[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
Okay, this will really earn me my nerd card, but do you any of you remember an animated show around the late 70’s called Star Blazers? The plot was that Earth was under constant attack by aliens, but the humans take a Battleship, called the Yamato, and turn it into a space ship, and fly to a planet that promises to hold the hope for Earth’s salvation. It was different and kind of mature for a kid’s cartoon, with an Ender’s Game vibe to parts of it, and a dab of Japanese nationalism on top given that the ship was asserted to be a Japanese battleship sunk during World War II. In Japan it was called Space Battleship Yamato, but when they brought it to America they presumably wanted to play down the nationalism and perhaps make it less obvious that this was a Japanese cartoon, hence the name Star Blazers.
Well, in Japan, they have turned it into a live action movie that looks like it has some real potential. For people of a certain age, there is a cool nostalgia factor there, similar to when the Transformers movie came out. You can read some about it and watch a few minutes of footage, here. Or watch an English subtitled (with a Steve Tyler song!) trailer, here. IGN sees a strong influence from the most recent Star Trek. I see an awful lot of the recent BattleStar Galactica, especially in the fighter sequences. Which is encouraging because BSG provides a good template for how to update this film: take the original and make it grow up. If only they did that with the Transformers.
And here is a pretty cool looking poster, featuring the ship before they fixed it and turned it into a space ship. Yes, I know that would almost certainly be impossible, but it is still kind of cool.
No word on when it is coming to the U.S. although the fact it has an English website suggests that they recognize that some Americans still fondly remember the series and it will get here sooner or later if only to cash in.
Update: For the commenters with fond memories of the show, I will point out that the original movie is in Netflix, and last I checked you could stream it into your computer, or into your TV using a Wii, Xbox 360 of Playstation 3. I think it was under Star Blazers.
Update (II): I have been informed that I was mispelling “Yamato.” Which means I have been officially out-nerded (which is hard to do).
Update (III): In the comments Captain Ned informs us that there really was a Yamato, and, um, it doesn’t look very spaceworthy. Thanks alot for ruining my suspension of disbelief!
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]