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Queen Emeraldas

Reiko Tajima , Megumi Hayashibara , Yji Asada  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Reiko Tajima, Megumi Hayashibara, Ken'ichi Ogata, Yko Asagami, Lowell Bartholomee
  • Directors: Yji Asada
  • Writers: Leiji Matsumoto, Mugi Kamio
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 1999
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00002ND7U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,483 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Based on manga drawn by Leiji Matsumoto in 1978, this OAV series continues the Space Pirate Captain Harlock cycle. Emeraldas, who once loved Harlock, plies the sea of space in the Queen Emeraldas, a starship that resembles a blimp attached to a 17th-century sailing vessel. Sepulchrally thin, with a mane of blond hair and a prominent facial scar, Emeraldas fights injustice--and anyone who dares to fly Harlock's skull-and-cross-bones emblem. In "Departure," the first installment, spunky street urchin Tochiro stows away to the planet Daibaran, hoping to start a new life--and build a starship of his own. Daibaran is a mined-out wasteland with an Old West-style town, complete with a saloon. Tochiro comes into conflict with Eldomain, the captain of the Afressian space pirates, who makes the mistake of defying Emeraldas--with predictable results. The conflict escalates in "Eternal Emblem," as Eldomain kidnaps Tochiro and the other inhabitants of Daibaran in an attempt to trap Emeraldas. She defeats Eldomain, the entire Afressian fleet, and their queen before sailing off. Queen Emeraldas will delight Captain Harlock fans; critical viewers will find the poor integration of the three-dimensional, computer-animated spaceship with the two-dimensional cel animation visually jarring. --Charles Solomon

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun series with a lot of flaws March 12, 2002
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"Queen Emereldas" is fun. The OVA is peppered with flaws, preventing it from being more than fun, but it is still a good DVD and a nice addition to the Matsumoto stable.
As with most Matsumoto, "Queen Emereldas" is heavy on melodrama. "I am.....Emereldas (accompanied by a fierce wind that blows cape in a dramatic fashion.)" His work is pretty firmly Science Fantasy rather than Science Fiction. Spaceships are re-conditioned pirate ships with flags blowing in a non-existant wind as they sail the silent seas. Weapons are based on archaic swords and heavy dragoons. "Queen Emereldas" has all of these Matsumoto touches in spades. Honor and strength matter more than plot, and every scrappy kid has the right to be a man. The orchestral music is sweeping drama.
On the flaw side, as with "Harlock Saga," "Queen Emereldas" has a hard time with computer animation and cel animation. The two styles mix together jaringly. For some bizarre reason, the DVD switches to French about 2/3 of the way through. With a remote control it is easy enough to switch it back, but it is strange that this error got through on a professional DVD.
Storywise, "Queen Emereldas" assumes you are up on your Matsumoto. There are no introductions made for characters like Tochiro or the mechanoids. Backstory is never filled in. Someone not familiar with Matsumoto's previous work would be very confused and disappointed by "Queen Emereldas."
Still, with so little of Matsumoto's work available on DVD, each crumb dropped from the table feels like a feast. It's a fun series and I enjoy it in spite of it's flaws.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but... May 24, 2000
Queen Emeraldas is an excellent OVA for those who already are familiar with Matsumoto's works. However, if you aren't familiar with the 'Lejiverse' then you probably won't like it very much.
There are 2 things that are keeping me from rating this thing 5 stars. The first is the fact that the DVD encoding is horribly messed up! In episode 2, if you have the Japanese audio track on, it switches to French! The only way to correct this is to switch the audio over to French where it becomes Japanese. Then, halfway through episode 2, the French channel becomes French and you then have to switch the audio back over to Japanese. As you can see, it's sort of confusing, and annoying. I just pray that you all have DVD remote controls with Audio buttons on them, so you won't have to go to the menu every time.
The second is the actual OVA itself. I believe in giving an unbiased review, and to me, unbiased in this case means a review of someone who is not a Matsumoto fan. If I had no knowledge of the Matsumoto universe, I would wish I hadn't bought the DVD. I guess the OVA is sort of like a gift to the long-time Matsumoto fans. Also...with the exception of the very first CG shot, I can't stand the computer graphics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Emeraldas DVD December 18, 1999
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I'm somewhat new to anime, but I can tell you this, Queen Emeraldas is fantastic. My only complaint is that I was left wanting more, a LOT more, as in several more episodes of this story. Anyone who enjoys the works of Leiji Matsumoto will like this one. This is a must see for any fan of Galaxy Express 999 or Captain Harlock. The DVD version is great because you can play it either English dubbed or Japanese with English subs. This movie tells you a bit about Emeraldas' past in a way similar to what "Vengeance of the Space Pirate" does Captain Harlock's past. You will see appearances of several characters from other Leiji Matsumoto anime movies as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Matsumoto fans only! June 3, 2000
Don't get me wrong, I love the work of Matsumoto-sama, I have ever since I caught the original Captain Harlock television series while living in France in 1980 and 1981. I also own every bit of his work on video and DVD where available, from the Galaxy Express 999 films to all five of the Battleship Yamato films. I love this OVA, but I admit that it is one that only a Matsumoto-sama fanatic could. If you are not smitten by the Harlock Universe stay away from this DVD, because it will make no sense to you and you will not be able to overlook the technical glitches and poor computer animation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Emeraldas Ever December 15, 1999
I bought the VHS English dubbed version and had no problems. Understood every bit of it and learned lots more about Emeraldas and Her Love Harisho. Great movie for Harlock fans and a must see. Do not just take my advice get and see it for yourself and you be the judge. A definate must see!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Anime, Bad Execution December 10, 1999
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This DVD would've gotten 5 stars if not for the following flaws, the english voice acting is AWFUL (a trademark of ADV). Secondly the audio language gets screwed up in the 2nd episode (it goes from Japanese to French). If you're a fan of the Harlock series, BUY IT! But please to really get the most out of it, play it in Japanese with english subtitles. I couldn't watch for 5 minutes in english audio without feeling sick...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well, 2 out of 4 ain't bad...
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Published 11 months ago by Kenneth Holland
4.0 out of 5 stars Long live the Queen
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Published 23 months ago by J. Alford
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This is a two part OAV (Original Animated Video) production which spotlights Emeraldas, a lone female pirate captain who once rode with the legendary Captain Harlock and has shared... Read more
Published on September 6, 2005 by Ronnie Clay
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame - Simply Lame
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Published on December 24, 2003 by JL1984
2.0 out of 5 stars Rousing musical score.
Matsumoto Leije is a man with a lot of baggage. His works tend to follow very familiar themes, use similar characters, and follow common plot lines. Read more
Published on August 9, 2000 by Cafe
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is good
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