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?
The gold of Rhein has been stolen by Alberich, a member of an ancient race that ruled the universe. He has tricked Tadashi Daiba into making the Ring of the Niebelung, a device that will allow him to restore their power, which will eventually lead to chaos and destruction. But the ancient Gods have awoken and demand their legacy restored to them. It's up to Harlock, Esmeralda, Tochiro, Tadeshi and the rest of the crew of Arcadia to prevent the war that will devour the universe.
Metropolis is a grand high-tech city-state populated by humans and robots alike. It is in these streets that Detective Shunsaku Ban and his sidekick Kenichi search for the rebel scientist Dr. Laughton who unbenounced to them, is developing a super android named Tima as a tool for the Duke of Metropolis. What starts out as a normal case turns into mayhem as the scientist is murdered, and the true plans of the Duke are finally revealed...
Both stories are heart warming and sad, depicting all things that make good stories great: love, loss, good, evil, and showing that even at the darkest of times there is still hope - hope that people can change.
In the year 2199, unrelenting attacks from the planet Gamilus have forced all life on Earth into underground dwellings and raised radiation levels to near-toxic levels. The only way to clean up all this harmful radiation is by using the Cosmo Cleaner, which the Queen of the planet Iscandar has generously offered to humanity. Unfortunately, Iscandar is 148,000 light years away, but Earth only has one year before rising radiation levels make it uninhabitable! The only vessel capable of making the journey is the Yamato - a spaceship equipped with advanced technology and modeled after the famous WWII battleship. Can the crew of the Yamato make it to Iscandar and back before the extinction of all life on Earth?
Deep in the center of the universe, the galactic energy which controls all living things has become weak, causing plants, stones, and living beings to turn into deadly monsters. With time running out, only one woman has the ability to save the universe: the moon princess Aurora. Along with the cyborg Jan Cogo, hungry Hakka and brainiac Jogo, she sets out to the Great King planet to restore the galactic energy and save the galaxy!
Since General de Jarjayes of France’s Royal Guard always wanted a son, he brings up his only daughter Oscar to dress, fight, and behave like a man. When Oscar’s excellent swordsmanship wins her the honored position as bodyguard to Louis XVI’s new bride, Marie Antoinette, the Jarjayes household believes it can finally be proud. However, what nobody realizes is the pit of thorns the royal court in Versailles has become – with all its excessive opulence, it attracts not just those with status and wealth, but also those with ruthless ambition. To confound matters, Marie Antoinette turns out to be an airhead whose selfish actions are turning the starving population against her. Amidst the sordid schemes and terrible tragedies, and with the tide of history sweeping against the nobles, can Oscar protect her new King and Queen whilst upholding justice for the oppressed peasants of France?
If your favorite part of Rose of Versailles or Galaxy Express 999 was the bleak outlook on, and the conflict caused by, the HUGE gap between the wealthy and the poor, then you may enjoy the other. Additionally, both late-70s era titles have a unique (for anime) setting, and a huge influence on later works.