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Galaxy Express 999

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Ever heard of a flying train? Tetsuro, living on a dismal earth, wants to ride it to Andromeda so he can get a mechanical body that will enable him to live forever. With the help of the mysterious woman, Maetel, Tetsuro braves many adventures on his way to Andromeda, heading towards a showdown with Count Mecha, an evil tyrant that brutally murdered his mother for sport. Will Tetsuro have the inner strength to face this monster on his own turf?

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Galaxy Express 999 Movie Movie 1979 TBD
Galaxy Express 999: Can You Live Like A Warrior? TV Special 1979 TBD
Galaxy Express 999: Glass no Clair Movie 1980 TBD
Ginga Tetsudou 999: Kimi wa Haha no You ni Aiseruka!! Other 1980 TBD
Adieu Galaxy Express 999 Movie 1981 TBD
DNA Sights 999.9 OVA 1998 TBD
Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy Movie 1998 TBD
Maetel Legend OVA 2000 TBD
Space Symphony Maetel TV 2004 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Galaxy Express 999 1977 TBD
Name Role
Shingo ARAKI Character Design
Shigeru KOGAWA Character Design
Nobutaka NISHIZAWA Director
Nozomi AOKI Music
Leiji MATSUMOTO Original Manga Creator

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Title Author Score Date
Galaxy Express 999 SadisticTendencies 6/10 Jul 8, 2012
Galaxy Express 999 roriconfan 5.5/10 Jun 15, 2012
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The characters from Gun Frontier are like perfectly mached with the characters from Harlock Saga.

I some times have to question which anime I was watching, because of the simular design and the way they act.

If you like the characters from either of the series, then I'd recommend Gun Frontier and Harlock Saga.

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