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Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Series Confirmed


“A new anime series in the Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato anime franchise has been confirmed under the title Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love). The staff has released the series’ first visual, drawn by illustrator Makoto Kobayashi:” ~ AnimeNewsNetwork

“The staff has also opened an official website for the series. The website had been registered in Japan on January 8, and volume 13 of Yamato Kōkai Nikki: Yamato Crew Premium Fun Club Magazine, the official Yamato Fan Club magazine, shipped this week with the news.

Nobuyoshi Habara (Fafner and Fafner EXODUS director, episode director and storyboard writer for Star Blazers 2199) is directing the new anime, and Harutoshi Fukui (Mobile Suit Gundam UC original novel writer, screenplay for Harlock: Space Pirate) is writing and overseeing the scripts. The late Yoshinobu Nishizaki is credited with the original work, and his son Shoji Nishizaki (Star Blazers 2199 planning, producer for Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection) is the executive producer.

The staff will reveal other details about the new series at a later date.

Shoji Nishizaki revealed in the fan club magazine last August that a second season of the Space Battleship Yamato 2199 anime was in development. Shoji Nishizaki added that production would not be officially green-lit until at least this year. Aside from the “2202” in the new series’ title, the project’s website does not confirm if this new series is the sequel Shoji Nishizaki mentioned, and the website does not specify the new series’ connection, if any, to the Farewell Space Battleship Yamato film; that film’s Japanese title was Saraba Uchū Senkan Yamato – Ai no Senshi-tachi (Farewell Space Farewell Space Battleship Yamato – Warriors of Love).” ~ From AnimeNewsNetwork

 

STAR BLAZERS 2199:

 

star blazers 2199 damaged earth

The irradiated earth.

Hey check out the trailers for the new Star Blazers 2199 also called SpaceBattleship Yamato 2199 in Japan.  Produced by Yoshinobu Nishizaki and Leiji Matsumoto,  Star Blazers is an alien invasion war space opera about an alien attack that all but destroys the earth. Giant radiation bombs constantly fall down on the earth destroying everything in their path. Humanity has been reduced to living underground and their days are numbered.  Hope arrives as new tech delivered by another benevolent alien race that wants to help humanity. To get this new tech that will restore the earth, a ship called the Yamato must make a journey of over 100,000 light years to get it. As you can imagine this makes for some really great storytelling!

 

2199 is a complete remake of the original ground breaking 1974 show. And that was needed because as awesome as the saga is it really was hampered by the old 1974 animation of the original show. Now we can finally see the story again in all it’s glory.

Star Blazers was groundbreaking in so many ways. It was the first major anime Star Blazers 2199 Earththat featured an ongoing serialized dramatic plot. It was the first that didn’t dumb down to it’s audience.  It was the first Anime that really caught my attention when I was a kid and it really spurred my interest in anime and the idea that animation was an art form that could be used for more mature subject matter than the batman and spider man and Disney cartoons of the day.

In fact, the story is so awesome that it really has not been told properly in my opinion. Imagine an animated Lord of the Rings, that would be nice and there were attempts at that but it wasn’t until we saw Peter Jackson’s live action movies that we really got to appreciate Middle Earth.

Space-Battleship-Yamato Live Action Film-poster

Space Battleship Yamato Live Action Film Poster

Although there was a live action movie made of Star Blazers back in 2010, I feel it has not been done properly yet.  It’s a long and epic story that really needs to be told in either serial form like it has been or in a trilogy form.  Whomever decided to try to squeeze the entire story into a two-hour animated film (there are condensed animated versions of the new series like Space Battleship Yamato 2199: A Voyage to Remember and like Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Celestial Ark or a two hour live-action version just don’t understand this story properly.

 

star blazers 2199 opening 1Anyway, check out this vid which is a compilation of all the animated trailers for the new animated series.

I just started watching this new series and I will be doing a more detailed review on it soon. Suffice it to say it is bringing back all the old nostalgia from the original.

It has some new updated animation with really stellar graphics.  Music is as awesome as ever. I mean the theme song to star blazers will alway be epic! Check out the opening song. Did I say that the opening song for Star Blazers is just epic! It has got to be one of the best intro theme songs ever for any show next to the iconic songs of Star Wars.  I mean this song still affects me to this day (even in Japanese)!

Opening Scene

The have redone all the animation and it looks really good. They also updated many of the scientific and other inadequacies from the original show.  For example, when they go to Saturn they talk about the latest stuff we know about Saturn’s moons and tide forces allowing for liquid water etc.

Also, this fan made trailer with audio from the original series will gives you a good sense of the show.

