ANIME NEWS: JoJo-themed train makes laps around Tokyo's Yamanote Line

September 05, 2013

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

To celebrate the Aug. 29 release of the "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle" video game for Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation 3 console, a special JoJo-themed train is making laps around the JR Yamanote Line, Tokyo's main rail artery, which loops the city.

JoJo-themed art, illustrations and advertisements permeate the interior of the cars, including above the windows, on the sliding doors and hanging from the ceilings. The exterior of the train is also decked out with images of 33 characters, such as Jonathan Joestar, Jotaro Kujo and others from Hirohiko Araki's original manga series spanning eight story arcs.

In addition, promotional video clips for the "All-Star Battle" video game are shown on in-train displays.

The highly anticipated video game has already created a buzz among fans, with promotional video clips having been played more than 16 million times on the Internet. The beat 'em up video game has also claimed the top spot on Amazon's best-seller list for such games in Japan due to the huge number of preorders.

The special train will run on the Yamanote Line until Sept. 9.

To help fans who want to catch the special train, a website has been set up to track the JoJo train traveling on the JR Yamanote line in real time between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. The train completes the loop in about an hour's time.

Fans are also encouraged to post sightings of the train on Twitter.

Developed by CyberConnect2 Co., "All-Star Battle" has been released by Namco Bandai Games Inc. for 7,980 yen ($82), including tax.

For more information about the video game, visit the official website: (http://mirror.bandaigames.channel.or.jp/list/asb/top.html).

Or visit the train tracking website: (http://jojoasbtrain.jp/).

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To see the original story in Japanese, go to the official site of Anime Anime (http://animeanime.jp/).

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
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