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Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: Leiji Matsumoto's "Star Blazers," "Yamato 2199," and "Galaxy Railways"

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Review: "Space Battleship Yamato" - Battlestar Yamato Doesn't Quite Take Off

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The original Space Battleship Yamato TV series was one of my gateways to anime, although it was called Star Blazers at the time and we didn’t have a fancy special word for it other than, “that cool Japanese cartoon.” Leiji Matsumoto’s space epic was gripping to a generation for whom Star Wars was the latest […]

Review: "Space Battleship Yamato" Live Action Movie Blu-ray (UK Edition): To Boldly Go Where Mainstream Sci-Fi Has Gone Before

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There‚Äôs a pantheon of space opera anime that includes Gundam, Macross, Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999, to name a few. Those last two lead us to Space Battleship Yamato, which is arguably the greatest entrant from its co-creator Leiji Matsumoto. Indeed there can arguably be no better benchmark for a story being legendary than […]

Review: "Starzinger: The Movie Collection" Is an Ill-Fated Journey to the West

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I was a bit too young for the first wave of anime to hit American shores, led by Speed Racer and Gigantor, but got hit right smack in the middle of the second one, led by Battle of the Planets and Star Blazers. Mixed in with those latter two titles were several unrelated TV serials […]

No School Like the Old School: All Aboard for "The Galaxy Railways" Viridian Box

For a generation of kids in the 1970′s, one of the highlights of after school TV time was Star Blazers. We’d all rush home after school to watch the latest installment as the Space Battleship Yamato (re-christened the Argo in the English dub) battled its way through the Gamilon Empire fleet to the distant planet […]

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