird. I don’t know, it just feels… weird.
Another problem in the story is that the so-called ‘antagonists’ which do not make any significance. It is really disappointing, or maybe I was misled by the synopsis in the anime’s MyAnimeList page, again. You see all these events that involved certain bad people but it felt like they have no certain connection.
The conclusion is tad boring, and I have to say that I wasted my time watching the last episode.
The characters are very generic. Naoto is being too normal, Aoi is being overpowered, and Haruka is being too nice and has some similarities to Mikuru. Shou is the only character who I find the best among the rest. But unfortunately, he isn’t much big of a deal, hence not being a rounded character.
Despite a small amount of characters in the story, the character development that I am aware of is shown only to about one or two characters. From an action anime, it isn’t surprising at all.
My thoughts about the art is mixed. While I like the visuals for the opening and ending, everything else is not very special. The scenery is okay, and the character designs are not very varied. There are quite a number of female characters with almost the same body shape. And even so, there were a lot of inconsistencies in drawing the characters. The facial expressions are a bit weird in some instances. The repetitive fan-service gets boring which I cringed a lot.
Most of the time, animation is okay, especially on the fight scenes. Maybe the physics is not realistic on moving trains, but still, I like the train designs.
In music, the ending of the anime has to be one of the best songs I have heard in this season. With its awesome beats and vibe, and a certain feeling of Korean pop, ZAQ do really shine towards the industry. The opening, sung by Minori Chihara, is also interesting with its rock feel. The background music is okay, but a bit repetitive. The voice acting is good, but I wish they can do better. A bit of a let down to me, because most of the voice actors are well-known.
I really expected Rail Wars to be awesome, but with the repetitive generic crap, I can’t help but to feel a bit betrayed by the premise. I also actually thought that the anime is all about trains, and action. Not boobs, nor relationships. Y’know what? Let’s call it ‘Boob Wars’ or ‘Ship Wars’, yeah?
Story - 2
Character - 2
Art - 5
Sound - 7
Enjoyment - 5
Average - 4.20
Weightage - 3.25 (3)
Get hitched already, both of you.