Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985)
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Bizzarre and fantastic, Night on the Galactic Railroad takes us and the main character through a journey filled with meditative moments and some signficantly tragic and deep themes lying underneath. Visually, it is a very pretty and dark film, and the pace helps to set the calm tone to the movie, and the soundtrack, just like the story, help create an awe.inspiring film with plenty of eye catching and sad moments that one ussually doesnt experience through an animated film.
This animation, based off of a children's book written by Kenji Miazawa is an extaordinarily deep, and very fetching movie. Pulling in elements of Soren Kirkegaard's philosophies on life, death, the afterlife and alienation in life makes it more interesting to view, not as an animation, but a kind stroll through the mind. I first recieved the movie as a present, after pining for its intriguing use of... Furries, I fell in love with its touching beauty, slow pace, and the pure blindness that we have when trying to comprehend what, by nature, we aren't supposed to. Giovanni's blindness to what really happened to Campanella, or his refusal to see what happened and where he was, shows us more about ourselves than most people would get. Sometimes ignorance is bliss, and sometimes letting go is hard, but once we see the true beauty in death, we can learn to let go, and ultimately enjoy what time we have, not with just our friends, but with ourselves as well.
The story comes off as a bit confusing at first, but the animation is amazing. Giovanni and his friend go on a trip on a train to the stars and there is more to this trip than his friend is willing to say. You see life after death! Kenji Miyazawa the writer who wrote the novel wrote this in response to his sister's passing and it went on to a classic of Japanese science fiction.
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