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Space Battleship Yamato
(Uchū Senkan Yamato)
Genre Drama, Military, Science Fiction
TV anime
Director Leiji Matsumoto
Studio Academy Productions
Network Yomiuri TV
Original run October 6, 1974March 30, 1975
Episodes 26
Movie: Space Battleship Yamato: The Movie
Director Toshio Matsuda
Studio Academy Productions
Released August 6, 1977
Runtime 130 minutes
Movie: Farewell Space Battleship Yamato
Director Leiji Matsumoto, Toshio Matsuda
Studio Toei Animation
Released August 5, 1978
Runtime 151 min
TV anime: Space Battleship Yamato II
Director Leiji Matsumoto, Noburo Ishiguro, Toshio Masuda
Studio Academy Productions
Network Yomiuri TV
Original run October 14, 1978April 4, 1979
Episodes 26
Movie: Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage
Director Toshio Matsuda
Studio Toei Animation
Released July 14, 1979
Runtime 90 min
Movie: Be Forever Yamato
Director Leiji Matsumoto, Toshio Matsuda
Studio Toei Animation
Released August 2, 1980
Runtime 145 minutes
TV anime: Space Battleship Yamato III
Director Leiji Matsumoto, Noburo Ishiguro
Studio Academy Productions
Network Yomiuri TV
Original run October 11, 1980April 4, 1981
Episodes 25
Movie: Final Yamato
Director Leiji Matsumoto, Toshio Matsuda, Yoshinobu Nishizaki
Studio Toei Animation
Released March 19, 1983
Runtime 160 min
OVA: Yamato 2520
Episodes 3
Manga: Space Battleship Great Yamato
Author Leiji Matsumoto
Publisher Flag of Japan Shogakukan
Serialized in Comic Gotta
Original run April 2000 – July 2001
Volumes 2

Space Battleship Yamato (宇宙戦艦ヤマト Uchū Senkan Yamato?) is a Japanese science fiction anime series and the name of its eponymous space craft. It is also known to English-speaking audiences as Space Cruiser Yamato or Star Blazers; an English-dubbed and partly edited version of the series was broadcast on American and Australian television under the latter title. Image File history File links Yamato_title. ... “TV” redirects here. ... “Animé” redirects here. ... Leiji Matsumoto (松本 零士 Matsumoto Reiji) is a well-known creator of several anime and manga series. ... Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation(abbreviation: YTV, Japanese name: 讀賣テレビ放送株式会社, Yomiuri-terebi-hōsō) is a Japanese TV station in Osaka. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 89th day of the year (90th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Toei Animation Company, Limited ) (JASDAQ: 4816) is a Japanese animation studio owned by the Toei Company. ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... “TV” redirects here. ... “Animé” redirects here. ... is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... is the 195th day of the year (196th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... “TV” redirects here. ... “Animé” redirects here. ... is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Original Video Animation ), abbreviated OVA ), is a term used for anime titles that are released direct-to-video, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ... This article is about the comics published in East Asian countries. ... Leiji Matsumoto (松本 零士 Matsumoto Reiji) is a well-known creator of several anime and manga series. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Headquarters of Shogakukan in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan Shogakukan ) is a Japanese publisher of dictionaries, literature, manga, nonfiction, childrens DVDs, and other media in Japan. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... “Animé” redirects here. ... Space Battleship Yamato is the title spaceship from the anime series Space Battleship Yamato, created from the remains of the Japanese battleship Yamato. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... In filmmaking, dubbing or looping is the process of recording or replacing voices for a motion picture. ...



The release of Space Battleship Yamato is often cited as the beginning of the Golden Age of Anime
The release of Space Battleship Yamato is often cited as the beginning of the Golden Age of Anime

Conceived in 1973 by producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki, the project underwent heavy revisions. Originally intended to be an outer-space variation on Lord of the Flies, the project at first was titled "Asteroid Ship Icarus" and had a multinational teenage crew journeying through space in a hollowed-out asteroid in search of the planet Iscandar. There was to be much discord among the crew; many of them acting purely out of self-interest and for personal gain. The enemy aliens were originally called Rajendora. Image File history File links SpaceBattleshipYamato. ... Image File history File links SpaceBattleshipYamato. ... The history of anime begins at the start of the 20th century, when Japanese filmmakers experimented with the animation techniques that were being explored in the West. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel by Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding. ... Icarus and Daedalus by Frederic Leighton In Greek mythology, Icarus (Latin, Greek – Íkaros, Etruscan – Vicare, German – Ikarus) was son of Daedalus, famous for his death by falling into the sea when he flew too close to the sun, melting the wax holding his artificial wings together. ... This is a list of planets and other significant celestial bodies (as well as massive space stations built into asteroids and other natural objects) featured in the anime series Space Battleship Yamato and its American dub, Star Blazers. ...

