The Chibi Project

Shinji Ikari vs. Trolley Car

Shinji Ikari Subject: Shinji Ikari
Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Test Date: February 16, 2004


  • Shinji Ikari keychain
  • MBTA Green Line trolley (Type 7)
  • Railroad rail


Testing Procedure

Looking outbound Phase One:

For this test, we needed a location where we could access railroad tracks. Although the Newtonville, MA commuter rail station was an option (it was where the first test on Chibi Moon was conducted), we decided to try a different kind of train. We opted for the MBTA Green Line and chose the Newton Centre station.

A few minutes later, a Type 7 trolley entered the station heading west (outbound). After stopping, the operator warned the Chibi Project team that we should not be standing so close to the rails with a video camera "or I'll have to radio it in." (As the train pulled to a stop, we were standing at the back of the platform...about 15 feet from the rails.)

We decided it would be best to move to a new location.

We got yelled at after this shot Phase One (Take Two):

We moved on to an undisclosed location on the MBTA's Green Line.

With the tracks safe and clear, we placed our Shinji Ikari figure on the right track of a westbound train and waited a safe distance from the tracks.

It should be noted that this Shinji was originally a keychain. We unscrewed the hook and chain from his head prior to this experiment. "It looked stupid."

Shinji gets laid on the track Within ten minutes, a trolley pulled into the station. By the time it pulled to the center of the platform, it has completely passed by the location where Shinji had been placed on the tracks.

By now the damage is done We waited for the train to roll out of the station before approaching the tracks.

He lost his head! Phase Two:

Approaching the tracks, Shinji's body was found next to the rail that he had originally been resting on. His head was not attached.

We found his head several yards down the track. It almost got overlooked because it was completely squished and barely recognizable.

Poor Shinji Test Complete:

This is what's left of Shinji Ikari after being run over by an MBTA trolley. Only a few features of his head (an ear, eyes, and what might have been his mouth) are still recognizable.

Damage Assessment:

Shinji's head is barely recognizable. His body is mostly intact with only minor scrapes.


When it was finally over, Shinji's head exploded like the heads of many Evangelion fans'.

Additional Information

Shinji's back side

Shinji Ikari can be seen in episode 19 of The Chibi Project Podcast.

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