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Captain Harlock: Endless Odyssey cancelation explained

posted on 2002-06-24 12:42 EDT
Harlock creator Leiji Matsumoto halts production due to religious impropriety.

As previously reported, the upcoming broadcast of the new 13 episode Captain Harlock series, Endless Odyssey had been cancelled.

On June 23rdAnime Theater X channel of satellite broadcasting station Skyperfect TV officially announced why the series had been cancelled. According to the Daily Manichi (Japanese) the broadcast was cancelled because Leiji Matsumoto, original creator of Harlock, claimed the new series contains a religious impropriety.

According to the article, Matsumoto halted production on the series, which included many famous production staff such as Rintaro when he noticed that the weapon of the aliens, who are regarded as the root of all evil in the story, was designed after the Jewish symbol the Star of David.

"Matsumoto said, 'My blood was frozen when I found the Star of David symbol appeared. I believe you cannot debase any religion or religious soul. I bear that in mind whenever I make stories. I cannot allow my characters ro appear in any Anime that tramples on my philosophy.'"

Asahi Shimbun also reported on the item, adding that Matsumoto stated that he halted production because he didn't think that the problem could be settled by merely removing the problematic scenes.

Currently there is no word as to if and when production on the series will restart, however it seems reasonable to assume that production will continue once the issues with the Star of David can be resolved.

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