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Trailer Watch: Japanese Space Pirate Captain Harlock trailer

Appleseed and Appleseed Ex Machina director Shinji Aramaki is back with a CG-animated adaptation of Space Pirate Captain Harlock. This third trailer (all in Japanese, so… hopefully you either speak it, or you’re familiar enough with the anime that you have some idea of what’s going on). I never did, and my Japanese is basically non-existent, so I’m totally lost… but it sure looks pretty.

The film is out in Japan this September, but no signs of an American release at this time. It’s all but guaranteed to make it here on video, eventually, though, so if you’re a fan, just hang in there.

If you really want to spoil it for yourself, there’s about twelve minutes of footage online here.

7 Responses to “Trailer Watch: Japanese Space Pirate Captain Harlock trailer”

  1. animekritik says:

    I’ve done the English subs here:

  2. JasonMBryant says:

    As far as the animation goes, it’s in the uncanny valley. I can’t feel any emotion from these characters. At this level, they should just film real actors against the CG backgrounds.

    • animekritik says:

      I think the problem is in the eyes. That’s the really hard part and that definitely needs to be researched and worked on more in the future. That said, some scenes are much better than others. When Kei asks Yama about his armor, I think Yama’s eyes work well, etc etc. They’ll get there one day.

    • Gordon McAlpin says:

      Considering it cost roughly $30 million, I think they’re doing rather well.