Galaxy Express 999

Galaxy Express 999

I got the DVD version on eBay. Epic ruminations on the tradeoffs between human mortality and robotic immortality. Sort of like an anime Blade Runner involving a flying train. Well, there’s a lot more to that of course. By Leiji Matsumoto who did Space Battleship Yamato/Star Blazers, Interstella 5555 (Daft Punk), etc.

I’ve never seen the Captain Harlock series, but the Wikipedia description is a hoot, here’s an excerpt:

Plot

Though there are slight variations in each telling of Harlock’s story, the essentials remain the same. Matsumoto presents a future in which the Earth has achieved a vast starfaring civilization, but is slowly and steadily succumbing to ennui or despair, often due to defeat and subjugation by a foreign invader. Rising against the general apathy, Harlock denies defeat and leads an outlaw crew aboard his starship Arcadia to undertake daring raids against Earth’s oppressors. Even though they have defeated Earth and devastated its peoples, the invaders are often presented in a sympathetic light, being shown as having some justification for their actions.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock

In the original television series, Harlock’s crew included the mysterious, alcohol-imbibing alien woman Miime, a robot, and a drunken doctor. The series presented a story arc in which a huge black metal sphere strikes Tokyo and ancient Mayan legends appear to be walking the Earth again. The invaders turn out to be the Mazone, a race of vegetable-based, Modigliani-necked women who explored Earth in the mythic past and are now back to reclaim it. Only Harlock and his mismatched crew are brave enough and capable enough to face the enemy.

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