Ginga tetsudô Three-Nine (1978–1981)

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The adventure of a young boy on board a space train, as it travels to a myriad of incredible worlds.

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In this extended version of Galaxy Express 999 third episode, the main character, a boy Tetsuro, befriends Crystal Claire who works on the space train and has a glass body. He thinks he also saw his mother, but he's dead wrong.

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Masako Nozawa ...
 Tetsurô Hoshino (112 episodes, 1978-1981)
Masako Ikeda ...
 Maetel (112 episodes, 1978-1981)
Kaneta Kimotsuki ...
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In the distant future, people are able to take on artificial bodies and achieve immortality. A poor orphan, Tetsuro Hoshino, strives to obtain a mechanical body for the triple incentive of eternal life, of revenge (his mother was gunned down by machine men) and to fulfill her dying wish (that he acquire a mechanical body to live forever, and not die like her). He plans to board the Galaxy Express 999, a space train that comes to Earth once a year, and head to the Prometheum, a planet that gives out machine bodies for free. To his surprise, Maetel, a mysterious woman who resembles his mother, selects him as her companion aboard the 999. And thus begins Tetsuro's trip through the stars, where he encounters incredible worlds and makes many friends. But as he travels with Maetel, he witnesses the hardships of mechanical life and wonders, is it worth it? And what secret is the inscrutable Maetel hiding? Written by Q. Leo Rahman

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Leiji Matsumoto was inspired by Kenji Miyazawa's novel "Night on the Galactic Railroad," about a steam train flying through space. See more »

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Remade as Galaxy Express 999: Claire of Glass (1980) See more »

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Ginga Tetsudô 999
(Galaxy Express 999)
Opening theme
Performed by Isao Sasaki & Suginami Jidô Gasshôdan
Lyrics by Jun Hashimoto
Music by Masaaki Hirao
Arrangement by Nozomi Aoki
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GALAXY EXPRESS 999 – long-running anime series based on popular manga
30 January 2005 | by (Bronx, NY) – See all my reviews

"Galaxy Express 999" is a celebrated Japanese animated TV series that ran from 1978-81 for 114 episodes. It tells the continuing tale of a flesh-and-blood boy, Tetsuro, in a far future society, who boards the Galaxy Express 999, a passenger train that flies through space from one end of the galaxy to the other, with the dream of reaching a legendary planet that offers free machine bodies to humans. (On Earth only the poor have flesh-and-blood bodies; people with money have already traded their organs for machine parts.) Tetsuro's traveling companion is the mysterious Maetel, a tall, beautiful blond woman in fashionable dark winter clothing who provides Tetsuro with the pass he needs to travel. The train stops at various planets and moons along the way and Tetsuro and Maetel get involved in other people's stories—either humans also wanting machine bodies (and sometimes resorting to nefarious means to get Tetsuro's pass) or machine people who desperately miss their human bodies. Gradually Tetsuro gets the message that machine bodies don't necessarily result in power or happiness. A frequent theme of the series is separation, as in disrupted families, children removed from parents, and lonely, displaced people craving the warmth and humanity of Tetsuro.

What truly distinguishes this remarkable series is its mesmerizing fairy tale quality. I hesitate to even call it science fiction because there's such an air of fabled unreality to it all, and the artwork reflects this in its storybook style of illustration. Everything has the painted look of the best children's book artists. The stark, dramatic quality of the background planetary landscapes and the washes of color to create a mood help to establish an atmosphere befitting the particular setting and situation. The series is a work of art.

The character design for Tetsuro may seem a little too cartoonish for some, with its round face, dots for eyes and big gaping mouth, but the animators and the Japanese voice actor use all the tools of their trade to bring Tetsuro to endearing, energetic life. The women all tend to be cut from the same mold: tall, willowy, slender and long-haired, with plaintive voices and sad eyes. Leiji Matsumoto, writer-artist of the manga series on which the TV program was based, has attributed the influence on his style of drawing women to a teenaged viewing of the 1955 French film, MARIANNE DE MA JEUNESSE (Marianne of My Youth) and the actress who played the title role, Marianne Hold.

Leiji Matsumoto was one of the most distinctive manga artists to make his mark in anime. Another series he created, "Captain Harlock," debuted the same year as "Galaxy Express 999." GE999 spawned two feature-length movies (in both of which Captain Harlock appears) and several TV specials, including "Eternal Traveler Emeraldas," "Can You Love Like a Mother?" and "Can You Live Like a Warrior?", all also reviewed on this site. As of this writing, however, only the two GALAXY EXPRESS movies have been distributed in the U.S. The original series and its TV special spin-offs remain unavailable even though the series once played, in subtitled format, on educational TV stations here. Part of the manga series has been published in English and is currently in print. We can only ask what the rights-holders of the TV series are waiting for.


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