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New Galaxy Express 999 anime short
Posted by LadyPSerenity in News Articles July 27, 2009 at 01:11:41 PM

September will see the promotion of tourism in Kagoshima Prefecture, the home of Japan's main space launch facility, through a new Galaxy Express 999 anime short. Titled Ginga Tetsudo 999: Diamond Ring no Achira e the short uses Leiji Matsumoto's story about a space-faring train to express themes of space, railway and dreams. The anime will represent the Uchinoura Space Center and the region's expanding Kyushu Shinkansen bullet train line.

In the short written by Yoshimi Narita (Hakaba Kitarō, Yes! Precure 5), the Galaxy Express 999 boy protagonist Tetsurō takes the 999 train to see the recent total solar eclipse on July 22. The boy, who dreams of becoming an astronaut, ends up traveling throughout Kagoshima, space, and time itself as he arrives at 2035, the year of the next total solar eclipse in Japan. The Young Astronauts Club of Japan, the youth science group chaired by Matsumoto himself, helped with the project's proposal and development, and Iku Ishiguro directed the work at Toei Animation.

The anime short is, appropriately, 999 seconds in length (16 minutes and 39 seconds) and will premiere on September 9, 2009 (9-9-9). On the same day there will be a talk sho with Matsumoto and a high-definition remastered version of the original 1979 Galaxy Express 999 screening in Japan. This year marks the film's 30th anniversary.

In the new anime short the original film's voice cast for Tetsuro, Maetel and the confuctor will be present and the characters will be used in publicity videos and posters. A spokesperson told the Mainichi Shimbun paper, "Kagoshima is not the final stop. It is the doorway that continues into space."

Source: Anime News Network
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