Rail Wars! Toronto

日本國有鉄道公安隊 | バーニア600

日本國有鉄道公安隊 | バーニア600

Naohito Takayama is an ordinary high school boy who dreams of a comfortable future working for the top-rated Toronto Transit Commission. He is assigned as a trainee in the Subway Security Force full of odd characters such as Sakurai, a troublemaker who hates men. On top of that, an extremist group called “PC” plots to privatize the Toronto Transit Commission.

Episode 1

It’s Takayama and friends’ first day on the job. They help an old lady who is confused by the maps on the TR because stations that are lit green are the ones the train has actually already been to, not the ones that the train is headed towards. A thief attempts to make his escape on a train at Donlands station but gets caught because no one ever got told that trains were out of service and replaced with shuttle buses.

Episode 2

Takayama and friends receive a bomb threat at Bessarion station. They attempt to look for the bomb. They evacuate the three people who usually wait for trains at Bessarion. They find it and are able to perform a controlled explosion in the nearby empty field, where promises of condos and intensified development never came to fruition.

Episode 3

Takayama runs into one of his old friends who has really sensitive hearing. They are on a TR and it hurts her ears when the door-closing chimes play because the TR doesn’t have speakers on the exterior of the trains so they have to play the chimes really loud for anyone on the platform to hear.

Low energy 2012 reflection


You can see my 12 Days posts as sort of the most interesting things I’ve seen or read over the year. And so you can probably infer the following.

The best anime of 2012 was Hyouka.

Why? There’s a lot of reasons, but basically, it was the show I was most sad to see end. Oh and I guess there’s this too:

More generally, I think the highlights of my 2012 have been meeting up with people, something that I’ve begun to look forward to after being exiled in London. Of course, there’s the good old meetups with old university friends, some of which involved riichi mahjong. But this was the year that I got to meet some of the Toronto-area cartoon heads that I’ve been talking to on twitter for a while and it was great. And even the non-cartoon head Toronto council watchers were cool too, which is unsurprising, since Toronto City Council is the secret best anime.

Hopefully 2013 gives me some more chances to ruin your impressions of me IRL.