Looks like this is Leiji Matsumoto's effort in trying to make a western-themed anime. Here, Harlock and Tochiro are cowboys in the American Wild West seeking the whereabouts of Tochiro's Japanese people and encountering random members of a secret enemy syndicate. There's some depth provided in Tochiro's purpose and how he became acquainted with Harlock. In addition, this title is noticeably more adult in its content than most of Matsumoto's animated works with enough onscreen deaths, prostitution, nudity (non-detailed, but still there) and moments of implied intercourse and rape.
However, Gun Frontier still carries the typical quirks and flaws you can find in a Matsumoto work. Some of the locales visited by Harlock and Tochiro have rules a bit on the ridiculous side that are meant to be funny, yet seem juvenile and not meant for the adult audience this series seems to be targeting. The series also seems a bit misogynist at many points with its treatment of women where mostly every guy that Harlock and Tochiro encounter are a bunch of horndogs lusting for the prettiest woman in sight who gets mistreated or raped and Sinunora, the woman accompanying Harlock and Tochiro in their journey, is regularly stripped nude and nearly raped in nearly every episode of this series. The series carries with it the typical problems of a Matsumoto work in that you have deformed and crude looking character designs (counting Tochiro) among the cast and the show's spouting of "being a real man", which I've come to see as nothing more than empty rhetoric in Matsumoto's works since the spewing keeps getting uttered for cheap dramatics. This series also carries a similar flaw as Harlock Saga in that it lacks a conclusive ending.
While I'll give the series some credit for trying something different with the Leijiverse outside of a space opera, Gun Frontier still carries some pretty significant flaws that are either typical of a Matsumoto work or are unique to the anime itself. As a matter of fact, I'm not even sure where this would fit in with any continuity to Leijiverse considering the minimal sci-fi elements found in Gun Frontier.
Last updated Saturday, March 23 2013. Created Saturday, March 23 2013.
Last updated Tuesday, May 04 2010. Created Thursday, April 02 2009.
Gun Frontier lasted only 13 episodes, and whether it has any definative connection to the futuristic Captain Harlock is uncertain, much like alot of the continuity in what is called the "Lejiverse".
In this remake of Captain Harlock, the scar-faced space pirate is in this series a drifting gunslinger along with his midget piano-teethed commrade Tochiro. Tochiro is bad with a gun, but swift with the sword he keeps in his staff. They go from town to town causing trouble but ultimately puting things right, despite the fact that they kill alot of people along the way to do so. They are looking for a group of Japanese immigrants in the western United States during the old west. Hoping to find a lead at Samurai Creek, they get more than they bargained for. Harlock and Tochiro ultimately become enemies of a group known as the Orginization(a pseudonym used by numerous bad guy groups in anime).
Last updated Wednesday, February 25 2004. Created Wednesday, February 25 2004.
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