Arcadia of My Youth (1982) - Rotten Tomatoes

Arcadia of My Youth (1982)

Arcadia of My Youth





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This animated adventure is based on a manga by Matsumoto Leiji and a Japanese television series that ran for two year. The story is set in the year 2970, during a war between Earth and the alien Illumidas Empire. When the commander of an Earth starship, Captain Harlock, is forced to surrender his ship the Deathshadow to the invading fleet, he himself eludes capture and becomes the captain of the pirate ship Arcadia and wages a rebel war against the Illumidas. Although an English-language version of the series, released in the U.S. as Captain Harlock, was distributed on American television, this subtitled Japanese version is preferred by the cult fans of Captain Harlock. ~ Jonathan E. Laxamana, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Anime & Manga, Art House & International, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Written By: Yooichi Onaka
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On DVD: Nov 25, 2003


Reiko Tajima
as Queen Emeraldas
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Generic and featuring a boring central character, this japanese space epic is nothing that hasn't been done 1,000 times over and will be done a 1,000 times again.

Todd Anderson

Arcadia of My Youth is the second animated adaption and entry into Leiji Matsumoto's Space Pirate Captain Harlock franchise. While Arcadia of My Youth is a fantastic stand-alone film, I would personally not recommend it to someone who hasn't seen anything else featuring Captain Harlock. Not because the film requires you to know the character, but because the film plays out more like an origin story and closes open-ended.(followed-up by an unofficial American comic book and an unsuccessful TV series) If you're interested in Harlock I would highly recommend watching the '78 TV series first, a masterpiece of TV animation, even though it is an entirely different continuity from this film.

although it does not follow the story set in the 1978 show this is still a good piece of fiction and worth watching. i think it's best to interpret each captain harlock presentation as part of a legend. if you're not familiar with 'space pirate captain harlock' i will clue you in, every appearance he makes is slightly different, not just in storyline, but sometimes in personality. if you're interested in the personality aspect of the character then i suggest the original '78 series and cosmo warrior zero series.


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