[[caption-width-right:346:No, [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou the]] ''[[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Yamato]]'' [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou is NOT about to shoot you.]] That's what the [[WaveMotionGun big muzzle in the bow]] is for.]]

->''Farewell, Earth,''\\
''the ship that is departing is''\\
''The Space Battleship... YAAA-MAAA-TOOO!''
-->-- ''Uchuu Senkan Yamato'' theme, translated

In 2199, the surface of the Earth has been bombarded into an uninhabitable radioactive wasteland by an alien race from the planet Gamilon. The Gamilon fleet (Gamilas in the Japanese original) is superior to humanity's few remaining warships, and the extinction of humanity is likely within a year. In the middle of a losing battle against the Gamilon fleet, a spaceship from the planet Iscandar arrives and crashes on Mars. Two space cadets investigate the wreck, and discover a beautiful woman, dead, with a message for Earth: if Earth can send a ship to Iscandar, Queen Starsha of Iscandar will give Earth technology that will neutralize the radioactive contamination on the planet, and save humanity.

In response, humanity refits the wreck of the World War II battleship ''Yamato'', lying at rest on the exposed surface where the ocean used to be, into a space battleship, using plans for a star drive included in Starsha's message. The ''Yamato'' then sets forth on a desperate quest to reach Iscandar and save humanity.

Originally made in the early 70s, it was dubbed to English under the title ''Star Blazers,'' and aired in U.S. afternoon syndication during the late 70s. It was the first Japanese anime series to air in the U.S. that required every episode to be shown in its proper order. The show returned to American airwaves as part of Creator/{{Syfy}}'s Anime block starting April 21, 2011.

The original series was followed by two more seasons and several movies with new villains and malleable continuity.

After decades of dispute, the Yamato franchise has been resurrected in a big way. [[http://yamato2009.jp A new film]] titled ''Space Battleship Yamato: Rebirth Chapter'', was finally made and released to Japanese theaters on Dec 12, 2009. It takes place 17 years after the events of ''Final Yamato'' in 2220.

A [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-10-02/live-action-space-battleship-yamato-film-cast-listed live-action adaptation]] hit theatres in December 2010. [[http://yamato-movie.net/movie_yokoku.html Full-length trailer's here.]] [[Film/SpaceBattleshipYamato The film's tropes go here.]]

Also, on April 27, 2012, a remake of the original series called ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199'' began to air. It is a 26 episode anime based on the first series and divided into 7 films for theatrical release.

Compare to ''Anime/SpaceCarrierBlueNoah'' (a.k.a. ''Thundersub'' in English-speaking countries) for a thematically similar anime, with which it even shares a producer, Yoshinobu Nishizaki. The rumor goes that it was created because Nishizaki was at the time involved in a copyright dispute about ''Yamato'' with Creator/LeijiMatsumoto, and wanted to have a [[CaptainErsatz back-up property]] to capitalize on ''Yamato'''s runaway success should he lose the legal battle.
* AdaptationalBadass: In the 2010 movie, Analyzer is a belt-mounted PDA[=/=]"[[ComicBook/NewGods Mother Box]]" before being installed into his traditional robot body - except ''it's over 20 feet tall.''
* AdaptationDistillation / AdaptationExpansion: The anime does both: due the first series being cut from 39 episodes to 26, the manga plot about [[spoiler: Anime/CaptainHarlock]] was dropped, but parts that in the manga were only mentioned (like the battle against the Insect Men, the assault on Gamilas' base on Pluto and the battle at Gamilas itself) were actually shown, events from the manga were expanded, and most of the Comet Empire series is expanded from a part of the manga that covers only the first few episodes.
* {{Affirmative Action Girl}}s: The live-action movie and ''2199'' embrace this trope to avoid the extremes of TheSmurfettePrinciple Yuki fell into. The movie {{Gender Flip}}ped several of the classic characters and promoted Yuki to AcePilot, while ''2199'' is also introducing several human and Gamilas {{Canon Foreigner}}s to its cast.
%%* AlienInvasion
* AnimeThemeSong (Uchuu Senkan YAAA-MAAAA-TOOOOOOO...!)
** And the dubbed US version was pretty catchy, too...
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: Pretty much everyone important as well as a lot of minor characters except the main character... and then he dies... and comes back in the sequel series as a cheap retcon.]]
** The live action movie ups this to [[spoiler: KillEmAll territory. The landing party on Iskandar/Gamilas suffers a near TotalPartyKill with Yuki and Kodai being the only ones to escape, and by the time the ''Yamato'' returns to Earth there are only 36 crew left alive (only twelve of whom survive the final abandon ship) -- and that's before the Captain dies, Dessler makes his final attack, and Kodai does a HeroicSacrifice.]]
%%* AppliedPhlebotinum
%%* ArtificialGravity
* TheAsteroidThicket: The ''Yamato'' can use its naval anchors to build one as a shield around the ship.
