Pokémon train is so happy it makes Thomas the Tank Engine look like a manic depressive

Japan is getting a Pokémon train. It’s the happiest train we’ve ever seen. Look at the carriage:

Look at the seats:

Look at the trees:

The train is being introduced on 22 December as part of the ongoing ‘Pokémon with You’ campaign, which is a fundraiser set up by The Pokémon Company following the earthquake and tsunami which devastated the Tohoku region in 2011. As well as the important business of raising money, one of the goals of Pokémon with You is to boost the morale and spirits of those affected by the disaster.

Source: Tiny Cartridge

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  • 7-D - October 16, 2012 4:02 p.m.

    This is the complete antithesis of a Monday morning commute from Chelmsford to Liverpool Street. I like it.
  • VercettisShirt - October 16, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    I call dibs on the Oshawott/Surskit seat!
  • noblehouse - October 16, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    Why does it make Thomas look like a manic depressive? Surely it just makes him look like a depressive. Don't get where the manic part is!
  • JarkayColt - October 16, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    What the-, that second interior photo is the most bizarre train carriage I have ever seen. I cannot work it out at all. There's a pile of huge Pokéballs in the corner next to a ginormous Snorlax. Also the Shaymin in the tree looks like a bit of a creepster. I can only imagine this is the part of the train where the kids get let loose so that they aren't kicking the backs of the seats of the people in front the entire journey. But still COLOURSPLOSION!
  • Moondoggie1157 - October 17, 2012 7:41 p.m.

    Could be a kids section or some shit, I dunno... I can tell you that I'd be kicking it in there though.
  • JarkayColt - October 18, 2012 4:17 a.m.

    Yeah I thought it might be like a kid's play area, but then the thought occurred to me that this is on... a speeding train. And there are no seats or hand-rungs/rails anywhere to be seen (can't work out if both pictures are each end of one carriage but I doubt it). By which I mean, looks like standing room only but with no safety measures. So that's why I could not fathom it's purpose at all. I guess the train could be a special service moving insanely slowly at a leisurely pace (y'know, to accentuate the relaxing vibes), but then it'd be taking up precious rail-time. On the other hand, these ARE digital mockups so it's probably not bothered with the minor details and therefore paints a confusing picture that I'm just overanalysing like an idiot?
  • jackthemenace - October 16, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    Wow. That whole thing about helping the people and raising morale after the disaster's a lot deeper than I expected the motives behind this to be. Is it just the one train, or are trains all over Japan getting makeovers like this?
  • ZuzuPachulia - October 16, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    Japan, why do you have to be so awesome?

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