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Arcadia of My Youth (1982)

Waga seishun no Arcadia (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | 1982 (Japan)
Space captain Harlock, the latest in a family of proud aerial warriors, begins his journey to free the oppressed Earth from the despotic Illumidas Command.

Director:

Tomoharu Katsumata

Writers:

Leiji Matsumoto (original stories), Yooichi Onaka (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Makio Inoue ... Captain Harlock / Phantom F. Harlock II (voice)
Kei Tomiyama Kei Tomiyama ... Tochirô Ôyama / Toshirô Ôyama (voice)
Yûjirô Ishihara ... Phantom F. Harlock I (voice)
Shûichi Ikeda Shûichi Ikeda ... Zoll (voice)
Tarô Ishida Tarô Ishida ... Zêda (voice)
Eiko Masuyama ... The Witch (voice)
Didi Moore Didi Moore ... Bird (voice)
Shûichirô Moriyama Shûichirô Moriyama ... Old Tokargan Soldier (voice)
Reiko Mutô ... Mâya (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata Hidekatsu Shibata ... Black-Suited Commander (voice)
Reiko Tajima ... Queen Emeraldas (voice)
Hiromi Tsuru ... Mira (voice)
Kôji Yada Kôji Yada ... Illumidas Officer (voice)
Yuriko Yamamoto ... La Mîmé (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Murigson (voice)
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Storyline

After a drawn-out, viciously-fought war, the earth has been conquered by the alien Illumidus Empire. Harlock, a captain in earth's fleet, crashes his ship to prevent the Illumidus from using it, and flat-out refuses to join them. With the help of his allies, Tochiro and the space pirate Emereldas, and his lover Miya, he wages a private and bitter war against the Illumidus. Written by Michael Toole <slade23@titan.oit.umass.edu>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1982 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Vengeance of the Space Pirate See more »

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Toei Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This was Yûjirô Ishihara's final role. See more »

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[first lines]
[During World War I, a pilot is seen flying a biplane through a mountain range amidst a fierce thunderstorm]
Phantom F. Harlock I: My name is Phantom F. Harlock. At that time, I was flying amidst rolling thunder from Port Moresby, traversing New Guinea, heading for Rabaul, on New Britain Island. As an aerial explorer, conquering the sky throughout the world was the dream upon which I staked my life. It was the Owen Stanley Mountains that stood in my way; its highest peak was 5030 metres, the mountain ...
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The closing credits are set in space. See more »

Alternate Versions

Previously released in the USA in English dubbed format as Vengeance of the Space Pirate, with over 30 minutes omitted from the original film. See more »

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Referenced in Queen Emeraldas (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Hoshizora no Last Song
(Last Song of the Starry Sky)
Sung by Maria Asahina
Composed by Masaki Hirao
Arranged by Tatsumi Yano
Lyrics by Keisuje Yamakawa
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Pure Masterpiece
6 August 2019 | by demonia-prodSee all my reviews

This film is not only a Masterpiece, it is also one of the best films ever made. Many consider Miazaki's animes as Masterpieces but I do consider - and I know I'm far from being alone - that Waga seishun no Arcadia (1982) is above Princess Mononoke and other Miazaki's masterpieces. The recent Bluray released in France as a collector edition is truly amazing, with a beautiful picture and all the cinematic grain retained. The team on this film was simply a dream team. Waga seishun no Arcadia's director,Tomaharu Komatsubata, a veteran in Japanese animation who worked on many iconic films like Star Blazers, and series like Grendizer or Galaxy Express 999, is a very underrated film director, whose work on this film is simply fabulous. Chara designer, Kazuo Komatsubara (1943-2000), was simply one of the best character designers ever and his work as animation director on this movie is one of his best achievements. Composer Toshiyuki Kimori (1947-1988) achieved a wonderful and haunting soundtrack that fits perfectly to the mood of the film. And last but not least, composer Masaki Hirao added a couple of very atmospheric - and once again haunting- songs for Maria Asahina and Shibuya Teppei. Though the series Waga seishun no Arcadia: Mugen kidô SSX (1982-83) follows the film,it's not very coherent to the mood of the film, which is quite violent and shocking at times and definitely NOT FOR CHILDREN, while the series was obviously made for a larger audience.Though quite good, the series lacks the darkness and mood of the film. Needless to say that those who love the film might be surprised. To conclude, I will simply say that Waga seishun no Arcadia is definitely the best Harlock film. And one of the best films ever.

And no film, modernized or CGIed -like in 2013-, will ever surpass it.

Never did, never will. Arcadia go, Hasshin!


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