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Mama Is a 5th Grader???: Galaxy Express 999’s Maetel in Shinkalion Z

I don’t necessarily feel obligated to write about every crossover character in the Shinkalion franchise, but when she’s a rendition of one of my favorite heroines from one…

OGIUE MANIAX

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Dark Africa, colonizers and Galaxy Express 999

Back when I was a freshman in high school, we had what I expect is a right of passage for any high school student — the state history…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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The Evil that Live After in Galaxy Express 999

So, it’s always felt that the Friends, Roman, Countrymen speech gets an unfair shake in popular culture. It’s never gets treated with the same gravity as the To…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Science the destroyer in Galaxy Express 999

When I watch anime, I watch it from a Western viewpoint, or to be more accurate, a very American viewpoint. In a lot of ways, this is not…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Reflections: How do I make a sexy headline about 100 posts?

Hello everybody. Today is Wednesday, so you should be getting my normal mid-week rambling about Galaxy Express 999. But… well… this is a special post. It’s a post…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Puritans, capitalism and hard work in Galaxy Express 999

(Note: I’m going to use U.S. and America interchangeably. I just want to say that I realize this is horribly unfair to our neighbors to the north and…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Yoshinori Kanada and the nature of animation

assumption of this series, and the reason why it has tried to trace how Kanada’s influence spread and changed over the years. However, I have said little in…

Animétudes

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Take a Ride on the Galaxy Express, And Learn a Thing Or Two About The Working Class

Simply put, Galaxy Express 999 avoids the most common pitfall of socially conscious science fiction by not trying to disguise the point it is trying to make in…

Ideas Without End

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Is it better to kill the babies in Galaxy Express 999?

I’m fascinated by the number of plants, animals, and even microbes that have traveled with people as they’ve moved from place to place. Once I listened to a…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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The Odds and Ends of Galaxy Express 999 (part 2)

I’ve almost made it halfway to the Andromeda Galaxy with Maetel and Tetsuro, which means I’m just about ready for another odds and ends post. I did one…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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To push the rock or not in Galaxy Express 999

Sometimes it’s best to start at the beginning with one of these posts. I don’t really have a clever anecdote or a personal revelation to start this with.…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Dying free or living a slave in Galaxy Express 999

Though it’s only half a month away, the media’s goneAn entertaining scandal broke today, but I can’t move onI’m haunted by a story and I do my best…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Love in the time of existentialism in Galaxy Express 999

No one really gets to live happily ever after in Galaxy Express 999. OK. That might not be entirely true. There are a handful of stories about people…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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The Mysterious Maetel in Galaxy Express 999

I’m going to get meta here for a second. As I’ve been writing about Galaxy Express 999, I’ve noticed lately that I tend to focus on a particular…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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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