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Murder on the Transpacific Express, as private investigator Shunsaku Ban boards an undersea train on its inaugural trip from California to Japan in 2002, tracking the killer of the director of the Public Construction Corporation. Meanwhile, architect Dr. Nasenkopf, much-praised designer of the train, has had a change of heart and now decides he should destroy his creation before it forever changes life in the Pacific. As if that wasn't enough, the feckless Mr. Credit, U.S. Secretary of State, is using fake passenger dummies to smuggle laser weapons, and the train's engineer is convinced that he can see visions of the legendary queen of the undersea empire of Mu (see Super Atragon). Confused? You will be, because then the train falls through a time tunnel, traveling ten thousand years back to a time before Mu sank beneath the waves. Widely regarded as one of Osamu Tezuka's best works, this TV movie manages to mix Easter Island, invading aliens, time travel, and murder mystery-which just goes to show that not every complex story line needs to be as messy as Laws of the Sun. As seems traditional for Tezuka TV movies, several of his other characters make cameo appearances, including Astro Boy (as Adam, robot "son" of Nasenkopf, who is "played" by Dr. Ochanomizu), Black Jack, and the Three-Eyed Prince, all voiced by their original voice actors. ME, however, crams cameos in to insane levels (Queen Sapphire, Empress of Mu, is actually Princess Knight, who arrives riding on the adult Kimba the White Lion), and also casts against type, with many of Tezuka's traditional good-guys playing evil roles. The theme tune features vocals from Tommy Snyder of the pop group Godiego, who also contributed to Galaxy Express 999.