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French Artist Jérôme Alquié Launches New Captain Harlock Manga

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Captain Harlock - Memoires de L'Arcadia focuses on Harlock's conflict with Rafflesia, Mazons

Akita Shoten launched a new manga based on Leiji Matsumoto's Captain Harlock manga titled Captain Harlock - Arcadia no Kioku (Captain Harlock - Memoires de L'Arcadia or Captain Harlock - Memories of the Arcadia) on its Manga Cross website on Tuesday. French artist Jérôme Alquié is credited for the art, while Matsumoto is credited for the original work, setting, and designs. The manga is a collaboration between Akita Shoten and French publisher Kana.

The manga's story begins when Queen Rafflesia, the leader of a Mazon fleet, races across the depths of space to usurp Earth. Meanwhile, primitive Mazons, who have been living on Earth since before humanity's time, begin to awaken and wreak havoc on Earth. It is up to the space pirate Harlock, his crew, and his ship the Arcadia, to take the fight to the Mazons.

The character Captain Harlock appears in various works in Matsumoto's interwoven science-fiction universe. Quuen Rafflesia and the Mazons are also old enemies of the character.

The first part of Matsumoto and Kōichi Shimahoshi's Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage (Captain Harlock: Jigen Kōkai) manga ended in Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine on January 19. 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.

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 releasing the original manga. The manga inspired a television anime in 1978, 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.

Source: Manga Cross

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