Episode 1: Great Departure
At the end of 30th century, it is a time of space frontiers. The mankind continues to expand their dreams and ambition to the faraway frontiers of universe. Zeth Water, The Governor General of the Outer Solar System wants to subjugate the earth by the mechanized force formed by the almost immortal cyborgs called the mechanized people. The earth is compelled to agree to the humiliating treaty and Zeth Water starts ruling the earth. His only headache is the space pirates attacking his fleets.
Our hero Commander Zero is living a hollow life after losing his family and friends in the war between the normal humans and the mechanized forces. One day Zero is ordered by the supreme commander to hunt down a notorious space pirate, Captain Harlock. He is shocked, as Harlock was his fellow warrior and the best friend he ever had. However, he takes this mission as he hopes to find good reason and true meaning of life in deep space. When he boards the ship, he is surprised to meet a new vice-captain, Marina who volunteered to work on Zero's ship, throwing out her comfortable status and life on earth.
Episode 2: Ripple Effects of Marina
Zero embarks on his flagship, Karyu (Fire Dragon) and orders the pilot to warp out of the solar System immediately. In his ship, the human crew is getting frustrated and nervous when they know the chief navigator, the ship's doctor and a part of crew are mechanized persons. Zero is curious about Marina who dumped her promising future on earth. To make the things worse, her order of strict observance of rules enrages the crew already irritating with the difference of mentality and customs between the flesh & blood humans and the mechanized soldiers. When a squad Leader tries to put the mechanized crew under his control, they are outraged to almost rebel. Zero barely manages to talk them down. The frustrated squad Leader fires his gun and the tension reaches to the limit to explode!
Episode 3: Engulfed Karyu!
Marina, not paying attention to the opposition among the crew, orders hard drills to them. The ship is now full of frustration and hatred. Then, the ship receives SOS of one of the space stations under attack of an unknown spacecraft. Suspecting it might be Harlock's ship, Zero rushes to the station and finds the ship of General Hunter calling his troop as the Army of Earth Revolution." General Hunter tells Zero he is fighting to liberate the earth from the mechanized force. He fires at Zero's ship, Karyu. Panicked Chief Navigator accidentally pushes the fire button of 'St. Elmo's Cannons,' (the parallel twin 'wave' (undulation) cannons) But they are not fully tested yet. The ship is covered with bluish flame as it called 'St. Elmo's Fire.' It causes heavy damages to the ship itself and the crew.
Episode 4: Spirits of Grenadier, Space Warrior
Zero's ship Lands on Planet El Alamain, which used to be the front base for the humans against the mechanized force. Zero is told that a mercenary is still resisting the mechanized force alone and meets the man named Heavy Grenadier. Grenadier rejects Zero's offer to join his mission to hunt down Harlock. The mercenary promised to protect Luto, the son of his late employer and other children until they grow up. But, Luto, scared to death, tells their hideout to the mechanized officer in exchange of his safety. The mechanized troop has no intention to keep promise and attack the hideout with the bombers. Grenadier runs in to save them, but the situation is desperate. Then, Zero comes for rescue.
Episode 5: The Immortal Samurai Tochiro
Zero's ship heads for the town of Gunfrontier on Planet Heavy Metal to meet the bounty hunter called Le Sylviana for the information of Harlock. Zero sends the scouting party; Grenadier, Ishikura, Rai and a mechanized soldier Acceluter to the town. Ishikura, eager to make a distinguished service, induces others to get Harlock together. The scouting party is tricked by Le Sylviana into a commotion and nearly destroys the town. Le Sylviana accuses Tochiro for this incident and poor Tochiro is to be crucified. When the saloon master points his gun at Tochiro, Death Shadow (Captain Harlock's ship) roars down for the rescue of his best friend.
Episode 6: My Friend Harlock
Harlock comes to rescue Tochiro. Le Sylviana challenge a battle against him, but no match. Emeraldas comes to Tochiro, but she refuses to release him when she is told Tochiro was enticed by Le Sylviana and fell in the trap. Ishikura tries to get the information of Harlock from Tochiro, but no avail. He sets a bomb reacting to Tochiro's voice on his body for capture of Harlock. Zero worries the way the things are going on, decides to go down to the town. Meanwhile, Harlock finds out the reason of commotion was Tochiro. At the execution place, Tochiro notices Harlock come up for his rescueŠ.
Episode 7: The Way You Should Believe
Zero receives report that Harlock is attacking a planet for looting. When Zero's ship, Karyu, arrives, 'Death Shadow II' is bombarding the planet. The human and mechanized pilots of fighter jets get in the course of missile to save the people on the planet. All of them suffer from heavy damages. Karyu counterattacks Death Shadow II. To Zero's embarrassment, Death Shadow II retreats immediately. Marina senses someone in the ship and start searching alone. Marina's sensor reacts to Helmatear, a mechanized woman. Helmatear knocks down Marina and disappears into the ship. Batlyzer detects something unusual and sounds an alarm. Marina comes back to consciousness and check the computer where she suspects the woman intruded. Suddenly the computer explodes!
Episode 8: Infinite Sentiment of Marina
Zero helps Marina out of the exploded computer room. Carrying her to the nurse room, he notices Marina has the metal bones. Doc. Machinar already guessed Marina is not a flesh & blood human. She is hospitalized under watch, but escapes for searching Helmatear. Chased by the soldiers, Marina finds Helmatear bu using reacting sensor. Helmatear tells her that Zero is an experiment for 'a human being whose conducts can not be calculated completely.' Helmatear escapes out of the ship. Marina chases her on a fighter jet. Zero follows Marina, regretting that he did not understand Marina's sentiment.
