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Ginga Tetsudou 999 (Movie)

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Ginga Tetsudo 999, Galaxy Express 999 (Movie), Galaxy Express 999 Movie
Japanese: 銀河鉄道999

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 4, 1979
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Discotek
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Duration: 2 hr. 8 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 7.791 (scored by 3,142 users)
Ranked: #8502
Popularity: #3170
Members: 6,267
Favorites: 56
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Synopsis

After the death of his mother at the hands of the evil robot Count Mecha, young Tetsuro has become a delinquent street urchin who dreams only of revenge.
Tetsuro lives in a far future world in which humans have the choice to travel to another planet where they can exchange their bodies for immortal, robotic counterparts. His goal is to someday acquire (through theft) enough money to board the Galaxy Express 999, a train which is capable of traveling through space, and which will take him to the planet of robots.

One day, after escaping from the police, he meets the beautiful Maetel, who resembles his mother. She offers to take him on the Galaxy Express 999 to get a robotic body and to get revenge on Count Mecha. Along the journey, the two meet many varied people (including Captain Harlock and Queen Emeraldas), and Tetsuro learns what it means to be human.

(Source: ANN)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Maetel
Maetel
Main
Ikeda, Masako
Japanese
Ikeda, Masako
Hoshino, Tetsuro
Hoshino, Tetsuro
Main
Nozawa, Masako
Japanese
Nozawa, Masako
Harlock, Phantom
Harlock, Phantom
Supporting
Inoue, Makio
Japanese
Inoue, Makio
Emeraldas
Emeraldas
Supporting
Tajima, Reiko
Japanese
Tajima, Reiko

Staff

Rintaro
Rintaro
Director
Matsumoto, Leiji
Matsumoto, Leiji
Original Creator
Sugino, Akio
Sugino, Akio
Character Design
Kanada, Yoshinori
Kanada, Yoshinori
Animation Director

Opening Theme

"Ginga Tetsudou 999" by Isao Sasaki

Ending Theme

"The Galaxy Express 999" by Godiego



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ParaParaJMo
Oct 11, 2008
This anime has a great story and awesome cast of characters. Outside the movies, I have little to no familiarity with the other mediums this story has been told. I heard the TV series was 113 episodes!! I don’t get how you can make a story that big!! Plus, I heard the manga was also 20 volumes.

Regardless of how much is compressed in this version, you still feel the maturity of Tetsuro and how strong the bond is between him and Matel. The bond they share is something comparable to what Naked Snake and the Boss have in Metal Gear Solid 3. It’s beyond mother read more
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sizest300
Jul 29, 2015
The movie, was directed by Rin Taro (Astro Boy, Captain Harlock), while the series was directed by Nobutaka Nishizawa (Slam Dunk, Zatch Bell); so it makes sense the movie was more action oriented than the series. Tetsuro gets an upgrade in his character design, which was a big boost, and the overall art gets an upgrade as well. There was even some music added that the original series really lacked, but hey, it was anime in the 70’s.

So, how do you compress a 113 episode series into two hours? Basically, you take all of the important events, planets with the best lessons, the characters that read more
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Tacas
Nov 18, 2015
Based on the TV anime of the same name, Ginga Tetsudou 999 plays in the distant future and follows Tetsuro, who wants to avenge his mother by killing the person responsible for her death. In order to reach this goal, he wants to ride the Galaxy Express 999, an intergalactic locomotive. What may seem like a really simple and predictable concept at the beginning, develops into a way more intriguing and complex tale as the film goes on.

At first, the story is about Tetsuro visiting several planets where he learns about various aspects of life, especially about the relationship between humans and machines. In a read more
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cobrascope
Nov 4, 2009
You can't buy this film in this country and I'm not even sure you can get it on import in the USA but I managed to track it down on youtube and I'm very glad I did. This is a retro golden oldie that condenses the main plot of the TV series (which was 113 episodes long) into an easy to digest feature film. It's one of those rare films that can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age or sex. The dated visuals and music might put some off but I think it actually added to the retro charm and a low budget production read more
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Both try to break the line that divides humans and robots. "Who am I?" ... both films come off as child friendly at a glance, but certainly have a great deal of depth for older viewers, violence, and other dark elements reminiscent of a lot of classic Disney films. Most importantly both movies are directed by Rintaro and given insane attention to detail when it comes to art, animation, camerawork, and all of that. Expect some breathtaking atmosphere for sure.  
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Arcadia is subjectively one of the two pivotal works related to Leijiverse, the other being Galaxy Express 999. Both pieces are interconnected, with Arcadia serving as a quality prequel to Galaxy Express focusing on Harlock and Emeraldas, while Galaxy Express has them as secondary characters.

After watching these two, one can choose to further extend his/her leijiverse experience either in the direction of Galaxy Express (Adieu GE 999, Galaxy Railways, GE 999 TV, Maetel Legend, Space Symphony Maetel etc.), or Captain Harlock (Harlock 78, Endless Orbit SSX, Harlock Saga, Endless Odyssey, and the new $90 mln film planned for released in fall 2013) 
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The events of both anime happen in a futuristic world, where the existence of robots is normal. In both anime, the male protagonist is a young, orphaned street urchin, who often commits petty crimes in order to gather enough money to undertake a life-changing journey. Both anime explore similar themes, such as differences between humans and machines, bounty hunting and the oppression of the poor class. They have a very similar vibe. 
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Anime: Kaze no Na wa Amnesia
"Amnesia" totally feels like a 90s remake of Galaxy Express 999 with Tetsuro (Wataru) and Maetel (Sophia) travelling across post-apocalyptic USA in quest for understanding what makes a human soul. However, you start to feel the spirit of GE999 closer to the middle of the show.
Supervised by Rintaro. 
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Both of these movies rely on self-awareness and the epiphanies of life for both lead males to discover and mature. 
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