Waga Seishun no Arcadia

Captain Harlock: Arcadia of my Youth

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Synonyms: Arcadia of My Youth, Harlock Movie 2, My Youth in Arcadia, Albator 84
Japanese: わが青春のアルカディア
English: Captain Harlock: Arcadia of my Youth
Spanish: Capitán Harlock: La Arcadia de mi Juventud
French: Albator 84: L'Atlantis de Ma Jeunesse Le Film
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 28, 1982
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: AnimEigo, Discotek Media
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Unknown
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, SpaceSpace
Duration: 2 hr. 10 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.481 (scored by 44124,412 users)
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Ranked: #18582
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Popularity: #6031
Members: 10,791
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Earth has been conquered by the evil Illumidus Empire, with parallels drawn to the U.S. post World War II occupation of Japan. Captain Harlock with a group that will become his life long friends begin their fight against this tyranny visited upon the planet Earth, with no regard to the costs the struggle will have on them, caring only for the ideal of restoring freedom to the people of Earth.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Katsumata, Tomoharu
Matsumoto, Leiji
Planning, Original Creator
Kanada, Yoshinori
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Nabeshima, Osamu
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"Waga Seishun no Arcadia" by Teppei Shibuya


May 13, 2010
I was never a particular fan of the original Captain Harlock series, personally finding it a bit slow and the ongoing plot not being hugely engaging. However, I decided to give the movie a fair shot and it was incredible.

Gone are the animation errors and slow pacing, replaced with beautifully smooth and elegant art and animation. The plot is fairly simple, but well-executed and has a few good tear-jerker moments.

The movie provides a sort of backstory for Harlock and the Arcadia, also featuring his fellow pirate Emereldas. The villains aren't the series' antagonists but instead the Illumidus, a force occupying Earth - which sets ...
Sep 10, 2014
Arcadia of My Youth is an example of everything I believe a good adventure film should be. Taut yet deliberately paced, easy to understand yet never falling into clunky exposition, and full to the brim with raw, melodramatic emotion, this movie is a perfect introduction to the illustrious Leiji Matsumoto Universe. Speaking from my own experience as someone who was introduced to Matsumoto's works from this film, I can tell you that I cannot wait to learn more about these endearing, over-the-top romantic characters and their strange, anachronistic world.

This film is a rare example of an adventure film that is not also paired with action ...
Sep 12, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Captain Herlock: Arcadia of My Youth strips down sci-fi into a dramatic and somewhat dull affair. Unfortunately, after watching what felt like an incredibly long and meandering film, I didn't get much out of this particular story. It's an extraordinarily self-serious and dramatic film, but it does not really justify this feeling with how dull it is at the same time. Overall, Captain Herlock was a letdown, and simply far too long for what is a pretty shallow plot, while having some decent moments.

A quick synopsis: Captain Herlock is a dark and depressing take on a dystopian sci-fi future where Earth has been occupied by ...

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