Merry Christmas 2010!! (with GE 999)
I try to think of this holiday as being all about being happy, so whatever your religion or philosophy I wish you as much happiness as you will bear! And thank you for your support!!
Here’s what I ordered for Christmas:
These are the last (or latest) three volumes in the Galaxy Express 999 manga series. There are two odd things about my choice: first, I haven’t read practically anything from this manga. Honestly though, I don’t have the time, money or motivation to get and read all 21 volumes. The biggest reason I purchased these 3 volumes are my curiosity about the Metanoids and the fact that volume 21 ties in GE 999 with Galaxy Railways and Layla Destiny (as you can see on the cover).
The other odd thing is all the French on the cover. That’s because I ordered the French translations and not the original manga! Now, as a rule I prefer reading the originals, but the fact is I was able to buy these three volumes for less than half the price that the Japanese were going for with all the shipping fees. And I trust the French translations will be very good. The best language a Leiji Studies can pick up is of course Japanese, but the the second best is French, and then third best is likely English. I wonder what the fourth is (Italian, Spanish, Russian???)
After putting these three manga cover images next to each other, and looking at the end result, I began to wonder what a person who didn’t know anything about GE 999 would think this story was about?!
Then I read the French blurbs on the covers, and the one on volume 20 absolutely shocked me! Here’s my translation:
If you stay where you are, you will have everything you desire.
But you can go anywhere you want, as long as you have enough courage.
I will do everything to keep you near me.
If it is your desire to go back out into the galaxy you may do so.
But if it pleases you, my love, do not leave me behind.
Otherwise you will see an adult cry.
………. I haven’t read the volume so I don’t know if it’s an actual quote. But I wonder about the meaning of this and its relation to the theme of Galaxy Express as a whole.
ANYWAYS, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!