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.
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 ;)
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.
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.
Loved the series as a kid. You can watch all the old shows on Hulu now.
Question for you: are the new episodes dubbed into English, or subtitled?
Fond memories as this was one of my earliest exposures to anime as a wee lad.