The adventures of the fantastic space pirate Captain Harlock

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Uchū Kaizoku Captain Harlock
Original title 宇宙 海賊 キ ャ プ テ ン ハ ー ロ ッ ク
transcription Uchū Kaizoku Kyaputen Hārokku
genre Space opera , action , adventure , drama
country JapanJapan Japan
author Leiji Matsumoto
publishing company Akita Shoten
magazine Play comic
First publication 1977-1979
Anime television series
title The adventures of the fantastic space pirate Captain Harlock
Original title 宇宙 海賊 キ ャ プ テ ン ハ ー ロ ッ ク
transcription Uchū Kaizoku Kyaputen Hārokku
Country of production JapanJapan Japan
original language Japanese
year 1978
Studio Toei animation
length 24 minutes
Episodes 64 in 2 seasons
Director Osamu Sekita
idea Mizuki Kawashita
music Seiji Yokoyama , Shunsuke Kikuchi
First broadcast March 14, 1978 on TV Asahi
Anime movie
Uchū Kaizoku Captain Harlock Arcadia Go no Nazo (1978)
Waga Seishun no Arcadia (1982)
Harlock Saga (1999)
Space Pirate Captain Herlock (2002)

The adventures of the fantastic space pirate Captain Harlock ( Japanese 宇宙 海賊 キ ャ プ テ ン ハ ー ロ ッ ク , Uchū Kaizoku Kyaputen Hārokku , literally: space pirate Captain Harlock ), Captain Harlock for short , is a series of manga by Leiji Matsumoto in 1979. The Manga was created in 1979 by Leiji Matsumoto implemented several anime series and films.

The work can be assigned to the genres action , adventure , drama and science fiction ( space opera ).


The main character's name, Captain Harlock, was changed to Herlock in a 2002 production . In all other works in the series he is named Harlock. In France he was known as the Albator .


Cosplayer as Captain Harlock (front)

In the distant future, the earth is highly technical and space travel is well developed. But people have become comfortable, selfish and lazy. A computer determines who has what value in society. The few who oppose this and see humanity degenerating without their own initiative are fought as troublemakers. So does Captain Harlock, who as a pirate causes trouble with his spaceship Arcadia. His team includes the navigator and scientist Kei Yūki ( 有 紀 蛍 ), the extraterrestrial Mīme ( ミ ー erste ), the first mate and model building freak Yattaran, the ship's doctor Dr. Zero and many others who have said goodbye to their old life on earth.

When a celestial body hits the earth and attacks are carried out on important people at the same time, Harlock is accused of being responsible. The celestial body is a base of the alien mazons, as the scientist Professor Tsuyoshi Daiba finds out, with which the invasion of the mazons is announced. The attacks are also carried out by Mazone who are already on earth. But nobody believes him, except Harlock. Finally, Daiba is also killed and his son, 14-year-old Tadashi Daiba ( 台 羽 正 ), joins Harlock's team to defeat the Mazones and protect the earth with Harlock. As it soon turns out, the Mazones consider Earth their second home and are on their way to it after their own home planet has been destroyed. The earth was chosen as their second home a long time ago and Mazones have lived among the people on earth since the time of the early advanced civilizations, bringing their culture and technology with them. All of the Mazone warriors are female and of beautiful human shape. If the plant-like beings are killed, they burn up.

In addition to fighting the Mazone outposts on Earth, Harlock continues to be hunted by the Earth Government. This also uses the girl Mayu Ōyama ( 大 山 ま ゆ ), whose father Tochiro Ōyama was Harlock's best friend. Tochiro Ōyama also constructed the Arcadia and has lived on in its computer since his death, giving the ship a soul. Harlock has promised Tochiro to protect Mayu and that she lives on earth. So the government, especially Commander Mitsuru Kiruda, tries to capture Harlock with the help of Mayu and other tricks. However, Kiruda is also becoming more and more frustrated by the selfishness of the politicians who command him, especially the president, who is only interested in dog racing and golf and winning the next election.

After Harlock repeatedly won battles against the Mazones, the main fleet of the Mazones under Queen Rafflesia is approaching. Harlock wants to attack Rafflesia directly, but Rafflesia can initially prevent this through various counter attacks and traps. She tries to find out as much as possible about the Arcadia and its crew, but the goal is often to kill Harlock as well. But the failures also lead to disputes among the Mazones. Finally, she even goes so far as to have Mayu kidnapped into the distant Horsehead Nebula. But there, too, Harlock is finally victorious and then faces her fleet. At the same time, Kiruda has also become convinced of the threat posed by the Mazones and supports Harlock, but soon dies in battle. Finally, with a few military tricks, Harlock can defeat the overwhelming fleet of the Mazone alone with the Arcadia, the crew penetrates the space ship Rafflesias and takes them. So the queen gives up and withdraws.

