''Queen Millennia'' (Japanese: ''Shin taketori monogatari: Sen-nen Jôo'' - "The new tale of the bamboo cutters: The queen of a thousand years") is a science fiction {{anime}} by Creator/LeijiMatsumoto set in the [[TheVerse Leijiverse]]. It is ([[InspiredBy very roughly]]) based on a Japanese folktale called ''Taketori monogatari'' which tells of a girl come down from the stars to rule Earth for 1000 years.

The young Hajime Amamori makes friends with a new girl at school (and assistant to his uncle, an astronomer), Yayoi Yukino. It later turns out that she is in fact an alien sent to Earth to supervise the undercover preparations for the day that the solar system's tenth planet, Lar Metal, will collide with Earth and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt wipe out all life]] on [[NumerologicalMotif September 9, 1999, at 9:09:09.]] After a while, she starts plotting against her destined fate and tries to find a way to save humanity from destruction against the will of her [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses mother]], the [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen queen of Lar Metal]].

The series was popular in Europe and Latin America in the end of the '80s/beginning of the '90s, but has never been published on video/DVD. In the US, the series was [[ExecutiveMeddling cut together with]] Anime/CaptainHarlock by Carl Macek/Harmony Gold and published under the name ''Captain Harlock and the Queen of a Thousand Years''. There is also a full-length movie which changes the original story somewhat.


* YouFailPhysicsForever and ScienceMarchesOn
* TheChosenOne: Subverted in that she should actually bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Yayoi. And subverted again in the end.
* CompressedHair: Selene
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Lar Metal fits this to a t.
* DramaticThunder
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt
* EvilLaugh
* TheFaceless: Both the Millennium Thief and the Queen, though we get to see them both in the end.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Very much indeed.
** [[spoiler: Yayoi herself becomes this in GalaxyExpress999 as Queen Promethium]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Very subverted as it's the title character who does it very early in the series. AND she thought she was the good one all along.
** [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn and YouCantFightFate in GalaxyExpress999, where Yayoi survived her sacrifice and succeeds her mother as Queen Promethium, putting her [[IdenticalGrandson identical daughters]] in a similar situation as Yayoi was in.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Yayoi. She gets better in the [[GalaxyExpress999 distant sequel]] but is KilledOffForReal in the 1982 movie version.]]
* HumanAliens
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy
* LaResistance: The Millennial thieves.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Quite common in the movie, where the opening scene is a pan over a star field that runs very long with almost nothing happening.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Yayoi and her sister Selene/the Millennium Thief]].
** They were even having a SwordFight at the time. How much more obvious can you be?
* MysteriousWaif: Yayoi.
* OrphansOrdeal: Both the grief and the investigate part
* PlotArmor
* ParentalAbandonment: The queen.
* RapunzelHair: Several
* RoyalBlood: is the source of super powers.
* SnoopingLittleKid: Hajime
* SolemnEndingTheme: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVS610rIqYY&feature=related This]]. True, the title theme isn't exactly HardRock either, but the ending seems to be a bit more solemn.
* ThemeNaming: Matsumoto loves this trope.
* ThereIsAnother: (Debatably) [[spoiler: Selene]] And also [[spoiler: Yayoi's OTHER sister.]]
* UndergroundCity
* UnfazedEveryman: Hajime.
* VillainBall: Having your daughter grow up on another planet- okay. Doing this very early so she can never have a true attachment to her "true" home- stupid. Assuming she would work against the planet she had grown up on for the sake of a planet she has little more attachment to then Saturn- now that's an Atlas-sized villain ball.