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Galaxy Express 999
銀河鉄道999
(Ginga Tetsudō Surī Nain)
Genre Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction
Manga
Authored by Leiji Matsumoto
Publisher Flag of Japan Shogakukan
Serialized in Flag of JapanBig Comic
Flag of United States Animerica
Original run January 24, 1977
No. of volumes 21
TV anime
Directed by Nobutaka Nishizawa
Studio Toei Animation
Network Fuji TV, Animax
Original run 14 September 19789 April 1981
No. of episodes 113[1]
Movie: Galaxy Express 999
Directed by Rintaro
Studio Toei Animation
Released 1979
Runtime 130 minutes[2]
Movie: Adieu Galaxy Express 999
Directed by Rintaro
Studio Toei Animation
Released 1981
Runtime 135 minutes[3]
Movie: Galaxy Express 999 ~Eternal Fantasy~
Directed by Konosuke Uda
Studio Toei Animation
Released 1998
Runtime 54 minutes[4]
OVA: Maetel Legend
Directed by Kazuyoshi Yokota
Studio Vega Entertainment
No. of episodes 4
Released 2000[5]
TV anime : Space Symphony Maetel
Directed by Masaki Sinichi
Studio
Network SKY PerfecTV!
Original run 6 August 200420 June 2005
No. of episodes 13[6]

Galaxy Express 999 (銀河鉄道999 Ginga Tetsudō Surī Nain?) is a manga written and drawn by Leiji Matsumoto, as well as various anime films and TV series based on it. The manga is published in English by Viz. The number, "999", in the title is pronounced "Three-Nine", as opposed to "Nine-Nine-Nine". Look up adventure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Manga )   (pl. ... Leiji Matsumoto (松本 零士 Matsumoto Reiji) is a well-known creator of several anime and manga series. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Headquarters of Shogakukan in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan Shogakukan ) is a Japanese publisher of dictionaries, literature, manga, nonfiction, childrens DVDs, and other media in Japan. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article deals with the American media company. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... For other uses, see Television (disambiguation). ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Toei Animation Company, Limited ) (JASDAQ: 4816) is a Japanese animation studio owned by the Toei Company. ... Fuji Television Network, Inc. ... Animax ) is a Japanese anime satellite television network, established and owned by Sony Corporation, and dedicated to broadcasting anime programming. ... September 14 is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Rintaro (りんたろう Rintarō) is the pseudonym of Shigeyuki Hayashi (æž— 政行, Hayashi Shigeyuki) (January 22, 1941 - ), a director of anime. ... Toei Animation Company, Limited ) (JASDAQ: 4816) is a Japanese animation studio owned by the Toei Company. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Rintaro (りんたろう Rintarō) is the pseudonym of Shigeyuki Hayashi (æž— 政行, Hayashi Shigeyuki) (January 22, 1941 - ), a director of anime. ... Toei Animation Company, Limited ) (JASDAQ: 4816) is a Japanese animation studio owned by the Toei Company. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Toei Animation Company, Limited ) (JASDAQ: 4816) is a Japanese animation studio owned by the Toei Company. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... A scene from an episode of the Casshan OVA Original Video Animation ), abbreviated OVA ), is a term used for anime titles that are released direct-to-video, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ... Image From Amazon. ... For other uses, see Television (disambiguation). ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... SKY Perfect Communications Inc. ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Manga )   (pl. ... Leiji Matsumoto (松本 零士 Matsumoto Reiji) is a well-known creator of several anime and manga series. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This article deals with the American media company. ...

Contents

Story

Original storyline

The story of Galaxy Express 999 is set in a space-faring, high-tech future, where mechanized people with "machine bodies" are pushing humanity towards irrelevance and extinction. A street urchin named Tetsuro Hoshino desperately wants an indestructible machine body, giving him the ability to live forever and have the freedom that the poor humans on Earth don't have. While machine bodies are impossibly expensive, they are supposedly given away for free on the planet Andromeda, the end of the line for the space train Galaxy Express 999 (Technology has advanced to the point where space-faring vehicles can assume any shape, such as the classical locomotive in the story.). An urchin is a child (especially a boy) who behaves in an annoying manner. ...


