When I was a kid, there was Star Blazers. I never wanted to miss Star Blazers. It was, as far as I was concerned, amazing, even if there were some cheesy bits. I rewatched it recently on Netflix, and while the cheesy bits were even worse than I remembered, and it was badly in need of a continuity editor, it was still amazing. “How did they get this on American television” amazing in places. Star Blazers of course, was originally Space Battleship Yamato when it was released in Japan. I’ve never seen that version, so I’m not sure how many of the problems were due to the localization.
I found today that the series is being remade, as Space Battleship Yamato 2199. It’s about halfway through its run, and looks good; there are reportedly English captioned versions floating around. But as cool as that is, it is not the Daily Awesome.
A year or two ago, I saw a trailer for a live action Space Batttleship Yamato. But I didn’t hear anything else about it, and decided it was fan work or something.
The movie was amazing. It chopped a lot of stuff out, of course, but a lot of it needed to go. The story line of the original series is there, intact. There was just enough fan service in it (listen carefully to the voice of his PDA) without it being overbearing. Not only were the characters properly developed, but there was more than one woman on the ship and they actually get to do things. (The love interest is even a kick-ass fighter pilot.)
How do I know this?
You can watch the whole thing here, or you can buy it from Amazon. If for some reason you need convincing, jump ahead to the twenty minute mark, and once that scene ends and you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, go back to the beginning, because you’ve already missed some amazing stuff.