Anime

Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Comes to North America… kind of

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.17.14 AMThe recent 26 episode reboot of Space Battleship Yamato, Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is heading to North America, according to a series of posts on the official Starblazers.com.

Here’s the exact quote:

New DVD and Blu-ray is coming up!!! We will be releasing DVD and Blu-ray from animation that was on TV in Japan  this year! There are 26 episodes, and DVD will be 6 of  them. Each DVD includes 4 episodes.  1st DVD is coming on Feb.27 2014.  Pre order starts from Dec.19th in this website. www.starblazers.com  Vol.1 has English and Spanish subtitles.  We’ll post the details in this website.

Given the lack of a dub, and the fact that all the promotional material is being produced in Japan, it looks like this will be produced in Japan (the Japanese Blu-ray and DVD release included English subtitles (See our review of Volume One)).  The North American release will be on six discs, while the Japanese version used seven.

The original 1070s’ Space Battleship Yamato TV series, created by manga artist Leiji Matsumoto, aired on American TV under the name Starblazers, and it looks like the producers of new version are hoping to tap into the nostalgia market by renaming  the new series Starblazers 2199.  (No word yet if this domestic version will retain the original character names and titles).

Starblazers.com has hired Japanese idol Shiori Kawana to promote the series in North America; you can see her first video here.

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