Tetsuro meets up with a beautiful woman, Maetel (sometimes translated "Maeter", from the Greek mētēr and/or Latin mater, meaning "mother"), who is the spitting image of his dead mother. Maetel offers him passage on 999 if he will be her travelling companion. Tetsuro agrees. Another notable character in both the manga and the anime series is the seemingly strict, mysterious alien conductor, that sometimes gets involved in Tetsuro's and Maetel's adventures.

Maetel robot at New Kitakyushu Airport
Maetel robot at New Kitakyushu Airport

Along the way, Tetsuro has many adventures on many different and exotic planets and meets many kinds of people, both human and alien, living and machine, including Count Mecha, the machine man who killed Tetsuro's mother. Tetsuro is able to get his revenge on the cruel count, who had the body of Tetsuro's mother stuffed and hung on his wall. Increasingly, Tetsuro realizes that a machine body won't fix all of his problems. In fact, most of the machine people he meets regret the decision to give up their humanity. Most pathetic of all is Crystal Claire, who works aboard 999. Her body, always nude, is a beautiful clear crystal, yet she longs for the warmth of a human touch, like Tetsuro's. Image File history File linksMetadata Maetel. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Maetel. ... New KitakyÅ«shÅ« Airport ) (IATA: KKJ, ICAO: RJFR), has been built three kilometres offshore in the Suo Nada area of the Seto Inland Sea on an artificial island (4th in Japan) in the south of Kitakyushu, Japan. ...


It is also strongly implied that Maetel has a machine body, as she visits her human body on Pluto, where discarded human bodies are encased in ice in a giant planetary tomb. Maetel also says she has been endlessly travelling with young men like Tetsuro. In the manga, she is referred to by one of the characters as "the other universe that I fear!", raising the question of who, or what, she truly is even more nebulous.


Eventually Tetsuro and Maetel finally reach Andromeda where Tetsuro learns the horrifying truth... that he's going to be turned into a bolt. Queen Prometheum, ruler of the mechanized empire and Maetel's mother, controls the planet of Andromeda by entirely mechanized human components. With the prospect of Tetsuro being turned into a bolt, Maetel finally turns on her mother. With the help of her father, Dr. Ban, who exists in the pendant she carries over her neck, Maetel destroys her mother and Andromeda. The true nature of Maetel is revealed; she exists in a human body and is able to replace with a new one each time it grows old, enabling her to live forever.


Maetel and the 999 bring Tetsuro back to Earth and head back into space, presumably never to return.


Characters from other Matsumoto works appear in GE999, notably Captain Harlock, Emeraldas, and the ship (sans crew) from Space Battleship Yamato (aka Star Blazers), and vice versa, creating a shared continuity often called the "Leijiverse." Captain Harlock , lit. ... Queen Emeraldas is a four-episode Japanese anime OAV that continues the Harlock Saga created by Leiji Matsumoto. ... Space Battleship Yamato ) is a Japanese science fiction anime series and the name of its eponymous space craft. ...


In 1996, Matsumoto began a new GE999 series, set a year after the original, in which the Earth is destroyed and Tetsuro sets out to discover the source of the "darkness" that threatens all life in the universe.


Movie version

The movie version of Galaxy Express 999 is virtually identical to the original story in terms of plot. The main difference is that the storyline is much more compressed. Rather than visiting over a hundred planets like he does in the original manga/tv series, Tetsuro only visits four. Some of the most popular characters like Antares, Claire, Emeraldes and Captain Harlock make cameo appearances. And rather than kill Count Mecha immediately on Earth, Tetsuro confronts him in the Time Castle on the Planet Heavy Melder.


Adieu Galaxy Express 999

Adieu Galaxy Express 999 was a sequel adapted to a movie version, which was released in 1981. Adieu presents an entirely new storyline, one taking place two years after the destruction of Andromeda. The machine empire now has even more of a stranglehold over the Galaxy. Rumors are afoot of Maetel being the new Prometheum. Tetsuro, a freedom fighter is shocked when a messenger brings him news - that the 999 is returning. Tetsuro narrowly makes his way to the 999 and departs Earth.


