Posted by psgels on 8 December 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews



Matsumoto Leiji once was the pioneer of space operas, even before Yoshiyuki Tomino came with Mobile Suit Gundam. His influence was huge, and so even in the 21st centuries, his adaptations are still getting themselves spin-offs every now and then. The Galaxy Railways obviously based itself around the concept of “trains in space”, and while I wouldn’t recommend this series to someone who’s looking for a good introduction to Matsumoto Leiji’s style, it nevertheless is a pretty decent action-series.

The basic set up is that there are trains who travel through space. There sometimes (read: nearly every episode) goes something horribly wrong with them, and it’s up to our main characters to save those in trouble, acting as a combination of the royal defence force and a rescue squad. While trains randomly crashed a bit too often for my liking, the individual episodes were helped by the fact that the creators tried to stuff in lots of different ideas into their stories, whether they made sense or not. The series also has a great selection of character-designs. Matsumoto Leiji’s designs have always stood out, and the creators of this series did a good job of giving them a modern and epic look.

Unfortunately, the series does have a number of large and quite annoying flaws: it has both of what I’d like to call a “bad main character syndrome” and a “bad ultimate villain syndrome”. Manabu just keeps whining on and on about ethics and morals, and especially spends the first half defending his cheesy ideals. As soon as he starts developing, he thankfully matures, but as a result he becomes a bit too perfect of a character: loved by all women, perfectly skilful, no flaws left whatsoever. His female love interest is completely the opposite: completely useless throughout the largest part of the series. The side characters are the ones who end up saving this series: Bulge, Bruce and especially David are great to watch.

And regarding the villains who pop up in the final climax of the series: they’re just a cheap rip-off of the Mazone from Captain Harlock. There’s a difference between a homage and a rip-off, and in this case the creators didn’t seem to realize what made the Mazone work so well: they had firm resolutions: they considered their alternatives and went with the one that involved ending tons of lives. The villains here are somewhat stuck between good guys and “yeah, we weren’t evil; we were forced to wipe out half of the universe; have pity with us”. To be honest, it feels rather fake.

And it’s really a shame, because the rest of this finale was good stuff. It would have been epic if the main character and villains weren’t so annoying. Overall, it’s definitely not the best series, but there definitely were some good episodes in these first 26 episodes. However, the best thing that you should do if you want to get a taste of Matsumoto Leiji’s signature style is simple: check out either Captain Harlock, Queen Millenia or Galaxy Express 999.

Storytelling: 8/10
Characters: 7/10
Production-Values: 8/10
Setting: 8/10

5 Responses

  1. AlexS says:

    It’s funny that you trash so much the characters in this anime, but still end up giving 8/10 in that area. Aren’t you a bit mellow? Or should one view 8/10 as bad?

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Ah, good point. Looking back, that rating does feel a bit too high, yeah. Thanks for that.

  3. Camario says:

    It may not be as good as the true Matsumoto classics -even if I’ve only skimmed through those myself so far- but it’s a decent show.

    At heart, it’s a simple story with competent execution and fair production values. As episodic as it is, I liked how each episode usually set up the next and I recall we even get a couple of genuine arcs.

    I agree that the secondary cast does a lot for this series, David being generally fun though Bruce was more to my liking overall. In hindsight, his development is predictable but the exact way in which certain things happened surprised me, if not their outcome.

    The main character didn’t annoy me that much, even if he’s perhaps too much of a Marty Stue to be memorable, but I can’t really disagree about the aliens being weak villains.

    If you’re planning on watching the second season, that one is pretty forgettable and entirely unnecessary. A different staff is in charge, production values are lower, the plots get way too corny and unimaginative even for a retro series.

    On the other hand, the four OVAs that tie into GE999 for a bit are supposedly decent, I hear.

