Galaxy Express 999 Manga Gets New Chapter in February

posted on 2018-01-04 14:00 EST by Rafael Antonio Pineda
New chapter to be included in book celebrating Leiji Matsumoto's 80th birthday

Shogakukan has revealed that its upcoming Matsumoto Leiji - Mugen Sōzō Kidō book — which celebrates the 79-year-old (turning 80 years old on January 25) manga creator and illustrator Leiji Matsumoto — will contain a new chapter of Matsumoto's Galaxy Express 999 manga.

The book itself tells anecdotes from Matsumoto's life and career, and includes some of his drawings from his time drawing dōjinshi; a round table talk with manga artist Tetsuya Chiba, voice actress Masako Nozawa, and actress Shoko Ikeda; and interviews with singer Isao Sasaki and voice actress Youko Asagami. The book will ship on February 28.

The story of the anime and manga follows a young orphan named Tetsuro as he travels with a mysterious woman named Maetel through the galaxy on a space train, in the hopes of obtaining a cybernetic body. The train stops at many planets along the way, often leading to adventures for the two.

The 113-episode television anime series aired from 1978-1981. An anime film alternate retelling premiered in 1979. The franchise then spawned multiple other movies, specials, and OVAs. The original 18-volume manga ran from 1977-1981.

The manga is getting a stage play adaptation that will run from June to July to celebrate the franchise's 40th anniversary.

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