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Train Decorated with ‘Attack on Titan’ Manga Characters Begins in Kyushu; Service runs until the end of August


The Yomiuri Shimbun
A train decorated with characters from the “Attack on Titan” series leaves Hita Staton in Oita Prefecture on Saturday.

OITA – An express train decorated with characters from “Shingeki no Kyojin” (Attack on Titan) was put into service on Saturday.

The Yufu limited express service, operated by Kyushu Railway Co.[JR Kyushu]will operate between Hakata Station in Fukuoka Prefecture and Beppu Station in Oita Prefecture.

Hajime Isayama, the series creator, is from Hita, Oita Prefecture. A ceremony to mark the departure of the first train was held at JR Hita Station on the Kyudai Line. Fans of the manga series filled the station to see it out.

JR Kyushu planned the train to boost the ongoing Fukuoka-Oita Destination Campaign. Two cars are decorated with the main characters, along with others from the manga series. Illustrations of titans are also drawn on four tunnels around Hita, with the city center depicted as a residential area surrounded by walls to prevent the giants from entering.

During the ceremony, Kazuyo Hisano, head of JR Kyushu’s Oita branch, said: “I want people to come not only from the Kyushu region and all over Japan, but also from all over the world.” After the station manager gave permission, the Yufu No. 1 service departed from the station.

The train is expected to run until the end of August.

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