  4. Kurisu says:

    Actually, if I remember correctly, this was my introduction to the Leiji-verse, so it isn’t too bad for that purpose. The character designs are true to the original standard designs by Leiji Matsumoto except it all looks more clean and crisp thanks to updated technology. I also like the opening and ending songs in this context. The opening sounds rather funny when you hear it the first time because it’s the singer sound so energetic that it’s almost cheesy. It it supposed to be fun(ny) though, you can hear that more clearly in the full version with more female background singers. It’s actually old-school though. Nowadays you rarely have openings that use some outdated pop style and are sung by middle-aged men.

    When I started watching it, I expected it to have a contiguous plot. The first few episodes almost feel like a movie and a great start for a big adventure but then it gets more or less episodic with a train-crash of the week formula. This aspect was slightly disappointing. I liked it nonetheless also because of the wide variation that introduces you to a lot of things of the Leiji-verse and pays homage to the older series and characters. It kept me interested and afterwards I wanted to find out what’s with these “Space Pirates”. Be warned though, that the Leiji-verse lacks consistency. So while the series reference each other, there’s no way all of them happen in the same universe. Rather each series plays in its own alternate universe which is similar but distinctively different from ther others.

    The final arc revolving around David was certainly a highlight because it provided a contiguous plot again and David was one of the more interesting and diverse characters.

    I think I didn’t have a problem with Manubu because I considered his character and the exaggerated properties like naivity, sense of honour and justice a plot-device. It may be slightly cheap and noticeable unrealistic but it’s classic method. Afterall, it works well to push the plot forward, provide motivation for the characters’ doings and to highlight some moral dilemma in other cases.

    Camario: So I wasn’t imagining things when I thought the second season was worse. The production values seemed indeed much lower, lacking details and with much more apparent use of CGI. The first episodes were so bad that I was very disappointed. It got a bit better after a while but I’d agree, that you better watch some original series by Leji Matsumoto rather than or at least before the second season of this.

    The worst spin-off is “Space Symphony Maetel”. Avoid it at all costs. I pretty much like all of Leiji Matsumoto’s works I’ve seen and the spin-offs like Galaxy Railways but “Space Symphony Maetel” is so awful, I stopped watching it half-way through.

  5. Helen says:

    I think it’s worth pointing out that “Galaxy Railways” isn’t “ripping off” earlier creations such as the Mazone – the series was produced to celebrate 50 years of Matsumoto’s work, and as such not only references manga and shows from the past – but also slyly deconstructs them… In-jokes abound for those familiar with a larger body of his work than is available to the West, and therefore some of the subtleties tend to waft over the heads of most viewers simply because they don’t have that familiarity. (I’m not convinced Funimation really understood what they were buying – nice enough on it’s own, it’s a story that only really makes sense when the audience can appreciate the resonance, and was never going to win over anyone who isn’t already a fan…)

    A case in point is the constant epmhasis on show’s nominal hero, Manabu, and his desire to be the same kind of hero his father was, whilst simultaneously showing us that a) that kind of thinking gets you killed if you’re NOT Harlock, (even if you look like him… Captain Yuuki, I’m looking at you here…) and b)that he also wants to avoid the fate that kind of lone charge led both his father and his brother to… the irony increases here with Bruce’s murder just before the end of season 1 – the team-member who keeps hammering home the point to Manabu about reckless headlong rushes into danger, gets himself killed over a run-in with some local thugs when he stands up – in typical Matsumoto fashion – for a total stranger…

    Series 2, in spite of the admittedly lower production values (and it is painful in places, especially in swapping the gorgeous tones of Isao Sasaki for generic girly J-pop…) then slams home the point by taking this to its logical conclusion. We see Yuuki’s initial sacrifice in a whole new light after episode 7 (the flashback to which takes place at a point just prior to his homecoming in the first episode of season 1…) and are forced to re-evealuate his motives for that “noble” self-sacrifice right back at the beginning of it all – was it merely guilt? And deals the final whammy upsides the head of the viewer by taking on that controversial last scene in Endless Odyssey, and forcing a resolution that *isn’t* ambiguous… (nor was the “shock” re-appearence of the MIA Captain Yuuki unforeseen for anyone who’s had a decent crash course in Matsumoto’s ongoing themes of parental/sibling loss… it was signposted right from the start, and pracatically dropped into our laps towards the end of season 1…)

