Waga Seishun no Arcadia

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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


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, SpaceSpace
Duration: 2 hr. 10 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.491 (scored by 35343,534 users)
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Ranked: #16542
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Popularity: #5499
Members: 8,558
Favorites: 82

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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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Katsumata, Tomoharu
Matsumoto, Leiji
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"Waga Seishun no Arcadia" by Teppei Shibuya

Jan 4, 2010
Merridian (All reviews)
This is a story of being down & out in a world that has no room left for hope. It is a story of a subjugated humanity plagued by a lack of resources, a lack of trust in itself, and a lack of courage to fight off the oppressors who have bled it dry. It is a story of loss, vengeance, of unforeseeable consequences, of unconquerable resolve and an outdated code of honor, of a hope for the future, and of bitter betrayal. It is the story of a small group of people willing to fight for their right to survive, only read more
May 13, 2010
MS06FZ (All reviews)
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 read more
Nov 12, 2015
BohemianRhapsody (All reviews)
"At the end of their lives, all men look back and think that their youth was arcadia." — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Arcadia of my Youth" is an essential piece in the so-called Leijiverse (aka the universe in which Leiji Matsumoto's works exist). True to its title, it explores the youth of one of the main Leijiverse characters, Captain Harlock, as well as his associates (such as Queen Emeraldas).

The plot of "Arcadia of my Youth" is very good. Even though it's technically a prequel, it doesn't rely on the other anime of the franchise, but presents a fully fleshed-out story, and manage to tells you read more
Sep 10, 2014
blueprincen (All reviews)
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 read more

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