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In all honesty, I’m not entirely sure what score to give this anime; I’m torn between two completely different opinions. Because of this, rather than just picking one, I'm going to list both. For the purpose of this review, they will be personified as "A-san" and "B-san."


Pretentious, snobbish, pseudo-intellectual self: A–san

Unsophisticated, ritalin-munching, mindless self: B–san

A–san: Night on the Galactic Railroad is, without a doubt, a work of art; never before in my life have I seen such a meaningful and worthwhile experience. With the theme of adolescent growth, the anime provides a symbolic approach that is simultaneously insightful and captivating. Remarkably astute observations about the true nature of friendship, the affirmation of one’s religious beliefs, and the emergence into adulthood are made in the show, all through a medium dense with analyzable material. In particular, the characters work remarkably well as allegorical representations of classic archetypes of reality.

The technical aspects of show are outstanding. Amazingly, despite being nearly 20 years old, the anime sports excellent animation; the imagery that is provided is incredibly poetic, and does much to stimulate the mind. Sound is also used very well throughout the film; voice acting is spot-on, the instrumental music is elegantly simple, and the sound effects do an excellent job of keeping the mood of the show.

To conclude, this film should be seen by every self-respecting person who considers himself the least bit intelligent; anyone who dislikes this outstanding show doesn’t know good anime when he sees it.

B–san: There are three words that easily describe Night on the Galactic Railroad: BBBBBOOOOORRRRRRRRRIIIINNNNNGGGGG. Never before in my life have I seen such a stupid waste of time. Nothing, and I repeat NOTHING, ever happens over the course of this anime. Oh sure, some random crap that nobody could possibly care about occasionally woke me up, but other than that the show is devoid of anything remotely interesting. The characters are also stupid as hell. They have little to no personality; all they do is stare at each other and talk in monotone voices.

Why the hell should I be watching an anime from 1985 anyway? The animation is clunky and lame, and the sound is just silly. If I wanted to hear cheesy instrumental music I could turn my radio on to the classical station any time I wanted to, but I don’t. You know why? Classical music sucks ass; that’s why.

I have no idea why I wasted my time watching this when I could have been watching shows like Scryed and Naruto. For anyone who watches this anime and pretends to enjoy it, I’d also like to recommend watching paint dry. You’ll be just as entertained by that.


I think how much you enjoy this anime will depend completely on how much A–san is in you, and how much B–san isn’t in you. If you want to sink your teeth into a challenging, intellectual anime, then you'll probably enjoy yourself. However, if you want to be, you know, entertained, there are many better things out there. As for me... I suppose I’ll give it a 7/10 – good, but not necessarily great.

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
7/10 overall

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Verokomo May 3, 2011

Hehe! There should be more reviews like this. ^__^  I think i might have a little more A-san in me than B-San. I'm definitely gonna watch this.