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The Galaxy Railways The Complete Collection

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

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. It appears that this set compiled the six individual DVDs that were originally released for The Galaxy Railways into one set. The first two discs each contain five episodes and bonus features, while the remaining four discs contain 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 13 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 for Samurai 7, The Galaxy Railways, Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragon Ball Z Movie, and Lupin III.

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 is 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," which was the fifth one produced. This 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 for Kiddy Grade, Blue Gender, Tenchi Muyo! GXP, Galaxy Railways, and Kodocha.

The third disc contains four bonus features. The first is footage from the Japanese recording session for episode 12, "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," which was the seventh short produced. The final extra is trailers for Galaxy Railways, Dragon Ball Z, Blue Gender, Tenchi Muyo! GXP, and Fullmetal Alchemist.

The fourth disc also contains four bonus features. The first is ADR director and actor commentary for episode 18, "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," and it's the 11th short produced for the series. The final extra is trailers for Kodocha, Dragon Ball Z, Case Closed, Tenchi Muyo! GXP, Galaxy Railways, and the Z Store.

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," which was the sixth short produced. The final extra is trailers for Lupin III, Samurai 7, Baki The Grappler, Mr. Stain on Junk Alley, and the Z Store.

The final disc also contains three bonus features. The first is an ADR director and actor commentary for episode 26, "Eternal Hope." Next is another copy of the textless songs. The final extra is trailers for Dragon Ball Z Movie, Dragon Ball Z, Samurai 7, Fullmetal Alchemist, Mr. Stain on Junk Alley, Baki The Grappler, the FUNimation Channel, and the Z Store.

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.


Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Sacrifice
Knot In Time
Wheel Of Fate
Eternity
Hijacked

Bonus Features
Reason To Live, Part 1
Reason To Live, Part 2
Engine Song
Memory Gallery
Crossroads

Bonus Features
Forget Me Not
Twilight
Train Bound for Fate
Bond


Bonus Features


Disc 4
Disc 5
Disc 6
Joint Forces
Comrade
Armored Goddess
Life And Death

Bonus Features
Tranquility
Choice
The Revolt
The Merciless Wind

Bonus Features
The Cruel Verdict
Blazing Galaxy
Echoes Of Life
Eternal Hope

Bonus Features
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This content was written by Lesley Aeschliman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Brenda Chen for details.

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