I’ve been in contact with a Japanese Leijiverse fan who also happens to be a talented artist. He (?) sent me two lovely pics and I got permission to post them here. The artist goes by the name of あるめ@psy (the hiragana reads “arume”) and is on pixiv as well, so definitely check all of the pictures over there. In the meantime, look at this:
Arume and I were talking about the upcoming Harlock CG film. So far Japanese interest in the project is apparently pretty low. People are complaining about the look being too different from the original (the Arcadia of course being a prime example) and the fact that they’re hiring voice actors for their looks and not for their experience as..well..voice actors. Of course, this latter move is done to please the general population, but so far they seem to be “meh” about the whole thing.
The complaints are shared internationally, but the difference is that in countries like France and Italy, fans still look forward to the project (despite any qualms) whereas in Japan many seem to have given up hope on it. And ardent, optimistic Harlock fans like Arume are hoping that international success will carry the film and make it successful, whatever happens in Japan.
Here’s my two cents: if this film turns out to be as good as the trailers promise, and it flops in Japan, then it won’t be the film that flops. JAPAN, YOU FLOP.
At that point I will request that Leiji Matsumoto be given political asylum in a beautiful island nation of his choice (I’d offer mine up, except that we don’t even have the judicial power to offer asylum <damn you colonialism, you suck so much!>) and that U.N. funds be procured to support the artist in future projects, especially those relating to the conclusion of several unfinished series etc.