Last updated
Genre Mecha, Superhero
Original video animation
Directed byHiroyuki Fukushima
Chikae Kuwahara
Produced byIori Suzuki
Written byHiroyuki Fukushima
Music byTakumi Kusanagi
Studio Artmic
Anime television series
Super Express Hikarian
Directed byShuichi Kazuyuki Hirokawa
Yoshikata Nitta
Produced by Tomy
Iori Suzuki
Written by Toshiki Inoue
Hideki Shirane
Music byYuzo Hayashi
StudioTokyo Kids
Original network TV Tokyo
Original run April 2, 1997 March 29, 2000
Anime television series
Ultra Radiant Express Hikarian
Directed byHideaki Ōba
Produced by Tomy
Iori Suzuki
Written by Toshiki Inoue
Music byYuzo Hayashi
StudioTokyo Kids
Licensed by
Original network TV Tokyo
Original run April 7, 2002 March 30, 2003
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Hikarian (ヒカリアン), also called Hikarian: Great Railroad Protector, is a Japanese anime and toy franchise by Tomy.


The first television series, Chō Tokkyū Hikarian (超特急ヒカリアン, lit. "Super Express Hikarian"), is about a series of bullet trains that are turned into robots. The robots, along with two humans named Tetsuyuki Shinbashi (新橋 テツユキ Shinbashi Tetsuyuki) and Minayo Kanda (神田 ミナヨ Kanda Minayo), have to stop an alien invasion.

A second television series, Denkō Chō Tokkyū Hikarian (電光超特急ヒカリアン, lit. "Ultra Radiant Express Hikarian"), was later created. The new series stars a new Hikarian, Lightning West, and a new human lead, Kenta Hijiribashi (聖橋 ケンタ Hijiribashi Kenta).

Enoki Films has licensed the series for an English release. The company has suggested name changes (e.g. Tetsuyuki becomes Terry and Minayo becomes Mina), [1] but the series is not yet[ when? ] available in English, and Enoki may sublicense the series to another company who may decide to keep the original Japanese names, use Enoki's suggested English names, or use original English names.


The main characters in Hikarian are the Hikarians who fight against the Blatcher gang and their plan operation Darkness. All of the characters, except the Black Express, are based on real life trains. The series depicts them operating as normal trains during times of peace.



Blatcher Gang

Chinese CGI knockoff

In January 2011, it was announced Pat Lee would be working with Carloon Animation to create a CGI cartoon about trains called Train Hero  [ zh ] (高铁侠). [2] In July 2011, Chinese viewers of previews were shocked that it was a shot-for-shot knockoff of Hikarian. [3] [4] After Pat Lee was sued by TV Tokyo & Takara Tomy when they found out about the cartoon being a rip-off of Hikarian[ citation needed ], Pat Lee created a revised version called Train Heroes (トレインヒーロー) which began airing in Japan in April 2013. [5]

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