Ranked #663

Uchuu Kaizoku Captain Harlock

Alternative Titles

English: Space Pirate Captain Harlock
Synonyms: Harlock TV, Albator 78
Japanese: 宇宙海賊・キャプテンハーロック


Type: TV
Episodes: 42
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 14, 1978 to Feb 13, 1979
Premiered: Spring 1978
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Studio Nue
Licensors: Discotek
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Ranked: #6632
Popularity: #2321
Members: 12,214
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The year is 2977. Mankind has become complacent and stagnant. All work is done by machines, while humans spend all their time on entertainment. But when a mysterious invader from the stars catches Earth unawares, only the legendary space pirate Captain Harlock and the crew of the Arcadia have the will to stand against them.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Harlock, Phantom
Harlock, Phantom
Inoue, Makio
Inoue, Makio
Tokumaru, Kan
Tokumaru, Kan
Ohara, Noriko
Ohara, Noriko
Yuki, Kei
Yuki, Kei
Kawashima, Chiyoko
Kawashima, Chiyoko
Daiba, Tadashi
Daiba, Tadashi
Kamiya, Akira
Kamiya, Akira


Ozeki, Masayuki
Ozeki, Masayuki
Episode Director
Mizuki, Ichirou
Mizuki, Ichirou
Theme Song Performance
Matsumoto, Leiji
Matsumoto, Leiji
Original Creator

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Opening Theme

"Captain Harlock (キャプテンハーロック)" by Ichirou Mizuki

Ending Theme

"Warera no Tabidachi (われらの旅立ち)" by Ichirou Mizuki

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Dec 21, 2009
There is a reason this is considered to be one of the greatest anime series ever made. Take a healthy dose of outlaw vigilantism from the wild west, combine it with all your favorite pirate fantasy escapades, put it on a vaguely WWII-era stylized battleship, and set it in space. If you replace the six-shooter revolvers with plasma lasers that can double as rapiers, replace the battleship guns with ultra-powerful “pulsar cannons”, and replace the high seas and prevailing winds with gravitational anomalies and solar radiation, what will remain is about what you’ve got with Space Pirate Captain Harlock. Add one of read more
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Jan 27, 2012
I went into Space Captain Harlock thinking I'd be able to give it all the allowances I could for the time it was made in and and all that comes with. I really did try. I've heard nothing but good things about this show, and I was really looking forward to my first foray into the Leijiverse. For what its worth I did watch every episode, but I just can't recommend it. I just can't. I'm mostly going to focus on the story and characters here. This review is meant to warn people about this show, and in no read more
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Jun 11, 2015
To me, 1978 is a special year in anime. We got so many good anime; I just have to watch them all. Of course, when someone says there is an anime about space pirates and by Leiji Matsumoto (Yamato series), shut up and take my money. It was also directed by Rin Taro, whom has directed many shows from Astro Boy Brave in Space to the 1999 X Movie. Basically, his stuff is a coin flip. Luckily this anime did not disappoint.

Set in 2977, this is a world where technology does most of the work like in The Jetsons, and humans have become so lazy read more
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Jul 14, 2012
The seemingly endless afternoon I spent reading an Anime encyclopedia a few months ago did not only provide me with more insight on glorified child pornography than I would have ever imagined: it also displayed a mysterious picture of a woman under the title "Queen Emeraldas." Somehow fascinated by a few passages describing the Leijiverse, I spent some time researching Leiji Matsumoto on the internet and eventually ended up seeing Captain Harlock. I approached this, by comparison to most other anime, antiquity with high expectations. It turned out to differ quite fundamentally from my personal vision of warfare and human drama, but by no means read more
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Anime: Uchuu Senkan Yamato
These two series are both amazing space operas, but not only are both made by Matsumoto, Leiji, but the setting as well is quite similar, the feeling you get of the atmosphere from both space battleships the Arcadia and the Yamato sure make up for an amazing ride of an intense story!

So if you love space related anime and the work of Leiji then these anime series are definitely for you!
reportRecommended by RafaelDeJongh
Anime: Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199
Both are amazing space opera and I enjoy listening to the Yamato opening every time. You'd be really surprised how similar both are. 
reportRecommended by josh2218
Anime: Last Exile
Very early in Last Exile, the main characters will encounter Alex Row, which has enormous ressemblances with Harlock. They act the same and their apparence is extremely similar. But this is no coincidence, Alex Row was based on Captain Harlock, but not on apparence/personnality only. As we know, Harlock is the captain of a battleship, the Arcadia, traveling with his crew through space, portrayed as criminals. But Row is also the captain of his own ship, traveling with his crew in the "kill-them-all" Silvana, also being seen as dangerous criminals due to groundless rumors. The only difference is that the Silvana navigates in the sky  read more 
reportRecommended by Corleone
Anime: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Space battles in massive ships. Space Pirate Captain Harlock is one of the many sources of TTGL and Simon's design in the final part is actually inspired directly by Harlock. It is a lot of fun and great to watch and note the similarities with today's animes. Harlock was (and still is) a very influential anime. 
reportRecommended by Probability
Anime: Black Jack (TV)
Very similar strong-willed main characters who fight for what they believe in.  
reportRecommended by Danish
Anime: Densetsu Kyojin Ideon
Harlock and his crew are practically banned from Earth while they fight to protect it from an alien race called the Mazone, which resemble beautiful women in appearance. In Ideon the group who discover the "Solo Ship" and the Ideon end up being pushed away from their homeworld as well, with nowhere to run while being chased by the mysterious Buff Clan that resemble humans themselves. In both shows, the casts home is ... their spaceship, with nowhere else to go.

If you can appreciate old art and animation it's easy to say both shows still look great to this day, with the  read more 
reportRecommended by Echelon

Recent News

New Anime of Space Pirate Captain Harlock Announced (Movie to Premiere Sept 7, 2013)

According to Mainichi news, a CGI anime of Space Pirate Captain Harlock was announced. The production will begin in 2011 and the premiere is planed in or after 2012....read more

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