When I was a kid, there was actually a lot of anime that made its way over to America. It wasn’t just Robotech and Voltron. We also had stuff like Galaxy Rangers and Captain Harlock.
Now we are getting news and the first trailer of a new CGI Captain Harlock: Space Pirate film and the first footage looks pretty damned awesome.
Here’s more about Captain Harlock from Wikipedia:
Harlock is the archetypical romantic hero, a space pirate with an individualist philosophy of life. He is as noble as he is taciturn, rebellious, stoically fighting against totalitarian regimes, whether they be earthborn or alien. In his own words, he “fight[s] for no one’s sake… only for something deep in [his] heart”. He does not fear death, and is sometimes seen wearing clothing with the number 42 on it. In Japanese culture, the number 42 is associated with death (the numbers, pronounced separately as “four two”, sound like the words “shi ni”—meaning “to death”).
The character is introduced in Adventures of a Honeybee (1953), but did not make its debut as lead character until 1978’s Space Pirate Captain Harlock. Since then, the character has appeared in numerous animated TV series and films, the latest of which being Space Pirate Captain Herlock: The Endless Odyssey, and re-imagined as an Iron Cross fighter pilot and a gunslinger in the American Old West.
Here’s a classic episode of Captain Harlock to give you a taste of the old show: