Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage Manga's '1st Part' Ends
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The March issue of Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine published the last chapter of the "first part" of Leiji Matsumoto and Kōichi Shimahoshi's Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage (Captain Harlock: Jigen Kōkai) manga on Saturday. The issue did not reveal if the manga will have a "second part," but Shimahoshi noted that he would "do his best" with his next work.
When Tadashi Daiba's father is murdered by invaders known as the Mazon, he becomes frustrated in the face of the Earth government's flippant attitude. Landing himself in prison, Tadashi finds himself invited aboard the battleship Arcadia, controlled by none other than the legendary Captain Harlock. Joining his crew on their journey through space, Tadashi's future will lead him to confront not only the Mazon, but the many other forces across the universe threatening humanity's very existence.
Matsumoto and Shimahoshi launched the manga in Champion RED in 2014. Akita Shoten published the manga's ninth compiled book volume last November. Seven Seas Entertainment published the manga's seventh volume on January 8. The manga inspired a stage play in Japan that ran in Tokyo in June 2016.
In Matsumoto's original 1977-79 Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga, the title character rebels against Earth's inept government and fights for humanity with his crew of 40 aboard the invincible space battleship Arcadia. Seven Seas Entertainment is also releasing the original manga. The manga inspired a 1978-1979 television anime, followed by anime feature films, original video anime, and the sequel Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX. The manga also inspired a CG film in 2013. Film World Studios is developing a live-action film based on the manga.
Sources: Champion RED March issue, Comic Natalie