Despite the victory, the Earth Government is ungrateful and sends Harlock away. But shortly afterwards the base of the Mazons on Earth becomes active and the Mazons of the Earth rise. Harlock can eventually defeat them too, but large parts of the earth and modern civilization are destroyed. A new, happier society will soon emerge from the ruins.


The events around the striking heavenly body and Tadashi Daiba's father first introduce the plot, the most important characters up to Mayu are presented. In the following individual, episodic adventures and battles, the story of a member of Harlock's team or a character trait of Harlock is examined in more detail, later also the past of Harlock and the Arcadia. Finally, the battle against the main Mazone fleet and defeating the aliens forms a final arc of the story.


The manga appeared in Japan from 1977 to 1979 in Play Comic magazine published by Akita Shoten . The individual chapters later appeared together in five anthologies.

The manga was published in French by Kana and in Spanish by Glénat .

Anime adaptations

Television series

In 1978, the Toei Animation studio , directed by Rintarou, first produced an anime television series based on the manga. The series has 42 episodes and the character design was created by Kazuo Komatsubara. The anime aired from March 14, 1978 to February 13, 1979 in Japan by TV Asahi . Later repetitions followed at Animax .

The series has been translated into English, French, Spanish and Italian. In Germany, the first 12 episodes were published on VHS and Betamax . Four episodes (the content of the first twelve episodes but shortened) also appeared on Video2000 and Laserdisc .

1982 was also produced a second season after the first film, under the title Arcadia of My Youth - Mugen Kido SSX ( わが青春のアルカディア·無限軌道 SSX) of 13 October 1982 to 30 March in 1983 by TV Asahi aired . This was translated into French and Spanish.

In 2002 a series with an alternate story and the same characters was produced and published under the title Gun Frontier .


role Japanese speaker ( seiyū )
Captain Harlock Makio Inoue
Tadashi Daiba Akira Kamiya
Kei Yūki / Mayu Ōyama Chiyoko Kawashima
Rafflesia Haruko Kitahama
Mime Noriko Ohara


The music of the first season comes from Seiji Yokoyama, that of the second season was composed by Shunsuke Kikuchi. As preload title for the first series was used Captain Harlock ( キャプテンハーロック) and as the credits song Warera no Tabidachi ( われらの旅立ち ), both by Ichiro Mizuki. Different songs were used in the American and French versions. The German title song and the credits were sung by the pop singer Nicole .

The opening credits of the second series are Oretachi no Funade ( お れ た ち の 船 出 ) by Ichirou Mizuki, from whom the credits Harlock no Ballad ( ハ ー ロ ッ ク の バ ラ ー ド ) also come.

The 1982 film's closing credits song is Waga Seishun no Arcadia ( わ が 青春 の ア ル カ デ ィ ア ) by Teppei Shibuya.


To Captain Harlock three feature films have been produced.

  • Uchū Kaizoku Captain Harlock: Arcadia Go no Nazo (宇宙 海賊 キ ャ プ テ ン ハ ー ロ ッ ク ア ル カ デ ィ ィ ア 号 の 謎 ): The 34-minute film was produced in 1978 and also broadcast on Spanish television.
  • Waga Seishun no Arcadia (わ が 青春 の ア ル カ デ ィ ア ): The film produced in 1982 shows Harlock's youth on the ship Arcadia . The film has been translated into over five languages.
  • Space Pirate Captain Harlock (宇宙 海賊 キ ャ プ テ ン ハ ー ロ ッ ク): A Japanese 3D animation film was released in 2013, directed by Shinji Aramaki.

Original video animation

The first OVA to Captain Harlock was Harlock Saga in 1999 . The anime, produced by Bandai Visual under director Yoshio Takeuchi , consists of six half-hour episodes. Harlock Saga was broadcast in German on June 8, 2007 by GIGA TV .

In 2001, Cosmowarrior Zero by director Kazuyoshi Yokota followed . The 15-episode anime produced by Vega Entertainment consists of 13 episodes.

In 2002, Space Pirate Captain Herlock: The Endless Odyssey by director Rintarou followed . The 13-episode anime has been translated into English, French and German (licensed by Universum Anime ) , among others .

American series

1985 appeared in the USA a series titled Captain Harlock and the Queen of a Thousand Years , which was cut from the series The Queen of the Thousand Years and The Adventures of the Fantastic Space Pirate Captain Harlock and comprises 65 episodes.


By 1992, Malibu Comics in America published a comic by Ben Dunn and Tim Eldred on the series. The action begins two years after that of Waga Seishun no Arcadia

Individual evidence

  1. AnimaniA 04/2005, p. 14

Web links

Commons : Captain Harlock  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files