    Ever wondered if Harlock’s lone heroics striding into danger would save the day if he hadn’t been forged by hardship and loss into the bad-ass pirate we know and love? If he’d been the dutiful officer, gentleman and father instead? Here’s your answer: he’d fail. Badly.

    Here’s the confrontation we’ve seen before, whether it be versus Lafresia, the Illumidas, or Noo. This time, teamwork prevails over suicidal heroics. In some ways this is a savage deconstruction of a long-cherished archetype. In another sense, it also manages to highlight the sheer scale of the sacrifices Matsumoto’s more iconic characters have made to be able to do what they do: if their actions are verging on supernatural, it seems to say, then so is the pain they endure to achieve what they do… Galaxy Railways has held up a mirror to the usual run of Matsumoto’s stories, and shown us the “reality”. It makes, on occasion, for sad viewing. But then, in Matsumoto’s worlds, there are rarely any truly happy Every victory is usually bought with pain and loss, and the knowledge that perhaps there should be a better way.

    However, despite all this, the chapters of Galaxy Express 999’s manga that this was all inspired by remain an inglorious *mess*… ;-P Be thankful at least that the TV series didn’t ask the viewers to try and get their heads round why Kei Yuuki’s two younger brothers are both dead ringers for Harlock at the same age – or what the hell the teenaged daughter of a reknowned SPG pilot is doing hanging around on a pirate ship in the first place… ;-)

    Oh – Space Symphony Maetel, BTW, isn’t going to make *any* sense unless you’ve read the Sen-nen Joo Manga… I’m not too sure why Avex threw the baby out with the bathwater here and ignored both the (infinitely) superior TV version AND the (decidedly surreal) film storylines, but there you go. I suppose it sort of segues into Cosmo Warrior Zero and thence into the film version (sort of…) of GE999. But honestly, I gave up trying to work it all out years ago! Settle down and enjoy the snigger you’ll get watching Harlock having his balls handed to him on a plate for once, and have kleenex on hand for the giant ret-con at the end that seems set up purely to a) explain why there was a mechanisation brain-pattern-transfer device on board the Deathshadow and b) give you a nice hard blow to the heart watching Harlock blithely arguing *for* its use, in full and painful knowledge as the viewer of how that’s going to come back and haunt him in the not-too distant future…

