Anime Review: Captain Harlock

harlockGenre: Space Opera

Creator/Studio: Leiji Matsumoto/Toei

No of Episodes: 42

Distributor: Discotek, also streams on Crunchy Roll

Suggested Age: 13+

My Rating: 10/10

Summary: Harlock is the captain of the pirate ship Arcadia.  He roams the stars, reveling in the freedom they provide while admonishing his homeworld of Earth.  He fights the all-female alien race known as the Mazone.

Review: Leiji Matsumoto is to anime who Gene Roddenberry was to our sci-fi.  He created several space operas, two of which–Captain Harlock and Star Blazers were broadcast in the US in the 1970’s. His vision can be seen in such titles as Outlaw Star, Cowboy Bebop, and to some extent, Last Exile. For this reason, I have decided to devote all of December to both Captain Harlock and Star Blazers. (the latter will be broken into three separate reviews, one for each season). Let’s start with Captain Harlock.

Captain Harlock is a classic anti-hero. He is disillusioned by the greed and selfishness of Earth.  However, he still believes that they are redeemable. This is why he fights the Mazone, because he realizes they will deprive him of his freedom.

The Mazone are good villains. They are relentless and believe that conquest is their birthright. They are also unique in that they are only one gender and are actually plant people. They completely despise humanity.

If you want to check out a milestone in anime history, I suggest checking this out. The art style takes a little getting used to, but other than that, I think it’s great.

Music/Score: Cheesy, but I like it.

Sub/Dub: Only watched the original.

Violence: (6/10) There’s some graphic violence here and there since the Mazone burn up when they die.

Language: (1/10)

Sexuality: (0/10)

Nudity: (1/10)–A few scenes with the Mazone, but mostly in silhouette.

Religion: 0/10

Related Media: There’s the manga, which I believe might be out of print.  I’ve also heard of a new CG movie and CPM used to have a movie called Arcadia of My Youth.




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