Although Tetsuro finds that Maetel isn't present on the 999, he does meet Metalmena, a machine woman who has replaced Claire. Also, a mysterious Ghost Train has been travelling the universe and nearly crashes into the 999. The 999 heads to the planet La Metal, which was actually the birthplace of Prometheum and Maetel. Here Tetsuro helps in the resistance, befriending a man named Meowdar. As the 999 departs, Maetel finally makes her appearance.


Shortly after leaving La Metal the 999 is encountered forced to dock at a station where Tetsuro meets the mysterious Faust. When Tetsuro attacks him, Faust causes Tetsuro to drop into a flashback where he must relive his mother's death. The 999 continues on to the planet Mosaic, the last stop before Great Andromeda, capital of the mechanized empire. Here Tetsuro finds the Ghost Train and is nearly killed.


The 999 finally makes its way to Great Andromeda where Faust greets Tetsuro once more. Maetel meanwhile travels down to the center of the planet where Prometheum's spirit still exists. Maetel is put in charge of the mechanized empire, just like the rumors said, and she reveals the horrible truth to Tetsuro and the others, that the energy the machine people use is actually drained from living human beings. Tetsuro is shocked to find his old friend Meowdar among the dead.


About this time a great comet, Siren the Witch approaches Great Andromeda, sucking up all machine energy. With Great Andromeda collapsing, the 999 is set to depart, but Tetsuro must face Faust one last time. After dealing Faust a fatal blow, it is revealed to Tetsuro that Faust is actually Tetsuro's father. The 999 heads back to La Metal where Maetel and Tetsuro separate once more.


Maetel Legend

This two-part OVA from 2000 serves as a prelude for Galaxy Express 999, explaining a lot of the series' backstory. Maetel (the protagonist) is actually the daughter of Queen Promethium of the Planet La Metal (both from Queen Millennia), a wandering planet, and one of the first groups of civilization that mechanized their body. As Queen Promethium became fearful of the natural decline of her people's lifespan on their freezing, orbit-less world, she decided to mechanize everything, believing the process to be beneficial and enabling the planet's citizens survive the harsh climate. The complete series was released on DVD by Central Park Media. Central Park Media is a distributor of East Asian cinema, television, and comics. ...


Space Symphony Maetel

Following on from Maetel Legend, this 13-part OVA from 2004 reveals that the newly-created machine people of La Metal began to mechanise galaxy after galaxy against the will of many humans, and ended up creating rebellions and revolutions. Maetel is asked to return to La Metal to succeed her mother, only to discover the many hardships her mother has inflicted on the humans.


In this series, Captain Harlock and Emeraldas (Maetel's sister) also appear, and work together to assassinate Promethium, along with Maetel. Parallels with Galaxy Express 999 are prevalent. Instead of a boy who wants a mechanized body meeting her, she met a boy who has a grudge against Promethium and detests being mechanized. This series remains unlicensed in English.


Galaxy Railways: Letter From An Abandoned Planet

This OVA series is also not licensed for USA but, was released in 2006-12-30 to 2007-01-05 (on SKY PerfectTV!) in Japan. Features Maetel, Tetsuro and the Conductor with all the original voice actors from the Galaxy Express 999 series for all 3 characters. No further synopsis at this time.


For unknown reasons, this series started production earlier than The Galaxy Railways: Eternal Divergence but was aired much later.


Japanese cast


Asami Sanada as Louise Fort Drake


Naoki Yanagi as Manabu Yuuki


Akio Ohtsuka as Schwanhelt Bulge


Akira Ishida as Kilian Black


Hikaru Midorikawa as David Young


Naoko Suzuki as Sexaroid Yuki


Youko Asagami as Leila Destiny Shura


Kaneta Kimotsuki as Conductor


Masako Ikeda as Maetel


Masako Nozawa as Tetsuro Hoshino


Tooru Oohira as Matthew


Yoshito Yasuhara as Modesto


English versions

VIZ Media's North American editions of the second Galaxy Express 999 manga.

