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Galaxy Railways: Box Set S.A.V.E.

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A movie directed by Leiji Matsumoto

From the original creators of the anime cult-classicStar BlazersandGalaxy Express 999In the future, mankind will venture to the far reaches of the cosmos using technologially advanced trains, perhaps the least likely method of intergalactic travel. The … see full wiki

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Director: Leiji Matsumoto
1 review about Galaxy Railways: Box Set S.A.V.E.

Good character development, but the overall plot can be hard to follow

  • Aug 3, 2011
Rating:
+3
The Galaxy Railways: The Complete Collection is a six disc set that is part of FUNimation Entertainment's S.A.V.E. line of DVD releases. The first two discs each contain five episodes and bonus features, while the remaining four discs contains four episodes and bonus features.

The first disc contains six bonus features. The first is an interview with Leiji Matsumoto, the creator of The Galaxy Railways. This interview, which runs for about five minutes, has Japanese audio with English subtitles. The second feature is part of a recording session in Japan for the second episode, "Knot In Time." This runs for almost thirteen minutes, and it's in Japanese with English subtitles. You see the footage of the voice actors performing their lines in the studio, and it's intercut with footage from the show for the scene they're recording. The third extra is the "Title Announcement Press Conference," which runs for about five minutes. This is the press conference where Leiji Matsumoto, along with the script supervisor, announced The Galaxy Railways; this feature also has Japanese audio with English subtitles. Next is "Character Profiles," which contains profiles for Manabu, Louis, Layla Destiny Shula, Wataru, Mamoru, and Kanna. The profiles include a picture and a write-up for each character. The "Textless Songs" are textless versions of both the opening and the closing; however, the subtitles are still included. The final extra is trailers.

The second disc has five bonus features. The first is commentary from the ADR Director and the cast for the sixth episode, "Reason To Love, Part 1." Next is "Character Profiles," which contains profiles for Bruce, Bulge, David, and Yuki. The third feature is "Textless Songs," and this the exact same feature as on the first disc. "Mr. Stain" contains a preview of one of the Mr. Stain on Junk Alley CG shorts that were produced by FUNimation Entertainment. This short is "Magic Crayon," and the feature runs about seven minutes. After watching this short, my husband commented that it made him think of "Aardman on acid." The final bonus feature is trailers.

The third disc contains four bonus features. The first is footage from the Japanese recording session for episode twelve, "Twilight." The next feature is another copy of the "Textless Songs." The third feature is another preview from Mr. Stain on Junk Alley; this one is "Binoculars." The final extra is trailers. The fourth disc also contains four bonus features. The first is ADR director and actor commentary for episode eighteen, "Life and Death." This is followed by another copy of the textless songs. The third is another preview of Mr. Stain on Junk Alley; this one is "Clay." The final extra is trailers.

The fifth disc has three bonus features. The first is yet another copy of the textless songs. The second is another preview from Mr. Stain on Junk Alley; this one is "Cassette Tape." The final extra is trailers. The final disc also contains three bonus features. The first is an ADR director and actor commentary for episode twenty-six, "Eternal Hope." Next is another copy of the textless songs. The final extra is trailers.

As for the series itself, it starts out like it's going to have an overarching story, but the arc is suddenly dropped for a number of episodes for vignettes about the various characters. It isn't until the final few episodes when the overall story returns. While The Galaxy Railways did an excellent job when it came to character development, I felt the overall storytelling didn't entirely work. As for content, there are scenes of people being killed, as well as some blood. Between some of the images and the storytelling, this anime is probably better suited for anime viewers who are in their later teens and older.

For the DVD set, I felt a little too much emphasis was put on Mr. Stain on Junk Alley in the bonus features. I also wish that on some of the later discs, that character profiles had been included for the characters in the Spica and Vega squadrons. Personally, I can only truly recommend this box set to people who are already familiar with and enjoy The Galaxy Railways.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD set that my husband purchased for me as a gift.

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