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Vanity: Space Battleship Yamato Series Reboot (aka: "Starblazers")
Anime Network ^ | 12/19/2012 | Kolath

Posted on 12/19/2012 5:23:47 PM PST by Kolath

"Space Battleship Yamato," a classic sci-fi anime series of the 1970's with international fandom, movies and spin-offs, is being reintroduced with a series reboot for 2012. The reviews from the international anime crowd have been astounding.

Packaged in four-episode "mini-packs," and hitting select Japanese movie screens, "Yamato 2199" is now being released on BluRay (compatible with US players). Currently, Amazon is selling select Bluray episode packages.

Bandi is selling collector figurines and models for the general public.

No news as of yet if Film distributor Shochiku is seeking US media distributors at this time.

If sales are any indication, the production studious in Japan are likely to finish season one and possibly proceed with seasons two ("Comet Empire") and three ("Bolar Wars").

The original 1974 series was released in the US in 1979 under the title "Starblazers".

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 2199; anime; scifi; yamato
Anime Review:

The new series is a remake of the original Space Battleship Yamato TV series from 1974, with some changes in the main story, new characters, several female characters and more modern designs and animation inspired by those of the first series. The original intro music theme from the first series composed by Hiroshi Miyagawa with vocals by Isao Sasaki has also been re-scored for this new production by Hiroshi's son Akira.[2]

Yutaka Izubuchi serves as supervising director, with character designs by Nobuteru Yuki, and Junichiro Tamamori and Makoto Kobayashi in charge of mecha and conceptual designs. The series is a joint project of Enagio, Xebec and AIC. Famous anime director and creator Hideaki Anno designed the new series' opening sequence, which is a homage to the one that appeared in the first TV series.[3] +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Recent Reviewer:

Space Battleship Yamato has been around for nearly forty years. There's a fine line to walk when you're reintroducing the original storyline to new and old fans alike. The production team working on Yamato 2199 deserve all the praise they've been getting. They've done a wonderful job by keeping the original sound effects, the musical score should be familiar if you've seen the tv show, the updates to the mechanical (ship) designs are eye candy (it's very detailed), and the character designs have been updated with a military flair but still retain that Leiji Matsumoto flair.

Please keep in mind that this first volume only has the first two episodes. Future volumes should have four episodes per BD/DVD disc. Oh, it also comes with English subtitles. I can't help but recommend this series to fans of classic anime. You won't be disappointed.

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You Tube Trailers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BGu9HESMuI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5RJBhgdhCI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx09knIFlmY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyzjrTamBjg

1 posted on 12/19/2012 5:23:56 PM PST by Kolath
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To: Kolath

YES!! I grew up watching Star Blazers as a kid. I loved it. Thanks for the posting.


2 posted on 12/19/2012 5:27:18 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Kolath

I used to watch the original daily.

There was something cool about it.


3 posted on 12/19/2012 5:28:04 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Kolath; All

By the way, here’s the live action movie Space Battleship Yamato....it’s not at all bad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iissssJnq4M


4 posted on 12/19/2012 5:32:43 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

I liked the live-action movie for the most part but it was just too much stuff crammed into one movie with lots of changes to the storyline (what they did to Desslok and the Gamelons made me cringe a bit). They could of made a franchise out of this. I’m not sure if the box office in Japan was too spectacular....perhaps not as well as they hoped.

If I heard right on the grapevine, the anime “reboot” was an effort to jump start the series with a new generation of fans (like Star Trek).

I hope they can find a US distributor (sci-fi) because I think it will find a very receptive audience here.


5 posted on 12/19/2012 5:42:52 PM PST by Kolath
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
we don't talk about that one!


6 posted on 12/19/2012 5:43:05 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion

LOL! The ending threw me, certainly. As did the Gamilons.


7 posted on 12/19/2012 5:52:12 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: KC_Lion

I understand the post KC :)


8 posted on 12/19/2012 5:52:47 PM PST by Kolath
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
Sorry but never could get in to the premised of raising a sunk Japanese ww2 battleship and making it a spaceship
9 posted on 12/19/2012 5:54:05 PM PST by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad; Kolath

BETRYAL!!!


