Harlock: Space Pirate

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2977: For many years a mighty battle has been raging across the galaxies as 500 billion humans, whose forebears were exiled from Earth, plan to return to what is still called home. Forced to flee a ravaged Earth, humans have now depleted the corners of the galaxy to which they fled. Earth has now become the most valued and precious resource of all, controlled by the corrupt Gaia Coalition which governs the human race across the different galaxies. Having been exiled and vilified during the battle of the Homecoming War, Captain Harlock and his trusted crew of the Arcadia battle cruiser are the only hope mankind has of discovering the secrets that the Gaia have kept hidden. The Coalition has demanded Harlock's death and the Gaia Fleet's new leader, Ezra, calls on his younger brother, Logan, to infiltrate the Arcadia and then assassinate Harlock, thus forever eradicating the one man standing between the Coalition and their complete control of the Universe. Logan must make a very personal...


Critic Reviews for Harlock: Space Pirate

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (1)

  • Veering between gleaming, clean-lined techno-lust and a punkier, junk-space aesthetic, it really is a marvel to look at: an artfully dazzling distillation of videogamey flash, proggy space-majesty and Final Fantasy flounce.

    Apr 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Tom Hughes

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  • This digitally animated Japanese space adventure is as po-faced as they come.

    Apr 20, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The spectacular visuals and fights are the real stars.

    Apr 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The dazzling visuals and immense scale employed by director/animator Shinji Aramaki adequately compensate (just) for the derivative narrative in his update/reboot of Leiji Matsumoto's visionary 1970's space-opera, 'Harlock'.

    Jan 28, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Harlock: Space Pirate

  • May 21, 2017
    IGN recommended this and I must say it was interesting. The plot is a little messy and I wasn't with the story all the time but it threw some unexpected story twists. The sci fi elements were really good and the space shift was a fantastic design. The world building fell into a bitter love triangle which moved things away from the action but it normally swung back into action. The graphics are great during the fight scenes, the issue with motion capture, is the lack of facial expressions. The film has a grand storyline and I hope they continue the series. 21-05-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2016
    PS4 graphics, Megadrive story
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2013
    <i>Space Pirate Captain Harlock</i>, helmed by Shinji Aramaki, is science fiction animation bliss.<p>With nearly 2 hours of screen time to show, plot details fall short in certain places, although there is enough material to complete a full story. The film certainly doesn't travel at light speed and the action doesn't carry the movie by any means.</p><p>Visually is where this picture impresses. The renderings of backgrounds and objects are satisfying and the design of the characters, which Japanese animation tends to do well in, takes another step forward with the CG generation.</p><p>The voice work is creditable with characters getting the voices they deserve. Shun Oguri, Aoi Yu, Maaya Sakamoto, Haruma Miuri, Kiyoshi Kobayashi and Toshiyuki Morikawa make up a bulk of the major characters.</p><p>As far as science fiction animations go, <i>Space Pirate Captain Harlock</i> puts itself in a highly recommendable group.</p>
    JY S Super Reviewer

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