Here’s my latest post under the Column Examining Old School Anime.
Episode 15 of Space Pirate Captain Harlock features, after Queen Lafresia, the most interesting Mazone we’ve yet met. Aurora been posted inside an ice palace at the North Pole, where she waits for Captain Harlock to investigate the curious pattern produced by an aurora borealis. Her only purpose in life is to kill Captain Harlock, and Aurora has meditated on him and their fateful meeting for years. However, her long contemplation has brought home to her how good Captain Harlock is, and she quite naturally falls in love with him. (What woman can resist the manly bearing of Captain Harlock?) Unfortunately for Aurora, she tries to trap Captain Harlock inside the palace and picks a fight with Miime, an alien woman who owes her life to Captain Harlock. The Mazone’s attack is cast back on herself and brings about her demise.
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