Ginga Tetsudou 999

Galaxy Express 999

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Synonyms: Ginga Tetsudo 999, GE999
Japanese: 銀河鉄道999
English: Galaxy Express 999
German: Galaxy Express 999
Spanish: Galaxy Express 999
French: Galaxy Express 999
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Type: TV
Episodes: 113
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 14, 1978 to Mar 26, 1981
Premiered: Fall 1978
Broadcast: Thursdays at 19:00 (JST)
Producers: Fuji TV
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: SpaceSpace
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.791 (scored by 66436,643 users)
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Ranked: #9362
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Popularity: #3508
Members: 35,362
Favorites: 436

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In the distant future, humanity has found a way to live forever by purchasing mechanical bodies, but this way to immortality is extraordinarily expensive. An impoverished boy, Tetsurou Hoshino, desires to purchase a pass on the Galaxy Express 999—a train that travels throughout the universe—because it is said that at the end of the line, those aboard can obtain a mechanical body for free. When Tetsurou's mother is gunned down by the villainous machine-man hybrid Count Mecha, however, all seems lost.

Tetsurou is then saved from certain death by the mysterious Maetel, a tall woman with blonde hair and a striking resemblance to his mother. She gives him a pass to the Galaxy Express under one condition: that they travel together. Thus, Tetsurou begins his journey across the universe to many unique planets and thrilling adventures, in hopes of being able to attain that which he most desires.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Nishizawa, Nobutaka
Yuyama, Kunihiko
Episode Director, Storyboard
Iuchi, Shuji
Episode Director
Kasai, Osamu
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"Ginga Tetsudou 999" by Isao Sasaki and the Suginami Children's Choir

Ending Theme

"Aoi Chikyuu" by Isao Sasaki and the Suginami Children's Choir

Mar 8, 2010
At first glance, any series of 100+ episodes requires a real commitment on the viewers behalf, in many ways its a big gamble (with their time). If the series sucks then you feel like you just wasted an enormous amount of time on nothing, when its a success you walk away with a great sense of enjoyment and that it was time well spent. Galaxy Express 999 (pronounced the 3-9 in the series) delivers in every category.

Galaxy Express 999 is one of the chief anime that created the foundation for the space opera genre in anime, the vast majority of new series since ...
Sep 5, 2010
One of Leiji Matsumoto's Masterpieces, this is one of those unique exprerience anime that come once in ten years, a classic of Space Operas, Galaxy Express 999 is a life Journey.

Our Journey takes place in a rather futuristic setting where humans are able to transfer their minds to a mechanical body in order to achieve enternal life. While this seems to be a somewhat perfect world, it is in reallity a dystopian Universe full of opression, suffering and tragedy for the poor and the weak ones. Our Protagonist, Hoshino Tetsuro,a proud and rightous young boy boards the Galaxy Express 999 with help of mysterious Maetel ...
Jul 29, 2015
Mixed Feelings
This has been a long time coming and the series is finally completed. Truly, Galaxy Express is an epic at heart and the first watched on this quest.
Another original creation of Leiji Matsumoto, if the art style didn’t give it away already, this is a series coming in at 113 episodes. How did it live up to the legacy?

It is long and episodic at its core. Now, this may sound like a total turn off right away, but the series sets a universe of mystery and true imagination that captivates the viewer. Each world our two main characters travel to has its’ own unique reason ...

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