Episode 9: A Sorrowful Planet
Zero rushes to rescue a transportation ship under heavy attack of space pirates. He finds Death Shadow III there. But, he soon finds it is a fake and destroys it. On the planet nearby, Zero discovers numerous castoff skins of the humans who made their body mechanized! It is a mass grave. It is the reason why Harlock attacks the transportation ship. Zero learns that they do not want the public to know how they dispose the human bodies and throws his anger to the chairman of Earth Union. Chairman explains the plan that Earth Union got the permission of Zeth Water to give "Karyu" to Zero, pretending Earth Union accepts Helmetear's experiment. Helmetear is on the special mission given by Zeth Water, the governor general of outer solar system. Zero goes down to the planet to give a promise that all the skins will be buried after his operation is over. He meets beautiful Maetel there. Maetel feels bright hope on Zero and tell him to go to a star where her friends constructing Technologia, a New World of harmony between the flesh & blood humans and the mechanized people. Maetel is afraid that it will be attacked by Helcastle, the gigantic space fortress sent by Zeth Water soon.
Episode 10: The Verge of the Galaxy
Zero heads for Technologia. He has to go through the area called Galaxy Iron Bridge where the gravity field is unstable. Thanks to the 'super human' efforts of the mechanized crew, the ship gets to the Iron Bridge. What are waiting for Zero there are magnetic storm and ferocious lightning. Under the influence of magnetic field, the mechanized crew are getting berserk. Zero decides to cross this difficult zone only by the humans' control. Doc. Machinar understands him and cut the main circuit of all the mechanized crew including him. Powerful thunder bolts and rain of meteor attack the ship. Zero realizes how the mechanized people can be helpful in this dangerous situation. But, he has to go through with only the help of human crewŠ.
Episode 11: Great Technologia
After overcoming incessant dangers in the Iron Bridge Zero manages to get to Technologia. Many friendly ships and Harlock Death Shadow have already in position to meet Helcastle. Then, the gigantic space fortress shows up its enormous body! Zeth Water and Helmetear are confident to destroy Technologia completely. Helcastle goes on to the defensive line where the friendly ships spatter the space mines. The explosions of mines give no big damages to Helcastle. The automatic repair system fixes damage immediately. Zero hesitates to use St. Elmo Cannons as he has to lift the defensive shield for 40 seconds while charging energy to the cannons. Tochiro comes to Zero's ship and propose to improve the cooling system of Cannons. But, Zero can not take it as the ship is defenseless while fixing Cannons. In the space fortress, Helmetear tells Zeth Water that Marina, the woman from her race, Miraiseria, is on Zero's Ship. The governor general, planning to weaken spirits of Zero's crew, sends Karyu an urgent message revealing Marina is not a human nor an earthling.
Episode 12: Kickoff for Tomorrow
Tsubasa plays his last game for the Brancos, Brazil, and reminisces his old days in the elementary school. Meeting Ishizaki after he transferred school, challenging Wakabayashi for the first time, playing with Misaki who became his partner as the golden duo, playing his rival players such as Hyuga, Misugi, Wakashimazu, in the Boy's National Championship and farewell to Reoberto. Tsubasa continued playing soccer, grew up in the field, and now he feels one with his rivals and friends through soccer.
Episode 13: The Oath
Harlock orders to give concentrated attack with the cannons of all the ships. But, Helcastle repairs the damage with many tentacles in a moment. Harlock asks Zero to fire ‘St. Elmo's Beam.' Zero agrees and orders all the crew disembark the ship at once. But, nobody moves form his or her position. While preparing “St. Elmo's Beam,' Karyu becomes defenseless. Other ships gets in between Karyu and Helcastle and are heavily damaged and destroyed. Only Death Shadow and Emeraldas are narrowly survived. When ‘St. Elmo's Beam' is ready, the cooling system is overcharged. But, the countdown is going on. Karyu gets into a desperate situation. A moment of destiny is coming…..
Episode 14: Hunt for Young Harlock Part-1 – Zero vs. Harlock
Young Harlock and Toshiro heads steer their Death Shadow to Planet Sarumatake where they have a secret research laboratory. Meanwhile, Zero is caught by the notorious space pirate, Hunter. Hunter wants to exchange Zero with his ship, Karyu. Then, Zero escapes from Hunter's hideout thanks to Emeraldas's help and two fugitives zip into Planet Sarumatake. The eternal rivals, Zero and Harlock meet to fight a decisive battle. Just then, the battleships lead by Hunter zoom into Planet Sarumatake for capturing Zero and Harlock.
Episode 15: Hunt for Young Harlock Part-2 – For the flag of Freedom
Hunter's battleships launch all-out attack on Planet Sarumatake. Zero, Harlock and Emeraldas have to defend the planet with whatever available weapons as Tochiro has gone on Death Shadow for receiving various parts for a new battleship. When the situation becomes desperate, Death Shadow returns and our heroes destroy Hunter's battleships with devastating couter-attack. However, another crisis comes up. The natural structure of Planet Sarumatake is fragile and the ground begin tearing and falling down because of fierce battles. The gravity control system has to be reset before the planet falls apart. But, Zero and Harlock falls into the crevice. Can they stop the collapse of planet in time…..?