The Conductor of “GALAXY EXPRESS 999” named as The Honorary Station Master

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Oizumigakuen Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line

conductor upGalaxy Express 999 (銀河鉄道999,) is a manga written and drawn by Leiji Matsumoto, as well as various anime films and TV series based on it. The number, “999”, in the title is pronounced “Three-Nine”, as opposed to “Nine-Nine-Nine” or “Nine hundred ninety nine”.

The story depicts the adventures of the main characters Tetsuro and Maetel as they travel to various planets on the space-travelling locomotive, Galaxy Express 999. It is set in a space-faring, high-tech future in which humans have learned how to transfer their minds (but not their emotions) into mechanical bodies, thus achieving practical immortality.

Since Matsumoto lives in Nerima Ward and Toei Animation’s nearest station is Oizumigakuen Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line, Galaxy Express 999’s conductor has been named honorary station master of the station. Nearby the station’s north exit is a large mural of “GALAXY EXPRESS 999.”

oisumi station and conductor

The Conductor is the main crew member of the Galaxy Express 999. He is an alien being with an invisible body; only his eyes can be seen while he is wearing his conductor uniform. The Conductor prefers to go ‘strictly by the book’ and frequently cites the Galaxy Express rule book, but occasionally ends up bending the rules and getting into adventures with Tetsuro and Maetel.

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Japan Anime Tourism Guide published by Japan Tourism Agency

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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