Hakugei: Legend of the Moby Dick

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Hakugei: Legend of the Moby Dick
(Hakugei Densetsu)
Anime television series
Directed byOsamu Dezaki
Music byMasahiro Andoh
Original run 1997-04-02 1999-05-12
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Hakugei: Legend of the Moby Dick (白鯨伝説, Hakugei Densetsu) is an animated Japanese television series, based on Herman Melville's original novel Moby Dick. However, this adaptation used futuristic outer space as the setting, with "whales" being large abandoned spaceships instead. It aired from 1997 to 1999, albeit with a suspension of new episodes from November 1997 to October 1998. The series ran for 26 episodes, which have been released on DVD in the US by ADV Films, spread across six discs.


In space, the only source of income to space pirates, are hunting "whales", which are giant robotic spaceships drifting in space that are rich in resources when successfully captured. Ahab, a pirate captain was obsessed on a particular white whale, Moby Dick. But things change when Lucky joined his motley crew of pirates and refugees.


Main characters[edit]

Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese); Vic Mignogna (English)
He is an android for planet development whose registration number is ESP4678-201.
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (Japanese); John Swasey (English)
His real name is Ahab Ishmael Ali. 35 years old. The captain of a spacecraft Lady Whisker.

Ahab has a deep hatred for Moby Dick because it took his left eye and left leg from him, following an attack Ahab led on an unregistered ship (which turned out to be carrying civilians).

Voiced by: Yūko Mizutani (Japanese); Kira Vincent-Davis (English)
14-year-old girl who stows away on the Lady Whisker to gain Ahab's assistance in saving her planet Moad from the Federation and their ultimate weapon Moby Dick. Upon being Discovered by the crew Lucky begs to join them as a whale hunter, following a test in which Lucky had to retrieve a coin at the bottom of a well filled with water (which had been filled with a liquid that makes a person sink not float), Lucky was saved by Ahab but managed to retrieve the coin. Having proven herself, Lucky becomes an Apprentice Whale Hunter under Atre's supervision, and soon earns the respect of the other crew members including captain Ahab. Brave and resourceful, Lucky quickly settled into life onboard Lady Whisker, while still hiding the fact that she was a girl. After being found out however she begs Ahab to save her planet from the Federation which Ahab accepts upon learning that Moby Dick is involved.

Ahab Whaling Company[edit]

Voiced by: Shiho Niiyama (episodes 1–19), Makiko Ōmoto (episodes 20–26) (Japanese); Stephanie Nadolny (English)
11 years old probationer. Atre has a great respect for Ahab and aspires to be like him, this is partly because of his father who served the captain as his right hand for many years before his death. Atre takes Lucky on as an Apprentice Whale Hunter, the two eventually becomes good friends. After finding out that Lucky was a girl, it appears that Atre has a crush on her.
Voiced by: Keīchi Sonobe (Japanese); David Born (English)
Doc Christiansen. The chief doctor, Ahab’s right arm.
Voiced by: Katsuhisa Hōki (Japanese); Rob Mungle (English)
The chief cook.
Voiced by: Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (Japanese); George Manley (English)
The progeny of the Tattoo tribe which is the dauntless aborigine of the Daimama star.
Speed King
Voiced by: Naoya Uchida (Japanese); John Gremillion (English)
An able pilot. A former racer.
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (Japanese); Illich Guardiola (English)
A swordsman.
Voiced by: Takuma Suzuki (Japanese); Chris Patton (English)
The mechanic supervisor.

Lucy Voiced by Monica Rail.

Lucy is the loyal bird of Captain Ahab, she delivers messages to the crew and is usually seen around Lucky and Atre.

The Federal Police[edit]

White Hat
Voiced by: Yoshito Yasuhara (Japanese); Andrew Love (English)
A detective of the First Investigation Division of Federal Police 86th Precinct.

Planet Moad[edit]

Voiced by: Emi Shinohara (Japanese); Christine Auten (English)
A singer. A woman model android.
Voiced by: Tsutomu Kashiwakura (Japanese); Braden Hunt (English)
Shiro Tokisada. The leader of resistance group of planet Moad. Lucky’s elder brother.
Voiced by: Rei Sakuma (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)
The member of the resistance group of Planet Moad.
Voiced by: Kiyoshi Kobayashi
The former worker of the 16th mining area of Planet Moad. 67 years old.
Voiced by: Rei Sakuma (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)
Mika Michelle Idha. The girl who belongs to planet Moad, resistance.

Earth Federation[edit]

Voiced by: Tesshō Genda (Japanese); Christopher Ayres (English)
The captain of the Moad garrison. A giant android measuring 3 meters tall.
Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru (Japanese); ? (English)
Jane Ohara. A special adviser of the planet development of the Earth Federation.
General Ho
Voiced by: Yu Mizushima (Japanese); ? (English)
The commander of the Seventh Fleet of the Earth Federation expeditionary forces. The 14th son of the new president.
Moby Dick
Voiced by: Yūji Mikimoto (Japanese); James Faulkner (English)
Super space battleship of Earth Federales. It was remodeled into the planet extinction weapon later and floats on Moad orbit.


Voiced by: Eiko Kudō (Japanese); Jessica Boone (English)
A women's college student of the planet Cape God. She stowed away on Lady Whisker and who is in love with Ahab.

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