Galaxy Railways: The Complete Series S.A.V.E.
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In the future mankind will venture to the far reaches of the cosmos using technologically advanced trains, perhaps the least likely method of intergalactic travel. The fleet of the Galaxy Railways transports countless galactic citizens from one exotic planet to the next, protected by the SDF, the elite force protecting the Railways Fleet against terrorists, meteor storms, and malicious alien life.
Manabu Yuuki dreamed of joining the SDF like his father and brother before him. His mother, desperate not to lose her whole family to the infinite void of space does what she can to derail his dreams, but Manabu is too much like his father, too stubborn to go back on his word. He boards the train to Destiny Station, where his own destiny has already begun.
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Perhaps because of this lack of a central foe, the characterization seems a bit overdone. For example hero Manabu Yuuki is joining the galaxy railways following the deaths in service of not only his father but also his older brother (no wonder his mother is upset!), and his partner Bruce J. Speed doesn't want a partner after having not one but three previous partners die on him. The stories also seemed a bit loose and disconnected though some of them did surprise with elements that show up at the end. They also over bludgeon the theme of fate IMHO.
Note: This continues in The Galaxy Railways OVA Series followed by a second season not yet released here.
Note: If you want a better and somewhat more realistic (well, in comparison to this!) railroad themed show, I would recommend Rail Wars!.
I recently discovered a second 24-episode series has been completed, but not yet released. It can be viewed on one of the anime internet channels. This series is even better the first and uses flashbacks from the first series to keep the overall story closely tied. Hopefully, Funimation will release the second series DVD very soon. Together, they would be a must set for most anime collectors! Galaxy Railways is in my permanent Top Ten!