You know me. I typically leave anime reportage up to blogs that are much better equipped to do so, preferably with a better handle on Japanese culture than I have, but this is a special occasion. My first introduction to anime, then called “Japanimation” for lack of a better Western term for a distinctly Eastern style of animation, were the Force Five/Shogun Warriors cartoons on afternoon syndication. Each was followed by Star Blazers, known elsewhere in the world as Space Battleship Yamato, a sprawling space opera.
In Star Blazers an alien race called the Gamilons attack earth and render the surface uninhabitable by bombing the surface with dirty bombs. Another alien race on the planet Iscandar delivers the plans for a faster than light engine and offers us the Cosmo DNA, which will clean our planet so we can start living on the surface again, but we have to go pick it up. Earth converts the remains of the Yamato (Called The Argo in The United States), a flagship in the Japanese fleet during World War 2, into a monstrous space ship armed to the teeth and capped off with a planet smashing weapon on the bow called The Wave Motion Gun. From there, they race across the stars to get to Iscandar, persued by Leader Deslock, a typically foppish anime bad guy, and the Gamilon fleet. It was completely ridiculous but when your after school cartoon regimen is reruns of Mighty Mouse and Transformers, this shit is downright sophisticated. I was hooked, even though American shores got to see one of the several seasons produced for Japanese television.
I dont know much about this picture but it seems to be a feature rather than a new OVA. The sheer scope of the original show and the many obstacles that the Yamato had to overcome was the appeal but in typical feature film running times, you can’t do much but encounter the Gamilon fleet a few times and blow some spaceships up. This trailer takes a real long time to get rolling and is even way too long to qualify as a trailer but as the Earth Defense Force levels their guns on the Gamilons, man, this shit takes flight!