Uchû senkan Yamato (1974–1975)

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The space battleship Yamato embarks on a voyage to the planet Iscandar, to retrieve a device that will rejuvenate a war-ravaged Earth.

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Series cast summary:
Kei Tomiyama ...
 Combat Chief Susumu Kodai (26 episodes, 1974-1975)
Gorô Naya ...
 Captain Jûzô Okita (26 episodes, 1974-1975)
Shûsei Nakamura ...
 Chief Navigator Daisuke Shima (26 episodes, 1974-1975)
Yôko Asagami ...
 Yuki Mori (26 episodes, 1974-1975)
Takeshi Aono ...
 Science Officer Shirô Sanada (26 episodes, 1974-1975)
Ichirô Nagai ...
 Chief Engineer Hikozaemon Tokugawa / ... (26 episodes, 1974-1975)
Ken'ichi Ogata ...
 Analyzer (26 episodes, 1974-1975)
Shinji Nomura ...
 Chief Communications Officer Yoshikazu Aihara (26 episodes, 1974-1975)
Yoshito Yasuhara ...
 Radar Operator Kenjirô Ôta (26 episodes, 1974-1975)
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In the year 2199, Earth is invaded by an extraterrestrial race known as the Gamilas, who hail from a dying planet and decide to make Earth their new home. The Gamilas proceed to rain radioactive bombs on Earth, rendering the planet's surface arid and uninhabitable (but hospitable for their race). Earth's space fleet is hopelessly outclassed by the Gamilas and all seems lost... until a mysterious space probe is retrieved on Mars. The probe contains blueprints, and a message from Queen Starsha of the planet Iscandar, who claims to have a device which can cleanse Earth of its radiation damage. The blueprints are of a supercraft that can enable any ship to head to Iscandar (situated in another galaxy) and back in a year, and with these plans the denizens of Earth secretly rebuild a Japanese battleship, the Yamato, into a great space battleship. A small but intrepid crew of 114 departs for Iscandar in the Yamato to acquire the device... but with the menace of the Gamilas, can they succeed ... Written by Q. Leo Rahman

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Star Blazers  »

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In order to provide funding for the series, the producers sold the right of their series to any company that was willing to gamble on their series (a common practice even now). Bandai purchased the license to make Yamato model kits; Nippon Columbia purchased the license to sell Yamato music; and most importantly, three major publishers (Akita Shoten, Tokuma Shoten and Asahi Sonorama) signed on for the manga rights - all three got practically identically rights (even for that time, and would never be tolerated these days). See more »

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[closing song]
Chorus: A girl was waving her bright red scarf / Who do you think it is for? / It does not matter who it was for, / let everyone believe it was for them / When setting off on a journey, in the hearts of men / a piece of romance is needed / La-la-la la-la-la / La-la-la la-la-la / La-la-la a bright red scarf...
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Referenced in Queen Emeraldas (1998) See more »

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Makkana Sukâfu (Scarlet Scarf)
Lyrics by Yû Aku
Musical Arraignments by Hiroshi Miyagawa
Performed by Isao Sasaki
Courtesy of Columbia Records, Asahi Sonorama
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STAR BLAZERS is born
19 August 2000 | by See all my reviews



Recently the original two hour SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO movie was shown at a local university. Watching it offered more questions than answers in pondering how the 120 minute movie was edited into the first STAR BLAZERS series. What stands to memory is that STAR BLAZERS had its storyline given more detail and enrichment. However, either version is fun to watch.

The story, the music, the space battles, the animation... the two words to describe it is PURE FUN!

Enthralled, simply enthralled watching the STAR BLAZERS TV series for the first time 20 years ago. I have seen a fair number of Japanese cartoon series and no characters remain as vivid and real as the crew of the Argo.


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