* AwardBaitSong: Steven Tyler's {{Narm Charm}}y "Love Lives", for the live-action film adaptation.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Okita ''was'' dead at the end of the first TV series, but for some reason the writers decided to bring him back as Captain in ''Final Yamato'']]
** He wasn't dead, he was just sleeping. No, seriously, that was the explanation: [[spoiler: he was in a coma from the time the Yamato reached earth at the end of the ''Quest to Iscandar'' until ''Final Yamato''.]]
** [[spoiler:Desslok. Makes more sense in the American dub, where he was in a dimension where time worked differently, and was merely trapped a moment ''from'' death.]]
* BackFromTheBrink: As described in the lede.
* BackupTwin: Sasha and Starsha appear to be identical twins. Yuki also looks suspiciously like them, apparently by coincidence; Starsha actually briefly mistakes Yuki for her sister when the Yamato arrives at Iscandar.
** Fighter pilot Saburo Kato sacrificed himself in a mission near the end of the second season, and had an identical twin show up to fill his role. (Since Kato's ''Star Blazers'' counterpart, Pete Conroy, never died, the replacement issue never came up.)
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Multiple times characters find themselves on planets with hostile atmospheres wearing nothing more than their standard issue suits along with a helmet whose face plate doesn't even cover their entire face.
** At the end of Final Yamato, [[spoiler: Dessler]] stands on the outer deck of his ship, saluting, no helmet, the wind blowing through his hair and rippling his cape... all in the airless void of outer space. Though somehow [[spoiler: [[BackFromTheDead he's survived the vacuum of space for extended periods of time without a suit before.]] ]]
* TheBattlestar: Both the Yamato itself (which is one of the earliest, in 1974), and more obvious by the ''Lexington''-class Battleship/Carrier hybrid.
%%* BeamSpam
* BeePeople: Literally. A bee-like insectoid race from the planet [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Beeland.]]
* BlindIdiotTranslation: The closing credits to the dub refer to the original Japanese version as "Space Cruiser Yamato". "Cruiser" in Japanese is "jun'youkan", whereas "senkan" refers to a battleship, hence "Space ''Battleship'' Yamato" is the correct translation of the Japanese title.
** This likely comes from the compilation movie of the first series having the GratuitousEnglish title ''Space Cruiser Yamato'' , either because it sounded less threatening to the foreign audiences or (legend has it) because [[ExecutiveMeddling Nishizaki fell in love with the English word "cruiser" after he bought a boat]].
* {{Bowdlerization}}:
** The dub tries to reduce the number of people the heroes kill. This often includes claims that obviously-organic beings are robots, and hastily-spliced-in footage suggesting the bad guys escape rather than dying.
** In one scene where Kodai/Wildstar walks past the face-down and *clearly dead* bodies of some of the other crew members following a wreck, the English ''Star Blazers'' dub gives them ''voiceovers'' joking with each other about being dizzy and how Dr. Sane is going to run out of bandages.
** In the second season, [[spoiler: Saito/Knox]] sets charges in the Comet City as part of a suicide mission. Kodai got out quickly, but he had a several-minute head start and just escaped in his life. In the American dub, a bridge crewmember radios Wildstar that "[[spoiler: Knox]] got out just in time." Of course he's never seen again.
%%* TheBridge
* CanonDiscontinuity:
** ''Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato'' which led to a remake of the whole Comet Empire arc in the second series.
** The Bolar Wars to some extent as the story in the movie ''Final Yamato'' took place in 2203 (events in ''Space Battleship Yamato III'' took place in 2205). Final Yamato does make references to the Bolar and Galman conflict so it's still evident that a truncated version of the events in Yamato III still occured.
* TheCaptain: Okita/Avatar.
* ComicBookAdaptation: There were four comic adaptations set in the ''Star Blazers'' universe. The latest is the webcomic ''Rebirth.''
* CompositeCharacter: [[spoiler:Yuki briefly turns into Starsha in the 2010 movie.]]
* ContinuityReboot: ''Space Battleship Yamato 2199'' retells the story from the beginning with higher production values, a different character designer, and both AdaptationDistillation and {{Canon Foreigner}}s aplenty.
%%* ContrivedCoincidence
* CoolPlane: A flashback depicting ''Yamato's'' history depicts US Navy [=SB2C=] Helldivers and [=TBF=] Avengers in [[ShownTheirWork loving detail.]]
%%* CoolStarship
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: See SecretTestOfCharacter below.
** Strangely, this was mostly excised in the dub, making it come across as more warlike than the original. In the dub, Starsha is portrayed as regretting not telling Earth that Iscandar and Gamilon [[spoiler:were twin planets, which happened to also be true in the Japanese version as well.]]
* CulturalTranslation (or {{Woolseyism}} or {{Macekre}}, depending on who you ask): In "''Star Blazers''", the scenes showing Wildstar's backstory go out of their way to avoid mentioning that he lived in Japan. His home is called "Great Island" and sushi (clearly shown on screen and looking like nothing else besides sushi) is called "chocolate cake".
