Review: Space Captain Harlock

Toei Animation did am amazing looking computer animated Captain Harlock film last year. I finally got to see the English dubbed version so here are my impressions.

The film is absolutely stunning to look at. The costumes and sets are amazing. And while I am a fan of Harlock creator Leiji Matsumoto’s work, his stories tend to be all over the place and not well constructed. This was.

However, the big plot twist in the middle of the film makes you lose all sympathy for the heroes. I knew however, there would be a different twist at the climax because this story seemed to be following good story structure methods and I wasn’t disappointed. I don’t think they pulled it off enough to reverse what happens in the middle. But I was satisfied with the film over all. It is a really stunning achievement and original. If you are a Harlock fan the story will surprise you. It’s a new origin for the main character.

Overall, its well worth checking out, just don’t get disheartened by the twist in the middle. I wish they had worked on the script a little more. The characters weren’t bad and they were close enough to all the recognizable faces we’ve seen before.

I can also say the dubbing was excellent, Really good.

I’d give it a 7 out of 10 because it could have been better handled in places. It does meander a bit and its contrived in many places. It’s hard to feel for the characters. But as an animated film it’s up there with the best the Americans produce in CG. It’s funny to say that because at one time I thought all the good animation was coming from Japan but Pixar raised the bar. This is up there, however.

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