They call it a "classic" for a reason, you know.
Galaxy Express 999 is the name of a train which travels through space, beginning at Megalopolis Station on one end of the galaxy and terminating at Andromeda on the other.
But the Galaxy Express is more than just a train--- it's also a metaphor for life itself, with passengers constantly boarding, debarking, and dreaming along the way.
Tetsuro Hoshino is a youth who'll give anything to board the Three-Nine, including a promise to accompany a mysterious woman named Maetel all the way to Andromeda, the planet where, she tells him, he can get a free machine body to avenge the cruel death of his mother at the hands of the villainous Count Mecha.
But in a future where life is too cheap and cruelty too easy, nothing is ever really free, and along with meeting larger-than-life figures such as the diminutive Tochiro Oyama(gnius engineer of the great space ship Arcadia), famous space pirate Captain Harlock, or infamous female space trader Emeraldas, Tetsuro is about to learn the true price not only for boarding the GE999 and avenging his mather, but for leaving his childhood behind, for falling in love...and for becoming a man.