    all best

    H

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Eh, I do that sometimes, mostly to check for message updates or on occasion to read reviews of what I am watching or to download more/check downloads.
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For instance, I watched Okja yesterday and I had to take 15', 20' minute break in between for snack, surfing webs and playing mobile games...
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I watched Fanny and Alexander... don't really remember which version I watched thou. I think it's a TV version since it divides into 4 separate parts
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@Kaiser: it just that... my attention span has shortened greatly and I just can't stay focus on movies over an hour mark. In cinema, it's alright since you can't move anywhere but now it's abig task to finish a 2 hour and a half movie for me
Kaiser-Eoghan
And is good enough to keep up the quality for that long.
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I'll say this, for every medium, to me the length of something isn't so much the issue, if you have a writer good enough to keep something going for ages then the length shouldn't be an issue.
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@Mario: If something goes over three hours I treat it as a miniseries and watch one hour or two a day.
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@Mario: I'll have two weeks leave, I will finally watch Satantango, all eight hours of that film.
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Looking forward to that Dies review
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Yaaay! Time to enjoy your blogging time
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And now we are up to date. Just need to finally get that Dies Irae Review posted.
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Then again I'll watch almost every horror film I can, don't even mind the awful acting most have.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Pet cemetary was a guilty pleasure of mine when I was a teenager.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't know how I'd feel if I rewatched salems lot, although a positive is that it did have James Mason in it and it was done in that 70s style of slow burn horror that I love.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The IT film has aged horribly and thats one case where I would advocate a remake.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Stand by me was a perftly watchable coming of age film and it surprised me, seeing a non-horror King story.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Okay theres one way to settle this =P Lovecraft > all of them ;) I have actually enjoyed some King adaptations even though I know the Shining took liberties , I also enjoyed Carrie and Apt Pupil.
Lenlo
@Kaiser, please. Early King > Richard Matheson > Modern King. Kings early works were good.
Lenlo
@Aidan, its true that Monty was the mind behind the fights. Sad, but I think the other directors are starting to come into their own instead of trying to copy Monty.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But we all know Richard Matheson > King.
Kaiser-Eoghan
He did some collabs with Stephen King I believe.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Like the dead films he's trying to be thematic, although this one is clumsily put together, I kind of like how it hybridizes the 50s with 70s style exploitation, it has its moments.
Kaiser-Eoghan
hmmm the only non Dead trilogy film I've seen by Romero is the Crazies, feels like he's still finding his voice with it.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, Part of the reason is that they started using better animation software. But despite that there was a downgrade in fight chorgraphy when Monty died. Though the story I find is getting better.
AidanAK47
@Kinseryu, I think it's ridiculous to everyone but there are those that choose to ignore it.
@Anon, That's a bit harsh. It is true that his later works never truly panned out but he did pretty much popularise the zombie apoc. Even if Day of the Triffids did it before him.
Lenlo
Every season RWBY gets just a little bit prettier. Rooster Teeth really does have some of the better 3D animation skills out there.
Anonymous1272531
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Kinseryu
Tenshi3P... I thought it was just me that this show was just ridiculous by putting three ten years old girl that knows how to play electrical instruments. They are insulting the people who plays these. But good thing I found this site with your first impression. I laughed and I feel better. Lol.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: he passed away? damn. He was the Father of Zombie genre. So like him or hate him, he was influential to say the least. RIP.
Kaiser_Eoghan
...holy shit George A Romero died? Now I have to watch the rest of his films.
Kaiser_Eoghan
Rei Hiroe is really dicking around with black lagoon lately, he's still releasing wasted chapters, just like re:creators, the most recent chapter of black lagoon was a slog.
Kaiser_Eoghan
Maybe the conversation and lives of others could sort of count as espionage stories to an extent.
Kaiser_Eoghan
If you're interested in spy fiction, Spy who came in from the cold, most wanted man, Smiley's people, deadly affair and tinker tailor soldier spy are your best bet.
SuperMario
@Travlos (regarding yoir earlier comment): yeah, it hit me as well that most of regular readers have been here even longer than myself. So thanks for sticking around mates
SuperMario
@Travlos: playing catch up with both Re:Creators and Virgin Soul yesterday. Agreed that last week's Re:Creators was weak because it focused on the Creators (they're not good) but last episode was on par again. Virgin Soul, I loved that episode that the girls go bacl to Nina's hometown
SuperMario
@anon1272074: I still haven't had the time to watch Pripri yet (probably in few more hours), but you bet I'm looking forward to it
Anonymous1272074
Then again, James Bond does count as a spy. I meant not a realistic one.
Anonymous1272074
Princess Principal 2 was pretty good. Still more James Bond via little girls than spies, but this episode was more about intrigue and stuff than action.
Lenlo
Started catching up with Kakegurui. The OP is the sort of mind games I remember from Mob Psycho. Dunno what that means for the show, but I like it.
KTravlos
Quite happy with this week's RE:Creators. Blitz is cool, Aliceteria looked so scary. It washed out the taste of last week's episode.

