If you’ve been paying attention, it feels like we’ve been waiting forever for the animated adaptation of Space Pirate Captain Harlock. Well, I don’t know how much closer we are to seeing an English release of the film from Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed), but this new trailer is pretty badass.
This new video may be overlong, and may look like the cut scene from a recent videogame, but the whole thing is totally worth it for those shots of the space ship Arcadia bursting, silver skull first, out of the dense space fog.
Based on the 1978 manga by Leiji Matsumoto, Space Pirate Captain Harlock is the story of a future civilization that, while making great advances in space travel, had become apathetic and were defeated by invaders. One man, however, refuses to lay down and take it. With his crew of 40, Captain Harlock defies orders and fights against the enemies of Earth on behalf of all humanity.
This isn’t Harlock’s first rodeo. Masumoto’s original stories have already been adapted numerous times, giving birth to an anime series on TV, as well as a handful of features and sequels. Written by Harutoshi Fukui (Mobile Suit Gundam), this latest version deals with the themes and concerns of our present society.
Space Pirate Captain Harlock will be released in Japan this fall in Japan, and there is no word on when the rest of the world may be able to set eyes upon this.