Trivia / Captain Harlock

  • Acting for Two: Chiyoko Kawashima voiced both Kei Yuki and Mayu.
    • Similarly in the VIZ/Ocean dub of Adieu Galaxy Express 999, Jane Perry voiced both Kei and Mime.
  • Creator Backlash: Matsumoto has all but disowned Endless Odyssey. The first episode begins with a title card in Japanese (with no English subs, strangely) proclaiming the OVA series as being merely "director Rintaro's Captain Harlock". The fallout happened when Matsumoto took offense to a weapon Rintaro planned for the demonic villains to use that (originally) generated Star of David-shaped Instant Runes.
    • Matsumoto also disliked the character Mayu (Tochiro's daughter) that Rintaro created for Space Pirate Captain Harlock.
  • Executive Meddling: A lesson to animators: NEVER use religious images carelessly in works based on Leiji Matsumoto's characters, or your series will be released Direct-to-Video.
  • Market-Based Title: When the manga/anime was imported in France, the protagonist was renamed into "Albator". Translators thought that Captain Harlock was too close from Captain Haddock from Tintin and that young people would be confused by the two characters.
  • The Other Darrin: There appears to be two ships named Arcadia. One blue (seen in the 1978 series), and the other green, seen in all other subsequent series. Until the 2014 Dimensional Voyage manga, none of the stories or animation supports the common fanon supposition that that the Arcadia was at any point destroyed and rebuilt. Or that the second Arcadia is just a newer, upgraded version of the first. note  Their existence actually nothing more than marketing.
    • explains it this way:
      Takara owned the rights to model kits from Space Pirate, and Bandai owned the model rights to Galaxy Express 999. When the Arcadia was slated to appear in the first 999 film while Space Pirate was still on the air, it would've amounted to free advertising for Takara; therefore Bandai had Studio Nue design an alternate version for them, to avoid giving their primary competition any leg up. (Studio Nue had also designed the blue Arcadia, and would shortly gain fame for its Macross design work.) In its own way, it's not far removed from having two different actors portray the same character in two different TV seasons or movies, in which cases viewers rarely have to contrive wild notions of secret plastic surgery in order to deal with it.
  • In episodes 9 & 10 of the original series, Harlock was understudied by the late Kan Tokumaru, the reason being the Makio Inoue discovered that he had polyps in his throat and wanted to get them treated immediately, and he asked TOEI to let him take a break for two weeks to recover from the treatment, and apparently many fan letters were received in regards to this.
  • What Could Have Been: During a speech at an anime expo in 1995, director Noboru Ishiguro revealed that he was supposed to have made his debut in Space Battleship Yamato as the alter-ego of the brother of the main character. However, budget constraints forced the team to cut that part out alongside the 13 episodes where he would have appeared.
  • Write Who You Know: Maji is Leiji Matsumoto and Yattaran is his assistant and Area 88 creator Kaoru Shintani. Matsumoto's cat Mii also appears.