Bahamut is going interesting places.
BTW. Speaking of spies from Princess Principal. I watch TURN. That is a good spy show.
KTravlos
I mean you see the use of those heavy revolvers as clubs in westerns. Mythbusters did a experiment, and being hit by one could kill you just fine. But in anime, I do not remember seeing it often
AidanAK47
Homura used Gun-kata in the fight against Mami in Rebellion. Can't think of anyone who exclusively uses it though. After all Gun-Kata is more or less a flashy art that has no real benefit.
Anonymous1270604
amazing!
Vonter
Is Gun Kata the fighting style of Noel Vermillion from BlazBlue? I suppose I'm mainly thinking about how guns are handled in fighting games. Where the shots are mainly concussive. I suppose those are mainly energy blasts.
Lenlo
Ranbu took a step in the right direction I feel. Used the morals of whether or not to change history and it focused in on one of its characters.
Lenlo
Final Fantasy has had some gun swords. Cant think of any with guns in melee though. There are some with gun-kata like cowboy bebop though
Vonter
Just for curiosity, have anyone watched an anime, movie or game that uses a gun as a melee weapon. Or one in which the gun is mainly concussive but still has impact?
Spike
18if ep2 was a bit wacky... main character seems to be off his rocker.
AidanAK47
Alright. Time to finally play catch up with those series I need to blog.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But at the same time acknowledging love for creativity is more important in the end than making a profit.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think I was using death of artist/deceased artist as a term to suggest peoples careers in the area are too often killed before they get a chance.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Moreso also to save the guy the embarrassment of misinterpreting it so awkwardly.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Puran: Nothing too extreme , moreso that the piece itself feels inappropriate/tainted to have up/leave around/submit. Ended up taking it down out of taste.
Puran
Did that change how you feel about your writing? I had a somewhat similar experience, where something I was writing was similar to a real situation some I knew was going through. After I found out I stopped writing it. Not sure why.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I wasn't all that close to either of them much but yeah, weird coincidence.
Kaiser-Eoghan
He thought I already knew the guy was dead.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*earlier
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its all okay now...but fuck that was was awkward.
Kaiser-Eoghan
....Oh jesus christ...oh christ this is a creepy creepy coincidence...I showed an acquaintance a bit of writing I did early, it mentions death of an artist, thing is I was writing something based on a conversation with my editor friend, turns out said acquaintance's artist friend died (who he knows that I've spoken to in the past) and he thought the piece I showed him was about the dead guy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I believe I began visiting this site in 2008.
As for humanity has declined, I found it bizzare and darkly funny for a while but felt it ran dry in its second half and I kind of fell out of following it.
KTravlos
You know it hit me. I think I have been following this blog for a decade now, perhaps more. Cool that it is still around.
Lenlo
I do agree it had alot more western influence than eastern though
Lenlo
Eh nothing wrong with that I think. Astro boy was very much the same after all
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, I personally saw it as more of a Saturday morning cartoon than an anime.
Lenlo
@Masky, Heroman was a decent giant robot show. It looked and sounded good, though the acting was off in places. Alot of people panned it thinking it was the West invading the east when really it was trying to bridge that gap
SuperWooper
@Kaiser: Hey, Humanity Has Declined was great.
KTravlos
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KTravlos
Masky it was not an issue of writing about politics. It is an issue of writing just about your preferred politics. A good political work need to be politicized if you understand what I mean.
Kaiser-Eoghan
...what the hell tsuki ga kirei was directed by Seiji Kishi? He was actually capable of making a good anime?
Masky
Anyhoo, lol. Haven't mentioned Jitsu wa watashi wa in long time, but I really find it hilarious that its only actually evil character's competence is just "they aren't a idiot" xD As in, they don't even seem that diabolically intelligent, they just don't get wrapped into hijinxs.
Masky
@KTravlos: Well, depends on your views. Some people think artists should have their work speak about politics and world instead of just good stories. I'm kinda neutral about that since while stories about nature of world can be great, most of them don't really teach anyone anything new or change anyone
Masky
Huh, another anime work with Stan Lee being involved? I wonder how well Heroman did
