ANIME & MANGA - Review
11:00 - 5th July 2015, by NEO Staff

Harlock: Space Pirate

In the far-flung future (or the distant past), the Earth has become a restricted sanctuary that human beings are forbidden from setting foot upon. And only one man, the brooding badass Captain Harlock (and his shady space pirates) is willing to stand up to the Gaia Coalition and try to take back the planet. Harlock: Space Pirate follows the titular Captain, and the spy that was sent aboard to assassinate him, as they and the rest of the crew travel the stars in their smog-streaming spaceship on their mission for freedom.

The movie is a CGI reboot of the ‘70s manga and anime Space Pirate Captain Harlock, and it definitely trades on its phenomenal updated visuals and striking visual flair. The many space battles and action sequences look incredible, and the art direction manages to carve out its own niche style in a genre that has had countless entries in the 40 years since the original’s debut.

Though it would be easy to dismiss Harlock as a flashy CGI-fest, the plot actually has a surprising amount of twists and turns to it. The universe it presents holds a lot of unanswered questions, which maybe aren’t explored enough in this story, but there’s plenty of room for a sequel that can provide the setting with a little more depth, and give the characters more room to grow.

Whether in the animated medium or otherwise, Harlock: Space Pirate is one of the best new sci-fi movies of recent years – genuinely intriguing and dripping with cool, you don’t want to miss this.

Harlock’s mix of sci-fi action and piratical adventure is a must, whether you’re a devotee of the genre or not.
SCORE: 4/5
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