YMMV: Night on the Galactic Railroad

  • Adaptation Displacement: Outside Japan, Night on the Galactic Railroad is best-known by the animated film.
  • Colbert Bump: Interest of the spanish-talking community on the film increased after being featured on a Top 7 of TearJerker moments of children's films by a spanish video reviewer.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: While you might miss some of the music in the film itself, the tracks you hear at the end certainly qualify (done by Haruomi Hosono, an electronic musician and a former member of Yellow Magic Orchestra).
  • Fridge Horror: Many of the passengers disembark at the Christian heaven, not the true heaven. The deaths of the two human children may be seen as meaningless in light of this.
  • Nightmare Fuel: This is as far as a director can go without having monsters, violence and/or blood in a film. "Creepy" and "dark" describe Galactic Railroad perfectly.
  • Tear Jerker: The ending will make you cry—or at least sniffle a bit.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Heavy religious themes, conversations about death, frightening imagery, doses of Mind Screw and the overall darkness means that despite its initial appearance, most children would not be able to understand or appreciate the story fully.
  • The Woobie: Giovanni. You really wanna give him a hug.