** In Japan, the name ''Yamato'' is associated with patriotism and tradition (and was so even before the ship's naming). Since these connotations would be unknown at best and maligned at worst (the war had only been a generation past) the dub acknowledges that the ancient battleship is indeed the ''Yamato'', but when it is rebuilt into a spaceship it is rechristened the ''Argo''. The title change to ''Star Blazers'' may also have been to distance the show from Japan's war legacy for American audiences.
** The official website's "History of Star Blazers", changes details or makes them up from whole cloth (for instance, giving the characters full names: we now know that Avatar's first name is Abraham and Nova's last name is Forrester). However, there are some inconsistencies, such as the "Great Island" (where the "Wildstar" family comes from) also being called "Okinawa" (where the "Kodai" family comes from)[[note]]The flashback in episode 13 clearly depicts Mt. Fuji, which is nowhere near Okinawa.[[/note]].
* DatedHistory: The entire premise of the show relies on the then current belief that the sunken Yamato was mostly intact under the sea, and could be refitted into the Space Battleship. Years later, advances in technology disproved it pretty badly: the ship's ammunition exploded while sinking, splitting off the bow and forcing out its monster turrets, and the wreckage is more or less torn to pieces.
** In ''2199'' the spaceship is a replica of the Yamato, camouflaged as a shipwreck to keep its construction secret.
* DeadGuyJunior: Starsha's sister Sasha dies in the first episodes getting her message to Earth. In ''New Voyage'' and ''Be Forever Yamato'', we find out that Starsha and Kodai's brother Mamoru named their daughter "Sasha".
* DeathIsCheap: Dessler.
* DemotedToDragon: Desslok in The Comet Empire.
* DeusExMachina: A ''literal'' one at the end of the first Comico licensed comic book series. [[spoiler:The machine is the gigantic space-mask at the beginning of each volume, Arishna is the ''goddess'' whose machine it is. It, apparently, enables her to kill every person of the same race as Zordar.]]
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Yuki/Nova]], regardless of [[NeverSayDie how it's portrayed.]]
* DubNameChange: This actually happened twice, with different names.
** First the original English dub of the movie, called ''Space Cruiser Yamato'' (or sometimes just ''Space Cruiser''), which is fairly obscure. The most glaring change here was the renaming of Daisuke Shima to "Shane O'Toole" and making him a TokenMinority Irishman.
** Then the ''much'' better known ''Star Blazers'', with its LukeNounverber heroes and the elimination of all the [[NoSwastikas Nazi-Germany-derived names]] among the bad guys. Not to mention the ship itself becoming the ''Argo''[[labelnote:*]] As the Japanese title indicates, the ship is known as the "Yamato" in the Japanese version; the same name as the original WWII vessel that was unearthed.[[/labelnote]].
* EarthShatteringKaboom:
** The destruction of planets Gamilas and Iscandar (by a SelfDestructMechanism) in ''The New Voyage''.
** In a KickTheDog moment, the Comet Empire pauses on their invasion route to blow up a planet inhabited mainly by dinosaurs. Strangely, the weapons used to do this are never actually used against Earth.
%%* ElaborateUndergroundBase
%%* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: [[spoiler:''Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato''.]]
** Originally, [[spoiler:''Final Yamato'' also fit this trope for nearly 25 years.]] Then came a continuation and the live-action adaptation.
* ExactTimeToFailure ("There are only '''X''' days left!")
** The dub into English was rather hilarious in this respect, because they left the original Japanese characters in there, so you'd get something like this (the specific numbers are made up, but the effect still happens):
-->'''Narrator:''' Hurry, Star Force! There are only 103 days left!
-->'''Audience:''' Wait! At the bottom, in Arabic numbers, it says 187!
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: in the live-action movie, Kodai as acting captain asks Nanbu if the blocked wave motion gun has enough energy to fire.
-->'''Nanbu:''' Enough for one shot. But like I said, [[SomeoneHasToDie if we fire it, the Yamato will-]]
-->''(everyone looks at Kodai with [[GoingDownWithTheShip realization]])''
* ExtradimensionalShortcut: In an early episode, a space warp is explained as working like a shortcut through space: travelling at sublight you go in a wavy-line from point A to point B, but by warping you can go in a straight line, cutting travel time drastically. You just have to be very careful doing it, or you may "disappear forever, probably into the fourth dimension."
%%* FindTheCure
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Susumu Kodai (Derek Wildstar)
** TheLancer: Daisuke Shima (Mark Venture)
** TheBigGuy: Fighter ace Saburo Kato (Pete Conroy); SpaceMarine Hajime Saito (Sgt. Knox)
** TheSmartGuy: Shiro Sanada (Sandor)
** TheChick: Yuki Mori (Nova Forrester)
* FixedForwardFacingWeapon: the WaveMotionGun is pointed straight forward.
* {{Flanderization}}: Totally averted with Shiro Sanada (Sandor). It's easy to forget that he has bionic limbs Because after the episode in which they reveal it, they never really bring it up again.