When Leiji Matsumoto was brought onto the project, many of these concepts were discarded. It is his art direction, ship designs and unique style that accredit him in fans' eyes as the true creator of Space Battleship Yamato, even though Nishizaki retains legal rights to the work. Leiji Matsumoto (松本 零士 Matsumoto Reiji) is a well-known creator of several anime and manga series. ...

Production run

Space Battleship Yamato (宇宙戦艦ヤマト)

The first season began airing in Japan in 1974. Set in the year 2199, an alien race known as the "Gamilas" ("Gamilons" in the English dub) are raining radioactive bombs on Earth, rendering the planet's surface dead and uninhabitable. Humanity lives in refuges built deep underground, but the radioactivity is slowly infiltrating the underground cities too. Earth's space fleet is hopelessly outclassed by the Gamilas and all seems lost until a mysterious space probe is retrieved on Mars. Blueprints for a faster-than-light engine are discovered, and a message from Queen Starsha of the planet Iscandar in the Large Magellanic Cloud says that she has a device, the Cosmo-Cleaner D (Cosmo DNA), which can cleanse Earth of its radiation damage. Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of planets and other significant celestial bodies (as well as massive space stations built into asteroids and other natural objects) featured in the anime series Space Battleship Yamato and its American dub, Star Blazers. ... Faster-than-light (also superluminal or FTL) communications and travel are staples of the science fiction genre. ... The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC for short) is a dwarf galaxy that orbits our own galaxy, the Milky Way. ...

The inhabitants of Earth secretly convert the ruin of the Japanese battleship Yamato into a massive spaceship, the Space Battleship Yamato of the title, complete with a new, incredibly powerful weapon called the "wave motion gun". In the English dub, the ship is still the historical Yamato and referred to as such, but is renamed the Argo (after the ship of Jason and the Argonauts) once rebuilt. A tiny but intrepid crew of 114 leaves in the Yamato to go to the Large Magellanic Cloud and retrieve the mysterious device, if it exists. Along the way they discover the plans of their blue-skinned adversaries: the planet Gamilas, sister planet to Iscandar, is dying; and its leader, Lord Desslar ("Desslok" in the English dub), is trying to irradiate Earth enough for his people to move there, at the expense of the "barbarians" he considers humanity to be. For other uses, see Battleship (disambiguation). ... Yamato (大和), named after the ancient Japanese Yamato Province, was a battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy. ... Space Battleship Yamato is the title spaceship from the anime series Space Battleship Yamato, created from the remains of the Japanese battleship Yamato. ... The wave motion gun firing from Yamato The wave motion gun (波動砲 ha dō hō) or Yamato gun/weapon is a science fiction concept of an extremely powerful weapon which, after being fired, requires considerable time to recharge while leaving its user powerless and vulnerable. ... The Argo, painting by Lorenzo Costa In Greek mythology, the Argo was the ship on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed from Iolcus to retrieve the Golden Fleece. ... This article is about the hero from Greek mythology. ... The Argo, by Lorenzo Costa In Greek mythology, the Argonauts (Ancient Greek: ) were a band of heroes who, in the years before the Trojan War, accompanied Jason to Colchis in his quest for the Golden Fleece. ...

The first season contained twenty-six episodes, following the Yamato 's year-long voyage across the Galaxy and back. A continuing story, it features the declining health of the determined captain Okita (Avatar in the English dub), and the transformation of the brash young orphan Susumu Kodai (Derek Wildstar) into a mature and capable-acting captain, as well as his budding romance with female crewmember Yuki Mori (Nova). The foreign edits tend to play up the individual characters, while the Japanese original is often more focused on the ship itself.

The series was condensed into a ninety-minute theatrical movie by selecting a few key episodes, editing them heavily, and sticking them together; as a result, the first-season movie leaves large gaps and doesn't flow very well. Additional animation was created for the movie (such as the scenes on Iscandar) or recycled from the series' test footage (such as the opening sequence). The movie was edited down further and dubbed into English in 1978; entitled Space Cruiser Yamato or simply Space Cruiser, it was only given a limited theatrical release in Europe, though it was released on video.

