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Arcadia of My Youth (1982) Poster

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Phantom F. Harlock II's gunsight was based on an actual Revi C-12D gunsight Leiji Matsumoto owns.
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This was Yûjirô Ishihara's only role in an animated film (he was the voice of Phantom F. Harlock I).
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Writer Leiji Matsumoto makes a cameo appearance in the film: he is the person Zoll's guards knock down when they rush into Harlock's ship to arrest Harlock.
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The Deathshadow ship was earlier seen in Leiji Matsumoto's previous manga, "Space Battleship Yamato" (the manga, not the TV show), where it appeared along with Susumu Kodai's brother, Mamoru. This was a source of speculation among fans of Matsumoto that Harlock is possibly related to the Kodais (either being Mamoru Kodai or a descendant of him).
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Serves as a prequel to Uchû kaizoku kyaputen Hârokku (1978), and a pilot for Waga seishun no Arcadia: Mugen kidô SSX (1982).
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The quotation seen at the beginning of the film is taken from German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
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The musical score playing throughout the film contains bits of composer Antonín Dvorák's "The New World Symphony."
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The film holds parallels with the World War II-related events of the German occupation of France and the American occupation of Japan. Maya's nicknames as "The Rose" and "The Voice of Free Arcadia" mirror the romantic image of the secret radio broadcasters in the French Resistance.
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The exact location of the Harlocks' Arcadia (as a birthplace) is a source of discussion and debate among fans. To begin with, the name Harlock is considered to be of Prussian origin; Harlock II states his ancestral birthplace is Heiligenstadt, a German/Austrian area. Whatever the case, the Arcadia of Harlock's youth is assumed to be located in Europe.
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The musical score in the film was composed by the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.
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This was Yûjirô Ishihara's final role.
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A controversy arose over Phantom F. Harlock II being portrayed as a German pilot during World War II. In that era, Toshiro asked Harlock why he was flying an Iron Cross (a German fighter plane), and Harlock's response was that he was "paying rent." This comment refers to the ancient feudal obligations a nobleman held to his lord and master for better or worse, even if he didn't believe in their cause; the DVD also mentions that Harlock was technically no longer bound by those obligations since the feudal customs no longer existed at that time.
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While the film is an adaptation/prequel of the series Uchû kaizoku kyaputen Hârokku (1978), certain changes were made:
  • the Arcadia ship was coloured blue and constructed on planet Heavy Meldar; in this film it was constructed on Earth and colored green


  • Zoll of Tokarga made a guest appearance in the series (Episode 21), but had an alien appearance rather than a humanoid appearance.


  • in the series (Episodes 30 and 31), Harlock and Tochiro are seen as childhood friends, and would meet Emeraldas later; in the film Harlock has Emeraldas as an old friend, and he later meets Tochiro for the first time.


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On Captain Harlock's jacket, the number 99 can be seen on the lapel. This is also a reference to Leiji Matsumoto's earlier manga "Submarine Super 99," which had a similar story (the commander of a craft defies an empire that has taken over Earth). Matsumoto is also known for having an affinity for the number 9.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

It was the only Harlock story to show how Harlock actually lost an eye, before Harlock: Space Pirate (2013) came out.
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Tochiro is forced to use his own body to hold together a broken wire in order for Phantom Harlock II's plane to continue its flight. This refers to and foreshadows Uchû kaizoku kyaputen Hârokku (1978), where his descendant Tochiro is deceased but his consciousness survives within the Arcadia ship's computer (piloted by Captain Harlock).
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Although Phantom F. Harlock's fate is not shown, it is assumed he made it over the Mountains as he was able to write an autobiography on the experience, held and read by his descendants. His strategy of ejecting to make his aircraft lighter was followed later by his space-faring descendant (although this was not a direct copy but a kamikaze plan by his friends).
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