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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 27, 2009 @ 01:11:41 PM in News Articles
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.
[Tags: Ginga Tetsudo 999: Diamond Ring no Achira e, Galaxy Express 999, Leiji Matsumoto, anime]
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