Space Battleship Yamato 2 (宇宙戦艦ヤマト2)

The 90-minute movie version of Yamato outperformed another space opera, Star Wars, at the Japanese box office, leading to the production of a second movie that would end the story. In Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato (さらば宇宙戦艦ヤマト 愛の戦士たち) (also rendered as Arrivederci Yamato), the Yamato and her crew face the onslaught of the Comet Empire, a civilization from the Andromeda Galaxy who seek to conquer Earth, led by Zwordar the Great (Prince Zordar). The Earth ship is aided by an anti-matter woman, Teresa of Telezart (known as Trelaina in the English dub), while the Comet Empire have restored to life Earth's greatest enemy, the Gamilas' leader Desslar, who is eager for revenge. After a massive battle which destroys both Earth and Comet Empire forces, the Yamato crew defeat Zwordar's plans, but at the cost of the ship and their lives. This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... The Andromeda Galaxy (IPA: , also known as Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224; older texts often called it the Great Andromeda Nebula) is a spiral galaxy approximately 2. ...

As the popularity of this franchise became clear (due largely to an enraged fan outcry from those who saw the movie), a second season of the television series was produced, retconning the movie and presenting a different plot against the movie's enemy without killing off the Yamato or its primary characters. Expanding the story to 26 episodes, the second season featured additional plots such as a love story between Teresa and Yamato crew member Daisuke Shima (Mark Venture) and an onboard antagonism between Kodai and Saito (Knox), leader of a group of space marines. The English dub of this season is considered the best by many of the series' American fans. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Space Marines are fictional soldiers that operate in outer space. ...

Footage from Arrivederci Yamato was reused in the second season, particularly in the opening titles; the sequence of the Yamato launching from water was also reused in two of the subsequent movies.

Yamato: The New Voyage (宇宙戦艦ヤマト 新たなる旅立ち)

The television movie Yamato: The New Voyage came next, featuring a new enemy, the Black Nebula Empire. In the film, which initially was later modified into a theatrical movie, Desslar (called Desslok in the English dub version) sees his homeworld destroyed by the grey-skinned aliens, its twin planet Iscandar next in line for invasion. He finds an eventual ally in the Yamato, on a training mission under acting captain Kodai. “Telefilm” redirects here. ...

Be Forever Yamato (ヤマトよ永遠に)

The theatrical movie Be Forever Yamato sees the Black Nebula launch a powerful weapon at Earth, which will annihilate humanity if they resist a full-scale invasion; the Yamato, under a new captain, travels to the aliens' home galaxy, only to discover what appears to be a future Earth in which the terrible proclamation has come to pass.

Space Battleship Yamato III (宇宙戦艦ヤマトⅢ)

Following these movies, a third season of the TV series was produced, broadcast on Japanese television in 1980. In this, the Sun is hit by a proton missile (a weapon having similarities to the Sun Crusher in the Star Wars universe), which greatly accelerates nuclear fission in the star, and humanity must either evacuate to a new home or locate a means of preventing a supernova. At the same time, the remnants of Desslar's Gamilan Empire seek a new home close to the centre of our Galaxy, where they encounter their forebears in the Galman Empire, and come into conflict with a new alien race, the Bolar Federation. Originally conceived as a 52-episode epic, funding cuts meant the season had to be reduced to 25 episodes, with a corresponding loss of overall story development. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Sol redirects here. ... This article is about the series. ... Multiwavelength X-ray image of the remnant of Keplers Supernova, SN 1604. ...

Final Yamato (宇宙戦艦ヤマト 完結編)

The saga ended in 1983 with the fifth theatrical movie, Final Yamato. In this feature, the Gamilan Empire is destroyed by a chance collision of galaxies, while the Yamato, back under the command of Captain Okita (who was cryogenically frozen after his apparent death in the first season), encounters the planet Deingil too late to save its humanoid civilisation from being flooded by the water planet Aquarius. The surviving Deingili, a warrior race who believe only the strong should survive, plan to use Aquarius to flood Earth and destroy humanity, in order to create a new home for their race. When all seems lost, the Deingili are destroyed by Desslar and the remains of his people (in gratitude for the human crew's honoring the Gamilan dead), and the Yamato is filled with tritiated water and detonated like a giant hydrogen bomb by Okita to divert the water stream. A great deal of time is taken at the end of the film showing the fragments of the Yamato repeatedly "sinking" beneath the waves in space, Okita going down with his ship. The unedited version also shows Kodai finally marrying his long-time sweetheart Yuki (and subsequently "consummating" their marriage). Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Cryogenics is a branch of physics (or engineering) that studies the production of very low temperatures (below –150 °C, –238 °F or 123 K) and the behavior of materials at those temperatures. ... Tritiated water is a form of water where the usual hydrogen atoms are replaced with tritium. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 lifted nuclear fallout some 18 km (60,000 feet) above the epicenter. ...


