If you’re a fan of the classic anime series “Star Blazers,” you may be wondering if there is a movie adaptation of the beloved show. The short answer is yes – there are actually two Star Blazers movies that have been released over the years. Let’s take a closer look at each one.
“Space Battleship Yamato”
The first Star Blazers movie, released in 2010, is actually a live-action adaptation of the original Japanese anime series “Space Battleship Yamato.” The film was directed by Takashi Yamazaki and stars Takuya Kimura as Susumu Kodai, Meisa Kuroki as Yuki Mori, and Toshirō Yanagiba as Okita Juzo.
The movie follows the basic premise of the original series – Earth is facing destruction from an alien race known as the Gamilas, and the crew of the space battleship Yamato must embark on a dangerous mission to retrieve a device that can save their planet. While some fans were initially skeptical about a live-action adaptation of “Star Blazers,” many were pleasantly surprised by how faithful the film was to its source material.
“Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199”
The second Star Blazers movie is actually a compilation film that condenses the events of the 2012 anime series “Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199.” The series itself is a reboot of the original “Space Battleship Yamato” anime from 1974, which was adapted into “Star Blazers” for its English release.
The movie version of “Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199” was released in Japan in 2014 and features new animation and updated character designs. It follows the story of young officer Susumu Kodai as he leads his crew aboard the refurbished space battleship Yamato on a mission to save Earth from an alien threat.
So, to answer the question – yes, there are Star Blazers movies out there. Whether you prefer the live-action adaptation of “Space Battleship Yamato” or the updated anime series “Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199,” there’s something for everyone. As a fan of the original series, it’s exciting to see these adaptations keeping the legacy of “Star Blazers” alive for new generations to enjoy.