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Trailer Probe : Space Battleship Yamato
© Scott Harris
July 01, 2010

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Space Battleship Yamato

Geek explosion content: For people of a certain age (that is, my age), the Japanese anime series Space Battleship Yamato (translated liberally to Star Blazers here in America) remains one of the great sci-fi epics of all time.

Indeed, it's fair to say that (along with Star Wars on the big screen) Star Blazers introduced a whole generation of kids to the idea of sci-fi. Created in 1974 but not available widely in the U.S. until around 1980, the first season of Star Blazers remains one of the most influential and mature animated series in the history of television. It told a gripping tale of desperation, romance and death that has few parallels in the cartoon world even today.

And now it's being turned into a live action film.

You read that right: Space Battleship Yamato, which fittingly is an all-Japanese production, is slated to hit theaters in Japan on December 1. While anxious American audiences are still waiting to find out when the (hopefully) inevitable American release will be, fans can now tide themselves over with a look at the first extended length trailer for the film.

So grab your wave motion gun, because dude, it is so on right now.

Trailer at the top of this story not awesome enough for you? This version has a brief clip of the Wave Motion Gun warming up to fire, and it features the awesome, unforgettable original theme song to boot!

Space Battleship Yamato: More Awesome

Whew. I need a few minutes to towel off.

OK then. So how awesome does this look, exactly? I admit that when I first heard they were making a live action version of Star Blazers, I was skeptical to say the least. I especially was unsure if a Japanese production could swing the money necessary for all the special effects.

While this doesn't quite look like Avatar-level CGI, it's perfectly reasonable in a Battlestar Galactica way. So no problem there.

Even better from a fan's point of view, of course, is the obvious devotion to the source material, as it's clearly based very closely on the first season.

In the first trailer, for instance we get a shot of Alex Wildstar piloting his doomed battleship at the Battle of Pluto.

In the second trailer we see what appears to be a Gamalon fighter crashing into the side of the Yamato, which is a clear shout-out to one of the most memorable episodes of the original run, where the Gamalon pilot is nursed back to health and returned to his own people, only to be shot down by the Gamalons for being "tainted" by his association with humanity.

The whole thing just reeks of authenticity, though it does suffer from Spanish Soap Opera Syndrome, which is the curious phenomenon where actors speaking a language you can't understand always appear to be way overacting.

But whatever. Just check out this official poster.

Geek parts per billion: 1 billion.

My grades: A+. 8-year-old me gives it an A+++++++ times infinity +1. May be the coolest thing I have ever seen.

Scott Harris is writer and creator of the comics and sci-fi commentary site The Vault, where this story first appeared. Go there now! Use the Internet!

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