In the original Japanese, the Gamilons were loosely based on the Nazis, while many members of the Yamato crew were named after samurai, particularly the Shinsengumi. This is a list of major characters appearing in the anime series Space Battleship Yamato and its American dub, Star Blazers. ... Nazism, or National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus), refers primarily to the totalitarian ideology and practices of the Nazi Party (National Socialist German Workers Party, German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP) under Adolf Hitler. ... For other uses, see Samurai (disambiguation). ... The Shinsengumi (Japanese: 新選組 or 新撰組) were a special police force of the late shogunate period. ...

  • The Space Battleship Yamato series generally involves themes of brave sacrifice, noble enemies, and respect for heroes lost in the line of duty. This can be seen as early as the second episode of the first series, which recounts the defeat of the original battleship Yamato while sailors and pilots from both sides salute her as she sinks (this scene was cut from the English dub, but later included on the Star Blazers DVD release). The movies spend much time showing the crew visiting monuments to previous missions and recalling the bravery of their fallen comrades. Desler, the enemy defeated in the first season and left without a home or a people, recognizes that his foes are fighting for the same things he fought for and eventually becomes Earth's most important ally. In this — the Japanese concept of "the honorable enemy" — and many other respects, Star Blazers is almost certainly the most "Japanese" anime to survive the editing process and be widely syndicated in the United States.

Star Blazers

Star Blazers
Genre Drama, Military, Science Fiction
TV anime: Star Blazers
Director Billy West
Studio DiC (1984-1985), Saban Entertainment
Network Flag of the United States NBC, Syndication, USA Network
Original run May 8, 1979December 4, 1984
Episodes 137

In 1978 Westchester Corporation identified Yamato as a potential "kids' property" (Starlog, June 1980)[citation needed], and bought the rights to the first two seasons. Dubbing and editing were done by Griffin-Bacal Advertising and production and syndication by Claster Television. Being marketed at a school-age audience, Yamato was bowdlerized by the American editors in order to satisfy the broadcast standards and practices offices of American TV stations. However, far fewer edits were made than with another 1970s anime, Battle of the Planets (a heavily-censored version of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman), and even in its edited American form retains practically all of its uniquely Japanese characteristics in terms of content, plot, character development, and philosophy. “TV” redirects here. ... “Animé” redirects here. ... The DiC Incredible World logo used from late 2001 to present. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the television network. ... In broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast radio shows and television shows to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... USA Network is a popular American cable television network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... is the 338th day of the year (339th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Starlog is a science-fiction film magazine published by Starlog Group Inc. ... Claster Television was a Baltimore, Maryland–based television distributor founded in 1953 by Bert and Nancy Claster as Romper Room Inc. ... Thomas Bowdler (July 11, 1754 – February 24, 1825), an English physician, has become (in)famous as the editor of a childrens edition of William Shakespeare, the Family Shakespeare, in which he endeavoured to remove every thing that could give just offence to the religious and virtuous mind. ... Battle of the Planets (1978) is the first Westernized adaptation of the 1972 Japanese animated television series known as Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman. ... Science Ninja Team Gatchaman , literally Scientific Ninja Troop Gatchaman), often shortened to Gatchaman, is a 5-member superhero team which comprises the main characters in several anime originally produced in Japan by Tatsunoko Productions and later adapted into several English-language versions. ...

Principal changes included Westernisation of character names, reduction of personal violence, toning down of offensive language and alcohol use, and removal of sexual fan service and references to World War II although the sunken battleship ruins were still identified as the Yamato in dialogue. Many fans nonetheless regard it as more "adult" than other cartoons shown in the US at the time, as personal tragedy, funeral scenes for fallen comrades and the extinction faced by humanity were left intact. The very Japanese theme of "the honorable enemy" was also a tremendously important aspect of Desslok's character development in the second and third seasons, as well as in the later movies. Fan service ), sometimes written as a single word, fanservice, is a vaguely defined term chiefly used for Japanese visual media—particularly in anime fandom—to refer to elements in a story that are unnecessary to a storyline, but designed to amuse or sexually excite the audience[1][2]. It is... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

The most significant change made by Griffin-Bacal was purely narrative: whereas in the original series the Yamato and its crew were regarded as a single entity, the narrator each week urging "Yamato, hurry to Iscandar!", in Star Blazers the crew were named the Star Force and became the focus of the show, with the Argo merely being the vessel in which they travelled (though it retained its source in the Japanese battleship, the name-change being covered in dialogue).

