Leiji Matsumoto Created back 1977-79 an original manga, the main character Captain Harlock who rebels against the global government and fights for humanity with his crew of 40 and his space battleship The Arcadia. This manga become so popular and spread like wild fire that a 1978-1979 television anime series born, along with a movie and its sequel, Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX. I grew up on Captain Harlock in my early teen years on television after school. I wouldn’t watch G.I Joe or Captain Planet or mask. I was hooked on Battle of the Planets, Star Blazers, and Robotech, reading Ninja High School and Eastman’s TMNT, and the ilk.
When I heard that Japanese Cinema writer Harutoshi Fukui was involved in this I was like *WHOA!* this should be truly awesome! I mean Harutoshi has been noted for his works with Mobile Suit Gundam UC novels, and live-action Bōkoku no Aegis has refitted the story to that of the current modern society. Also along with him is Shinji Aramaki noted for some of his works Appleseed being just one example, is directing with the latest cinema-graphic technology the same scale and direction as a Hollywood production. The film has Toei Animation backing them up with a budget estimated at roughly over 30 million U.S. dollars? If this preview as a taste of what to expect, I think I know where I will be when it does hit state-side theatrical release. I’m betting they might even preview this at SDCC 2013 as well!
Captain Harlock the Movie is slated for a Theatrical release in the 3rd Quarter of 2013.