10 posted on 12/19/2012 6:00:57 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: tophat9000; All

Sorry but never could get in to the premised of raising a sunk Japanese ww2 battleship and making it a spaceship

1. It’s science fiction

2. “Yamato 2199” explains this

3. It’s a cultural thing

4. In the late 1990’s, Disney bought the movies rights to “Space Battleship Yamato” with a storyline of the USS Arizona (either parts of it or a replica) being resurrected as a rally cry for humanity. However, when Michael Eisner left Disney in 2005, the project was shelved and the movie rights expired. Toho picked it up in 2006.


11 posted on 12/19/2012 6:14:08 PM PST by Kolath
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

It was daily watching for me.


12 posted on 12/19/2012 6:16:10 PM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Kolath

The Japanese were foolish to send that ship out on a useless mission. We sent her to the bottom in short order, and she took her brave crew with her.


14 posted on 12/19/2012 6:22:25 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kolath; Admin Moderator

Sorry, I didn’t check the pic size before posting. I’ll ask the mod to nuke it.


15 posted on 12/19/2012 6:29:35 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Kolath

I loved the movie that came out some months ago Yamato Revival, looked amazing in 1080p, so will be looking forward to this series, maybe its fansubbed already, will have to check ;)


16 posted on 12/19/2012 7:31:52 PM PST by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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To: Kolath

“3. It’s a cultural thing”

Yes. Best way to describe it is, IJN Yamato has (in its own way) become almost as symbolic to the Japanese as USS Arizona has to us.

“4. In the late 1990’s, Disney bought the movies rights to “Space Battleship Yamato” with a storyline of the USS Arizona (either parts of it or a replica) being resurrected as a rally cry for humanity. However, when Michael Eisner left Disney in 2005, the project was shelved and the movie rights expired. Toho picked it up in 2006.”

Personally I’m glad that didn’t happen...the idea of using USS Arizona like that made me cringe. In my book, if Hollywood wants to “use” Arizona outside of Pearl Harbor, then they should make a blockbuster about the Battle of Leyte Gulf and cite Arizona in conjunction with the revenge its fellow battlewagons wrought on the Japanese at Surigao Strait.


17 posted on 12/19/2012 7:37:47 PM PST by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: All

Space Battleship Yamato 2199 FaceBook page

http://www.facebook.com/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199?ref=ts&fref=ts


18 posted on 12/19/2012 7:53:31 PM PST by Kolath
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To: wally_bert

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5oniErmeuE

Me too.....


19 posted on 12/19/2012 8:05:20 PM PST by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Kolath

Due to the official anti-military culture of Japan, when military themes emerge in popular culture, they do so in odd ways — such as pretending that it would make sense to raise the hulk of an iconic battleship sunk by the Americans in WW II and then launch it into space.


20 posted on 12/19/2012 8:13:29 PM PST by Rockingham
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To: qam1

Gen-X pingworthy, perhaps?


21 posted on 12/19/2012 8:19:16 PM PST by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Kolath

Bfl


22 posted on 12/19/2012 8:19:33 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Kolath

I think its a great idea, I bet it goes over big. And I hope the US market doesn’t try to suppress it here in the states. Granted some historical events should be deep sixed, like who would want to see a series about the Bismark fighting space aliens? Some things are just too turbid.


23 posted on 12/19/2012 8:25:47 PM PST by Eye of Unk (A Civil Cold War in America is here, its already been declared.)
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To: Kolath; All

Loved the series as a kid. You can watch all the old shows on Hulu now.


24 posted on 12/19/2012 8:27:27 PM PST by rottndog (Be Prepared.....for what's coming AFTER America.)
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To: GenXteacher; qam1; ItsOurTimeNow; PresbyRev; Fraulein; StoneColdGOP; Clemenza; m18436572; ...
A little late

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25 posted on 12/20/2012 4:19:29 PM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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A little late

Xer Ping

Ping list for the discussion of the politics and social (and sometimes nostalgic) aspects that directly effects Generation Reagan / Generation-X (Those born from 1965-1981) including all the spending previous generations are doing that Gen-X and Y will end up paying for.

