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Directing Kanada

One of the most notable aspects of Kanada’s career is that, while he never directed anything by himself, he was closely associated with major directors: first Yoshiyuki Tomino,…

Animétudes

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Ghost people don’t get free will in Galaxy Express 999

Galaxy Express 999 has a strange relationship with self-determination. I took a week off of writing about Galaxy Express 999, and I’ve hit a pocket of exciting episodes…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Episode # 109 – Interview with Helen McCarthy and Darren-Jon Ashmore on Leiji Matsumoto and Anime/Manga Scholarship

The second installment of our special interview series revolving around the newly released essay collection on Leji Matsumoto, co-edited by past (and current!) guest Helen McCarthy (Listen to…

Third Impact Anime

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The Vision of Youth - Farewell 999 and Terminal Station Analysis

In the third and final part of my coverage of the Galaxy Express 999 finale, I offer my thoughts on the end of the series for both the…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Terminal Stations (Parts 1 - 5)

  Terminal Station Parts 1 - 5 Manga Chapters 18-4 to 18-8 Note: This is part 2 of my 3 part coverage of the finale to…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Getting rich on ecological disaster in Galaxy Express 999

(Note: I apologize ahead of time for any gross oversimplifications of history that are contained in this blog post.) When I was growing up, I remember seeing news…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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The Vision of Youth - Farewell 999

  The Vision of Youth – Farewell 999 (Parts One and Two) TV Episodes 112 - 113 Note: For our very lengthy finale, I…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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The Bat Planet

The Bat Planet TV Episode 111 TV Episode Summary: The episode begins showing us various parts of a city, then focus…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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The Angriest Planet in Galaxy Express 999

I’ve been thinking a lot about subtlety and nuance lately. Yes, I know that isn’t the most exciting topic, but this is my blog, and I like to…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Breakdown Clock

Breakdown Clock Manga Chapters 18-3 Manga Chapter Summary: The Conductor announces the 999’s next stop as “17 Stones”, with a layover ...

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Dr. Everyone is Stupid But Myself

Dr. Everyone is Stupid But Myself Manga Chapter 18-2 Manga Chapter Summary: The Conductor announces the 999’s next stop as “Stripe Kin...

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Episode # 107 – Interview with Leiji Matsumoto Scholars, Tim Eldred and Ed Hoff

The first installment of our special interview series revolving around the newly released essay collection on Leji Matsutmoto, co-edited by past guest Helen McCarthy. In this episode, Sully…

Third Impact Anime

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Cosmo Wine

Cosmo Wine Manga Chapter 18-1 Manga Chapter Summary: The narrator explains that mankind hasn’t reached the point of being able to cont...

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Skeletons, murder and tragedy? More Galaxy Express 999

Sometimes a show hits me with a conundrum that I don’t have an answer to. Typically, this comes when I’m hit with a concept or an execution that…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Blue Melon Duel

Blue Melon Duel Manga Chapter 17-4 Manga Chapter Summary: The Conductor announces the next stop as “Blue Melon” with a layover time…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Kanada, the first realist?

Today, especially in the Western side of the fandom, Yoshinori Kanada’s animation is associated with flashy, angular effects and very stylized and exaggerated motion, of the sort in…

Animétudes

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Volcanic Disciple

Volcanic Disciple Manga Chapter 17-3 Manga Chapter Summary: Aboard the 999, the Conductor tells Tetsuro the next stop has changed a li...

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Odds and Ends of Galaxy Express 999 (Part 1)

Normally, I do these odds and ends posts right before I do my wrap-up post for the series, but Galaxy Express 999 is different. This show is long.…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Dragonfly Airflow

Dragonfly Airflow Manga Chapter 17-2 Manga Chapter Summary: The 999 enters an area of space where streaks of light stretch around the…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Clan of Magnet Station

Clan of Magnet Station Manga Chapters 16-5 and 17-1 Manga Chapter Summary: The 999 approaches an artificial sun. Maetel claims it is…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Absolutely Mechanical Zone

Absolutely Mechanical Zone Manga Chapter 16-4 Manga Chapter Summary: Aboard the 999, Maetel comments on how the number of stars they a...

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Rommel of the Sea of Sand

Rommel of the Sea of Sand Manga Chapter 16-3 Manga Chapter Summary: The Conductor announces the 999’s next stop as “Desert Fox”,…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Great Chief of a Lot of Stars

Great Chief of a Lot of Stars Manga Chapter 16-2 Manga Chapter Summary: The 999 continues its way through space. Suddenly there…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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The space train of Winesburg: Galaxy Express 999 and grotesques

“Anderson evokes a depressed landscape in which lost souls wander about; they make their flitting appearances mostly in the darkness of night, these stumps and shades of humanity.”Irving…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Shaking Station

Shaking Station Manga Chapters 15-6 and 16-1 Manga Chapter Summary: The chapter begins with us being told that Tetsuro had a dream.…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Bottomless Swamp in Sargasso

Bottomless Swamp in Sargasso Manga Chapter 15-5 Manga Chapter Summary: The 999 enters an area that the Conductor describes as Neptune ...

