I didn’t expect the end of March Comes in Like a Lion to wind up with a trip on the Galaxy Express 999, but that’s what happened. Yeah, this is just a metaphor but it certainly does work considering the vast emotional journey that the protagonist had to deal with throughout what we have been following in these twenty-two episodes.
MW is a story about morality, government/military genocide via chemical weapon, and homosexuality, as well as a few touches of religious influence and strenuous anarchy. These same themes and observations can be applied to current day as well, although some are certainly more direct than others. Through characters struggling with shadowed guilt and doubt, Osamu Tezuka’s intense, and at times bizarre, manga may very well be his adult masterpiece.