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Release Date:
21 December 2002 (Japan) See more »
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 (Series Cast) (in credits order)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Captain Harlock
Tomokazu Seki ... Tadashi Daiba
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Beau Billingslea ... Prof. Hiltz - Academy Speaker (voice: English version) (as John Daniels)

Richard Cansino ... Tadashi Daiba (voice: English version) (as Damon Phillips)
Chafûrin ... Maji
Hisao Egawa ... Sabu
Keiji Fujiwara ... Proferssor Hirz

Barbara Goodson ... Ms. Masu, Mourner (voice: English version)

Darrel Guilbeau ... Flagship Bridge Officer (voice: English version)
Katsunosuke Hori ... Dr. Daiba
Steve Kramer ... Crewmember / Bar Patron / Prime Minister (voice: English version)
Motoko Kumai ... Tomiko

Lex Lang ... Captain Harlock (voice: English version)
Dave Mallow ... Gunnery Officer (voice: English version)

Michael McConnohie ... Ilita's Subordinate / Dr. Hassan / Pirate Corpse / Crewmember / Preacher / Grandfather Ilita / Bar Patron / Prison Commander (voice: English version)
Yûko Minaguchi ... Mîmé
Toshihiko Nakajima ... Yasu
Rokurô Naya ... Dr. Hassan
Nachi Nozawa ... Doctor Zero
Tony Oliver ... Street Thug / Officer / Yasu / Captain Of The Scaffold (voice: English version)
Fumiko Orikasa ... Nana
Bob Papenbrook ... Bar Patron / Space Sheriff / Executor (voice: English version) (as John Smallberries)
Tony Pope ... Dr. Zero (voice: English version) (as Anthony Mozdy)
Jamieson Price ... Chief Ilita (voice: English version) (as James Lyon)
Michelle Ruff ... Shizuka Namino / Young Tadashi Daiba (voice: English version)
Rei Sakuma ... Kei Yuki
Emi Shinohara ... Shizuka
Melodee Spevack ... Bar Lady / Queen Of Ruins (voice: English version)
Paul St. Peter ... Sabu (voice: English version) (as George C. Cole)
Doug Stone ... Professor Daiba / Minister's Aide / Officer / Crewmember (voice: English version) (as David Orosco)

Karen Strassman ... Mimeh (voice: English version) (as Mia Bradly)
Wataru Takagi ... Dr. Pak
Minami Takayama ... Dr. Reni
Naoki Tatsuta ... Yattaran
Julie Ann Taylor ... Yuki Kei (voice: English version)
Kirk Thornton ... Maji / Skull / Newspaper Delivery Man / Newscaster / Onizuka / Crewmember (voice: English version) (as Sparky Thornton)

Kari Wahlgren ... Paging Message / Nana (voice: English version)
Norio Wakamoto ... Irita
Dave Wittenberg ... Bar Patron / Communications Officer / Prison Officer / Yattaran (voice: English version) (as David Lelyveld)
Hiroshi Ôtake ... Prime Minister

Directed by
Kristi Reed (English version)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Leiji Matsumoto  characters
Sadayuki Murai 
Kristi Reed  English version

Original Music by
Takayuki Hattori 
Sound Department
Justin Kohler .... adr engineer


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Space Pirate Captain Harlock: The Endless Odyssey" - Japan (original title)
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390 min | 30 min (13 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Matsumoto threatened to revoke his approval of this OAV when he discovered that one of the enemy ships was to be shaped like a Jewish Star of David. Matsumoto, who is against racial intolerance, couldn't condone a religious symbol being used as a villain's ship and demanded that the design be changed or he would derail the production. The matter was resolved amiably, and the ship's design was completely overhauled.See more »
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References "Uchû senkan Yamato" (1974)See more »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Great return to form for Harlock, 15 August 2004
Author: Chung Mo from NYC

One of the biggest problems I've had with the various Harlock incarnations over the past 25+ years is how little Matsumoto is concerned with story consistency. Not within the particular movie or series itself, but how that particular series relates to the others. The original Harlock (or Herlock depending on the translation in Japan) series was a masterpiece of sci-fi television that unfortunately has not been seen properly in the US. The strong characters, Matsumoto's philosophy and Rintaro's unique direction combined to create a very special 42 episode series. Over the years, Harlock has come back in various forms but none matched the strengths of the original TV series. The limited series, "Gun Frontier" which is about Harlock's distant ancestor in the Old West, did come close.

Now Matsumoto, Rintaro have come back together to reignite the Harlock legend and they do so with modest success.

Anyway my first complaint is that, although the new series is set after the 1978 series story ends, the young man, Daiba, who is a main character in that series, is reintroduced as never having met Harlock before. There are several clear references to the original series and to the time frame. I'm sorry that Rintaro didn't insist on keeping the new series consistent with the 1978 series but it's possible that he felt that no one really remembers the old show. It's extremely difficult to find reissues of the 1978 series on DVD in Japan, forget about here in the US. I know it's just a story but it's like having Mr. Spock introduced in one of the Star Trek movies as never having been on the Enterprise before. Once I got beyond that problem the new series worked well.

One of the assets of the '78 series was the great music by Seiji Yokoyama. The new series has some impressive orchestral music and some very effective slide guitar solos but frequently it seems the composer, Takayuki Hattori, was either ignoring the action on the screen or he created the music before the show was completed and the music was thrown in slapdash. Whatever the reason, it is disturbing when the music is very out of place with the scene.

One thing that can't be faulted is the great art direction and Rintaro's command of his craft. The choice of European motifs to represent universal evil from before the big bang is curious but it works.

The Harlock universe is unique in anime. The philosophy of the show comes more from the world of Zatoichi or even the Prisoner television series. It's not for everyone and while there's a good amount of action and suspense, the time spent debating the values of a "true man" and "true friendship" will probably turn a good number of by-the-book anime fans off.

A great philosophical sci-fi series, recommended.

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