Maetel of Mud

Maetel of Mud is an anime episode of Galaxy Express 999 that was released on 01/11/1979

Plot Summary

"No one will ever know a person's fate. Not even yourself. However, humans are creatures that try to defy fate. Tetsuro is no exception. Is it life that awaits Tetsuro? Or is it death? No one knows for sure." - Narrator

Maetel and Tetsuro arrive at the Capital of Rain
Maetel and Tetsuro arrive at the Capital of Rain

The Galaxy Express has a layover on the Capital of Rain and Tetsuro and Maetel decide to spend the day at a hotel. On their way there, Maetel tells Tetsuro a little bit about the history of the planet. According to Maetel, the Capital of Rain has been under a downpour since it's creation as a planet. One side effect of it's climate is highly accelerated plant growth that allows a tree to become fully grown in only a day. Another side effect is that the constant cloud coverage blocks the sun from being visible, meaning that nobody on the planet has ever seen the sun. To prevent constant flooding, the ecosystem naturally developed in a way that created a sponge-like material beneath the surface that soaks up excess rain water.

Tetsuro loses his boxers
Tetsuro loses his boxers

Once at the hotel, Tetsuro decides to take a shower in the rain but some shenanigans happens and he ends up losing his boxers. Maetel has a good laugh about this and hands him his underwear, which blew inside of their room. After eating dinner, Maetel decides to walk around the town by herself and tell Tetsuro that he can do the same, but that he should avoid any mud ponds at all costs. Maetel leaves and a little bit later Tetsuro receives a phone call from a mysterious woman who knows his name and asks him to meet her somewhere in the city. Tetsuro decides to do so.

Tetsuro is dragged into a mud pond
Tetsuro is dragged into a mud pond

Tetsuro searches for the woman's house but is only able to find a mud pond where she said her house was. As he is about to leave, he hears a voice calling him and he walks over to the mud pond where he is pulled in by a pair of hands. When he awakens, he finds himself inside of a bubble house in the mud. A woman, named Maetal (not to be confused to Tetsuro's traveling companion Maetel), greets him and tells him that the poor people of the planet live in these bubble houses under the mud and that she wants for Tetsuro to stay with her because he understands what it's like to be poor. Tetsuro is taken aback by all of this and asks how the woman even knew who he was. To answer this, she turns on the radio and Tetsuro discovers that for some unknown reason, everyone who stops on the planet while traveling on a Galaxy Express train has their name and homeworld publicly announced.

The mud is removed from the other Maetel's pond
The mud is removed from the other Maetel's pond

Tetsuro tries to escape from the other Maetel's house but he passes out before he can reach the surface and is rescued by her. Tetsuro begins to panic at being trapped here with the other Maetel for the rest of his life but Maetel's demands change once she hears a radio transmission saying that the Galaxy Railways will offer any reward for the safe return of Tetsuro. Upon hearing this, she calls them and tells her location. A few moments later the mud is removed from her pond and she and Tetsuro are on the surface. Tetsuro's Maetel meets the two of them at the Galaxy Railways office and the other Maetel makes her requests: a boarding pass and Tetsuro. Surprisingly, Maetel agrees to this and the three board the 999.

The other Maetel turns into dirt
The other Maetel turns into dirt

Aboard the train, the other Maetel calls out to Tetsuro and Tetsuro's Maetel tells him to sit with her and be kind. Tetsuro reluctantly agrees and has a bad attitude while in her company. The other Maetel gets sicker and sicker while on the train and Tetsuro begins to genuinely worry about her safety. After a few minutes on board, her body is unable to handle the new environment and she turns into dirt. Tetsuro's Maetel tells him that she thought this would happen and that's why she agreed to her requests. Tetsuro begins to feel regret over how he treated her, but the Galaxy Express continues on its journey.

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