Captain Harlock Creator Knighted By France

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Captain Harlock Creator Knighted By France


Galaxy Express 999 creator's 59 year anime/manga career earns him a fancy French title.

Leiji Matsumoto, creator of the likes of Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999 and the fantastic Daft Punk music videos which formed Interstella 5555, has been made a Knight of the order of Arts and Letters by the French government. The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres recognizes individuals, including foreign nationals, who've made significant contributions to the arts. Matsumoto received the honor at the French embassy in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Matsumoto joins the likes of Shigeru Miyamoto, Peter Molyneux, and Akira creator, Katsuhiro Otomo, in the first rank of the order. Recipients of the rank of Commandeur, the highest the order can bestow, include T. S. Eliot, Sean Connery, Bob Dylan and Jean Claude Van Damme.

Matsuomoto will celebrate his 60th year as a mangaka in 2013. He's worked in numerous genres since his professional debut in 1957, but his epic space operas, particularly his take on Yoshinobu Nishizaki's Space Battleship Yamato, are regarded as his most popular and influential works. At 74-years-old, Matsuomoto is still active in anime/manga production. His most recent work, a post-apocalyptic action adventure called Ozuma, aired in Japan earlier this year.

Source: Oricon [http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/movie/2018098/full/?from_al] Via ANN [http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-10-24/manga/anime-creator-leiji-matsumoto-knighted-by-france]


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Knoopdog

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ONE MORE TIME *Groovy House beat here*

Good to hear. Always enjoyed his work, but have been meaning to pick up more.

In other news, Van Damme is a Knight?
 

Broken Blade

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It's like the opposite of The Last Samurai, where a Japanese guy becomes a knight.

Still, congrats, Mastumoto-san.


Knoopdog said:
In other news, Van Damme is a Knight?
Aww, come on. If you had the chance to have a guy named "Sir Van Damme," wouldn't you do it?
 

Skeleon

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I didn't realize anybody in France still did that aristocratic title business, even if merely in the "Order of the Arts and Writing" (I'm guessing that's what it means). I thought they had rather effectively and descythesively done away with that. And, no, I don't quite know how to work "guillotine" into a pun, so this'll have to do.
 

Nouw

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Very deserving I'd say. Congratulations good sir! It's long over-due anyway, you could say it's been too long. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6_ZNW1DACE]