More signature moments occur as Tetsuro and Maetel find themselves on Titan as they continue their journey.
What They Say
Tetsuro is rescued from a ghost by Claire, a waitress they met. But in doing so, Claire is blasted into a million pieces. After finally arriving on Titan, one of Saturn’s satellites, they go outside and Maetel is abducted. When Tetsuro goes to rescue her, oddly, he is given a gun by an old woman…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The third installment of Galaxy Express 999 is a little different in its setup which is welcome considering that the show is basically playing out a lengthy series of morality plays in straightforward settings. While the potential is there to do one place for each episode, this one breaks it up a bit with a couple of things going on while also introducing a lot of key things that will become noteworthy as time goes on. There’s a good bit of information that gets doled out overall and we start to get more of an idea of how diverse humanity has become in a relatively short period of time due to the expansion into the stars.
Though not squarely done in half, the first portion of the show has Tetsuro learning more about the 999 itself as Maetel tells him they should visit the engine room itself. He really hasn’t been on the train all that long so it makes sense to now get a bit more familiar with his surroundings. This leads him to the discovery that the 999 is actually an unmanned train as the engine itself is a fairly intelligent computer that handles everything on its own and “never makes any mistakes” according to Maetel. He also starts to learn more about the lanes that the trains go down as the 999 passes through its first tunnel, which also involves a bit of dimension skipping as they cross over into one where hallucinations become real and he’s nearly killed by one that comes across as his mother. The only thing that saves him is a waitress on the train by the name of Claire who is made of pure crystal glass. Her tale is intriguing as she’s the first “cyborg” of sorts that’s going in the opposite direction by wanting to find a blood and bone body to be in.
The second segment of the episode is a bit less interesting in most regards as it has the 999 landing on Titan where the “Paradise Law” is in effect. Essentially, residents can do whatever they please so long as they don’t infringe on someone else’s freedom. It’s not explored too in-depth, since apparently killing someone else doesn’t really infringe on that freedom for some strange reason that I might have missed. What is fun about this segment is that it brings in some very key signature items for Tetsuro and one additional moment. Tetsuro and Maetel get separated and Tetsuro deals with some old woman who saves him and then gifts him two items. The first is the hat that he’s always known by in future interpretations while the second is a cosmo gun that belong to the son of the old woman. Tetsuro’s ability to deal with strange and unusual situations is greatly helped by this as he now has a weapon of some power and it gives him plenty of confident too. The other moment that makes this part of the episode so much fun is that we get to see Maetel stripped down to her bare necessities. I honestly wasn’t expecting it and it felt so out of place, but it was one of those surprising moments that makes you laugh and smile.
Galaxy Express 999 moves through a rather good episode in parts but leaves you feeling less than thrilled in others. Tetsuro’s side of the story was really the best as he dealt with the waitress and her unusual situation as well as the things he learned about the 999 and space travel itself. He also grew in visual design with this episode as he gained a few items that will help define him for a long time to come. The Titan side of the story itself was fairly weak as it doesn’t detail things well enough to showcase how it would truly work, but it’s a nice enough idea in that it continues to show the diversity of humanity as it spreads out to the stars. Hopefully we’ll get some much better designed worlds and locations in episodes to come.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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