HARLOCK SPACE PIRATE | BLU RAY REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Do you like epic sci fi? Do you love anime? Do you know of HARLOCK SPACE PIRATE? Do you like wicked giveaways on Salty Popcorn? And do you want to win a freaking amazeballs, my mind is blown, one of the best sci fi’s of the last ten years on Blu Ray AND in 3D (2D included) from us? Then read on discerning reader because with thanks to the amazing people at ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT we have three copies for you on Blu Ray 3D to win – I normally giveaway my extra review copy but not this time, I will be watching this one over and over again. James Cameron says about it “Mythic, epic and visually unprecedented. Harlock will take you to a whole new universe of ideas.” Have no fear if you do not win, you can buy it RIGHT HERE. HARLOCK SPACE PIRATE aka SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK is out now, is rated PG and is 107mins of epicness long.

 

Harlock Space Pirate, Shinji Aramaki, anime, animation, science fiction, star wars, harlock, logan, Harutoshi Fukui, Kiyoto Takeuchi, anchor bay entertainment, jason king, Harutoshi Fukui, Leiji Matsumoto, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Toei Animation
HARLOCK SPACE PIRATE | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | THE BLU RAY COVER

 

It is the year 2977 and 500 billion displaced humans long to return to the planet they still refer to as home. Captain Harlock is the one man standing between the corrupt Gaia Coalition and their quest for complete intergalactic rule. Seeking revenge against those who wronged both mankind and himself, the mysterious space pirate roams the universe in his battle cruiser, the Arcadia, defiantly attacking and pillaging enemy ships. Gaia Fleet leader Ezra sends his younger brother, Logan, to infiltrate the Arcadia and assassinate Harlock. But Logan will soon discover that things are not always what they seem and that legends are born for a reason.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock  is originally a manga series written and illustrated by Leiji Matsumoto, a serialized Akita Shoten’s Play Comic from 1977 to 1979. The series was adapted into an animated television series in 1978 directed by Rintaro and produced by Toei Animation. In 2010 Toei Animations announced this big budget film adaption to bring Harlock back to life and I pray his tales spark interest and continue.

The animation is just epic, it is so top of the line and gamelike it comes across close to humanlike, animators have truy nailed clothing, materials and hair, the one thing they are yet to get is the complex motion of running, it still appears clunky when viewed but everything else is bordering on better to watch than real life, no wonder gamers can’t stop – one point for poop socking :).

 

Harlock Space Pirate, Shinji Aramaki, anime, animation, science fiction, star wars, harlock, logan, Harutoshi Fukui, Kiyoto Takeuchi, anchor bay entertainment, jason king, Harutoshi Fukui, Leiji Matsumoto, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Toei Animation
HARLOCK SPACE PIRATE | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW – HARLOCK AND MIIME

 

I sigh the the Americans do not pour money into films like this, honestly a superb science fiction that Star Trekkers and Star Warsers and Anime lovers the world over would pour money into watching. Sadly the film has not made its budget back. It was made by Toei Animations who are a production company in Japan that have been in operation since 1948 and have made some of the greatest anime films of all time. This was their second largest budget to date at $30MIL US behind  Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary with a budget of over $100 MIL, and you can tell by the production quality, it is phenomenal. It is only about $5MIL short of making its budget back, the company can wear a loss from this but I am thinking it will break even with worldwide home entertainment, I would happily pay money to own a copy of this.

 

Harlock Space Pirate, Shinji Aramaki, anime, animation, science fiction, star wars, harlock, logan, Harutoshi Fukui, Kiyoto Takeuchi, anchor bay entertainment, jason king, Harutoshi Fukui, Leiji Matsumoto, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Toei Animation
HARLOCK SPACE PIRATE | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW – LOGAN

 

It is directed by Shinji Aramaki who has been directing anime since 1985. His visual style in this film is just superb, it needs to be seen on the big screen for the ultimate appreciation but the one thing that let this film down for me and the reason it lost 1/2 a pop was the occasional cheesiness of the script and “hero moments”, perhaps this has occurred from translation as the copy we have is dubbed and not subbed. I am not a huge anime viewer and I know nothing of Aramaki but from what I have read his film’s plots occasionally lose the plot. To be perfectly honest I notice this in most anime films and always put it down to the type of storytelling and “lost in translation” effect. But the plot made fine sense to me, this is kind of what we could have gotten from Star Wars Eps I, II and III if it embraced darkness and George Lucas was not involved – bring on VII, VIII & IX. It is dark, is about saving a planet and a race, it has evil, goodness, heart, corruption and the characters are all likable. The action sequences in this film, in the 3D easily compare to some of the greatest science fiction action films of all time. As I have been raving, the visuals are nearly unparalleled.

 

Harlock Space Pirate, Shinji Aramaki, anime, animation, science fiction, star wars, harlock, logan, Harutoshi Fukui, Kiyoto Takeuchi, anchor bay entertainment, jason king, Harutoshi Fukui, Leiji Matsumoto, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Toei Animation
HARLOCK SPACE PIRATE | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW – LOGAN

 

Confession time, like some anime films, the viewer may tend to gain sexual attraction to lead characters. Hahaha – I have fallen in love with Logan and Captain Harlock, they may as well be brothers they look identical and are just both so, ummmmm, freaking HOT 🙂 I am also certain that straight guys will fall in love with Kei, she basically wears a winter version of Princess Leia’s metal bikini 🙂 And then there is Miime, the super sexy, mostly naked alien who is always at Harlock’s side. The film definitely embraces its sexploitation and there is nothing wrong with that.

Everything about this film is a modern day geek’s science fiction joy. From what I have read in the adaption it has modernised to embrace more pressing issues of environment as opposed to the anti-Fascist themes of the original. Ironic considering that last week CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER came out embracing the anti-Fascist themes. HARLOCK SPACE PIRATE  will be a delight for manga and anime fans as well as gamers and all those attracted to modern animation technologies, videogames and science fiction. Hardcore geeks and fans will definitely get on board the Arcadia with me, just back off, Logan is mine haha!

 

4 and a Half Pops

 

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