Considering that Leiji Matsumoto 1st created the character of Captain Harlock
in 1977, the space pirate has been popularized in comics, a number of Tv
series, and film. His most recent incarnation came in 2013 when Toei
Animation released the large-spending budget 3D laptop animated function film
Harlock Space Pirate. For a although it looked like fans of the
character would have to settle for a 2D normal definition DVD of
the film, but the great people at Twilight Time have just released the
feature on a lovely HD Blu-ray disc. Not only that, but it is a dual
format disc with both 2D and 3D versions of the film. With massive
studios like Disney only releasing ‘flat’ versions their films that
are theatrically released in 3D (domestically at least) it is great
that TT went to the work to put out this function in the format
that it was intended to be seen. It looks great in 2D, but in three
dimensions the film is truly really impressive, even if some of the
plot points in the second half are a bit convoluted.
As is explained in the intro sequence, mankind has reached out to
the stars and filled the galaxy. We’ve colonized worlds close to and
far, but so far found no other signs of intelligent life. Exploding
to a population of over 500 billion, mankind begins to fade. With
resources dwindling and birthrates declining, humans are faced with
extinction. They turn to Earth, wanting to return to the planet that
spawned them, but because it can not sustain such a big population the
Homecoming War breaks out. At its conclusion the Gaia Sanction is
developed, a new interstellar government that declares Earth scared
and off limits to all humans. If all of humanity can’t live there,
no a single will.
In the hundred years considering that the war stopped, humanity has continued
to reduce, but everyone is a lot more or less satisfied with the Gaia
Sanction’s decreed that ended the war: every person except Captain
Harlock, the commander of the pirate ship Arcadia. He had been
fighting the Gaia Sanction ever since the war ended, if you believe
the rumors, and even though he’s been hunted by the military’s very best, no
one particular has come close to capturing him.
As the movie starts, the Arcadia tends to make planetfall in a remote area
of a backwater planet. Four young males, eager to join up with the
space pirate, manage to make it to the Arcadia (no simple feat) but
however the pirate crew only has area for a single… and the
interview process is a lot more than a bit hazardous. Sooner or later Yama is
selected to come aboard and his life will never ever be the exact same.
Aboard the Arcadia he meets Kei, the 1st officer, and Miime an
alien who is Harlock’s confidant. (Keep in mind that issue in the intro
about there becoming no intelligent life? Effectively, they forgot about the
Nibelung, a race of superior beings although Miime is the only one
left.) He also learns that Harlock isn’t just attacking ships for
the loot. There is a method to his madness and he has been planting
effective bombs all across the universe. Once he has 100 placed is
really particular locations, he’ll detonate them and the clock will be
reset so that mankind can keep away from some of the errors it originally
created. But will that really come about, and what is Yama’s actual motive
for joining the crew of the Arcadia.
The 1st issue that strikes viewers is how this film appears truly
magnificent. From the very first frames even though to the ending credits, the
movie is eye candy filled with astonishing visuals which truly appear
incredible in 3D. (It looks exceptional in 2D, but if you have the
set-up, you actually want to see this in 3D.) Directed by Shinji
Aramaki who was also behind Appleseed and Appleseed Ex Machina (both
of which are outstanding) it’s no surprise that the results are so
spectacular. Factors have come a extended way in the dozen or so years
since Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and this movie really
showcases how good CG animation for humans can be.
There are a lot of other issues this film does correct, aside from the
very impressive visuals. There is no need to be concerned if you happen to be not
familiar with Captain Harlock, this is a reinvention of the
character and there is no previous expertise of his history necessary to
get pleasure from the film. That stated, the creators do throw some tidbits in for
the extended-time fans. When Yama stumbles across Harlock alone in the
laptop core talking to himself, men and women who have observed the earlier
incarnations (and there have been more than one) will smile
knowingly to themselves.
Yet another aspect that worked well is the truth that Harlock himself is
rarely observed in the first half of the film. He’s mysterious and
aloof, and there are a lot of concerns surrounding him. Has he
actually been fighting the Gaia Sanction for 100 years? Why doesn’t he
look old? When he does go into action, it is easy to believe that
this mysterious character is quite capable and that his previous is even
far more mysterious than viewers were led to think.
Although the film gets a lot proper, the second element of the movie is a
bit of a mess. After an thrilling and captivation first half, the
script appears to shed its way and grow to be convoluted and,
surprisingly, quite repetitive. In the large battle a little over
halfway by means of, Harlock pulls the very same trick on his opponent…
twice! The Gaia Sanction commander could not see it coming the second
time?? The same point takes place on the other side as well. At one point
the Gaia Sanction leaders make a huge deal out of authorizing the use
of an ultimate weapon that has an amazing destructive capability. A
bit later in the film, they recognize that they need to have to use an additional,
even Far more ultimate weapon that is even More potent and destructive.
The later component of the film is also filled with surprise revelations
(some of which are surprising, whilst other folks… not so a lot) and
convoluted plot twists. 1 character switches side no much less than
3 times, and it is difficult to maintain track of just which side everyone
stands on. That is not helped by the truth that there are many plot
holes and numerous unanswered queries in this portion of the script as well.
When all is stated and accomplished nevertheless, the spectacular visuals and the
sturdy 1st half make up for any shortcoming in the latter element of
the film. Eventually, it’s a exciting and enjoyable film that is a blast
The 2D/3D Blu-ray:
Spectacular. I very rarely give out five stars for video… there is
always one thing that you can spot if you appear closely adequate, but I
was truly blown away with the image high quality of this disc. It was
sharp, clean, and with outstanding detail, both in the 2D and 3D
versions (presented in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio). The 3D was
excellent and gave a nice quantity of depth to the image. A very
nice seeking disc.
The film arrives with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master audio track for each
versions. The Japanese version is presented in the original language
with optional English subtitles, the international version has an
English dub that is extremely good. Whilst I prefer the original language
release, it really is just a private choice and the dub was decent.
As talked about above, this set comes with two versions of the film,
the Japanese version (115 minutes – Japanese audio) and an
international version (111 minutes – English soundtrack). Every single
version comes on its own disc, and every single disc contains each 2D and 3D
versions of the film. There are also some quite good extras, and a
lot of them. It begins off with a 26 minute ‘making of’ featurette
that talks about how the film was rendered and put with each other.
(Japanese with subtitles.) Next up are a slew of interviews with
everybody from Harlock creator Leiji Matsumoto to the director and
screenwriter. Then there are highlights from the Venice Film
Festival, and a total of ten theatrical and Television spots. It’s rounded up
with a series of storyboards and an isolated music score (on the
Japanese version only). It’s a genuinely nice package.
Twilight Time has put out a wonderful package. Presenting this
wonderful-hunting film in each 2D and 3D (the latter is the way to
go) and filling the disc with some good extras they’ve created a disc
that anime fans ought to seriously take into account choosing up. Though in its
second half the film becomes a bit muddled, the strengths overcome
the weaknesses. This gets a powerful recommendation,
particularly for anime fans.
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