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3D Galaxy Express 999 Anime Announced

posted on 2007-05-25 05:03 EDT
Educational 3D Galaxy Express 999 anime debuts in Japanese IMAX theatres in July

Toei Animation has announced that they will be developing three original 3D anime films based on Leiji Matsumoto's legendary manga Galaxy Express 999. The first film will be called Galaxy Express 999: The Starry Sky is a Time Machine: The Solar System and the Extinction of the Dinosaurs.

The films also mark the 30th anniversary of the first serialization of Matsumoto's original manga. The first film is about 32 minutes long. The anime will also include images of space and the planets provided by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) within the film.

The expectation is that the film will be shown at IMAX theatres around Japan. According to Toei Animation, there are only 32 IMAX theatres in Japan, and most of them are connected with museums and science museums that are usually operated by autonomous groups. Most of the films shown at these theatres are educational in nature, so the anime will adjust to this standard accordingly. Toei has said that the films will add an educational element to the setting of Galaxy Express 999 and will be marketed to a large audience of both children and adults.

The other two films in the series are tentatively called Outer Space and the Horsehead Nebula and The Super Dimension: The Starry Sky is a Time Machine. The Solar System and the Extinction of the Dinosaurs is scheduled to open in three theatres on July 14, and it will eventually screen in 25 theaters in Japan. Furthermore, Toei is looking into distributing the films to the over 400 IMAX theatres around the world, the majority of which are in North America.

Assisting with the project will be Yasunori Matogawa of the JAXA Education Center and Tokyo University planetary physics expert Takafumi Matsui.

Source: Anime! Anime!

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