Space Pirate Captain Harlock – Awesome or what….

Japanese trailer

Thanks, io9!!

The latest offerings from Japanese studios should make you want to forget the predictable Hollywood Summer Blockbuster™ pile-up of big names fronting mediocre work.

Toei Animation’s CGI rendering of Leiji Matsumoto‘s amoral yet principled anti-hero, the self-styled space pirate Captain Harlock, is budgeted at a cool $30 million (the HIGHEST for an anime feature – and it shows!!!)

Japanese trailer (with English narration)


The project’s staff have a pedigreed CV –  there is director Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) screenwriter Harutoshi Fukui (Mobile Suit Gundam UC) character designer Yutaka Minowa (Ninja Scroll).  Not to mention Shun Oguri (Detective Conan live-action drama, Sukiyaki Western Django) voicing Harlock (for 1,000 bada$$ points!!!)

OP of original Captain Harlock anime series (1978)

If this ever gets an international release, how about Daft Punk contributing some cuts on the soundtrack?  That would drive the cool factor to stratospheric levels – as if the mere presence of Harlock’s ship The Arcadia isn’t enough!!

Nothing says “holy crap-on-yer-pants shit” like a spacecraft with an old-school pirate ship’s sterncastle on its aft and a retractable big-ass Bowie knife on its fore

Daft Punk – Aerodynamic

Daft Punk – Superheroes (dig that Barry Manilow sample!!!)

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