* FloatingContinent: TropeNamer. There was one floating in Jupiter's atmosphere.
* FrothyMugsOfWater:
** (The TropeNamer, after ''Star Blazers'' and Doctor Sane's "spring water".
** While the Saki was changed to spring water because we cant have people drinking booze on a kids show, the change seemed more in the spirit of the show. It said, that this, right here, is what we are fighting for - the thing we can no longer have, a final bit of home saved for very special occasions.
* GasMaskMooks: Gamilon space suits, including Dessler when he wears one
* GenderFlip: Aihara (Homer), the communications officer, and Dr. Sado (Dr. Sane) are both females in the 2010 LiveActionAdaptation.
** CompositeCharacter: Both characters fill roles held by Yuki Mori (Nova) in the original series -- [[BridgeBunnies Bridge Bunny]] and [[HelloNurse medical care]], respectively. Yuki is promoted to fighter pilot.
*** Yuki was the nurse, the (old) doc seems to have been made into the Chief Engineer, he and the (new, female, still boozer) doc share several drinks with Kodai.
** ''2199'' does this with Black Tiger squadron pilot Akira Yamamoto (Hardy).
* HalfHumanHybrid: Sasha from the movies ''The New Voyage'' and ''Be Forever Yamato''
* HeelFaceTurn ([[spoiler:Dessler / Desslok]])
%%* HeelRaceTurn
* HeroicSacrifice: The whole point of [[spoiler:''Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato''.]]
** In the 2010 movie, [[spoiler:[[AnyoneCanDie several folks including Kodai himself]].]]
** The death of Kodai's brother Mamaru is [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] in the ''2199'' remake. In the original series, Mamaru refuses to retreat due to HonorBeforeReason, since he can't live with the shame of retreating. This leads to his death being a arguably pointless one. In ''2199'', his death is played as a straight HeroicSacrifice with him staying behind to ensure Okita's ship can withdraw safely.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade:
** A very conscious one, especially in the second episode, which notes the ''Yamato's'' lackluster record and complete failure in its final suicidal mission. Considering that the ''Yamato'' was seen as symbolic of Japan itself, and that the show was made only a generation after the war, it's likely the entire point of the series was the romantic notion that Japan, like the ''Yamato'', could still someday achieve the honor and greatness it failed to in the past.
** Approaches ValuesDissonance in the live action 2010 movie, when Captain Okita gives a stirring speech about the original Yamato representing hope for a people under attack from a dire enemy. That must have been interesting news for Korean, Chinese, British, Australian, Dutch, Filipino, and American audiences.
* HollywoodCyborg: Sanada/Sandor
* HumanAliens:
** The Gamilons were indistinguishable from humans in early episodes, but during the first season (perhaps as a ShoutOut to ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine,'' of all things) their skin color was switched to [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation blue]]. Dessler actually goes from pink to blue ''before our very eyes''. The traditional joke is that Desslok had the original animators taken out and shot.
** The old theory about Dessler's skin color change scene is that the animators wanted to explain the color inconsistency as the effect of in-universe lighting.
** The Deingilian race from ''Final Yamato'' were descendants of humans who escaped from TheGreatFlood (caused by the water planet Aquarius) by a alien spaceship.
** All the unambiguously good aliens (Iscandarians, Teresa) look exactly like humans.
* InfiniteSupplies:
** While averted in the rare situation ([[spoiler: like the Yamato being submerged in what amounts to an ocean on Pluto and running out of air]]) for the most part it's played completely straight.
** [[spoiler: After the massive battle in episode 22 in which the ship's weapons are all disabled and a good third of it has been destroyed, it's magically back to 100% at the start of the next episode.]]
** In the Argo Press ComicBookAdaptation, it's explained that after every battle, the crew quickly cannibalizes all the wrecked Gamilon ships for metal and parts.
* LukeNounverber: Only in ''Star Blazers'' (like "Derek Wildstar", for example).
* MadeForTVMovie: ''The New Voyage'', which basically established the format for anime.
%%* MechaShow
* MeaningfulName: Comet Empire villain Sabera's name in ''Star Blazers'' is "Invidia", the Latin word for "envy". The alien planet Iscandar is apparently named after the Egyptian city of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandria Iskandariyya,]] an important capital of ancient [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellenistic_civilisation Hellenistic civilization.]]
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: The Yamato's attacks push the volcanic activity of [[spoiler: Gamala]] up to a point that the planet explodes. When they arrive at Iscandar, the learn that [[spoiler: the attacks on Earth were the Gamalans' last ditch attempt to establish a new home, as their own planet was dying. The attack merely sped up this destruction.]]
* {{Misblamed}}: ''Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato'' is advertised as "the film that almost got Matsumoto lynched". Leiji Matsumoto was actually very much opposed to the KillEmAll ending that Yoshinobu Nishizaki had insisted on.