Fan Made English Trailer

As I watch more and more of this series, I find myself getting pulled more and more into this world. Sometimes the Romanesque alien slock is hard to take. The internal politics with their imperial leader Dessler really seems kinda stupid. Really, would an alien type 3 galactic civilization really be this primitive and immature and reduced to the politics of one of our most unevolved empires? I don’t think so. I feel the writers just had to make evil aliens and so they quickly thought this up. I think a more sophisticated alien race would have been better.

In case you’re wondering here is the original 1974 Intro:

star blazers 2199 opening 3The Future:
Star Blazers is awesome and there were many adaptations and series of the Space Battle Ship Yamato original series from Japan. You can read the entire sordid history of the series here. Unfortunately, there appears to have been a lot of infighting between the two producers over control of the show and this is the source of the tangle of material.

What’s in store? I know a new properly done live action adaptation of this film would be awesome. Something on the same production levels as Star Wars, The Matrix or Lord of the Rings.  There are tons of animated remakes and spinoffs and the canon of this franchise is really confusing, especially between English and Japanese markets.  I feel with the high quality of 2199 that the franchise is reborn and it’s worth keeping an eye out for any new series or movies.  Here is what I was able to glean about future production and adaptations of this series:

Let’s start with the original:
“Star Blazers is an American animated television series adaptation of the Japanese anime series Space Battleship Yamato I (1974), II (1978) and III (1980) (Uchū Senkan Yamato). Star Blazers was first broadcast in the United States in 1979 as Star Blazers. Significantly, it was the first popular English-translated anime that had an overarching plot and story-line that required the episodes to be shown in order. It dealt with somewhat more mature themes than other productions aimed at the same target audience at the time. As a result, it paved the way for future arc-based, plot-driven anime translations.” To find out everything you could ever want to know about all things Star Blazers read here.

Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark:
So I think this is what happens after 2199 on the return voyage home. Not sure. Will watch and let you know.
“Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark (2199 Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune?) is a 2014 film based on the Space Battleship Yamato 2199 anime series. The movie is set during the events of the series, primarily as the eponymous spaceship Yamato makes its way back to Earth after a long voyage to the planet Iscandar.”~Wikipedia

New Live Action Hollywood Movie Planned for 2017:
I researched this and there was an announcement in 2014 by Skydance Productions. It looks like it’s on hold as I see no new info on it. Will keep you posted.  Here is more from NerdReport.

Space Battleship Yamato Live Action Movie 2010:
This is the live action movie that came out in 2010. It’s decent but story wise you can tell they tried to include way too much plot from the series into a feature film and it doesn’t work.  From Wikipedia:
“Space Battleship Yamato (SPACE BATTLESHIP Supēsu Batorushippu Yamato) is a 2010 Japanese science fiction film based on the Space Battleship Yamato anime series by Yoshinobu Nishizaki and Leiji Matsumoto. The film was released in Japan on December 1, 2010. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan on June 24, 2011, and in the United States on April 29, 2014.”

Yamato Rebirth:
In March 2002, a Tokyo court ruled that Yoshinobu Nishizaki legally owned the Yamato copyrights. Nishizaki and Matsumoto eventually settled, and Nishizaki began work on a new movie titled Yamato: Rebirth:  Rebirth is set in the year 2220, 21 years after the first Yamato story and 17 years after the story of the last film, “Final Yamato”. A wandering, black hole is approaching the Solar system, and will surely destroy all life on Earth. The decision has been made to evacuate Earth’s entire population. Due to its moving nature, Sanada decided to name the phenomenon “Cascade Black Hole.”  It’s was scheduled for release in 2009. I will watch and do a review soon.

Disney Reboot:
Disney has some rights and may do a live action reboot:
Rumor has it that Disney is interested in this series but it sounds like the project is on hold.

“Word has it that Disney has purchased enough rights from Voyager to produce a live-action Star Blazers movie in America. However, there are rumors that the project is on indefinite hold.  In any event, I am told that the Disney project will/was-to do the following:

Rename the ship the "Arizona" -- yeah, not "Argo" and not "Yamato".
   Do away with the original music (I suspect it will be replaced by highly forgettable Gen-X stuff).
   Do away with the classic Star Blazers character names.
   Compress the entire journey to Iscandar into 2 hours or less.

If I am wrong on any of these counts, please let me know.  I’ve heard nothing more about this. Fans of Star Blazers are both enthusiastic and concerned. Any publicity that Star Blazers gets is good, but they want to see an accurate character portrayal and a lack of commercialization. Star Blazers itself had its own style and character, and it was hoped that Disney would not replace this and borrow too many themes from other American sci-fi productions.” Source: http://starblazers.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Blazers_motion_picture_movie

Based on what I can tell this is not happening anymore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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