In a recent interview for web-radio program "Aniho Radio!", manga author Leiji Matsumoto relayed stories of his past and expressed his hopes and dreams for the future. Hit the jump to learn more.
At this weekend's Otakon, Kodansha announced plans to release Yui Sakuma's Complex Age, Nao Emoto's Forget Me Not and Leiji Matsumoto's classic space-opera Queen Emeraldas in North America. More after the jump.
A non-profit organization is using crowdfunding to bring back the Galaxy Express 999 themed train that used to run on Seibu Railway's Ikebukuro line. Hit the jump to learn the details.
Shogakukan has published Zero-Dimensional Machine Journey, a new art book featuring some 400 illustrations from Katsumi Itabashi and Leiji Matsumoto dealing with mechanical designs from such series as Galaxy Express 999, Captain Harlock, and Space Battleship Yamato. Hit the jump to learn more.
In an upcoming interview with "I Want to See This Movie", a Japanese television show about film, manga artist Leiji Matsumoto talks about the Western films that have influenced his work. Hit the jump to learn more.
SAN-EI Bookstore has published a deluxe mook ("magazine-book") about the classic Leiji Matsumoto manga and anime, Galaxy Express 999. Hit the jump to learn the details.
The Ōizumi-gakuen Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line in Nerima, Tokyo, Japan, has unveiled three new life-size statues of famous anime characters from such series as Astro Boy, Urusei Yatsura, and Galaxy Express 999. Hit the jump to learn more.
Manga magazine Champion Red, which is running Space Captain Harlock revival manga Dimension Voyage is celebrating the work of the character's influential creator with a supplemental collection of lost Leiji Matsumoto stories, packaged with the new 2015 issue 3. These include "Pilot 262," with a World War II Harlock flying a German Me-262, two Submarine Super 99 stories and more.
Today in Japan, NicoNico is running a promo for a November 28th tribute to space opera master Leiji Matsumoto (Captain Harlock, Queen Millennium, Galaxy Express 999). The festival will feature dramatic manga reader/street performer Rikimaru Toho, a one-person show from anti-comedy Peeping Life's Yukari Seino, and, most remarkably, pole dancing from Keiko&yamadori and a burlesque act from Rita Goldie. More after the jump.
Following the three-feature film set released by Toei in 2009, Avex Marketing has started releasing the seven-box Blu-ray set of the Galaxy Express 999 TV anime series. In commemoration of the release, Seibu Railway now runs a wrapping train featuring the anime. Check the photos and CM for the set after the jump.