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The Skeletal Hero - Recap

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This episode is all about the background of Chief Engineer Maji . Mayu is brought on board the Arcadia for a party. Meanwhile , Harlock and the crew spot a message bottle from space, it’s from a man named Captain Yamanaka. Yuki tells Maji to start the ship, and Maji asks what’s all the fuss about, when she mentions Yamanaka’s he runs to bridge. It seems Maji served with Yamanaka before he joined the Arcadia. Maji and Yamanaka were in many battles including one against Captain Harlock because Yamanaka and Maji worked for the government. The story gets interesting when Maji mentions how he fell in love with a woman. The woman later on would turn out to be a Mazone alien. Maji would even have an alien baby with her.

Yamanaka , however, knows she’s a Mazone. He tells Maji who can’t accept the truth. The alien tries to kill Yamanaka but the Captain is a much better shot and shoots her dead. The other alien Mazones in the area come to take the alien baby. Maji then says how he was lost and without purpose while Yamanaka continued the fight against the Mazones. This is where by chance Maij spotted the Arcadia and decided to become part of the Arcadia.

In the end, they find Captain Yamanaka’s ship in space, but the Captain has been long dead, and his skeletal body (as reference to the title) is on the bridge hanging on to the navigational tools. Harlock and Maji leave. Then the whole crew gives a military salute and moment of silence to the fallen Captain and then they fire at the ship destroying it. Maji is seen crying and a narration says that the Arcadia will not stop the fight against the Mazones.

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