Watch: Impressive Animated 'Captain Harlock: Space Pirate' Trailer
"The most powerful force is hope." Who is Captain Harlock? Unless you're from Japan or otherwise familiar with Leiji Matsumoto's manga, this is likely a character many have never heard of (at least I haven't). But if you're a fan of Appleseed or Final Fantasy, you'll want to take a look. Captain Harlock: Space Pirate is a CG animated space epic that seems to involve some gnarly space pirate ships, apparitions with pointy ears and lots of long-haired characters. The animation in this looks incredible, all the fine details in the hair and environments around them. I'm interested in seeing this admittedly more for the visuals than anything else.
Here's the first official trailer for Shinji Aramaki's Captain Harlock: Space Pirate first found on AICN:
Trailer removed at the request of the owners. Released too early. Sorry!
Captain Harlock is the archetypical romantic hero, a space pirate with an individualist philosophy of life. He is as noble as he is taciturn, rebellious, stoically fighting against totalitarian regimes, whether they be earthborn or alien. In his own words, he "fight[s] for no one's sake... only for something deep in [his] heart".
Captain Harlock: Space Pirate is directed by Japanese animator and artist Shinji Aramaki, who directed the Appleseed and Ex Machina movies. It's based on Leiji Matsumoto's characters and manga stories; Captain Harlock first appeared in Adventures of a Honeybee in 1953. Toei Animation started production in 2010 and will be releasing Captain Harlock in Japanese theaters starting Fall 2013. No US release date is set yet.