Harlock: Space Pirate (2013)
From the outset, you can look at Harlock: Space Pirate and expect a rocket-fueled amount of fun. After all, a movie with the gumption to call itself exactly what it is in the title isn’t about to bore you with over-long, tedious insights into the internal struggles of being a space pirate. No, you’re getting spaceships, laser bombs, robot suits, and—have we said this already?—space pirates. Based on a Japanese manga, Harlock: Space Pirate was well-received on its release in 2013 and even won Best International Animated Feature at the 3D Creative Arts Awards, but the CG spectacle didn’t come anywhere close to making back its production budget and ultimately failed to find much of an audience.
Does that mean you should steer clear of Harlock? Not even close. If the geek pleasure centers of your brain light up at the thought of a well-made, beautifully animated sci-fi adventure, you’ll definitely get a kick out of Harlock: Space Pirate.