Galaxy Express 999 16
Nuruba, the Planet without Form
Reserved for Dark Murmur
Next stop, the Planet without Form, Nuruba.
There will be 14 hours left till departure.
Do planets without form really exist?
In space, there are as many kinds of planet as there are life forms.
However, Tetsurou, no one has never been able to see the appearance of the universe.
Maybe it has no specific shape...
You'll find people who would say that space is endless, and some other would say that nothing can be boundless.
Nuruba might be like the universe: hard to describe and to depict.
That's why many people killed themselves when arriving here.
Nuruba, the Planet without Form
This is really a strange planet... Why isn't it round like the others...?
Maetel, I feel like the shape of this planet is always changing...
It's perfectly normal, this planet hasn't any fixed shape.
The ground is endlessly changing too...
So it's no use considering drawing a map of this planet...!
The station is in the sky?
Of course, the train can't possibly stop on a ever-changing ground.
So, there's no point in making an halt here.
There is one, the train is stopping for the passengers.
You mean that this planet is inhabited?
Yes, there are a lot of people living here...
Shall we enjoy our stop and eat something in the dining car?
Are you coming?
Then, I will surely go to the library car...
I'll take a nap!!
You could really survive just anywhere in space...
Yes, I think so too!
What is it?
Maetel, I saw something strange outside...
Maetel already left?
She just vanished in no time.
Maybe she went putting some make-up.
It's not really nice, she could have said something!
Never mind. Let's go eating something.
But this menu...
isn't helping me about the composition of the dishes.
I hope she will come soon...
Besides, I'm really getting hungry...
Ah!! Finally, there she is!!
Please tell me what's on the menu.
What's with you? Why aren't you answering?
Maetel!! You're strange!!!
You're not speaking anymore? Are you feeling sick?
Wah! What the hell is that?!
Ow... Oh... Ggh...
You ate quite fast.
What's wrong with you?
What the hell is going on?
Please move aside!!
You're here, damn monster that stole my appearance!!!
First, give-me back my clothes!!!
Then, you're going to spit out where is Maetel!!
Damn monster without form!!!
Ow ow ow.
I'm not done yet!!
Mister Conductor, please open the door.
You were there?
I was trapped. Someone stole my clothes and locked me up.
Who did this to you?
A monster that took my appearance.
That's what you get for playing tricks!!
I hope it hurts.
Maetel!! Look, I tied them up so they can't escape!!
[cry]I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die.
Wait!! They are my children, please forgive them.
They are your children?
Yes, my son and my daughter.
Until now, Nuruba inhabitants weren't interested in human beings who possess a fixed shape...
... but my children has become really fan of them... And they have decided to take a human appearance to travel among stars...
For me, beings with definite form aren't interesting...
But I guess time has changed...
Beings like you are getting uglier over time, until they die...
... and they eventually become ashes...
Being interested in physical appearance is allowing to make out beautiful from ugly, and thus, you start having bad thoughts...
I really think that our form of existence is ideal in space...
What are you doing?
Hurry up and go back home!!
You're right. Things with fixed outlines will always eventually break...
It's sad indeed.
Maetel and myself... One day...
Yes, one day, you'll leave this world.
But... this woman right here... it's...
Please forgive me for having troubled you...
It's getting out from the small opening of the door.
And I don't want to see you wandering around this train!! Go back home, quick!!
Daddy, this woman's name is Maetel, right?
according the rumours...
Do you think that shapeless beings are happier than us, Tetsurou?
Like the father said, it might be the most adapted form of existence for space.
But maybe I think that because I'm not handsome!!
Originally, shapeless objects were the majority in the universe. It seems that human beings and stars are given a shape only for the time of their short lives. If that was the case, there would be no need to look into a mirror, thought Tetsurou. It might be the truth of space.
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