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  • Actors: Reiko Tajima, Megumi Hayashibara, Ken'ichi Ogata, Yôko Asagami, Lowell Bartholomee
  • Directors: Yûji Asada
  • Writers: Leiji Matsumoto, Mugi Kamio
  • Format: Animated, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Adv Films
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2004
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00002ND7U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,897 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In the future the planet Earth is at threat from the marauding Afressian race, who seek to dominate the galaxy. Only the female warrior Emereldas stands against the tyrannical Afressians, but when she sets out to rescue a group of civilians from the devious Commander Eldomain, Emeraldas is unwittingly drawn into a deadly trap.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Queen Emeraldas is an exciting space battle with a superb array of futuristic weapons at hand, as well as superb western type showdowns all rolled into one. The story in these two episodes is about a would be master race who seek to dominate the galaxy, reaking fear throughout the whole galaxy. Except Queen Emeraldas stands in the way.. The general story throughout the two episodes is understandable and good. The animation is done well and accompanied by computer effects also(although there is better animation around). With magnificent "Star Wars" styled battles throughout the video and exciting space showdowns, Queen Emeraldas makes a worthy purchase for any video collection. A good release by ADV.
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A short DVD, with only 2 episodes; although it was rather entertaining. I don't know exactly where this one is placed in amongst the entire Harlock Saga, although it was a very good addition. I enjoyed this show, and hope to get some of the other Space priate series' soon.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Fun series with a lot of flaws 12 Mar. 2002
By Zack Davisson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Very good, but... 24 May 2000
By S. Collier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Queen Emeraldas DVD 19 Dec. 1999
By W. Bittle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Must have for Matsumoto fans only! 3 Jun. 2000
By S. von Hoerl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Long live the Queen 25 Nov. 2012
By J. Alford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
One of the more standout "Lejiverse" titles from the 90s was probably this 2-episode OVA series. Queen Emeraldas shows the pirate queen from Captain Harlock in her own solo adventure. Set in the same apparent continuity as Maetel Legend, Galaxy Express 999, and several other Leji Matsumoto anime, Emeraldas is a renegade wanderer fighting for human freedom across the "sea of stars".

Set sometime after the events of Arcadia Of My Youth, a runaway from Earth named Hirono stows away on a space freighter which is attacked by Afressian Empire posing as space pirates. They are stopped by the freedom fighter Emeraldas in her space zepplin, the Queen Emeraldas. Hirono then sets off on a old west-type planet to get materials to build his own spaceship so he can live free on his own, like Captain Harlock. The Afressian commander descends to the planet to pick a fight with whoever stopped their attack on the freighter, but is met with Emeraldas herself who brushes him off. The Afressians then launch an all-out assault on Emeraldas after taking the western planet's occupants hostage, along with Hirono. They manage to free themselves, giving Emeraldas the chance to finish the Afressian fleet. She then has a final duel with their leader, Queen Baraluda. After winning Emeraldas hands Hirono one of the five Cosmo Dragoon laser guns made by her "lover" Tochiro, the now departed creator of the Queen Emeraldas.

This was a great introduction to the Lejiverse, referencing events and characters from the other anime/manga titles. Although similar to Maetel Legend, the second episode falls a little flatter than the first, and feels like it could have just been a single 45-minute long one-shot as opposed a two-episode series. There's some good animation, even though the CGI used of the Queen Emeraldas at the beginning is clearly better than that used in the actual episodes. Worth a look for anyone who likes a decent space western.
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