OK, so nobody mentioned that Leiji Matsumoto never finished his original run of Space Pirate Captain Harlock. I got to the 'end' of the three book set and the story never reaches a final battle with the Mazon enemy, which was a tad disappointing. This fact is not mentioned in any of Seven Seas promotion or any recent reviews of the manga series, but i did find one mention of it on an old blog about Harlock. Still, I think I would of bought the set anyway if I'd known, but it would of been nice to have a heads-up that it doesn't end properly before I read it. It was certainly a fascinating ride through some influential 1970's Manga. The way Matsumoto clearly enjoys drawing the ship 'Arcadia', the scenery and technology far more than the characters was fascinating. Not to say his characters are badly drawn, but you can plainly see far more effort has gone into drawing their surroundings than the crew themselves. Its a much slower and contemplative story compared to modern manga, which in many ways I enjoyed after I got used to the style. It kind of reminded me of Star Trek, where the ship is a main character in itself, and there's lots of zipping about in space having the occasional showdown with aliens or strange anomalies guided by a captain that the crew trust and respect. It had a mature and fairly serious vibe most of the time but also occasionally some of the crew provide humour and running gags to lighten the mood. Overall it was a pretty masterful piece of story telling, with some unique aliens/planets and energetically drawn space battles. I would recommend it to anyone interested in vintage manga but warn them the story doesn't have a proper ending, so don't expect one, just enjoy it for its retro charm and nostalgic space-opera stylings.