Shinji Aramaki‘s upcoming 3D CG anime film Space Pirate Captain Harlock is one of the titles that will be shown out of competition at the Venice Film Festival. In case you’re not so familiar with the whole thing, let us first inform you that the movie marks Toei Animation’s highest production budget ever. Definitely looks promising, check out the rest of this report to find an official trailer and read more details about the project.
Based on the original comic series by legendary manga artist Leiji Matsumoto, the movie tells the story of Captain Harlock, the one man standing between the corrupt Gaia Coalition and their quest for complete intergalactic rule.
So, basically, on one hand we have the space invaders who seek to conquer our planet, and on the other hand – we have the rebellious Captain Harlock and his fearless crew. They are mankind’s only hope of one day righting the Coalition’s wrongs.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“Seeking revenge against those who wronged both mankind and himself, the mysterious space pirate roams the universe in his battle cruiser, the Arcadia, defiantly attacking and pillaging enemy ships. Gaia Fleet leader Ezra sends his younger brother, Logan/Yama, to infiltrate the Arcadia and assassinate Harlock. But Logan/Yama will soon discover that things are not always what they seem, and that legends are born for a reason. Harlock pushes his loyal crew forward in his death-defying mission to undo the “Nodes of Time” and reverse the Earth to an age when still inhabited by humans. It is the year 2977 and 500 billion displaced humans long to return to the planet they still refer to as home.”
Space Pirate Captain Harlock voice-cast includes Yû Aoi, Maaya Sakamoto, Shun Oguri and Haruma Miura.
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