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Having first seen Captain Harlock, subtitled, on a Japanese UHF-TV channel
here in New York in the late 70's, I was hooked on the highly stylized,
sci-fi melodrama. The 42 episode series was quite unlike anything that was
on TV at the time and it's unfortunate that it hasn't found some sort of
re-release in Japan or here in the U.S. That said, Harlock has been seen
here in the US release of the Galaxy Express 999 feature film and the
unusual "Arcadia of my Youth" which was produced later but is a prequel to
the original TV series. One thing to note is that the author of the all of
the comic books, TV series and movies is very loose with the chronology and
he doesn't mind changing the background stories of the characters to suit
the plot of his present project.
That said, anyone who remembers the original series or the other works will have to accept that two of the recurring characters, in this release, have been changed yet have the same names. This collection of a six episode limited series is loosely based on the Wagner Ring operas and the excellent music heard is either Wagner or very closely based on Wagner. The animation style is very much like the original 1970's series, right down to the sometimes clumsy perspective rendering of the highly detailed spaceships. The story seems to have been patched together rather quickly and there are some large plot holes because of it. A big disappointment is the promised big battle between Harlock's ship, the Arcadia, and the main villain's massive space force. Each episode starts with an opening montage that shows the battle about to start but when we finally get to it in episode six, it doesn't happen. Something else rather interesting happens but no super battle.
It's great to have Captain Harlock back in series form and many of the qualities that made the original series memorable for me in the late 70's are here too. It's hard to enthusiastically recommend this to anyone who is expecting the usual anime pyrotechnics and bombast. Harlock has always been more of a hard drama. Hopefully we may someday see the original series released on DVD.
The worst thing about this set of animations is that it is incredibly
dated. But there are other things that add to its low interest rate:
1) the story is thinly based on an ingot of gold holding the universe together and controls the universe - yes, an ingot of gold = weak at best
2) i always thought that casting for voice was easy... this bad attempt made me realize that it is not. the male voice actors all sound like salesmen and detached from their characters. i really don't like hearing them speak. the female voice actors all sound the same...
3) the pirate logo (skull and cross bones) in outer space does not work in this case.
4) the script is so simplistic that a 3 year old would have no trouble enjoying this
5) much of it is slow and plodding
6) my guess is that for its day this was a great flick (series of 6 TV episodes called "The Rhein Gold") but since it's 2007, it falls flat on its face.
7) children have a major role in this flick ... clearly a "for children only" flick - at best.
It should only be shown in anime' classes for students of such interest.
my faith: http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/jbc33/
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