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Ginga Tetsudou Monogatari

Alternative Titles

English: The Galaxy Railways
Japanese: 銀河鉄道物語


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2003 to Apr 4, 2004
Premiered: Fall 2003
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Planet
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.271 (scored by 1,782 users)
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Ranked: #24732
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Popularity: #4022
Members: 6,879
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The story begins on planet Destiny, which claimed to be where the center of the Universe is, where all the terminals of "The Galaxy Railways" are gathered. The main character, Yuuki Manabu (20 years old), carrying on his dead Father and Brother`s will, joined SDF (Space Defense Force) to protect the safety of the Galaxy Railways. SDF, in order to uphold the reputation of maintaining the best transportation schedules within the Universe, deals with accidents, natural disasters, rescue operations, space pirates along all lines of the railway. Layla Destiny Shura is a mysterious beauty unifying SDF and all lines on The Galaxy Railways.

She possesses the ability to see the destiny of planets, human beings and living things. Even though possessing such powers, she, being a "Guardian of Destiny", is unable to tell passengers leaving this station what difficulties lies ahead of them. However, appearances of those who uses evil powers to change the destinies of these travelers triggers another of her hidden ability. "Destiny is changed by the individual`s oneself. Tomorrow`s happiness is grabbed by the individual`s own hands." In what manner will Yuuki`s destiny be seen by Layla? And, how will Yuuki deal with his destiny amidst the greatest crisis approaching The Galaxy Railways?

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Characters & Voice Actors


Cook, Justin
Watson, Barry
Kikuchi, Yasuhito
Episode Director, Storyboard
Macek, Carl

Edit Opening Theme

"Ginga Tetsudou wa Harukanari (銀河鉄道は遥かなり)" Sasaki Isao

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"Ginga no Kirame (銀河の煌)" Sasaki Isao

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Jul 18, 2008
HiGHFLYiN9 (All reviews)
It always surprises me when I find a series that approaches perfection. I just finished watching Galaxy Railways, and have to say, if you even remotely enjoy anime, it is easily worth your time to watch it. Obviously Matsumoto Leiji is legendary for Harlock and Galaxy Express, and if you've seen his work in the past, this isn't a huge departure from it. Contained is a relatively typical, but incredibly deep cast of characters, including the obligatory hair-covering-one-eye protagonist Manubu, his Harlock-resembling father, and the beady-eyes-popping-out-of-their-forheads old people that bother me to no end.

The story takes place in a futuristic-space setting where the usual spaceship read more
Jun 30, 2013
NimZaster (All reviews)
I've watched many many anime to find the "one" with a great story, drama, and a hint of romance. The Galaxy Railways has all the things I was looking for. Interesting story, well developed characters. The setup is a bit unexpected, but it works! yes, flying trains maybe something not really of a sci-fi, but that is just the base ground to build up an interesting story around it. To anyone who looks for a bit serious anime, a conclusive ending, a hint of romance and some drama, I would definitely recommend to watch this anime. I wish there were more like this.
Jul 6, 2011
Bishounen_Hunter (All reviews)
As soon as I saw the picture/cover art of this anime I immediately remembered those anime shows of the late 70s / early 80s namely, Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999 and all those other shows. Apparently they're all done by the same person, Leiji Matsumoto. Most of his stuff are pretty good but it doesn't mean that ALL of his works are good. I picked up this title because I like to watch dubs and this one a title that seemed interesting and it reminded me of those old Captain Harlock shows from when I was a kid. This show is....interesting, I wouldn't say it's read more
Jul 31, 2010
Torii-chan (All reviews)
This was an interesting story where space exploration is achieved through highly advanced locomotives. The SDF is a police force of sorts that protects those on the railways.

Story 7/10: I liked it for the most part considering like I mentioned the space traveling was done by trains which is different. But the rest of the story was somewhat typical and for half of the series i thought it was slow paced. Towards the end an alien force tries to wipe out the railway system because of angst over there lost planet and they decide it's travelers fault. Which isn't the most original concept.

Art 8/10: it read more


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