- Adaptation Displacement: Outside Japan, Night on the Galactic Railroad is best-known by the animated film.
- Awesome Music: While you might miss some of the music in the film itself, the track you hear at the end certainly qualifies (done by Haruomi Hosono, an electronic musician and a former member of Yellow Magic Orchestra).
- Colbert Bump: Interest of the spanish-talking community on the film increased after being featured on a Top 7 of "What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?" moments of animated films by a spanish video reviewer.
- Fridge Horror: Many of the passengers disembark at the Christian heaven, not the place referred to as "true heaven". The deaths of the two human children may be seen as meaningless in light of this. However, the difference between the two is never stated, if there even is one, so that may not be the case.
- 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 cryor 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.
YMMV / Night on the Galactic Railroad