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.
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.
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.
If you like cats Spring and Chaos and Night on the Galactic Railroad are pretty similar with very random scenes and intermixing theme ideas.
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?
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Upon a glassy ocean, in a world where time appears to have stopped, an old man travels and reminisces about his past. Joining him is a painter who likes to capture ships and whales in his drawings, and a number of other travelers. From a whale about to jump, to a fallen star, to flying fish that are waiting to be caught, there are an infinite number of wonders to be found on the serene and glassy ocean.
Strange, enigmatic fairy tale pieces which stop to marvel at the beauty of their own oddness, each featuring a rather similar childlike visual style. Galactic Railroad has more of a story, but it's also far more opaque. Either way, if you enjoyed one of these charmingly odd works you're sure to appreciate the other.
These are both slow-paced and surreal animes. Both convey a sense of self discovery through exploration of one's surroundings.