%%* MilitaryMashupMachine
* TheMovie: Currently five movies with a {{revival}} movie (after years of rights disputes) released in late 2009, plus a 2010 LiveActionAdaptation.
* MythologyGag:
** Dr Sado's cat appears just [[OneSceneWonder once]] in the series when he's sending a message home; in the 2010 movie, it's with the doctor ''on'' the Yamato.
** Similarly, the resemblance between Starsha and Yuki is lampshaded with [[spoiler:Yuki temporarily ''becoming'' Starsha.]]
*** And in the 2012 anime, [[spoiler: it is very strongly indicated that Yuki actually is Starsha's sister.]]
** The ''2199'' remake introduces artificial Gamiroids, possibly in reference to how the ''Star Blazers'' dub insisted the enemies being killed were robots.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName:
** Dessler and the Gamilons in general. [[spoiler: which makes his subsequent HeelFaceTurn kind of disturbing,]] given their planes, tactics, and attitude in the first season, Dessler is more like the Americans, making the FaceHeelTurn more obvious. In the Episode 2 flashback that depicted the Allies sinking the Yamato in WWII, the American planes are given the Gamilus theme music when they fire upon the battleship.
** Consider Germany's post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII transition...the HeelFaceTurn can be seen as [[RealLifeWritesThePlot a reflection of geopolitical reality]]; much like Japan at the time, Germany was transitioning culturally from the war.
* NeverSayDie: Averted, except in episodes where it isn't. In general, the dub was inconsistent about this. One episode addresses that several crew members had died, however, in the final Iscandar episode, the poisonous gas used by the Gamilas/Gamilons is portrayed as "radioactive sleeping gas", implying that anyone infected would come out of it at some point, yet Kodai/Wildstar's (and the rest of the crew's[[labelnote:*]]The "Star Force" moniker only exists in the dub[[/labelnote]]) reaction to Yuki/Nova clearly indicates that she [[spoiler:had died, although just before that, she had used the Cosmo Cleaner D/Cosmo DNA [[DisneyDeath just in time for her to come out of it.]]]] Then later in the same episode, Captain Okita/Avatar is directly portrayed as [[spoiler:dying from his already existing radiation poisoning before he has a chance to see the Earth restored.]]
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands:
** Sanada seems to invent amazing devices on the fly to get out nearly any situation. For example, Dessler's last attack in the final Season 1 episode, firing his [[WaveMotionGun Dessler Cannon]] at the ''Yamato'', only to have the blast reflected by a coating based on Gamilon technology.. never before seen before that moment on the ''Yamato'', and never mentioned again.
** In fairness, by that point he had had months to tinker new stuff together without interruption. There's no reason we ''would'' have seen it until the ship was finally attacked. [[ForgottenPhlebotinum It's apparently forgotten in the second season]], at least until you notice that Dessler's attempt at destroying the ''Yamato'' with the Dessler Cannon all involve either hitting something near (where the ''Yamato'' would be destroyed by the blast) or stripping away the coating with lots and lots of missiles.
%%* NotableOriginalMusic
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: Gamilon Planet Bombs; also the whole Wave-Motion Energy concept.
* OffModel: Many, a few of which were referenced in the 2199 remake:
** The opening for the first few episodes had the Yamato rise during daylight, but in the actual episode where Yamato rises it was nighttime, so they put a blue filter on the opening to fix the inconsistency. As the nod to this, the 2199 opening has the Yamato rising during nighttime, but in the actual episode? During daylight.
** Dessler having a different skin color from the rest of his race, which as noted in HumanAliens the animators tried to explain as a result of different lighting. They expanded this into different races in 2199.
* OhCrap:
** Dessler gets one at the end of the first season, when the ''Yamato'' [[spoiler: reflects back at him a shot from his [[WaveMotionGun Dessler Cannon]]]].
** Dessler gets back at the ''Yamato'' crew for that in the second season by merely warning them [[spoiler: he's still alive]].
*** He later provokes another one in episode 23: the ''Yamato'' is preparing to launch the last, desperate attack at the Comet Empire when a Gamilas bomber materializes before the ship, signaling that not only Dessler is back in battle but that he's using one of the more devastating tactics of the series, one that the ''Yamato'' survived the first time only due to sheer luck.
** Dessler apparently loves causing OhCrap faces: in the third season he provokes a series of them by [[spoiler: asking his generals why they attacked the ''Yamato'', a ship he SPECIFICALLY warned them not to attack as he's now an ally of Earth. Poor generals expected to be executed in some horrible fashion, by the look of their faces...]].
%%* OldSchoolDogFight
* OneWomanWail: "The Universe Spreading To Infinity". The Wail also appears as backup vocals for some versions of the theme song.
* OnlyOneFemaleMold: Due to AuthorAppeal. Males sometimes have a token Gonk just to skew the ratio.
* PaintingTheMedium: Halfway through the movie ''Be Forever Yamato'', the film changes from 4:3 to widescreen just as the Yamato emerges from a NegativeSpaceWedgie into the mysterious home galaxy of the film's villains. (Promotion for the film only described this as "Warp Dimension".)
