"Under my Flag, I live in Freedom..."- Captain Harlock
Hello, Everyone. It's me, Liz!
This post differs from the usual.
I want to pay my respects to the author Leiji Matsumoto, who passed away on February 13 at age 85.
Leiji Matsumoto was born in 1938 in Fukuoka. He took an interest in sci-fi novels and mangas from an early age.
He started drawing before he was 10 years old and created his first manga, Honeybee's Adventure, while in high school!
After graduating, he moved to Tokyo to pursue his dream of becoming a manga artist. He participated in the creation of several notable works, which granted him national and international prizes.
If you like science fiction and good anti-war messages, there are many Matsumoto manga I could recommend to you. But here are just a few that are impossible to forget. If you don't know them, please consider adding each to your watch or reading list!
Don't be surprised to see Harlock in other animes and mangas, as some of Matsumoto's stories share universes.
Captain Harlock disagrees with humankind's submissive and apathetic behavior and prefers traveling among the stars in his spaceship with his crew.
However, when aliens threaten life on earth, Harlock and his crew take action to save the planet and humans.
In Galaxy Express 999, humans can transfer their minds to mechanical bodies and become virtually immortal.
In the scene above, we have a homeless boy called Tetsuro Hoshino, who has lost his mother and yearns for an indestructible body to achieve his mother's dream and avenge her.
The mind transfer is too expensive for him, but he knows that if he takes the intergalactic train 999 to its last stop, he could get it done for free.
He happens to meet a mysterious woman called Maetel, who offers him a ticket under the condition that he becomes her travel companion.
This story takes place in 2199 when Earth is under the effects of deadly radiation and the control of a cruel alien empire.
Humans live underground by force, knowing the radiation gets closer to them each year. Any attempts to leave or fight the aliens are in vain.
Their last hope is the battleship Yamato, created after a particular transmission from planet Iscandar with a solution to the threats against humankind.
As an otaku, I am grateful for Matsumo sharing his talent and creativity with the world.
His style and life lessons influenced older generations of otakus and will undoubtedly keep influencing the new ones. Rest in peace, and we'll never forget.
Images from IMDb