Galaxy Express 999

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Galaxy Express 999
銀河鉄道999
(Ginga Tetsudō Surī Nain)
GenreSpace opera[1]
Manga
Written byLeiji Matsumoto
Published byShogakukan
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineManga-kun (1977–1979),
Shōnen Big Comic (1979–1987),
Weekly Young Sunday (1987)
English magazine
Original runJanuary 24, 1977November 11, 1981
Volumes18
Anime television series
Directed byNobutaka Nishizawa
Written byHiroyasu Yamaura
Keisuke Fujikawa
Yoshiaki Yoshida
Music byNozomi Aoki
StudioToei Animation
Licensed by
Discotek Media (home video)
Crunchyroll (streaming)
Tubi TV (streaming)
NetworkFuji TV, Animax
Original run September 14, 1978 March 26, 1981
Episodes113 (List of episodes)
Anime movie
Galaxy Express 999
Directed byRintaro
Written byShiro Ishimori
Music byNozomi Aoki
StudioToei Animation
Licensed by
Released1979
Runtime130 minutes
Anime movie
Adieu Galaxy Express 999
Directed byRintaro
Written byHiroyasu Yamaura
Music byOsamu Shooji
StudioToei Animation
Licensed by
Released1981
Runtime130 minutes
Original video animation
Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy
Directed byKonosuke Uda
Written byJunki Takegami
Music byKohei Tanaka
StudioToei Animation
Licensed by
ReleasedMarch 7, 1998
Runtime60 minutes
Original video animation
Maetel Legend
Directed byKazuyoshi Yokota
Produced byTakaji Matsudo
Written byLeiji Matsumoto
Music byMasamichi Amano
StudioVega Entertainment
Licensed byU.S. Manga Corps (USA)
Released2000
Runtime40 minutes (each)
Episodes2
Anime television series
Space Symphony Maetel
Directed byShin'ichi Masaki
Produced byLeiji Matsumoto
Written byMugi Kamio
Music byTaro Hakase
StudioVega Entertainment
NetworkAnimax (PPV Premier)
Original run August 6, 2004 June 20, 2005
Episodes13

Galaxy Express 999 (銀河鉄道999スリーナイン, Ginga Tetsudō Surī Nain) is a manga created in 1977 by Leiji Matsumoto. Many anime films and television series were created based on this manga. It is set in a high-tech future in which humans have learned how to transfer their minds and emotions into mechanical bodies. By doing so they achieve practical immortality.[2][3]

The manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen in 1978.[4] The anime series won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 1981.

Matsumoto was inspired to create Galaxy Express 999 by the idea of a steam train running through the stars in the novel Night on the Galactic Railroad by Kenji Miyazawa.[5]

The film Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy was released in 1998.

References[change | change source]

  1. "S'more Entertainment Adds Galaxy Express 999 TV Anime – News". Anime News Network. October 4, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  2. "2011 is 1981: Adieu Galaxy Express 999 | Otaku USA Anime Coverage". Otakuusamagazine.com. Archived from the original on July 30, 2014. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  3. "2011 is 1981: Adieu Part Two | Otaku USA Anime Coverage". Otakuusamagazine.com. Archived from the original on July 30, 2014. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  4. 小学館漫画賞:歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
  5. "One Hundred Japanese Books for Children (1946–1979)". International Institute for Children's Literature, Osaka. Retrieved 2007-02-07.