* PeekABangs: Fighter pilot Yamamoto/Hardy goes into ''combat'' with one eye obscured. This is probably to be expected in a series by the creator of ''Anime/CaptainHarlock''.
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: Sasha Kodai, the half-human infant daughter of Mamoru and Starsha who appeared in the ''New Voyage'' special, physically aged into a teenager in the one year between then and the movie ''Be Forever, Yamato'' (thanks to BizarreAlienBiology).
%%* PostScriptSeason
* PragmaticAdaptation: The 2010 live-action movie rewrote much of Susumu Kodai's character arc to reflect him being played by a 37-year-old Kimura Takuya. Instead of being a HotBlooded young SpaceCadet growing to manhood, he's a RetiredBadass turned ShellShockedVeteran by tragedy, who accepts the CallToAdventure [[OneLastJob once more time]].
%%* PyrrhicVictory
* RammingAlwaysWorks:
** The Yamato rams Dessler's ship in ''Farewell Yamato'' and the second season of the remake, and all it did was ''bend some metal''.
** Dessler's ship fares worse in the remake as the engine is actually damaged by the ram rather than Kodai running through the halls, shooting robots and grenading the engine to kingdom come.
** At the end of ''Farewell Yamato'', ramming works completely correctly -- a titanic fireball.
* RealTime: Sort of. The ''Yamato/Argo'' has one year exactly to complete its mission -- i.e., one season -- and at the end of every episode, a countdown of how many days are left before the destruction of Earth is displayed.
* RedshirtArmy: The Earth Defense Forces.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: The ''Yamato'' was renamed the ''Argo'' in ''Star Blazers'', for the Greek mythological ship in which Jason and the Argonauts set sailed upon.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots:
** Analyzer UO-9/IQ-9 has a perverse sense of humor, and the hots for Yuki/Nova.
** In the ''Star Blazers'' dub, some perfectly humanoid alien opponents are called "robots" to minimize the heroes' body-count, thus making them "ridiculously human" on at least two levels.
%%* RoboSpeak
* RubberForeheadAliens: Every alien race in the series has a body similar to humans, but a different skin color
** Except the BeePeople, who get to look a little more insectoid. Their [[TheQuisling traitorous queen]] looks much more human than the rest of them.
* SaharanShipwreck: What the audience first sees of the ''Yamato'' itself.
* SecretTestOfCharacter:
** When the group reach Iscandar, it's revealed that Queen Starsha [[spoiler:actually had the means to send the Cosmo Cleaner D/Cosmo DNA to Earth (that is, without Earth having to come to Iscandar), but wanted to test humanity's worthiness to survive; an action she regrets.]]
** In the dub, that is not the case. However, the reason she kept it a secret that [[spoiler: Iscandar and Gamilon are ''right next to each other'' was because she thought the Star Force would be too scared to make the journey if they knew. She apologizes for underestimating their courage.]]
* SeeTheWhitesOfTheirEyes:
** Even the damn WaveMotionGun has to be fired at spitting distance, though this was a plot point in the Comet Empire series: the Empire's Wave Motion Gun-like ship outranged the Earth fleet, picking off ships without needing any other weaponry.
** Suprisingly ''averted'' in the 2010 movie: [[spoiler:the first time the WMG appears, it is fired at a Meteor Bomb beyond visual range and nails it dead-on]]. Then brought back once more in the finale when [[spoiler:the WMG's muzzle is jammed about halfway through the film so Kodai flies the Yamato right up to the target before pulling the trigger, [[TakingYouWithMe vaporizing both the Meteor Bomb and the Yamato]]]].
* SexyDiscretionShot: In the live-action movie, Susumu and Yuki are seen falling to the floor kissing in slow motion as the ship goes to warp. We only retroactively realize this was a Sexy Discretion Shot at the end of the movie when we see Yuki with her son.
* ShoutOut: Admiral Okita's response to the Gamilas request for his surrender is a direct nod to real life UsefulNotes/WorldWarII General Anthony "Nuts" [=McCaullife=] and his response to the Germans' request for his surrender.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple:
** Apparently imposed by WordOfGod in the middle of the first season. Several (unnamed) female crew members were seen in episode 10. Then producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki decided that Yuki was the only woman. The others were never seen again.
** As the only woman on this ship, Yuki's duties include serving tomato juice to other (male) crewmembers and ''doing their laundry''. Her title in the EDF may as well have been "[[TeamMom Mom]]". Even worse, in the episode the showed her washing the uniforms, most of them suffered ClothingDamage later, mocking her efforts.
** Averted in the LiveActionAdaptation, in which some main characters receive a GenderFlip, including Aihara and Dr. Sado and Yuki becomes a fighter pilot. There are also a number of women seen throughout the ship in various interior shots.