In 1981, Roger Corman produced an English-language dub of the first GE999 movie, which changed the character names, saddled some with accents, and subverted much of the story. This image is a book cover. ... This image is a book cover. ... This article deals with the American media company. ... Roger Corman. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


In 1986, Harmony Gold produced rarely-seen dubs of two of the GE999 TV specials, Galaxy Express 999: Can You Live Like A Warrior? and Galaxy Express 999: Can You Love Like A Mother? Harmony Gold is a television production and distribution company established in 1983. ...


The first movie was dubbed again in 1996 by Viz, titled Galaxy Express 999: The Signature Edition. Released on VHS, this dub was more true to the source material. Viz also released Adieu, Galaxy Express 999 subbed and dubbed on VHS, although having lost the licenses for the two films, they were never released on R1 DVD. The only current official English-language release of Galaxy Express 999 material on DVD are a Korean release of the two movies which utilize Viz's subtitle scripts. The Dubs of both films were run quite regularly on the Canadian channel, Space the Imagination Station, when the station first launched. This article deals with the American media company. ...


Viz later released five volumes of the second Galaxy Express manga, which was the basis for the third film, Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy. The original manga has yet to be translated into English.


Trivia

  • Matsumoto was inspired to create Galaxy Express 999 by the idea of a steam train running through the stars in the novel Night on the Galactic Railroad by Kenji Miyazawa.[7]
  • Footage from the movies and TV series was used to create two North American video games, the laserdisc-based arcade game "Freedom Fighter", and the CD-i home game "Escape from Cyber-City".
  • The number 999 was inspired by the Empire State Express No. 999 steam locomotive, the first wheeled object to exceed 100 mph.
  • Several bronze statues of characters and scenes from Galaxy Express 999 were erected in the small Japanese city Tsuruga in 1999. Similar statues from Matsumoto's Space Battleship Yamato were also erected at the same time.
  • In an episode of the cartoon series Samurai Jack entitled Robo Samurai Versus Mondo Bot, the title character stumbles upon a city named Andromeda, populated entirely by robots, a clear homage to Galaxy Express 999.
  • Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami was partly inspired by the Galaxy Express 999 series during the development of his Superflat art movement, especially due to Yoshinori Kanada's use of dynamics and eccentricity in some of the scenes in Galaxy Express 999.[8]
  • For a while after the success of Galaxy Express 999, all the explosion scenes in other anime were done in the same style.
  • In an episode of the anime serie Yakitate Japan they make a short parody with Tetsuro, Maetel and the conductor.

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Manga series

  • First series, serialized in Hit Comics, 1977-1981
  • New series, serialized in Big Gold, 1996-??

Anime series

  • TV Series, 1978, 113 episodes + 4 TV special
  • Movie, Galaxy Express, 1979
  • Featurette, Galaxy Express 999 Glass no Clair (Glass-made Claire), 1980
  • Movie, Adieu Galaxy Express 999 Terminus Andromeda (aka Sayonara Galaxy Express 999), 1981
  • Movie, Galaxy Express 999 ~Eternal Fantasy~, 1998

See also

  • List of Galaxy Express 999 episodes

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References

  1. ^ Galaxy Express 999 (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2006-12-14.
  2. ^ Glass no Clair - Ginga Tetsudo 999 (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2006-12-14.
  3. ^ Adieu Galaxy Express 999 (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2006-12-14.
  4. ^ Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2006-12-14.
  5. ^ Maetel Legend (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2006-12-14.
  6. ^ Uchuu Koukyoushi Maetel ~Ginga Tetsudo 999 Gaiden~ (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2006-12-14.
  7. ^ One Hundred Japanese Books for Children (1946-1979). International Institute for Children's Literature, Osaka. Retrieved on 2007-02-07.
  8. ^ Murakami, T: "Superflat", page 13. MADRA Publishing Co Ltd, 2000.

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External links

  • (Japanese) Galaxy Express 999 and Space Battleship Yamato statues in Tsuruga

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Galaxy Express 999 is a wonderful little expedition into a world where instead of using reconciliatory methods of understanding their problems, people preferably seek to bypass the whole system of absolution and try to "live without regret" so-to-speak, as Tetsuro notes.
Galaxy Express 999 tosses around the theme of a society so hopeless that even the most inhumane motivations, such as murder and moral avoidance, are simply understood as inevitable societal developments.
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