Skip to comments.Vanity: Space Battleship Yamato Series Reboot (aka: "Starblazers")
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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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.
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. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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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YES!! I grew up watching Star Blazers as a kid. I loved it. Thanks for the posting.
I used to watch the original daily.
There was something cool about it.
By the way, here’s the live action movie Space Battleship Yamato....it’s not at all bad.
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.
LOL! The ending threw me, certainly. As did the Gamilons.
I understand the post KC :)
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.
It was daily watching for me.
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.
Sorry, I didn’t check the pic size before posting. I’ll ask the mod to nuke it.
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 ;)
“3. Its 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 1990s, 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.
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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.