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Night on the Galactic Railroad

Alt titles: Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru

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Giovanni is a young cat with a troubled childhood -- he is bullied in school, and waits patiently day after day for his father to return from his journey. One festive evening, Giovanni and his friend Camponella find themselves aboard a great train which takes them to the edge of the universe and back. However, in the midst of the sights and wonders, Giovanni soon begins to discover that the train's purpose might be much different than it appears.

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Name Role
Takao KODAMA Character Design
Gisaburo SUGII Director
Hiroshi MASUMARA Original Manga Creator
Atsumi TASHIRO Producer
Masato HARA Producer

Official Editorial Reviews

Title Author Score Date
Night on the Galactic Railroad mariprosa 7.5/10 Jan 18, 2008
Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru mariprosa 7.5/10 Jan 18, 2008

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Night on the Galactic Railroad vivafruit 7/10 Oct 15, 2009
Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru vivafruit 7/10 Oct 15, 2009
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Spring and Chaos

Spring and Chaos
  • Movie (1 ep x 60 min)
  • 1996

His father thinks he’s a failure, his students think he’s eccentric yet magnificent, and the impoverished farmers of his town think he’s an insufferably idealistic spoiled rich boy. Before renowned Showa-era poet and author Kenji Miyazawa became famous, he lived in a small town, struggling with personal philosophies that no one around him understands, and writing novels without resorting to selling out.

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sothis
Spring and Chaos is the story of Kenji Miyazawa, who wrote Night on the Galactic Railroad. Besides the obvious corollation, both feature the same varied cast of characters, mostly dealing with cats and unusual spirits/creatures. While Spring and Chaos is a bit more abstract, both have a very similar tone that you will probably enjoy.
TheBurningCrow
Considering Spring and Chaos is about the creator of Night on the Galactic Railroad, you'd think they were pretty similar. And you'd be right. It's not just that, but they both use the same animation style and the same idea of "cats" for main characters instead of people. Also the way the story flows and each one takes you to different places and fairly random abstract ideas are quite similar as well.
AirCommodore

Night on the Galactic Railroad is a children's story by Kenji Miyazawa, whose life is depicted in Spring and Chaos. Both are very slow-paced with surreal imagery and anthropomorphized cats as protagonists. Interestingly, Kenji Miyazawa is said to have disliked cats.

wolfangel87

If you like cats Spring and Chaos and Night on the Galactic Railroad are pretty similar with very random scenes and intermixing theme ideas.

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Angel's Egg

Angel's Egg
  • Movie (1 ep x 75 min)
  • 1985

In a dark and largely abandoned city a little girl wanders in search of something – beneath the folds of her dress she carries a mysterious giant egg. While living on the streets, she encounters a lonesome warrior who has forgotten his past and his purpose and, like the girl, travels aimlessly. Now they journey together, mistrustful of each other whilst sharing in the silence of the city. But who is the little girl? Who is the warrior? And what form of creature lies sleeping inside the egg?

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kilrothi

Angel's Egg and Night on the Galactic Railroad tell interesting stories, though you're not sure at the beginning what they're going to be. The use of imagery and zoom-in scene changing enhance the surrealness of the movie. Suspend your disbelief and go with the flow!

wolfangel87

Angel's Egg and Night on the Galactic Railroad are all focused on the surreal aspects of the scene trying to tell the story.  A very artistic approach!

Cat Soup

Cat Soup
  • OVA (1 ep x 33 min)
  • 2001

Cat Soup is an extremely abstract, abnormal, and at times, disturbing adventure, from the director of Nadesico. This 30 minute OVA follows two kittens through what seems to be the underworld, as they search for one of their lost souls. Along the way, they encounter new (edible) friends, scary situations, and even the end of the world! Will these felines manage to return unscathed? Or more importantly, avoid becoming the main course for dinner? Confusion abounds in this quirky OVA.

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Kastrophee

Although Night On The Galactic Railroad is much easier to follow and less abstract then Cat Soup, it still has some very well-made and abstract concepts. Both are a story of two cats taking a journey and seeing many strange things (at least strange to us). Also both can be called somewhat dark, Night On The Galactic Railroad has more of a solemn or sadder tone while Cat Soup is sort of like a journey through a demented and twisted carnival. Either way both are well made and should be watched if you liked either one.

AirCommodore

Night on the Galactic Railroad is much longer, slower paced, and less disturbing than Cat Soup, but both star anthropomorphized cats and have a ton of surreal imagery and similar plots.

Galaxy Express 999 Movie

Galaxy Express 999 Movie
  • Movie (1 ep x 130 min)
  • 1979

Tetsuro was orphaned at a young age when his mother was killed by Count Mecha. He dreams of one day earning, or stealing enough money to board the Galaxy Express 999 - the intergalactic train that would take him to the robot planet, where he could cast away his humanity in his quest for vengeance against Count Mecha. Tetsuro soon finds a shortcut towards his desires when he meets the enchanting Maetel while running from the police. Tetsuro finds himself drawn towards this woman that eerily resembles his mother, especially when she offers to take him on the Galaxy Express 999 with her. So begins Tetsuro's intergalactic journey to fulfill his wishes, whatever those wishes may be in the end.

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AirCommodore

Galaxy Express 999 was strongly inspired by Night on the Galactic Railroad. Both young male protagonists in these classic coming-of-age tales travel across galaxies in an old-fashioned train. There is a strong sense of wonder in each.

Funkgun

A trip of self discovery for a young boy and Boy-cat in both of these titles. Both have a kid like quality dipped in dark rich fantasy. 

Kinda like those kids movies you saw and they stuck with you on a deeper level. You could never understand the magnitism of the haunting moments, but you sure did like them.   Yeah, both of these have that. 

Gauche the Cellist

Gauche the Cellist
  • Movie (1 ep x 65 min)
  • 1982

Goshu is a small-town musician with a passion for playing the cello, and is a dedicated member of the local orchestra. With an important performance in a matter of weeks, the group practices daily to hone their skills. But lately, Goshu's musical ability has been lacking, and to get it back, he must accept help from the unlikeliest of kin -- the furry and feathered friends who dwell on his land...

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TheBurningCrow
Night on the Galactic Railroad and Goshu the Cellist both have the same feeling when you watch them. There isn't a lot of action, but it's more of character development and they are both kind of slow. However the way they are animated makes them feel a lot alike. Plus the ambient music definately helps too.
wolfangel87

Night on the Galactic Railroad and Gauche the Cellist reminded me of one another when I watched them.  The music in both seems surreal throughout each, enveloping the characters in the scene.