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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

Writers:

Leiji Matsumoto (manga), Harutoshi Fukui (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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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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The most powerful force in the universe is hope. See more »


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This made more money in France and Italy than it did in its native Japan. 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

Captain Harlock: [from trailer] If you believe in the future of our planet, you are not alone.
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Nice animation hindered by inconsistent gibberish
21 July 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

There's a strange tendency in Japanese animation , it often uses cryptic and vague script to give the illusion of depth. Those who are familiar with animes or games would recognize this outdated pattern, the quirky storytelling would seem to be meaningful as the characters brood over a crisis, yet it barely tells anything relevant to the audience. In some cases it might even alienate the viewers.

This is the persisting problem with Harlock. It certainly presents good quality visual as it floats across the light show, but the vague narrative hurts the presentation. The dialogues may sound flamboyant, yet it is actually shallow and superficial. Backstory is glossed over while the interactions are deprived of enjoyment. The characters, even though looking attractive, just can't generate enough interest as they banter with foreign jargon.

It even resembles teen drama instead of space voyage at times. Development is often crude, only to give dramatic scenes without substance. The main story follows Yama as he tries to catch the titular Harlock. Both of them are not that audience friendly, they are already in lamentation with barely any introduction. It's hard to relate since they look like generic RPG cast with average mellow issue.

Then it becomes heavily convoluted as the movie tries to mix strange terms, they sound ominously impaction like dark matter or ancient race, but material is too thin. After a hefty amount of scenery changes, cool poses and starship fights, the movie can barely hold interest for characters and with relatively long runtime it turns into a plodding endeavor.

This is Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within all over again, glossy effect and drab boring story. It will be hard to either garner interest for new audience or please old fans with such lackluster narrative, but at least it works for an eye candy.


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Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,010,317
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Dolby Digital

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2.39:1
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