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Leiji Matsumoto

Leiji Matsumoto was born on January 25, 1938 in Fukuoka, Japan as Akira Matsumoto. He is a writer and director, known for Space Pirate Captain Harlock (1978), Harlock: Space Pirate (2013) and Space Cruiser Yamato 2 (1978). He is married to Miyako Maki. See full bio »
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 2013 Harlock: Space Pirate (manga)
 2012-2013 Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (TV Series) (manga - 26 episodes)
- The Forever War (2013) ... (manga)
- Memories of the Blue Planet (2013) ... (manga)
- The Distant Promised Land (2013) ... (manga)
- One Man's War (2013) ... (manga)
- The Planet That We Head For (2013) ... (manga)
 2012 Uchû senkan Yamato 2199 (manga)
 2012 Ozuma (TV Series) (manga)
 2011 Starzinger
 2011 Starzinger II
 2010 Space Battleship Yamato (manga)
 2010 Danguard Ace
 2007 Captain Harlock Fan Film (Short) (comic book and characters)
 2006 Ginga tetsudô monogatari: Eien e no bunkiten (TV Series) (creator)
 2004 Space Symphony Maetel (TV Series)
 2004 Dai Yamato zero gô (Video)
 2003 The Galaxy Railways (TV Series) (story)
 2003 Submarine Super 99 (TV Series) (comic)
 2002 Space Pirate Captain Herlock: Outside Legend - The Endless Odyssey (TV Mini-Series short) (characters)
 2002 Gun Frontier (TV Series)
 2001 Cosmo Warrior Zero (TV Series)
 2001 Matsumoto Leiji Three-Nine (Video Game)
 2000 Cosmo Warrior Zero (Video Game) (characters)
 2000 Maetel Legend (Video) (story)
 1999 Torajima no Mî me (Video)
 1999 Harlock Saga (TV Mini-Series) (comic)
 1998 DNA Sights 999.9 (Video) (characters)
 1998 Queen Emeraldas (Video) (comic)
 1994 The Cockpit (Video) (comics)
 1991 Gun & Frontier (Video Game) (manga - uncredited)
 1985 Way to the Virgin Space (Short) (manga)
  Captain Harlock and the Queen of a Thousand Years (TV Series) (created by - 63 episodes, 1985) (based on characters created by - 1 episode, 1985)
- A New Beginning (1985) ... (based on characters created by)
- Anchors Away (1985) ... (creator - 1985-1986)
- White Water (1985) ... (creator - 1985-1986)
- Vengeance (1985) ... (creator - 1985-1986)
- Coast Guard (1985) ... (creator - 1985-1986)
 1983 Final Yamato (story concept)
 1982 Sen-nen joô (comic book)
 1980 Be Forever Yamato (co-creator)
 1980 New York New York (Video Game) (character creator)
 1979 Spaceketeers (TV Series) (writer)
 1979 Galaxy Express 999 (manga)
 1978-1979 Space Cruiser Yamato 2 (TV Series) (concept - 26 episodes)
- Be Forever, Argo! (1979) ... (concept)
- The Destined Showdown! (1979) ... (concept)
- Argo: Fight to the Last! (1979) ... (concept)
 1978-1979 Space Pirate Captain Harlock (TV Series) (comic - 42 episodes)
- Farewell, Cosmic Corsair (1979) ... (comic)
- Duel! The Queen Versus Harlock (1979) ... (comic)
- And Then the Angels Sang (1979) ... (comic)
- Farewell, Mayu (1979) ... (comic)
 1978 Ginga tetsudô Three-Nine (TV Series) (comic)
 1977 Dangard Ace (TV Series)
 1977 Uchû senkan Yamato (story and characters)
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Directed the animated music videos for Daft Punk's album "Discovery".

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Reiji Matsumoto

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I will never say "I won't do any more" or "I quit drawing", because my work will live on as long as I do. See more »


In 1999, the Matsumoto Symbol Road was constructed in the city of Tsuruga, to commemorate the town's 100th anniversary (Tsuraga is noted for being a place of science and progress). The Symbol Road is lined with a series of 4-foot bronze statues, of characters or scenes from Matsumoto's series Uchû senkan Yamato (1974) and Ginga tetsudô Three-Nine (1978). See more »


His male protagonists often have brown shaggy hair. See more »

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