The first two seasons (whose DVD releases are titled "The Quest for Iscandar" and "The Comet Empire") were broadcast in 1979 and 1980. By the time the third season of Yamato was released, however, the original voice actors had moved on and, being non-union, were uncontactable by the American production company. The third season (released as "The Bolar Wars") played to a small test market at the time and was not as widely seen until its release on video and DVD, and remains less popular than the first two seasons. Many of the original English voice actors have since been tracked down and interviewed for the Star Blazers DVD releases.

Broadcast aired TV History

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American comic adaptations

To date three American comic adaptations have been published; two as comic book series and the most recent as a web comic.

The first series was published by Comico in the late 1980s and served as a postscript to the second season. In this series it was discovered that the White Comet Empire's rear fleet (comprising fully half of the empire's entire fleet) still existed and - with Earth's entire fleet other than the Argo having been wiped out - only the Argo stood between the massive fleet of the empire and Earth.

In the mid-'90s Voyager Entertainment published 12 issues of a Star Blazers comic book before publication was halted due to poor sales.

Star Blazers Rebirth is currently being published as a web comic, with new chapters appearing on the official Star Blazers site every month or two. The art and story is by Tim Eldred, who was also responsible for the Voyager Entertainment series. In Star Blazers Rebirth the Earth is once again threatened by a menace from space headed for the Earth 25 years after the first series; this time in the shape of what appears to be a black hole. At first Earth's government does not believe the information, on the basis that black holes aren't supposed to be able to move. However, they eventually agree to send Earth's newest and most powerful starship, Andromeda II, to investigate. Upon reaching its destination, Andromeda II is quickly destroyed with all hands onboard, though not before transmitting its data to Earth. Shocked by the disaster, and disgusted at the lack of response from Earth's government (other than to begin evacuating the citizens of the Earth to the far less hospitable planets discovered during the third series), Sandor and Wildstar (now grey-haired, bearded, in his mid-40s, and constantly haunted by the past - as well as by pasts which never happened) devote their wealth and energies to rebuilding the nearly shattered Argo, which was encased in ice and left floating in Earth orbit at the end of Final Yamato. Since most of the old surviving bridge crew of Argo are now captains in command of their own ships, many of the new crew members are the children or grandchildren of the original Argo crew. In keeping with the original series' emphasis on human mortality, one of these children is the daughter of one of the original crew's most important members, who (apparently) died in the Andromeda II mission to investigate the mysterious black hole. In the meantime, the decision to relocate Earth's population to numerous colonies has left Earth's forces stretched far too thinly, with several colonies beginning to break away from Earth's control. Short on supplies, Argo heads toward the center of the galaxy in attempt to learn more about the mysterious black hole and a rash of attacks on Earth's colonies. Web comics are comics that are available on the web. ...


Yamato 2520 (ヤマト2520)

In the mid 1990s, Nishizaki attempted to create a sequel to Yamato, set hundreds of years after the original. Yamato 2520 was to chronicle the adventures of the eighteenth starship to bear the name, and its battle against the Seiren Federation. Much of the continuity established in the original series (including the destruction of Earth's moon) is ignored in this sequel.

In place of Leiji Matsumoto, American artist Syd Mead (Blade Runner, Tron and Star Trek: The Motion Picture') provided the conceptual art. Syd Mead (born July 18, 1933 in St. ... This article is about the 1982 film. ... Tron is a 1982 science fiction film starring Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn (and his counterpart inside the electronic world, Clu), Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley (and Tron), Cindy Morgan as Lora Baines (and Yori) and Dan Shor as Ram. ... Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount Pictures, 1979; see also 1979 in film) is the first feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series and is released on Friday, December 7. ...

Due to the bankruptcy of Nishizaki's company Office Academy, and legal disputes with Matsumoto over the ownership of the Yamato copyrights, the series was never finished and only three episodes were produced. Most Yamato fans were generally underwhelmed by the series' first episodes and were not disappointed by its cancellation.

In March of 2002, a Tokyo court ruled that Nishizaki legally owned the Yamato copyrights. The two parties eventually settled, and Nishizaki began work on a new movie titled Yamato Rebirth (set after the original series), while Matsumoto planned a new Yamato series. However, additional legal conflicts have since stalled both projects. Also see: 2002 (number). ...

