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Trivia: Space Battleship Yamato
  • Anime First: One of the earlier examples. Some fans claim that the whole idea of anime as a medium of its own and not just an outlet for manga started with this series.
  • Creative Differences: Yoshinobu Nishizaki and Leiji Matsumoto both claim they are the sole creators of Space Battleship Yamato. (The court system has sided with Nishizaki.) Both have made their own separate Yamato projects between 1983 and their settlement in the 2000s.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: The 2010 movie stars Takuya Kimura of SMAP, with Miura as Saito and Shishimaru as Kato.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • Most of the other Star Blazers voice actors were never heard in anything else, and a few remain unidentified. The big exception is Sgt Knox who is voiced by Chris Latta (in what may be his very first voice acting role) who would later become legendary as the voice of Cobra Commander and Starscream. His voice for Knox sounds a bit like Steeler, another GI Joe character that he voiced.
    • Also in The 1985 Bolar Wars season, the cast includes someone who may now be familiar to sci-fi fans although back then he would have been marginally familiar from a then popular sitcom. That was none other than Rene Auberjonois voicing Sandor. Plus of course the voices of Peter Fernandez and Connie Orr from Speed Racer.
    • The Japanese voice actor for Captain Avatar was Goro Naya, the voice actor for Inspector Zenigata from Lupin the Third.
    • The narrator for the 2010 movie is Isao Sasaki, best known for singing the Yamato theme. Among others.
    • He and Analyser's seiyu both count as Remake Cameos.
    • And in the English Dub, both Sgt. Knox and General Dire are Starscream
    • Gordan Ramsey (not Gordon Ramsay) was a veteran actor who was later discovered to have voiced "Captain Avatar"note 
    • Steven Tyler of Aerosmith wrote and performed "Love Lives" for the 2010 movie. It should be noted that he and Takuya Kimura are actually good friends, having appeared together in a photobook published in Japan, and Steven sent a video message to Takuya to commemorate the movie's premiere.
  • History Marches On: It turns out that the wreck of the Yamato is rather less intact than Leiji Matsumoto and company thought. Converting it into a spaceship, while incredibly cool, is simply not realistic no matter what the level of technology available might be. This fact wasn't discovered until over a decade after the anime was conceived.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: There's still no western release for the three seasons of the original Japanese version.
  • Screwed by the Network: The first season was supposed to have 39 episodes, but was reduced to 26.
    • A bigger example was that the number of episodes for the Bolar Wars was originally 52 episodes, but was reduced to 25.
  • What Could Have Been: Before Leiji Matsumoto joined the project, the Yamato wasn't even in it, instead there was a ship made from a hollowed out asteroid called the Icarus. The show was originally pitched as essentially "Lord of the Flies IN SPACE!", with the crew suffering a catastrophic breakdown in discipline during their voyage through deep space. Virtually the only thing both versions had in common was that both involved a quest to find a planet called Iscandar. Fortunately, many of the concepts Matsumoto threw out when he took over were later used to make Infinite Ryvius.
    • The short-lived Star Blazers comic book by Argo Press makes an homage to this by giving the Earth Defense Force an asteroid base called Icarus.
    • Also, the first season was originally supposed to be 39 episodes instead of 26. The extra 13 episodes would have been used to introduced a new series character named Captain Harlock.
    • Harlock still appears in the manga version, implied to be Mamoru Kodai.
    • ...and he's in most of the promotional materials produced from the early drafts of the script, the first novelisation and it's in both manga versions - Matsumoto's and the "official" tie-in version... and there's no implication about it - it's outright stated, and he's treated as a major character! In said novelisation there's an even bigger shock that didn't make the final cut: Captain Okita is his father... though anyone who's seen Matsumoto's manga version of the WW2 Arcadia of my Youth flashback might have had a suspicion or two, given the character design for the elderly Harlock in the framing story...
    • Resurrection and Rebirth are acturally spawned from the same draft for a Yamato movie in the 2000s.


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