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Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru


Alternative Titles

English: Night on the Galactic Railroad
Japanese: 銀河鉄道の夜

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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 13, 1985
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Group TAC
Source: Novel
Duration: 1 hr. 45 min.
Rating: G - All Ages

Statistics

Score: 7.431 (scored by 2,812 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #18142
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3339
Members: 7,739
Favorites: 92
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Synopsis

Based on a short story by the popular children's writer Kenji Miyazawa, Galactic Railroad offers viewers a slow-paced, dreamlike journey through space and time. When Giovanni, a lonely boy in a hill town, goes to get milk for his ailing mother, he finds himself crossing the Milky Way on a faster-than-light steam railroad. The stations he visits in various constellations, like the planets explored by St. Exupery's Little Prince, offer curious adventures and an assortment of human "types." Reality and fantasy blur aboard the train, and its travels across the light-years sometimes suggests the journey through life. The characters are depicted as cats, presumably to avoid the problems of animating humans.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Giovanni
Giovanni
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Tanaka, Mayumi
Japanese
Tanaka, Mayumi
Campanella
Campanella
Main
Sakamoto, Chika
Japanese
Sakamoto, Chika

Staff

Sugii, Gisaburou
Sugii, Gisaburou
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Freeman, Crispin
Freeman, Crispin
Script
Mashimo, Koichi
Mashimo, Koichi
Storyboard
Mizutani, Takaya
Mizutani, Takaya
Storyboard


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klausfish
Sep 7, 2009
This is a movie for dreamers. That's as simple as I can state it. It evokes strong interest and emotion from the viewer. I was on the edge of my seat. It is paced much like an odyssey-traveling along an ever changing magical landscape that you feel you are becoming part of. The artwork has a simplistic beauty that is extremely pleasing to the eye. There is a feeling of drama and intensity all throughout, even in the smallest of scenes you feel as if you are on the verge of-something, something big. This movie is for the fantasy, fairytale and visual experience fans. read more
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Tenchio
Nov 17, 2008
Night on the Galactic Railroad, or Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru, may be based on a children's book, but it's definitely a movie anyone can enjoy. To be completely honest, I think I would've been seriously scared had I watched this when I was younger - it's quite creepy at times. Almost all characters in NotGR are cats with human proportions for some reason. I don't know if this was the case in the original book, but I never felt like it mattered, actually. Judging from the synopsis, it was because the animators were lazy, and that may've been the case for all I know.

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That_Bulge
Sep 20, 2013
-No spoilers are contained within this review-

Night on the galactic Railroad is quite the ride… to say the least. Before beginning this movie I had been given fair warning, yet I still proceeded giving it the benefit of the doubt.

Story (2/10)

Have you ever smoked acid? Me neither, but I’m pretty sure this story is something that might pop into your head if you did. Get ready for the ride of your life as you follow two cardboard cutouts into a cluster of strange and meaningless scenes. Usually stories have linear plots and character developments with a twist at the end that makes read more
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Scruffyjay
Jan 19, 2015
This is one of the most atmospheric movies I've seen in awhile. It's very abstract, the animation and character design is very well done, especially for its age. This story stresses on friendship and makes you reflect on life. It impacted me very emotionally at the end, and there were many scenes I did not expect at all. The music, especially, was very well placed, and pleasing to the ear. Overall, this is the kind of movie I would love to show to all of my friends.
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