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Galaxy Express 999 Manga Gets New Chapter in February

posted on 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 Shōko 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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