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 super-craft 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 ... Written by Q. Leo Rahman

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The Gamilas, while an extraterrestrial race, have the appearance of blue-skinned humans. According to Leiji Matsumoto, the production crew took into consideration Charles Darwin's "The Origin of Species," and wrote them as part of the human family that branched off long ago: "Perhaps they evolved differently because of strong radioactivity... however, this work wasn't about fighting aliens that were completely different from us." 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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Followed by Space Crusier Yamato (1977) See more »

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Uchuu Senkan Yamato (Space Battleship Yamato)
Lyrics by Yû Aku
Musical Arraignments by Hiroshi Miyagawa
Performed by Isao Sasaki & Musical Academy
Courtesy of Columbia Records, Asahi Sonorama
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Not to be confused with the movie
12 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've been a fan of Matsumoto Leiji ever since I saw Dangard Ace many years ago, as well as Galaxy Express on Sci-Fi channel when they showed anime on Saturday mornings. I don't know why it took me so long to watch this show, but I highly recommend it.

This right here, the entry for Space Battleship Yamato, is the original series from which the '77 movie was derived. It fully chronicles the adventures of the crew of the Yamato, born from the wreckage of the WWII battleship, the last hope of Japan, or so it comes across that way in the series. I'm not sure how that was adapted when the show was made into Star Blazers, but I'd like to find out.

All the names I use here are the ones from the subtitles in the version I watched.

By the year 2199, Earth has been under constant bombardment from the planet Galimus for several decades. From their front line base on Pluto, they launch meteor bombs daily at the surface of the Earth, which has destroyed the surface, driving the entire populous into underground cities. But this does little to save the human race, as the meteors also spread a radioactive poison, which is slowly but inexorably seeping down into the crust. Their last hope (perhaps reflecting the feelings of Japan at the end of the war, or maybe not) is the first earth ship capable of faster-than-light travel, the Yamato. Launched in response to a message from Starsha of Iscandar, sister planet of Galimus, their mission is to retrieve an item called the Cosmo Cleaner, which can eliminate the poisons spread by the meteors. But, at the time of Yamato's departure, the amount of time mankind can survive is exactly one year. With out any help, can the crew of the Yamato travel the 148,000 light-years to Iscandar and back in one year, all the while being attacked by the space forces of Galimus?


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