This is an abridged adaptation of different incarnations of Leiji Matsumoto’s science fiction masterpiece Space Battleship Yamato, which was introduced to Western audiences as Star Blazers, a dubbed and re-edited version of the 1974 Japanese TV series. Playing five days a week on independent stations in an after school timeslot, the show's serialized storytelling anticipated the so-called "prestige TV" model that redefined the medium in the 1990s. Star Blazers was the first popular animated TV drama to air in the United States that featured plots and subplots that continued over the course of several weeks, and that killed off major characters and made others endure traumas that had psychological aftershocks and changed their personalities.
The story is set in the year 2199. The Gamilans, a hostile alien race, have bombarded the Earth, rendering it virtually uninhabitable and edging humanity to the verge of extinction. Mankind’s last, best hope for survival is the Space Battleship Yamato, a legendary spaceship newly equipped with a faster-than-light drive and advanced weaponry. Its mission: to travel to the distant planet of Iscandar and obtain a mysterious device that could heal our planet. Can Yamato‘s ragtag crew traverse the galaxy, defeat an overwhelming alien force, and return home in time to save the Earth from certain destruction?
Leiji Matsumoto is one of Japan’s most influential manga creators. He is best known for Galaxy Express 999, Captain Harlock, and an animated collaboration with Western musical duo, Daft Punk.
- Publisher : Seven Seas; Translation edition (April 9, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 644 pages
- Reading age : 13 - 18 years
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 2.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.09 x 1.81 x 8.37 inches
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