Thar be space pirates!
I’ve been a fan of Captain Harlock for a long time now, but only just recently got around to watching the 3D digital animation movie released in 2013. Often dubious when a beloved series is made into a movie, I had been avoiding watching this for a while, but one dreary rainy Sunday I jumped in anyway, and buoy was it worth it! I loved the 3D digital world that had been created for this beloved Space Pirate. Apparently the Yen equivalent of over $30 million US dollars was spent on bringing the film to life.
In the movie we follow Captain Harlock as he attempts to reclaim the Earth, which has essentially been given a ‘heritage listing’ similar to what we do today with old buildings and other special environmental sites. Journeying across the Universe Harlock's plan is to reset the Nodes of Time, which he believes will see the planet freed from its Museum like entrapment in the hope that humans can then return to live on its surface. Regardless of the story though, the movie is amazing to watch if for nothing more than its visual brilliance.
First appearing as a TV series in 1978, over the years Captain Harlock has had many adventures aboard his dark matter powered ship, the Arcadia, which looks like a space submarine and has a huge skull and crossbones on the front. He can usually be found battling the forces of tyranny and oppression, in the pursuit of the freedom, which he believes is the most important asset a space pirate can have.