The Star Blazers Fleet Battle System grew out of my combination of interests in Japanese animation, military history, and wargaming the tabletop version of real-word military campaigns. Having been a wargamer prior to discovering anime, the appearance of Star Blazers on American television got me thinking about converting this amazing story into a gaming simulation. After all, who can resist the lure of cool space fleets like these battling it out for the supremacy of the universe! I also had the opportunity to live and work in Japan for three years, where I acquired the mass of reference material needed to construct the game. Meeting up with Voyager Entertainment, Inc. For those of you who are reading about the Star Blazers Fleet Battle System for the first time, it is necessary to get down to the basics.
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Main article: List of Space Battleship Yamato episodes The new series is a remake of the original Space Battleship Yamato television series from , with some changes in the main story, new characters including several female ones , a more modern tech design, and an animation style inspired by that of the original series.
The series is animated by AIC episodes 1 to 10 and later by Xebec episodes 11 to When the actual wreck was found in , it was in a much more mangled shape than previously thought. In an April interview with Japanese online hobby shop Ami Ami, Bandai model developer Hirofumi Kishiyama said the emergence of the space battleship itself in was a plot device that needed to be resolved.
Taking into account the discovery, he said the new Yamato "wreck" is simply camouflage for the warship being built underneath. Where the space battleship Yamato was conceptualized to be the same length as the original battleship at meters, the spaceship in the new series was enlarged to m to address design discrepancies found in the first show. The first episode of the show has been dubbed into English by Bang Zoom! The series commenced weekly broadcast on April 7, It opened in ten theaters in Japan on June 30, Dai Magellan Chapter 6: "Arrival!
Large Magellanic Cloud" featuring episodes was released in sixteen Japanese theaters on June 15, Unlike the previous episodes other than the first one , they first aired on TV before the Blu-ray and DVD volumes were released on October 25, The line Garmillas warships are also available as online-exclusive Imperial Guard sets, sporting green blue colors.
Taking off from previous efforts to produce specific paint sets for Gundam HGUC models, Gunze Sangyo is also producing special paint sets for the warship kits. Differences from the original series[ edit ] The series is markedly different from the original in many ways. Those include: The Yamato of is bigger than previous incarnations of the ship, because the anime design team now scaled the entire ship to be on proportion with the dimensions of the bridge, hence the Yamato becoming m long the original is m long.
Also, the entire ship has been internally reworked to make more sense and it is no longer built in the wreck of the original sunken battleship Yamato. In , the queen has two sisters, Yurisha and Sasha. Yurisha bears an uncanny resemblance to Yuki Mori, leading to a protracted case of mistaken identity between them with Yuki even being taken prisoner by Garmilas operatives who mistook her for Yurisha.
The Yamato departs Earth with a much larger crew of crew on board. In the original series, Yamato had a crew of This is quite possibly a nod to Galaxy Express , another series created by Leiji Matsumoto. While main weapons remain largely the same, the Yamato now has missile ports in the under keel to cover that previously assumed "blind" spot.
Captain Okita is much more involved in the storyline. In the original Yamato, his illness took him out much sooner and he spent more time laid up in bed. Here, he remains in command almost to the end. There is considerable cordial if tense interaction between Garmilans and humans, something that did not happen in the original series. In the original series, Susumu Kodai assumed command of the Yamato when Okita was taken ill.
Sanada is considerably fleshed out from the original series, with much more back story and complexity to his character. The Analyzer robot repeatedly sexually harassed Yuki in the original series, but it is much better behaved in the remake.
There is no indication of that in Yuki is no longer needed in the medical bay, as Dr. There are many more women compared to the original series since now one third of the crew is female, including a pilot Akira Yamamoto and an intelligence officer Kaoru Niimi. The character Akira Yamamoto is made into a woman, and has a much larger role in this part of the story. We see much more of Garmilas society. Many of its leaders are shown sympathetically to be family men who are more worried about their children than war.
People conquered by Garmilas serve as second-class citizens, and are often looked down upon by Garmilans. The Garmilas military and Desler are much more obvious Nazi figures than before. At some of their uniforms, the higher ranks wear a logo on their neck that looks like the SS lightning bolts and the names of all of the admirals and generals are distinctly German -sounding, like Ditz, Goer, Hiss, Domel and Shultz; most of whom are allegories of the top military officers of Nazi Germany.
