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Harlock: Space Pirate (2013)

Kyaputen Hârokku (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 1 August 2014 (USA)
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Mankind is dying. Only one man can do anything about it, Space Captain Harlock, but the Gaia Coalition will stop at nothing to end him.

Director:

Shinji Aramaki

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Leiji Matsumoto (manga), Harutoshi Fukui (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yû Aoi ... Miime (voice)
Jessica Boone ... Kei Yuki
Ayano Fukuda Ayano Fukuda ... Tori-san (voice)
Arata Furuta ... Yattaran (voice)
Adam Gibbs Adam Gibbs ... Yama / Logan (voice)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ... Roujin (voice)
David Matranga ... Captain Harlock (voice)
Haruma Miura ... Yama (voice)
Toshiyuki Morikawa ... Isora (voice)
Rob Mungle ... Yulian
Emily Neves ... Mimay
Shun Oguri ... Captain Harlock (voice)
Chikao Ohtsuka ... Soukan (voice)
Maaya Sakamoto ... Nami (voice)
Miyuki Sawashiro ... Kei (voice)
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Storyline

2977: For many years a mighty battle has been raging across the galaxies as 500 billion humans, whose forebears were exiled from Earth, plan to return to what is still called home. Forced to flee a ravaged Earth, humans have now depleted the corners of the galaxy to which they fled. Earth has now become the most valued and precious resource of all, controlled by the corrupt Gaia Coalition which governs the human race across the different galaxies. Having been exiled and vilified during the battle of the Homecoming War, Captain Harlock and his trusted crew of the Arcadia battle cruiser are the only hope mankind has of discovering the secrets that the Gaia have kept hidden. The Coalition has demanded Harlock's death and the Gaia Fleet's new leader, Ezra, calls on his younger brother, Logan, to infiltrate the Arcadia and then assassinate Harlock, thus forever eradicating the one man standing between the Coalition and their complete control of the Universe. Logan must make a very personal... Written by Matsumoto

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Is he an enemy of the state... or its last hope? See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harlock: Space Pirate See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 133,929,210 (Japan), 8 September 2013, Limited Release
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Production Co:

Toei Animation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mimay is said to be of the Nieblung race. This is an indirect reference to her character as re-imagined in Harlock Saga. See more »

Goofs

It happens MANY times in the English dub. Normally this is not a problem in traditional 2D anime films, but since this film is 3D and was recorded in Japanese, the English voice actors are rarely in sync with the lips of all characters. See more »

Quotes

Palace bystander: [Referring to Ezra, in a wheelchair] Who knows, if he hadn't had the accident, he could've been Prime Minister. But fortune eludes those who are ill-equipped.
[subtitled version, viewed on Netflix]
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Version of Space Pirate Captain Harlock (1978) See more »

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Jumbled mess of Japanese clichés, not worth watching
22 January 2015 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

I really like Japanese anime and I have come to expect good animation and deeply interesting stories, mixed with some Asian quirks. Harlock has almost none of that. The animation is 3D and even if pretty well done, in the end it is kind of repetitive and lazy. The story is a complete mess, combining classic pirate ideas with space opera kind of battles, only in - again - such a lazy way that it totally annoyed me.

Let me give you a taste: there is a space ship that is kind of indestructible and has an immortal captain. It battles the horrible manipulators of the human race which hold the Earth hostage as a possible reward for the faithful, who would be allowed to return. And they have a zillion ships and planet buster weapons, but this pirate captain faces them head on and wins, because... he has an indestructible ship. Every character in there is a bumbling idiot, switching allegiances and going 180 on every decision they made, until you don't get anymore what the movie is about and what the characters are fighting for.

Bottom line: a waste of time with nothing to teach except... flowers are pretty, I guess.


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