Toei Animation（東映アニメーション） announced that the old famous animation “Galaxy Express 999” written by Reiji Matsumoto（松本零士）will be made into the stage in the year that this animation celebrates the 40th anniversary. The screenplay will be based on the story of the first movie version released in 1979 in addition to the original scene. In this story the main character Tetsuro Hoshino(星野哲郎) faces many challenges in his journey and fights with the enemy “the count Mashine (機械伯爵) in the time castle(時間城).
■ Comments of the Superviser Reiji Matsumoto, who contributed original work.
I am still traveling with Tetsuro in the space. The terminal station is still far from here. I am very looking forward to seeing the stage “Galaxy Express 999” ~ GALAXY OPERA ~. Haruka who plays Maetel is a beautiful, gentle, elegant woman. It is a woman that she is much suitable for Maetel. She will surely encourage boys like Tetsuro. And I’m appreciated and grateful that Mr. Nakagawa(中川晃教) plays Tesuro who represents my young heart. I am very happy.
■Comments of Akinori Nakagawa（中川晃教）
It is 40 years since “Galaxy Express 999” was born. Through Mr. Tetsuro Matsumoto’s teacher’s alter ego, I am happy and tensioned that I can overlap me with the heart of Matsumoto through the roll Tetsuro who is alter ego of Matsumoto. This animation was made 40 years before but it inspired us even now in some ways. Then I am very honored that I can participate in this play. I will do my best to be able to make a nice galaxy journey with all the people related to the Galaxy Railway 999 and the customers who come to see it.
■Comments of Haruka（ハルカ）who plays Maetel.
Passengers in 999 represents our life in this world unquestionably. Everyone pursues their dreams, aiming for the unseen star, asking their own existential meaning, traveling on an unseen journey thinking of someone who can never meet again.
I was encouraged by Mr. Matsumoto and the main character Tetsuro several times before. In this play I will encouraging Tetsuro as Maetel. I hope by acting this roll that I can motivate those who are continuing a solitary journey like Tetsuro. This is the best glad than any other thing. I firmly inherit the dreams of the boys entrusted by Mr. Matsumoto and I would like to perform a strong and beautiful woman than anyone else.(this article is cited from here)
— ハルカトミユキofficial (@harukatomiyukiO) August 20, 2017