A sort of mini-review of Miracle Train
I originally wrote this in a thread on the AnimeNewsNetwork forums, but I figured I’d copy what I wrote here, too. It’s none too detailed, but it may be interesting enough for some individuals.
Regarding the discussion of Miracle Train –
First, why does everybody use this image when they’re bringing up the Miracle Train anime? –
That’s not the anime, those aren’t even the same characters, and the image it came from identifies a completely different train line, not the Oedo line. A more accurate image to show when discussing the anime would be this. –
Anyway, nitpicking aside, the reason why this is my guilty pleasure is NOT because of the men, but because of the TRAINS. After living in Japan, I admit, I think I became train otaku.
Having said that, there is ZERO substance to this anime, and I keep telling myself I have no reason to watch it. The writing is pretty terrible, in personal opinion, the formula is the same every episode (aside from the ONE episode where they DIDN’T have a customer), and there is zero character development, because the characters even call themselves train stations, not people.
Not to mention, the entire show is REALLY one big advertisement for using Tokyo’s subway trains. They always say things like, “You can’t bring in a bag this size! In fact, did you know that you can only bring in luggage that is XXcm by XXcm?” Or, “Shiodome, you’re so young!” “Of course! After all, my station only first opened in 2002!” While the trivia is, uh… interesting, it gets incredibly in the way of whatever time and writing they could have spent on actually MAKING A STORY. They frequently go off to areas of Tokyo that are connected to the Oedo line’s train stations, and then give you a big damned cultural and history lesson on the location (again, instead of actually developing their characters). And then suddenly, for no good reason, the girl they’re helping in the episodes suddenly has all of her problems solved. Why? Because I guess she never knew anything about either the train system OR the city she lived in (which, actually, this is true of at least one of the girls they’ve helped thus far).
Anyway, the author of this article is right. It really IS nothing more than guilty pleasure, because it’s just generally NOT GOOD. If you’re watching it, it’s because
A) You want to see hot guys doing little more than being hot.
B) You’re a train otaku.
C) You want a shallow history/culture lesson on different sub-cities in Tokyo.
That’s really about it. Other than that, at least the opening theme song is catchy.