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When Aliens conquer earth and enslave the human race, all hope for freedom is abandoned. But one man will not give up. Captain Harlock, A brave space pilot, leads the resistance and vows to... See full summary »
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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
Harlock's Gaia code is listed as S-00999 at the beginning of the film, a reference to another of Matsumoto's works, Galaxy Express 999. See more »
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 »
[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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I didn't know what "Space Pirate Captain Harlock" (aka "Kyaputen Hârokku") was about. It caught my attention because of it being a Japanese CGI animated movie. So I sat down to watch it without any knowledge of what this was about or what I was in for.
It turned out that "Space Pirate Captain Harlock" was a really, really enjoyable animated movie. The storyline was quite good, and had lots of interesting aspects and characters to it. And the movie was superbly augmented by some amazing CGI. I am just a sucker for these types of animated movies, especially when they are done as well as this, or such as the "Resident Evil" and "Final Fantasy" CGI animated movies for example.
I will not delve into relaying the storyline here, because there are many aspects and levels to it, so you should really experience it for yourself to fully appreciate the many nuances to the story.
"Space Pirate Captain Harlock" has a good character gallery, and these characters are easily recognized and distinguishable, because they have very different personalities, traits, quirks and such.
As I mentioned earlier, the CGI in "Space Pirate Captain Harlock" is just amazing. I love the attention to detail in every single scene, be it details on the background, on the outfits, on the characters beings, etc. There level of detail is just astounding, and it looks so realistic, whilst still keeping that CGI animated touch to it.
There is a good flow to the storyline and it keeps a good pace throughout the entire length of the movie, and it doesn't get boring at any time. So this is entertaining from the beginning right up to the end.
The voice acting in the movie was good, and I will, of course, recommend that you watch the original Japanese version, although the English dubbed version is also quite adequate.
I was more than genuinely surprised with "Space Pirate Captain Harlock", and it is definitely an animated movie which can be watched more than just once, because there is a lot to the storyline. But the CGI is actually so impressive in itself that it deserves a second viewing for that alone.
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