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Arcadia of My Youth (1982)

Waga seishun no Arcadia (original title)
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 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 Reiko Mutô ... Mâya (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata Hidekatsu Shibata ... Black-Suited Commander (voice)
Reiko Tajima 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:

Arcadia of My Youth See more »

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Toei Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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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. 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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There is a statement at the end of the closing credits: "I live in freedom under my flag." See more »

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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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A Nutshell Review: Space Pirate Captain Harlock: Arcadia of My Youth (Waga Seishun No Arukyadia)
22 October 2006 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

The second movie for the festival is another anime, albeit an older one, belonging to the 80s. I vaguely remember watching the series on television as I recall the familiarity of the pirate motif spaceship. But maybe I remembered wrong, as there are plenty of such space aged cartoons in those days, like Macross, Gundam, and the likes.

The introduction already put me off, with a really repetitive Phantom Harlock flying his red biplane and monotonous introduction of his name, over and over again. The plot takes some getting used to, with the bombastic names as we follow this rogue pilot/pirate in his quest to duel with Commander Zeda of the Illmidus alien race.

Watching this early 80s animation brings about the obvious comparisons and observation of how advanced animated movies have become. It's obviously 2-D drawings here, and plenty of details which were not possible to be included. Things like background characters having continuity presence issues (varying numbers amongst a crowd in a constant setting), and objects appearing and disappearing for the same reason that drawing by hand, takes up time, and yet draws attention to themselves. And having to draw many, well, sometimes animators do become lazy. This is most unlike today's computer generated graphics where crowd and objects are rendered with a click of the button, and possibly given some artificial intelligence along the way so that they can seem to "act" independently.

Space battles have become a dime a dozen, and watching this film today, sadly, the battles are not as exciting as it should have been, with its numerous laser cannon scenes. Some scenes were repeated by showing stock clips over and over again, and brings back fond memories of how, as a kid, you tend to see past these shortcomings, and enjoy the animation for what it is. In today's standards, this will be judged more like stemming from the indifference from the animators, and the lack of pride and professionalism.

The characters here are typical of Japanese anime, with weird coloured hairdos, and quite surprisingly, this movie loads up on the melodramatics and exaggerated dialogue. Compared with anime of today, there has been vast improvement in story pacing, setting, and character design.

While there were families and kids watching Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, and this one, it wasn't unexpected that this anime too had its fair share of walk outs, probably because of the hard-to-grasp storyline for toddlers, or the insane need to read subtitles and then explaining to the kids what some of the imaginary words meant.

P.S. somehow the screening was marred by the speakers set to maximum volume. The dialogue and musical fanfare just got drilled through your ears into your head and probably gave everyone a splitting headache watching it. The first boo-boo for the festival, and I really hope it's the last.


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