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Stone Flower

Stone Flower Manga Chapter 15-4 Manga Chapter Summary: The chapter begins with an old man sitting by a pool of water; a…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Their collective masterpiece: Urusei Yatsura

How did Yoshinori Kanada go from being “merely” a very talented animator to one of the most influential members of the anime industry? That’s a fascinating question, and…

Animétudes

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Maetel's Journey

Maetel’s Journey Manga Chapter 15-3 TV Episodes 109 - 110 Manga Chapter Summary: The chapter continues where the last chapter,…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Maetel kills them all?

One of the most famous pieces of X-Men lore revolves around the death of Jean Grey at the end of the Dark Phoenix Saga. During the Dark Phoenix…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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The Destruction of Macaroni Au Gratin

The Destruction of Macaroni Au Gratin Manga Chapter 15-2 TV Episode 108 Manga Chapter Summary: Tetsuro and Maetel eat macaroni…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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The Bird Man of Kilimanjaro

The Bird-Man of Kilimanjaro TV Episode 107 TV Episode Summary: On board the 999, Tetsuro and Maetel eat in the dining…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Ghost Station No. 13

Ghost Station No. 13 Manga Chapters 14-5 and 15-1 TV Episode 106 Manga Chapter Summary: The 999 continues its journey…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Food zombies and wildflowers: Galaxy Express 999 and poverty

Growing up Leiji Matsumoto had an up-close relationship with poverty. His father was a former Japanese aviator who gave up piloting after the end of World War II.…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-tachi

Here's a wonderful example of the "wide-screen baroque" school of anime science fiction, the 1987 movie MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-t...

Collectr's Blog

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The Legend of the Young Warriors

The Legend of the Young Warriors TV Episode 105 TV Episode Summary: Tetsuro comments on their destination of Andromeda as coming…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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The Otakusphere: Kyoto, Nendroids and let’s all be nice

Here we are on another Sunday in the early afternoon getting ready to take a casual tour around the Otakusphere. My week has been pretty good. I’m now…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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1001 Nights in Andromeda

1001 Nights in Andromeda Manga Chapter 14-4 TV Episodes 103 - 104 Manga Chapter Summary: Many shots pass by the…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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The Planet of the Queen's Rebellion

The Planet of the Queen’s Rebellion TV Episode 102 TV Episode Summary: The Conductor announces their next stop as the “Planet…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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Lotus Eaters and Steam Trains: The Myth of the Galaxy Express

Author’s note: I wrote this after watching the first 10 episodes of the show. If there is anything further on that contradicts this, I apologize. Galaxy Express 999…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Yamatarou Comes Back v2

One of Orphan's earliest Tezuka Osamu projects was the set of six OVAs known as the Lion Books: 1 The Green Cat 1983 2 Rain Boy 1983 3…

Collectr's Blog

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The Planet of Eternal Dream Pursuit

The Planet of Eternal Dream Pursuit TV Episode 101 TV Episode Summary: The Conductor announces the next stop as the “Planet…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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The Monster of Loose Zone

  The Monster of Loose Zone Manga Chapter 14-3 TV Episode 100 Manga Chapter Summary: The narrator explains how the…

A Fan's Guide to Galaxy Express 999

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All aboard the Galaxy Express 999

I have a strange love for Leiji Matsumoto. What makes this strange is I’m not from the right generation to have watched Star Blazers as a teenager. Sure.…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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My favorite things

Animétudes celebrates its first anniversary! It has been a relatively short time, but the blog has grown a lot and I’m very thankful for that. So, first of…

Animétudes

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Galaxy Express 999 Episode 5: Melancholy on Pluto

As Tetsuro and Maetal continue their journey, they reach the final destination of their home solar system, the frigid dwarf planet Pluto; Maetal provides some key information by…

Anime Commentary Returns

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Galaxy Express 999: Going off the Rails on a Mediocre Train

Greetings, fabulous people of the Internet! Hanime on Anime here and for any of those who remember the ASDF videos where that one kid says, “I like trains,”…

Hanime on Anime

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Eiyuu Banka Koushi-den

In these disastrous times since the 2016 US election, I've taken solace in watching (and endlessly rewatching) The Great British Baking Sho...

Collectr's Blog

On Pacing: Filler

“This unimportant ‘filler’ is actually really crucial to see the characters and world existing outside of the plots, and it is where writing can easily add another dimension.&#822…

SpaceWhales Anime Blog