Monday, February 20, 2023

LeDomduVin: Albator loves wine

 Albator loves wine

No real need to introduce "Albator", as he is such an iconic Manga figure of the late 70s, and early 80s. He was one of the biggest heroes of my generation (people in their late 40s and early 50s nowadays). 

Yet, for the newer generations who may have not known him, here is a brief description. 

Albator also called "Captain Harlock", is a rebellious soldier who, facing the apathy of his superiors toward the alien's invasion and earth's unavoidable fate, turned into a Space Pirate, after stealing a battle spaceship, the "Arcadia", to stand and fight against Earth's aliens and oppressors, the Gaia Sanction (Gaia Coalition), and Queen Rafflesia, to prevent them from ruling the earth and the universe and controlling the human race. 

The story occurs in 2977 AD. Dark matter is everywhere. Earth has become a barren planet due to the war with the invading aliens and the spread of dark matter, few humans remain on earth, the rest are now either living on spaceships or on other planets. 

Even Albator's spaceship, the Arcadia, is both powered and cursed by dark matter, as it appears to be immortal and indestructible, and even seems alive at times. Albator himself is both affected and cursed by the dark matters, which gives him strength and the power to control his ship.      

Albator (Captain Harlock) "is the archetypical Romantic hero, a space pirate with an individualist philosophy of life. He is as noble as he is taciturn, rebellious, stoically fighting against totalitarian regimes, whether they be Earth-born or alien." He fights with the conviction he can make the earth a place worth living again. (Tokinowa Fandom

And, he loves wine, or what appears to be wine in his glass in multiple episodes. 😁👍🍷🍷🍷     

I hope this explanation better clarifies who is Albator and what he fights for and against.  

I love the above drawing of "Albator" (Captain Harlock), one of my favorite heroes, which was posted by Tcosma on DeviantArt (*). 

In my opinion, it represents quite well the personage of Albator: hair in the wind, bright and smart eye, looking focused, aware, confident, and ready to strike. Both rebellious and romantic, intelligent and stubborn, following his own way and philosophy of life and beliefs. Just the way I adore him. My Hero. 

And, he is once again represented with a glass of wine in his hand. Cheers Albator!       

RIP Leiji Matsumoto 

With this post, I also would like to pay homage to Leiji Matsumoto, one of the most recognized Manga artists and father of "Albator" ("Captain Harlock"), who just passed away at the age of 85 years old, and took with him a good part of my youth, and one of my favorite heroes. 

Santé Master and peace to your soul. Respect, and thank you for all of the childhood memories of watching Albator.    


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