Despite the destruction of the mechanization home world Andromeda, the machine empire is still swept across the galaxy and Earth has become a battleground. Having returned from his journey aboard the train Galaxy Express 999, Tetsurou Hoshino joins the resistance and fights alongside others who have retained their humanity.
When the 999 returns to Earth, Tetsurou receives an enigmatic recorded message from his former traveling companion Maetel, telling him to board the train once more. Fighting his way to Megalopolis station, he makes it onto the train just as it departs. This time, however, Tetsurou is met with several mysteries: Maetel is nowhere to be seen, an ominous "Ghost Train" has appeared, and the ultimate destination of the 999 is unknown. Amid all this, Tetsurou finds himself confronted by the mysterious black knight Faust and soon discovers the machine empire's darkest secret.
A truly enjoyable classic and a fitting sequel to the first movie. Adieu Galaxy Express 999 continues from the original movie,showing the conflict between the mechanized people and the human race.After the first movie with maetel and tetsuro having destroyed the planet andromeda/planet meatel, the conflict between the robotic empire and the human race has increased to even greater heights .The robot forces are destroying anyone who oppose the ideal of immortality through robotic bodies and tetsuro for the last two years have been fighting on earth just to stay alive.
After receiving an invitation from maetel to board the 999,tetsuro and maetel
set out once again on a quest to destroy the robot empire headquarters at the center of the galaxy. Along the way they meet some old friends while at the same time having their journey being overshadowed by a mystery by which one of their own Allies might be their greatest enemy .
What I really loved about this movie was how it showed the robot empire and the philosophy of immortality through machinery in even greater depth than the first movie. We get to see how it all started and learn even more about those who desire it.This anime goes a long way in trying to convey the message of humanity and what it really means to be alive.
Being such an old title the animation is pretty dated but stilled looked impressive especially during fight scenes and shots of space.I really enjoyed the music which moved from haunting to more upbeat and really helped to convey the mood of each scene.
The characters just like the first movie are enjoyable and realistic and compliments each other quite well.Overall a fitting sequel and an enjoyable movie
Released a couple of years after the original Galaxy Express 999 movie, this sequel is an original story, not based on the original manga or television series (although there is one sequence heavily based on them). 3 years after the events of the first movie, Tetsuro is taking part in the resistance against the machine empire and once again boards the Galaxy Express, in search of Maetel.
This movie is a bit darker than the original in both tone and story. Whereas the first movie had a lot of world building and exploration to it in addition to Tetsuro's main story of revenge, the plot is
almost entirely dedicated to the human vs. machine conflict. Similar to the first movie, we have appearances from both Captain Harlock and Emeraldes, although they seem much more cameo in nature and less necessary than their appearances in the first movie. Maetel's role is also heavily toned down in comparison to the first movie, and she doesn't appear until more than 45 minutes have gone by. The movie contains a massive deus ex machina towards the end of the movie and rips off one of the most popular sci-fi movies of all time in a big way (a movie that had been released not too long before this movie's release).
Where I think this movie really delivers though is the design and style. The animation is noticeably better than the first movie and I would argue its still very strong today, 35 years after its release. Matsumoto's design of the machine people and their world is amazing, one of my favorite from any anime or sci-fi movie. There's a beautiful dialogue-less 4 minute sequence just over half way through the movie as the Galaxy Express heads towards the planet Great Andromeda, a type of scene I think you just don't get anymore these days. The overall theme of limited human life versus eternal machine life is also one I really enjoyed (granted, a theme done better in the first movie).
Is this movie absolutely necessary to see? No. The storyline was appropriately told in the first movie and a sequel wasn't really necessary. But I still find this a very enjoyable viewing experience despite its flaws.
A couple of vague spoilers that will help you deal with this: Tetsuro does nothing to change anything. Just like the previous movie, 999 is compacted to be a Harlock spin off more than it's own thing.
The strongest element in this movie is Rintaro's direction, and if we judged only by visuals this would easily be an 8/10 or above. But as a stand alone story and part of the 999 franchise it's pretty atrocious.
As I mentioned before it makes the same weird decision from the previous movie of taking out everything that 999 had besides character designs. Between 2 movies we get none of
the character development or plots of the original. Emeraldas even attacks Prometheum and at no point it's mentioned that she's shooting her mom (ep. 12 of the tv series explains that she's Maetel's sister, for the modern OVAs it's put as a given that you know this even though the movies go out of their way to ignore it). A story about travelers was turned into a story about freedom fighters. It's like taking Kino no Tabi or Mushishi and turning them into, well, weak Harlock spin offs.
There are other weird pointless connections like Prometheum being made Queen Millenia, there is no attempt to connect with it or make it fit in any way. Being a frozen planet, crashing with earth or any other planet, being queens for millenia. There's nothing besides names. Just like 999.
As it's own thing it meanders a lot. There are three different instances where Harlock just appears and saves everyone because he happened to be there, including the one time Maetel was trying to do something. With this plot it makes no sense to have a train since it doesn't have a set track to follow and they have no passengers to drop or pick up, it's just an aesthetic element. Everything about Maetel makes no sense, no matter if you know the original plot or not. She just says things that couldn't make sense and don't explain things she should want to explain.
And final spoilers: The ending is the same thing that the series did, and the previous movie, and the OVAs, and I'm sure the planetary only shows have the same. Just watch the tv series.
Sayonara Ginga Tetsudou 999: Andromeda Shuuchakueki or Adieu Galaxy Express 999 as it's known in English, is a movie from 1981 directed by Rin Taro (Space Pirate Captain Harlock,) and it's the sequel to the series Galaxy Express 999.
After the events of Galaxy Express 999, Tetsurou Hoshino has returned to earth. However, earth has become a battleground. Tetsurou has joined the resistance and is fighting alongside other humans against the mechanized people. One day Tetsuro gets a mysterious message from someone claiming to be Maetel, who tells him to board the 999 again. With the help of his comerades he manages to board the 999
and sets out on yet another adventure, not knowing where he's going or what he's doing.
I watched the original Galaxy Express 999 series a little while ago, so I was excited to watch this movie. While I liked where the series left off, I was not opposed to the idea of seeing more of the aftermath, and this movie did deliver on that a little bit. However, I'm also sad to have to say that a lot of the plot in this movie is basically the same thing they did in the original series. That doesn't bother me too much since I thought they did a very good job with the plot and plot progression since they were limited to only 2 hours. However, that does mean that there are some minor stories in this show that takes a bit of a hit.
Visually this movie looks fairly ok. I wasn't exactly blown away by the visuals, but it did look better than the series did. I also appreciated that they changed Tetsurou's character design since he is supposed to have grown older between the series and this movie, so that was a nice touch.
In the end I thought this was a good movie. I basically got what I wanted out of this movie. Now, the movie is by no means perfect. There were a few things that I think they could have done better, or removed from the movie entirely. For example, they introduce a new character called Metalmena who had her own little story up in all this, but to me it felt a bit forced. Kind of like they didn't quite know how to work her into the runtime they had been given. There are also other moments like the rather lengthy moments of just traveling or general nothing where they did little other than play weird music that in my opinion didn't quite fit the show. But that was about it for the big issues I had with the movie. I liked seeing Tetsurou set out on his new adventure, and despite the plot being very similar to that of the series I still think they handled it very well. And of course, it's always fun to see the different characters from different series in the Leiji Matsumoto verse come together and interact. So in my opinion, if you liked the original 999 series, then you should also check out this movie. And if you haven't watched the original 999 series, then I recommend you do that as well since it's a pretty good show despite it's length.