Anime News Network reports that Toei has completed their pilot for a CGI animated series, based on Leiji Masumoto’s anime and manga series Space Pirate Captain Harlock. Toei has also released two stills from the project, both of which can be seen at ANN. One depicts Harlock seated in his chair in his cabin, the other depicts the bow of the Arcadia, still mostly obscured, emerging from a cloud of something. The project is being directed by Shinji Aramaki, who directed the CGI Appleseed films, as well as part of the Halo Legends project.  There is no word yet about whether this will be an OVA series or if it will be televised. This is the first Harlock-centric project in the “Masumoto-verse” since 2002-2003’s “Space Pirate Captain Harlock: Endless Odyssey”.

I’m actually really looking forward to this. Endless Odyssey was a very enjoyable series, and one of my first exposures to Leiji Masumoto’s characters. I really hope this gets licensed for US release, either on DVD or for streaming through Crunchyroll or through Viz or Funimation’s web portals.