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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.

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... Captain Harlock / Phantom F. Harlock II (voice)
Kei Tomiyama ... Tochirô Ôyama / Toshirô Ôyama (voice)
... Phantom F. Harlock I (voice)
Shûichi Ikeda ... Zoll (voice)
Tarô Ishida ... Zêda (voice)
... The Witch (voice)
Didi Moore ... Bird (voice)
Shûichirô Moriyama ... Old Tokargan Soldier (voice)
Reiko Mutô ... Mâya (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata ... Black-Suited Commander (voice)
Reiko Tajima ... Queen Emeraldas (voice)
... Mira (voice)
Kôji Yada ... Illumidas Officer (voice)
Yuriko Yamamoto ... La Mîmé (voice)
... Murigson (voice)
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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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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. See more »

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[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 film title is seen on an autobiography made by Phantom F. Harlock. The opening credits are a montage of a Harlock reading this autobiography. See more »

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Followed by Waga seishun no Arcadia: Mugen kidô SSX (1982) See more »

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Waga seishun no Arcadia
(Arcadia of My Youth)
Sung by Maria Asahina
Composed by Masaki Hirao
Arranged by Tatsumi Yano
Lyrics by Keisuje Yamakawa
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Sadly the most horrible thing i ever saw.
16 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

First of all it has to be said that i saw the movie in Italian language, so maybe the translation didn't help.

The movie jumps from a scene to another without any sense, the "deus ex machina" director solves EVERY problem the characters may have: they must find someone? next scene somehow they meet him/her/them.

They look for someone in a planet and magically they land right next to them. And this happens for EVERYTHING and anyone looking for someone/something.

The story itself has many holes, some of them very disappointing, the dialogs are sometimes absurd: "it's impossible to find any weapons!" (said by the captain 20 seconds after punching an enemy soldier and taking his rifle). The characters are absolutely flat and do not evolve : the story adds nothing to the characters development: they start and end exactly the same characters like nothing happened.

The appearing of Mr Bird is somehow ridiculous. This is a sad stain on my memory of the Captain.


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