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.
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 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
Coming out in 1981, the sequel, Adieu Galaxy Express 999 is a fantastic classic. Directed by Rintaro, whom also directed the first Galaxy Express movie, made another with top notch space action. This is a direct sequel of our main protagonist Tetsuro Hoshino, now, back on Earth fighting the machines for survival.
Tetsuro is now older, and just as loud and reckless as before. He continues to fight, and throughout the beginning of the movie really sets the mood in how Earth and the universe are all trying to survive against human immortality by mechanization. Then, a message from the blond bombshell herself, Maetel, reaches Tetsuro.
She tells him to once again board the 999 train, and the real journey begins. Much like the previous show and movie, the underlining plot is hidden in mystery, and only Maetel knows what is in store for our loud-mouth protagonist.
The music consistently sets the mood perfectly and the detail in animation is breathtaking. It is also a great representation of the era this was made in, as well as a leap in animation itself. All things from the stars reflecting off of the train’s glass to the neon lights emanating throughout the cities brings nothing but pure animated beauty to the eyes.
Sure this is much like the last movie in story with some good old repeated action sequences. However, do not let such small things take away from the setting and greatness that is Adieu Galaxy Express 999. This is the prettiest thing to date in 1981, with an amazingly deep story of humans, androids, and what it means to truly live.