Space Battleship Great Yamato (新宇宙戦艦ヤマト)

American remake

During the mid 1990s, the Walt Disney Company purchased the theatrical rights to a live-action Yamato movie. The most highly publicized script reportedly put a ragtag crew of misfits (none of whom are named after any of the original show's crew from either the Japanese or English version) aboard the rebuilt United States battleship Arizona (which was sunk by the Japanese during the attack on Pearl Harbor) on a mission to save Earth. The project is believed to have been shelved following Michael Eisner's departure from the company.[citation needed] In April 2006 it was announced that Benderspink and producer Josh C. Kline had teamed up to make another attempt at creating a live action version of the story. “Disney” redirects here. ... Arizona (BB-39) in Pearl Harbor, see USS Arizona Memorial. ... This article is about the actual attack. ... In the film industry, a film is considered shelved if it is not released for public viewing after filming has started, or even completed. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...

Cultural impact

Further information: List of references to Space Battleship Yamato in other works
  • The theme song from Space Battleship Yamato is frequently performed by military bands of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, an example of life imitating fiction.
  • The downtown area of the Japanese city Tsuruga in Fukui Prefecture has about two dozen bronze statues, each about four feet tall, depicting characters and scenes from the Space Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999 TV shows and films.
  • The Aum Shinrikyo cult — long before their sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subways — promoted their faith with inspirational videos that emulated the animation style, cosmic images, and theme music from the series.
  • The Yamato frequently makes cameo appearances in other Matsumoto anime as well as in the Galaxy Express 999 manga. The crew is never seen. Also, this Yamato appears to be a time travelling ship due to the fact that much of the other Matsumoto stories take place in different eras. During these appearances, Yamato does little more than a brief flyby or appearance in the background, this is also probably due to licensing restrictions. Matsumoto owns all of the rights to the artisitic aspects of Yamato including the ship designs, but is legally restricted from using the characters, names (other than Yamato), settings, and situations. Those rights belong to co-creator Nishizaki.
  • During the return trip to Earth, it was intended that Yamato's crew would encounter Captain Harlock but this idea was scrapped when the series was truncated to 26 episodes due to lower ratings. A manga version by Leijii Matsumoto does use this plot element in revising the ending of the Quest for Iscandar. Captain Harlock shows up periodically as captain of the pirate vessel Deathshadow. It is revealed in the end that he was Mamoru Kodai who was thought to be dead.
  • Many video games based on the series have been available over the years. The Nintendo Game Boy, PC Engine Super CDRom, and the Bandai WonderSwan had a unique Yamato release for each platform. The series has become quite popular on Sony's game platform in recent years, with Bandai releasing three Space Battleship Yamato games for the PlayStation and another three games for the PlayStation 2. In addition to these, the Yamato theme was also extended to another Japan-only PlayStation 2 release, this being a pachinko game titled Fever 7. Note that no Yamato games have ever seen a release outside of Japan.

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English title

For many years, English-language releases of the anime bore the title Space Cruiser Yamato. Nishizaki, a sailing enthusiast who owned a cruiser yacht, ordered that this translation be used out of love for his boat. However, it is inaccurate, as 戦艦 senkan means "battleship" and not "cruiser" (which in Japanese would be 巡洋艦 junyōkan). Today, Yamato releases, including the Voyager Entertainment DVD, are marketed either as Star Blazers or Space Battleship Yamato. For either of the songs named Sailing, see Sailing (song). ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...

External links

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"Space Battleship Yamato" is the warp-speed version of television's first "Yamato" series, known in the U.S. as "Star Blazers: The Quest for Iscandar." This seamless motion picture features the episodic adventure's most spectacular battles, dramatic personal encounters, intimate moments, and the unparalleled suspense of an intergalactic race against time to save Earth from total destruction.
If the Yamato TV series was available in Japanese, I'd rate this as "get it only if you're a completeist." I've seen quite a few anime compilation movies and this one is by far the weakest.
And Dommel's desperation to beat the Star Force and destroy the Yamato even at the cost of his own life is confusing without knowing that he'd been sentenced to death and was pardoned by Dessler (Desslok) in order to fight one final battle against the Yamato.
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Yamato was sent against U.S. forces on a suicide mission near the end of World War II and was sunk by American aircraft.
Space Battleship Yamato: The Movie, depicts the historical last mission and sinking of the Yamato.
Narrator: Yamato’s dual function as a submarine allowed her to appear capsized on the ocean floor.
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