Watch: Impressive Animated 'Captain Harlock: Space Pirate' Trailer

May 10, 2013
Source: AICN

Captain Harlock: Space Pirate

"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.

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  • totally sold. love Captain Harlock and this looks like a great take on it.
  • Xerxexx
    Possible rent, Animation does look good...the hair
  • Neuromancer
    I'm digging the vibe of this! Even if a lot of it seems formulaic, this kind of story is one of my favourites to get lost in. There's something about this that, for me, makes animation the most suitable medium for it and most enjoyable to watch.
  • Tester
    WTF Alex, are U serious ? Animation looks incredible ? This looks like crap, outdated CG, lame stop motion and a horrible lame cheezy song to top it off.. I've seen video game trailers and intro movies that are 10x better than this..
    • bobbeh
      Typical spoiled PC gamer
      • Tester
        I dont play video games, only seen some of the trailers for them.. But I am spoiled, yes
  • It's a bit dark, in the grading sense, story looks good though, probably give it a go. Recently I watched this trailer for an anime that you might be interested in, the render system is great, I'm never sold on the guys stories, but they look amazing.
    • David Banner
      Made me think of Tekkonkinkreet :)
      • Yep, Totally David, I think that's why I liked it. Still think Tekkonkinkreet has one of the best styles for an animation, it's as close to perfect as I can imagine. :-))
  • Here's a working trailer: (not YET removed)
  • jj
    This is awsome, i love cg animation!
  • David Banner
    This trailer is now removed it says, but there's several up on youtube.
  • Ehsan Davodi
    Japanese Animes FOREVER
  • Richie G
    Why do all male anime characters look, dress and move like women? A lot of this looks very impressive, but it's still somehow a definite pass
  • Chris Groves
    Wow...that looks REALLY cool. Using CGI for the visuals but still keeping a very traditional 'anime' aesthetic, I love it.
  • Bl00dwerK
    I just don't like CG animation. Can't get into it...
  • manoslocos
    LOVED the original series broadcasted in Quebec called Albator (french translation for cptn Harlock)- it was pretty dark and twisted, let's hope it lives up to the original -
  • Sabrina Pruni
    My generation (now in their 30'ties/40'ties), I'm Italian, has seen the 'Captain Harlock' TV cartoon series when we were kids, so over here most people know him!! I've seen the movie today: loved it!!!




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