Despite this, in one sense the Garmilans do still reflect Americans. The official designations for many Garmilas assets, such as the Snuka Dive Bomber which features the inverted gull wings of the Stuka and DWG fighter which visually is similar to the Me , even the names of most of its vessels, bear similarities to their WW2 counterparts.
This was the motive given in the Star Blazers dub, and also used in the Live Action film. The Garmilas fleet has a new ship, the dimensional submarine UX, commanded by Captain Wolf Flakken, whom even his peers acknowledge is independent and difficult to control. The sub can hide in another dimension and fire torpedoes into regular space.
In the original series, she nursed him back to health; the two fell in love, and he remained with her on Iscandar to rebuild its population. In , he died before the Yamato arrived, leaving a recorded message and Starsha bearing a child as discretely implied at the end of Episode While the Yamato has an all-Japanese crew, she flies as a United Nations ship.
Speaking of communications, in , the Yamato has no contact with Earth whatsoever beyond the heliosphere, even with hyperspace communication relays.
In the early episodes of the original series, Garmilas characters had Caucasian skintones. Desler also had a more yellowish skintone in early appearances. This abruptly changed after episode ten when all Garmilas characters were given a blue skin tone to make them more alien in appearance.
The discrepancy remains unexplained. In the series, the difference is justified by establishing Caucasian Garmilas characters such as Shultz, Gantz, Raleta, and Norran as Zaltzi, a subject race of Garmilas blue skinned members being of the Imperial race. This also effectively establishes Garmilas as an interstellar empire that absorbs other races into its culture. The Garmilas Empire is shown using a number of robotic soldiers, possibly another nod to the Star Blazers dub, which needed to justify the enemy soldiers being shot at in order to make the original series less violent.
But most likely they are simply an earlier introduction of the robot soldiers shown in the original series movie, "Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato". No mention of this was made in the original. In the original, the Cosmo Reverser was assembled during its return voyage.
Sukeharu Yabu was portrayed differently in Yabu was a deserter in the original who, along with twelve others, perished on an unstable island in Iscandar. In , Yabu is a mutineer, but most of his companions died during the final encounter with General Domel, and one of them dying on a prison planet; as Yabu, mistaken for a Zaltzi, ends up becoming a crew member of the submarine under Captain Flakken.
Reception[ edit ] Kotaku reviewer Richard Eisenbeis praised Yamato , stating that "as a series, it succeeded on nearly every level. It took one of the classic 70s anime, Space Battleship Yamato called Starblazers in the West , and brought it to a new generation by adding new characters, a deeper story, and stunning visuals"; however, he also gave the film A Voyage to Remember an unequivocally negative judgment.
In his review, Eisenbeis noted that unlike many other recap anime movies, A Voyage to Remember added virtually no meaningful new content to the Yamato story. He went on to point out that the twenty-six episodes of the series had already been shown in cinemas and therefore did not benefit from an additional big screen showing, and with nine and a half hours of original story cut to two and a half for the recap film, backstory and character development were almost completely sacrificed.
New Ships as of June 5, 2006
Having been a wargamer prior to discovering anime, the appearance of Star Blazers on American television got me thinking about converting this amazing story into a gaming simulation. After all, who can resist the lure of cool space fleets like these battling it out for the supremacy of the universe! I also had the opportunity to live and work in Japan for three years, where I acquired the mass of reference material needed to construct the game. Meeting up with Voyager Entertainment, Inc. For those of you who are reading about the Star Blazers Fleet Battle System for the first time, it is necessary to get down to the basics.
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Main article: List of Space Battleship Yamato episodes The new series is a remake of the original Space Battleship Yamato television series from , with some changes in the main story, new characters including several female ones , a more modern tech design, and an animation style inspired by that of the original series. The series is animated by AIC episodes 1 to 10 and later by Xebec episodes 11 to When the actual wreck was found in , it was in a much more mangled shape than previously thought. In an April interview with Japanese online hobby shop Ami Ami, Bandai model developer Hirofumi Kishiyama said the emergence of the space battleship itself in was a plot device that needed to be resolved.
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