Today, ANN announces that the currently running anime film series Space Battleship Yamato 2199 will officially be distributed outside Japan in the future, though no word yet exists on which countries it will be shown in and when or what languages it will be dubbed in or whether it will be the 7-film theatrical series cut or 26-episode DVD cut to be internationally distributed. Morever, ANN indicates that according to a filmed-in-Japan silmulcast for the anime, this series will use "Star Blazers 2199" as its title for outside Japan release (my predications guessed right about how it will be titled outside Japanf, and in case some of you are new to the Space Battleship Yamato experience, the term "Star Blazers" identifies the Space Battleship Yamato franchise for English-dubbed releases in North America, though only the first three SBY T.V. series have U.S.-produced English dubs).
11:20 PM Canada EST
I don't know how many users at theOtaku.com are fans of Leiji Matsumoto's anime and/or manga works (such as Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999, Interstellar 5555 - 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, and the original Space Battleship Yamato), but for today's topic, I want to take time to get to know you, the readers. Therefore, the topic for this forum post is where you discuss what anime by Leiji Matsumoto or based on his creations you saw that made you a fan of the great master's art and storytelling, even to the pont of watching anime not by Harlock's creator himself but are based on his work (like Space Pirate Captain Herlock: Endless Odyssey and Space Battleship Yamato 2199). Basically, you are to say what is it about the anime that made you hungry for more of the great master's art.
For those of you new to getting know Leiji Matsumoto, anime works he worked on so far (to the best of my knowledge at least) are all the Space Battleship Yamato anime (not counting Space Battleship Yamato: The Movie, Yamato 2520, Space Battleship Yamato: Resurrection, and Space Battleship Yamato 2199), Danguard Ace, SF Saiyuki Starzinger (aka "Spaceketeers"), Maeterlinck's Blue Bird: Tyltyl and Mytyl's Adventurous Journey (Matsumoto only did character designs for this one), 1979's Galaxy Express 999 (better known as "Galaxy Express 999: The Movie" and "Galaxy Express 999" The Signature Edition"), Adieu Galaxy Express 999, Arcadia of my Youth, Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX, Way to the Virgin's Space, Saint Elmo – Apostle of Light, The Cockpit, Harlock Saga - Ring of the Nibelung, Interstellar 5555 - 5tory of the 5ecret 5ystem, Cosmowarrior Zero, Maetel Legend, Space Symphony Maetel: Galaxy Express 999 Side Story, Submarine Super 99, all Galaxy Railways anime, and Ozuma
1:02 AM Canada EST
Last night, ANN revealed some news that should excite fans of Space Battleship Yamato. As confirmed, though the film series Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is still running with its fifth chapter/installment to be released in Japanese theaters on April 13, the T.V. series/OVA series cut of the anime itself had gained high nielsen ratings success during its 1st episode's first T.V. airing; it was declared to have won the highest viewership in years for a T.V. broadcast start to ever occur in a Sunday @ 5:00 PM (Japanese time) slot on Japanese T.V. networks TBS and/or MBS. However, audiences between the ages of 35-49 were reported to dominate the entire audience who tuned in for the epic anime series' T.V. broadcast launch (I',m guessing this includes those who knew Space Battleship Yamato from long ago,e ven duirng when the the original SBY series had its first broadcast).
Congrats to the makers of this amazing remake on this win. Keep up the fight, Yamato!
4:46 PM Canada EST
So far, I managed to establish a forum post series for DC and Marvel Assemble 1 month ago. Now today, I establish a forum post series for Leijiverse 999, and I call it "Forum Arcadia" after of course Captain Harlock's spaceship Arcadia. In this forum post series, I will be presenting per post, a topic that has to do a with an anime or manga work of Leiji Matsumoto's (like Space Pirate Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999) or an anime or manga that's not by Matsumoto himself but based on his work (like say for instance Space Battleship Yamato 2199, which retells the plot of the 1974 Space Battleship Yamato anime without Matsumoto's involvement in making the recent anime itself), while you the raders, post your responses in the post's comment box. Like in the case of the DC and Marvel Heroes Forum, adding topic posts for Forum Arcadia will not be daily as they will show up when new ideas on what to discuss will pop up in mind.
For the opening post of this forum series, given that this year is the 60th anniversary of Leiji Matsumoto's career, I am curious about how you, the fans of his work, plan to celebrate (that is, if you know what to do)? Maybe it's doing a fan art series focusing on his fictional characters (such as Captain Harlock, Tochiro Oyama, Tadashi Daiba, Tetsuro Hoshino, Emeraldas, Kei Yuki, Maetel, etc.) and/or mecha (such as the Train 999 from Galaxy Express 999, the Arcadia from Space Pirate Captain Herlock: Endless Odyssey, the Big One from Galaxy Railways, the Yamato from Space Battleship Yamato, the Mahoroba from the upcoming film Cosmo Super Dreadnought Mahoroba, etc.). Maybe it's trying to buy all the Star Blazers episode DVD volumes or watch all the episodes themselves at Manga Entertainment's YouTube channel (note that "Star Blazers" refers to the North American dubbings of the 1st three SBY anime series), collecting all three Galaxy Express 999 films on DVD from Discotek, looking out for the English sub DVD set of 1978's Space Pirate Captain Harlock, or even starting your collection of Leiji Matsumoto anime mecha model kits. Or maybe it's doing a fan-made comic series for online viewing. Or maybe you are planning a Leiji Matsumoto anime cosplay group for appearance at an upcoming anime convention from within this year. Any ideas in mind?
6:09 PM Canada EST
Yesterday, numerous websites, including ANN, have posted up the international English language trailer for Toei Animation's 3D animated movie Space Pirate Captain Harlock, the latest animated version of Leiji Matsumoto's Captain Harlock m...
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