New Captain Harlock CG Film
I think a lot of you know about this project already. Objectively speaking, the first images coming out look very good (and the staff is solid). I think the problem will be with Matsumoto fans that might get upset at the changes made (Kei Yuki looks lovely, but she doesn’t look like Kei Yuki etc.) but in the end if Leiji-sensei himself is happy with the project then that’s a really good sign (he is after all known as the most difficult mangaka to work with out there!).
Anyway, my friend Fallen pointed out to me that Toei’s official page for this project has been updated with a story outline [here]. I’ve translated it below…all of you Harlock fans may debate to what extent this sounds like a “remake” or a brand-new thing.
“Former Federation Army Captain Harlock…the Arcadia vessel under his command enters into open rebellion against the Federation and disappears beyond the Solar System. From that time on the Arcadia travels throughout space, raiding and plundering any convoys it meets on their way back to Earth. A hundred years pass and more, but his purpose is still unclear. His name is on every Federation planet’s top wanted list and several fleets have pursued and engaged the Arcadia, but so far no one has been able to deliver that mortal blow…
What was the reason for Harlock’s sudden reappearance? Why did the battleship that everyone gave for destroyed rose again as a pirate ship? How can he live on after a century? And more importantly, why did a captain so motivated by respect and honor chose to rebel against his government? Rumors of Harlock spread among the people like the legends of ghost ships: with a mixture of reverence and dread. And now, after a hundred years…
a plan to assassinate Harlock has been put into operation!!”
Personally, this sounds to me like they’ll go halfway between a remake and a new plot. BTW, keep your eye out on my Alberich’s Dream page, as I’m currently adding subpages ( a Sexaroid one, a Harlock Saga one…) And now back to hiatus.