Freep mail me to be added or dropped. See my home page for details and previous articles.  

26 posted on 12/20/2012 4:20:33 PM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Loved Star Blazers even if some of the animation and character design - especially the doe-eyed females - seemed odd to a kid unfamiliar with anime (apart from Speed Racer of course). The WWII apocalypse allegory was also lost on me.

We had a summer routine down...get to neighbor kid’s house 5 minutes before airtime, coax a decent picture out of a distant UHF signal using one those set top controls that rotated the rooftop aerial. Something to be said for working a bit for one’s entertainment.

Later I bought the VHS compilation.


27 posted on 12/20/2012 5:17:51 PM PST by relictele
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To: Kolath
3. It’s a cultural thing

Very true. Starblazers was edited in a major way for US television. Some of it was overtly sexual content that would probably be ok these days. Some of it was cosmetic, like renaming the Yamato "Argo".

However one of the big cuts was the original beginning, a flashback where the Yamato is sunk by USN pilots, with direct analogies drawn between the USN pilots and the evil Gammalons.

There's been a major resurgence in Yamato interest in recent years. Besides the different "Space Battleship" efforts (anime and live action), there was a live action movie about the Yamato's wartime service, and there's even a massive (1/16 scale I think, maybe 1/8th even) Yamato that's been built and put on display.
28 posted on 12/20/2012 5:33:52 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: Kolath

Question for you: are the new episodes dubbed into English, or subtitled?


29 posted on 12/20/2012 5:35:23 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

There was a live action film a few years ago.


30 posted on 12/20/2012 5:36:33 PM PST by Ted Grant
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To: tanknetter

They disks are subtitled in English. If they find a US distributor I can only assume they’ll be dubbed. And I can only hope they find good voice talent for the task.

Quite frankly, as an anime fan, subtitling is often better than most dubbs (IMHO). Dubbing often “loses something” especially if the English voice actors aren’t up to the task (or if the actor’s voice just doesn’t fit...I’ve experienced some dubbs that are just horrible and detract from the story).


31 posted on 12/20/2012 6:00:15 PM PST by Kolath
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To: GenXteacher

Gen-X pingworthy, perhaps?

Yes....ping away!!!


32 posted on 12/20/2012 6:05:34 PM PST by Kolath
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To: Kolath

Fond memories as this was one of my earliest exposures to anime as a wee lad.


33 posted on 12/20/2012 9:05:02 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Kolath

Thanks! The reason I asked is that my son is at the same age that I was introduced to Starblazers (he’s 7) and while he’s a good reader I think that he’s going to find subtitling problemmatic. But Im going to order them and give it a try: one of the things that, in retrospect, was great about Starblazers was it’s continuing, progressing storyline. I think that it really helped me develop good attention and retention skills.


34 posted on 12/21/2012 6:13:49 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

Yamato (Starblazers) was just so different than the “buy my cereal” cookie-cutter crap coming out of the US (with few exceptions such as Disney and perhaps certain iconic titles from Hanna-Barbera).

Leader Desslok was the first “cool villain” I’d ever seen. Perhaps the first ever metro-sexual villain of animation (LOL)!!!!

As I’m typing this, I’m listening to the “Final Yamato” soundtrack....it’s awesome.


35 posted on 12/21/2012 4:07:20 PM PST by Kolath
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To: tanknetter

One the best quotes from Desslok (Season three, “Bolar Wars”)

At the end of the episode, a senior officer was caught openly worshiping the “Golden Goddess of Peace” at their conference meeting. Desslock was pissed!

ZAPPPP goes Desslok’s ray gun and as the senior officer laid on the floor, gasping for breath, Desslok leaves the conference room in disgus. But before he passes the door, he turns around to the other staff officers and says with contempt....

“Gamilon only has room for one God...and that God is ME!!!”

Classic!!!


36 posted on 12/21/2012 4:20:26 PM PST by Kolath
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