Photo/IllutrationWest Japan Railway Co.’s special Evangelion 500 series Shinkansen, named 500 Type Eva, will end its operations on May 13. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

KYOTO--Although lacking the force field and combat knife of its anime counterpart, an Evangelion-themed Shinkansen that will be showcased here has its own "superpower," blazing speed.

The bullet train at the Kyoto Railway Museum will be designed in the spirit of the Evangelion Unit-01, just like West Japan Railway Co. (JR West)’s popular Evangelion 500 series Shinkansen, named 500 Type Eva, which will end operations on May 13.

The 500 Type Eva train has delighted both railway and anime buffs while making a daily round trip between Shin-Osaka and Fukuoka’s Hakata stations on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line.

The lead car of the 500 series Shinkansen on display at the museum will be wrapped in the stylish purple livery of the 500 Type Eva on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23. Visitors will have a rare opportunity to see the wrapping process.

“Train wrapping work can usually be seen only at a train depot,” said a museum official. “Those who love the 500 Type Eva must be dying to see it.”

The special train will be on display at the museum from Feb. 24 to May 7.

With its streamlined nose, the 500 Series became Japan’s first passenger train to operate at a maximum speed of 300 kph.

The 500 Type Eva bullet train was introduced in 2015 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Sanyo Shinkansen Line and the 20th anniversary of the first broadcast of the wildly popular robot sci-fi "Neon Genesis Evangelion" TV series.

In the anime, teens piloting large robot-like humanoids called Evangelion fight unknown enemies.

The museum admission fee is 1,200 yen ($11.25) for adults, 1,000 yen for high school and university school students, 500 yen for junior high and elementary school students and 200 yen for preschoolers.