KTravlos
Yup. A mangaka that could had been another Urasaw imho is Kawaguchi Kaiji. I really like his art, and it evokes some of the elements that I love in Urasawa. He also has interesting stories. But I fear he has let his political and ideological prejudices get the better of him. Which is a pity. Definitely a missed chance.
Masky
Did Urasawa do that billy bat manga?
SuperMario
As for Urasawa, I mentioned here before but I read 20th Century Boys few months ago and the manga was a straight out masterpiece. Fillers, yes but they are still in service for the main plot. Although out of his work my favorite's still Monster
AidanAK47
Alright. Only one more. Though the two superhero shows won't air for another week. Seeing as one is reflectiona nd the other is that marvel kids show maybe we shouldn't bother covering them in the impressions.
SuperMario
@Amagi: agree with you on the Friday's anime (well, for me it's technically Saturday) but Kakegurui, Fate and Princess Principal are worth following as well
SuperMario
@Kaiser: if you're still deciding if you should check out the manga or novel then I say novel since it's the novel that was influential, not the manga
Kaiser-Eoghan
So based on that fantasy itch I had thought about Altair, but hesitated because it was labeled as a shounen action show.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There was a time where I was hugely into the shoujo fantasy/historical thing. I've actually been thinking of out of curiousity looking into some old obscure ovas such as Books of Y and Crystania.
Amagi
Man as much as I love the Friday's anime this time, and whenever Altair airs, but the rest of the working-week is weak as hell. At least now I will finally have more time for games, VNs and creative stuff I guess.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It was kind of nice to hear an announcer coming in before Genocidal organ started, mentioning that for a few months their cinema will be playing anime and Japanese films.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Surprised to see an anime reference Kafka and Katyn.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have not yet checked out empire of corpses.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now, I'll have to consider the manga or the novel as I heard some of the philosophical stuff got chopped. This was however a more successful and accessible film for me than Harmony.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Manglobe was always a bit mediocre when it came to animation and voice actor direction, but this wasn’t a bad film for them to go out on.
It lives up to its name, it gets quite visceral with the action that’s there, if you don’t like seeing child soldiers getting slaughtered there’s your warning, but I appreciated getting this kind of violence I want to see more of again in anime/manga.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I just got back from my local arthouse cinema, from watching a special screening of that anime film, Genocidal organ, this is the sort of thing where you do wish that it had more time to explore its thematics but they at least offer a good enough flavouring to a solid man on a mission scifi thriller.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Just to state I don't hate Urasawa's work, rather I find it sort of difficult , I could say the same about Asano Inio regarding oyasumi punpun.
KTravlos
Urasawa is supposed to be working on Master Keaton Remastered. But it seems to be on hiatus. A pity because I loved Master Keaton (I adore Monster)-in general I love this person's work.
Amagi
20thCB would be my favorite Urasawa I think but I can't imagine it as an adaption. Kinda want to know what Urasawa will do next. He already announced that he's working on a new series months ago.
Amagi
I am really looking forward to the Pluto anime. I wanted this one the most, there is a serious lack of good sci-fi anime out there.
Kaiser-Eoghan
...billy bat is....scattered and directionaless fro what I read but shows interesting historical scenarios.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Pluto was reasonably short, so this wasn't much of a problem.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And while from the film adaptations I could tell that the original manga for 20th century boys likely had a very good storyline , I couldn't get through the manga.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Despite watching monster a few times I feel I've missed or forgotten things about it, largely because although I understand its importance and did like it, its length and pace always made me watch it on and off with gaps in between.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was surprised by how attached I got to Grimmer.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Monster is a good example of slow burn tension done right and has one of the most memorable villains out there. Though it isn't without its fillers.
Lenlo
You want a mystery, I heartily recommend Monster.
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