Captain Harlock In Movies and OVAs

Galaxy Express 999 (Guest Appearance) - Released: 8/4/1979

This is his first appearance in movies. First he appears as a symbol figure for all young people like Tetsuro. He rescues Tetsuro at the bar in Heavy Melder, and ends up participating in the battle with Emeraldas to destroy Machine Empire. This movie also contains the episode which explains how Tochiro became the spirit of Spaceship Arcadia.

Matsumoto Explained:
"Harlock is like a big brother to Tetsuro, and I also illustrates him as a very mature figure even for Maetel. He is the man who takes a lonely journey on his own. However, TV Harlock and movie Harlock are taking completely different figures. I made him in more mature image with more confidence in this movie. In making TV series, I can not have total control over the entire product, and sometimes character's image gets altered by TV staff because of that. Therefore, TV Harlock does not have the exact image what I have in my mind. So when I was making this movie, I wanted to create Harlock just as in my own Harlock image. I made sure that movie Harlock does not have any appearance or trace from TV Harlock. Same goes with Emeraldas. I did very careful job regarding that matter in the every word they say, even in the way they say it."

I can not agree with him any more on that.

Adieu Galaxy Express 999 (Guest Appearance) - Released: 8/1/1981

He has another guest appearance. In this movie, he is a friend of Black Knight Faust, who is Tetsuro's father, and act as a observer when Tetsuro fights a duel with Faust. He also speaks a very important line defining what is the true "eternal life" at the end of this movie.

Arcadia of My Youth - Released: 7/28/1982

This is probably another most well-known Matsumoto Anime outside of Japan. So much was already said in many websites, so I won't say much more. The script is roughly based on 3 totally different episodes:

1). Phantom F. Harlock I episode
Based on the episode "The Witch of Stanley" from "The Cockpit Series - Episode no.1" comic by Leiji Matsumoto. Adventurous pilot Phantom Harlock I challenges the Witch of Stanley, and loses. Not much plot modification was seen in the movie.
2). Phantom F. Harlock II episode
Based on the episode "Eternal Arcadia" from "The Cockpit Series - Episode no.6" comic by Leiji Matsumoto. There was an old blind man sitting on the chair in front of his house. A young man from Japan walked up to him and handed him the Revi C-12-D he inherited from his father who passed away. The old man was Phantom F. Harlock II, who was once the ace-pilot of German Air Force during World War II. It brought him back the memories of his special friendship with a Japanese engineer during the war and his last flight as a pilot in his young age...
The flashback part is almost identical to the movie episode, except for the fact that the Japanese engineer's name was not Tochiro but Daiba, and Harlock lost his eyesight by French Resistance after he returned into the German Border. The old Harlock is described to be very lonely and stubborn old man.
3). Harlock
Mostly original episode. It shows the Harlock's pre-pirate era, his lover Maya, his first encounter of Tochiro, and loss of his right eye. Matsumoto never made a comic out for this episode, however, his wrote a novel "Gun Frontier II" based on the very similar story. The second Harlock TV series "Endless Orbit SSX" is the continuation of this movie.
How old is Harlock in this movie?
"This is the time when Harlock is most rebellious. So you can apply your own preferences. If you think Harlock is 40, he is 40. If you think he is 18, he is 18.", Matsumoto stated.


Galaxy Express 999 Eternal Fantasy (Guest Appearance) - Released: 3/7/1998

Another Guest Appearance. He rescues 999 during the battle with Hell Mazaria's ship, and he also encourages Tetsuro not to lose hope when Tetsuro was in the midst of his desperation after the solar system was destroyed. Since this movie was very short (50mins!), Matsumoto said that he had to make very special effort to squeeze Harlock in the plot. This is also the first movie where the original voice actor Makio Inoue did not play Harlock. It caused a rather MAJOR controversy among Japanese Harlock fans. Nothing against the new voice actor Yamadera, it is just the simple fact that we are so used to Makio Inoue's voice to play Harlock.

Queen Emeraldas OVA

Total volume is 4. However, volume 1&2 and 3&4 were made from the different animation studio and most of the staff members did change. I only bought first 2, since I didn't hear anything good about the last 2.

Volume 1: Departure - Released: 6/5/1998
In the first episode "Departure", he only appears as a silhouette in Emeraldas's brief flashback. He is gone to look for the special mine for Tochiro to build Arcadia, and comes back and says only TWO words! ("Tochiro!" and "Yes!") I see how much Emeraldas cared for him, all right. But at least the original Harlock voice actor Makio Inoue was playing his part, the deep voice I just LOVE to death! (Part of the reason why don't care for the dubbed Harlock at all).

Volume 2: Eternal Emblem - Released: 10/7/1998
In the second episode "Eternal Emblem", he has no lines at all. He just appears in the picture when Emeraldas mentions of him as the one of the only 5 existing owners "Cosmo Dragoon" (The Warrior's Gun).


DnaSight 999.9 OVA (Guest Apparance) - Released: 12/18/1998

"DnaSight 999.9" is based on the Leiji Matsumoto comic "Kasei Ryodan DnaSight 999.9" from Koubunsha.

Sometime in near future, the Earth was nearly destroyed by the meteor shower. Cities were ruined, and people were surrendered under the mysterious alien military forces. There were 3 selected creatures, 2 humans and 1 cat, who had supernatural abilities who were just awakened with their powers. By the influence of the meteor, they were evolved many steps ahead of others and could access to the "future memories". Alien forces who were afraid of their super powers tried to capture and kill them....

At the end, when 3 of them tries to escape the Earth, Arcadia appears from nowhere and rescues them from the alien force. Harlock and Machi appears very briefly. Harlock is, again, played by Yamadera (why??).... In the original comic, it was not Harlock but Tochiro who takes that role. Some Japanese fans became skeptical of random appearance of Harlock because of this OVA.

Harlock Saga - Nibelung's Ring Released: 1/25/~11/25/1999

The newest series of Harlock's adventure. The OVA is based on the new online Harlock comic "Der Ring Des Nibelungen", and was going to be divided into 4 major chapters: (1) RheinGold, (2) Walkure, (3) Siegfried, and (4) Ragnarok. Each chapter will contain 6 volumes (30 minutes each), so the entire serieswas going to contain total of 24 episodes. However, this series flopped and only chapter one was produced as an OVA, rest of the series was abandoned. Sadly enough, I must confessed that I felt that I wasted my money on this. For one thing, from reading the animation staff interview, the staff members didn't even seem to know Harlock all that well nor seemed to care. And their lack of interests definitely shows in the product...but below is the review from my first impression, before I finished watching all 6 volumes.


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