** Tim Eldred's Star Blazers WebComic (see below) lampshades how many unrelated jobs Nova was shown performing and says she is acclaimed as a brilliant jack-of-all-trades Rennaissance woman.
** Averted in the 2199 remake, where several new (and named) female characters are introduced to perform jobs Yuki once did herself.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler:the 2010 movie ends with Yuki ''and her son with Kodai''.]]
* SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved: "There are only ''X'' days left!"
* SpaceIsAnOcean / SpaceSailing:
** Refurbished wet navy ships, complete with anchors and anti-fouling paint below the "waterline". Though it's a bit jarring to see a ship in the first episode[[labelnote:note]]Kodai Mamoru's vessel, which was NOT a refitted wet-navy ship[[/labelnote]] "sinking" into the distance well before the obligatory explosion. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the fact the ships are expected to land in and operate on water as well as space, and the fact that the titular ship ''is'' a wet-navy ship in the first place.
** In ''2199'', Cosmo Force personnel use naval terminology constantly -- orbitals are the "shores" of a planet, further out are the "seas" around it, and so forth.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Anime/SpaceCarrierBlueNoah'', another Hishizaki's series that was reputedly created as a fall-back should he lose a copyright dispute with Matsumoto. It was reasonably popular in Japan, but failed to really take off, and with The Nish winning his lawsuit it wasn't developed further and fell into relative obscurity.
* SpoilerTitle: Only in the original Japanese series.
* SpyCatsuit: The Battlesuits used by the women are skintight and colorful.
* StandardStarshipScuffle: Unavoidable, given the SpaceIsAnOcean setting. The battle near Pluto in the very first episode especially stands out as an example.
* StandardSciFiFleet: space fighters, Destroyers, Carriers, and Space Battleships.
* StarfishAliens: The 2010 movie does this with [=Gamilas/Iscandar=], who either possess humans or create [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya humanoid interfaces]] to deliver dialogue.
* StayInTheKitchen: At the start of the third season, it initially looks like the show is going to avert TheSmurfettePrinciple by having a lot of females (mostly nurses). However, once it becomes apparent that the mission is not going to be just exploration but will also involve a lot of combat, all the women except one (guess which one!) are sent home on a transport ship that appears out of nowhere. It happens in the original Japanese version too. There's even a shot of all the women waving at the ''Yamato'' when it leaves.
%%** Both live action and ''2199'' pointedly avert this.
* SupernaturalAid:
** In the first episode, the Earth is told of a gift that will save the planet, and the season is then all about the journey they have to take to retrieve it.
** And again in both the Movie and TV series versions of the Comet Empire story. The final, massive battleship of the Empire is defeated not by the then-crippled Yamato, but by Trelaina.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Captain Yamanami (for Okita) and Sasha Kodai (for Yuki while she was playing DamselInDistress) in ''Be Forever Yamato''.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction:
** Used egregiously in the final battle of ''Be Forever Yamato'' with the sudden death of Captain Yamanami and Kodai's HeroicBSOD over sacrificing Sasha to defeat the Dark Nebula Empire.
** And in the 2010 movie with [[spoiler:every last person save Kodai evacuating the Yamato while the Gamilas doomsday device is pointed at Earth.]]
* TakeOurWordForIt:
** In the final episode of the first series (the Iscandar arc), we never actually see the Cosmo Cleaner D/Cosmo DNA being used to save the Earth. We're meant to assume that the device worked as promised, and that the Earth was saved, but after airing in 1974, the question was left open until the next installments came until a couple or so years later. Although it was shown to work [[spoiler:on the ship when the Gamilas/Gamilons tried to use their "radioactive sleeping gas" on everyone]].
** The live action film has an AfterTheCredits shot of a green Earth.
* TechnologyPorn: ''2199'', full stop, with the live-action movie as a distant runner-up. Original also kinda qualifies, but in a ''very'' stylized, Matsumoto-specific way, which doesn't look like this for many. The periodic sight of the wave motion engine reconfiguring its massive components to become the heart of the Wave Motion Gun, to the accompaniment of [[MostWonderfulSound ominous, escalating sound effects,]] certainly counts.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Done accidentally by the Yamato when they test fire the WaveMotionGun on a Gamilon base situated on a floating continent. However, instead of destroying the base, the beam just straight up [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroys the entire continent]]. Oh, and did we mention that (in ''2099'' at least) the continent was roughly '''the size of Australia'''? The crew prefers to fire the WaveMotionGun when it's charged at [[UpToEleven 120%]].
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Standard reaction of the ''Yamato'' crew to Deslar showing up in the second season.
* TranslationConvention / TranslatorMicrobes / AliensSpeakingEnglish ([[MindScrew or something]]): Except for one case early in the series where Analyzer has to translate the Gamilus language for his human friends, all the aliens speak Japanese (and, in the dub, English) both to the humans and to each other, even in the case of different races that you wouldn't expect them to have a common language.
