As a kid, there were certain cartoons that I always watched when I would get home from school. Those were Speed Racer, Battle of the Planets and Starblazers (Battleship Yamato in Japan). I find it interesting that in the late 70’s, when the word anime was almost completely unknown, that three anime shows captured my interest above all others and that they were even on American TV. I still have a soft spot for all three so it’s a good day to learn that there is a live-action adaptation of Battleship Yamato in the works. For those who were wonder, Nic Cage is not in this one. You’re welcome.
For those of you who don’t know the plot, Starblazers is set in 2199 with Earth on the verge of extermination by the evil Gamilon. With only 1 year left before Earth becomes a radioactive waste land, the Star Force dredges up the Japanese WW II battleship Yamato and transforms it into a spaceship with a big-@$$ space canon. How could you not like that?
Sure it has a rough around the edges feel, but damn, when the Yamato opens up it’s incredibly exciting. I’d love to see this come to the Angelica theater here in town, I’d definitely go and drag my kids.
(Fun fact: My interest in Starblazers probably explains why I like The Ayes Of Texas so much. In it, the US WW II battleship Texas is pulled from her permanent on the Houston Ship Channel, outfitted with all sorts of high tech weaponry and set upon those pesky, unsuspecting Soviets. Remember the Alamo!)