Uchuu Kaizoku Captain Herlock

Space Pirate Captain Harlock

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Synonyms: Harlock TV, Albator 78
Japanese: 宇宙海賊・キャプテンハーロック
English: Space Pirate Captain Harlock
German: Captain Harlock
French: Captain Herlock
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Type: TV
Episodes: 42
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 14, 1978 to Feb 13, 1979
Premiered: Spring 1978
Broadcast: Tuesdays at Unknown
Producers: TV Asahi, Harmony Gold
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: SpaceSpace
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.711 (scored by 1092910,929 users)
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Ranked: #12172
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3623
Members: 38,058
Favorites: 338

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It is 2977 AD and mankind has become stagnant. Robots do all the work, the masses are kept tranquil by subliminal messages, and government officials are lazy, caring only about recreational activities like golf and horse racing. Captain Herlock has defied this insipid mentality, leading a group of like-minded rebels to a more adventurous life aboard the spaceship Arcadia.

A mysterious force known as the Mazone has invaded the Earth, taking the form of mysterious cloaked women that kill anyone who suspect their nefarious doings, such as Tadashi Daiba who is now on their hit-list. After his scientist father is ignored by the government and killed by the Mazone, he joins Captain Herlock and his ragtag group of pirates to assist them as they try to save humanity from the impending alien threat.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Director, Episode Director
Ozeki, Masayuki
Episode Director
Akehi, Masayuki
Episode Director
Gatineau, Michel
Script, ADR Director


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"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


Sep 3, 2016
"Only real men can understand stuff like this."
Ah yes, the reason why I tend to watch ANYTHING with the name Leiji Matsumoto attached. Let me first say that my five star rating is biased as I have happy childhood memories attached to this property and it was great to finish it after 30 years. What more could we want than the stoic badass known as Captain Harlock sailing the sea of stars fight evil and injustice with only his guts, moxie, and wits. For 36 years the space pirate has inspired hope and instilled fear in a ...
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 ...
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 ...

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