** Furthermore, in what could only be described as a really odd instance of TheQueensLatin, ''Star Blazers'' has many of the Galmans in the Bolar Wars series speak in a variety of accents from around the British Commonwealth, some of them pretty bad. (Of course, some of the UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents are pretty goofy-sounding too.)
* TouchedByVorlons:
** The 2010 movie omits Starsha's message and has the capsule land on Earth instead (in the original series, it landed on Mars), so they reinforce their claim to remove the radiation by curing Kodai despite him being at ''ground zero'' of the crash. Dr. Sado is justifiably spooked.
** This might be a MythologyGag to the original series, where [[spoiler:Yuki activating the untested Iscandar purifier by hand when Dessler was flooding the Yamato with radiation apparently lets her come BackFromTheDead later on.]]
%%* UndergroundCity
* UnfortunateNames: Philippine fans of ''Star Blazers'' snickered when they first heard the original Japanese name of the lead character. "Susumu" sounds exactly like a playful way of saying "Susu mo," which means your nipple. Though he was much more oftenly called by his family name, Kodai, for some reason the subbtitles of the subbed release kept calling him by his first name, making certain dramatic moments Narm. (You hear "Kodai! Kodaaaaiiiii!" while you see "Susumu! Susumuuuuuuu!")
* VillainousBreakdown: Dessler/Desslok in episode 24.
* WackyWaysideTribe: The Bee-People.
%%* WagonTrainToTheStars
* WaveMotionGun: The TropeNamer. Interestingly, the WaveMotionGun was [[UnbuiltTrope not treated as something invincible.]] At the end of the first season, Dessler's one was reflected back at him. After coming back, he'd always be VERY careful at using his WaveMotionGun against the ''Yamato'', taking care to neutralize or prevent the deploying of the WMG reflector before firing.
** In the second season we have three different incidents of Wave Motion Guns utterly failing in their job:
*** First was the Comet Empire's vanguard fleet flagship firing her Magna Flame Cannon while inside Saturn's ring, only for the energy beam to explode against the rings' particles, giving Earth's fleet the time to reach their weapons' range and annihilate the vanguard fleet.
*** Then the Earth Defense Force fired ALL their Wave Motion Guns at the Empire's comet fortress, but failed to cause any damage.
*** Third was the ''Yamato'' finding herself attacked again by Dessler and charging the gun, only for Dessler to mine the space before the muzzle and get a good laugh as the ''Yamato'' couldn't fire without being destroyed by her own weapon.
* WeaponizedExhaust: The WaveMotionGun is the [[FasterThanLightTravel Wave Motion Engine]] fired in reverse at an enemy instead of towards a destination.
* WebComic: [[http://ourstarblazers.com/vault/fanfic-comics/ Two]] produced by Tim Eldred, who was also the artist for the short-lived [[{{Comics}} comic book adaptation]] by Argo Press. The first being ''Rebirth'', set a generation into the future of Star Blazers but recalling several of the old cast. The other being ''The Bolar Wars: Extended'', seeking to utilize elements that were cut out in the aired series.
* WorldOfHam: Orders aren't just given, they must be SHOUTED for maximum drama.
* WorthyOpponent: Too many to name.
** ''Star Blazers'' even has one bizarre {{Woolseyism}} in which a funeral for dead crew-members is translated into a funeral for dead ''enemies'', to show the respect that both sides have even as they try to slaughter one another. It would have worked if you wouldn't have been able to see the obviously human bodies inside the caskets.
* {{Xenafication}}: Yuki/Nova in the 2010 live action film, where she becomes the leader of the Black Tiger fighter squadron.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: HalfHumanHybrid Sasha, due to her Iscandarian origins, is ''one'' year old in ''Be Forever Yamato'' despite looking like a teenager.
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: This is how they HandWave having to explain how the Yamato's galley facilities can create literally almost any kind of food from seemingly nothing.
* YouHaveFailedMe: In addition to using a TrapDoor to dispose of men who laugh at their own jokes, Dessler is known to shoot subordinates ([[spoiler: Vice President Hisu in the first season and Admiral Vandeburg in the second season]]) with a gun that is only shown smoking after the act. An exact inversion of FamilyFriendlyFirearms in a series where Family Friendly lasers actually would be expected, this guy seems to prefer old-fashioned guns.
** In the third series, Dessler pulls this once with a general behind schedule in winning his war, before [[SubvertedTrope announcing he still has two chances to redeem himself]]. Later he's implied to have executed a group of subordinates for winning a war they had explicit orders to not fight, namely [[spoiler: capturing the ''Yamato'']], as they don't reappear after the ''very'' pissed Dessler found out.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[spoiler:Gamilas remnants catch up to the Yamato at the end of both the original series and the 2010 movie.]]
* YouShallNotPass: In the 2010 Live Action Adaptation, [[spoiler: Kodai fits this when he fires the jammed {{Wave Motion Gun}} to destroy the last Meteor Bomb. Because the barrel is jammed, the ship blows up, along with Kodai who stayed behind to keep the bomb from falling.]]