Star Blazers Got Me Through The Shittiest Year Of My Childhood

I was a happy child, but I didn't have such a happy childhood. Other kids didn't get my weird vibe, especially in elementary and middle school. And one year in particular, we moved to a new city and a new school, and things got ugly. Only one thing kept me from losing my shit: Star Blazers. » 3/13/15 12:30pm 3/13/15 12:30pm

See The Weapon That Beats The Wave Motion Gun In The New Yamato Movie

As far as I know, we still haven't gotten the new Space Battleship Yamato 2199 TV/movie series in the United States, even after it aired a whole season in Japan. But now, there's a follow-up movie, Star-Voyaging Ark, in which the Yamato gets hit with a weapon called the Flame Direct Attack Cannon, that can "transcend… » 12/18/14 9:00pm 12/18/14 9:00pm

Leiji Matsumoto, One of Space Opera's Greatest Creators

You may not know the name Leiji Matsumoto, but you've seen his work. Including Space Battleship Yamato (aka Star Blazers in the U.S.), Space Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999. His work stands out, because of his striking characters and because of his distinctive themes. » 12/20/13 12:35pm 12/20/13 12:35pm

America wants in on the live-action Star Blazers remake action

A live-action movie version of the classic anime Space Battleship Yamato opened in 2010 in Japan to some acclaim. Now America is going to make their own live-action Yamato movie — but of Star Blazers, the edited U.S. version of the original anime which aired in America in the '70s. » 10/30/13 1:40pm 10/30/13 1:40pm

Things are looking bad for Space Battleship Yamato, but awesome for us

In case you were wondering if Japan's new Space Battleship Yamato remake was still looking phenomenally badass, well: If you consider massive space battles with giant guns, Gamilons, dogfights, explosions, and people on starship decks yelling orders and freaking out to be badass, then the answer is an unequivocal… » 5/31/13 11:30am 5/31/13 11:30am

The New Anime Series You Absolutely Need to Be Watching

The spring anime season has begun in Japan, and while there’s plenty of standard stuff like kids saving the world, harem shows and busty samurai waitresses (really), there are a few gems that deserve to be seen. If you’re looking for new anime, make sure you hunt these five series down. » 4/12/13 12:00pm 4/12/13 12:00pm

Watch the Space Battleship Yamato lift off for the first time in a new …

Space Battleship Yamato may be the most famous Japanese space opera of all time, and it's going strong in Japan. (In the U.S., where the anime series was renamed Star Blazers, we still haven't gotten the 2010 live-action film.) » 11/15/11 12:17pm 11/15/11 12:17pm

More Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies that Hollywood Could…

The Last Airbender wasn't punishment enough. Whatever we did to deserve Hollywood's "racebending" shenanigans, we've still earned more suffering. Tron Legacy's Garrett Hedlund is reportedly starring in Akira. And there's still the Americanized Cowboy Bebop in the pipeline too. And an Americanized Space Battleship… » 10/25/11 12:00pm 10/25/11 12:00pm

10 Greatest Examples of Space Battle Smack Talk

The greatest tacticians in space don't just use high-energy beams and force shields, they use psychology. And the best interstellar smack-downs start with the trash talking before a single shot is fired. » 8/30/11 10:00am 8/30/11 10:00am

An American Live-Action Star Blazers? Why not just release the Japanese…

Now that Space Battleship Yamato, the live-action remake of the classic anime series, has crushed the Japanese box office, there's talk of an American version. Chris McQuarrie, writer of The Usual Suspects and Darren Aronofsky's The Wolverine, is the screenwriter. » 2/23/11 12:40pm 2/23/11 12:40pm

10 Greatest Starships Of All Time

Starships are the coolest kind of vessels out there. They travel faster than light, they encounter strange new worlds, they turn space into their playground. But what are the coolest starships of them all? After much careful deliberation, we've come up with our definitive list of the 10 greatest starships in all… » 2/01/11 10:00am 2/01/11 10:00am

Weirdest Gifts For Your Nerdy Loved Ones

Don't just give your loved ones geeky toys — give them weird geeky toys. Nothing says "nerd-cred" like merchandising that makes people gawp at the sheer WTFery. Here are 22 pieces of shwag to make your friends question your sanity. » 12/03/10 4:46pm 12/03/10 4:46pm

Watch 7 minutes of the live-action Star Blazers right now [Update!]

Here are the first two minutes of the new live-action Space Battleship Yamato, aka Star Blazers. A couple thoughts: Boy, does this look like BSG or what? Also, we haven't seen space battles like this in an American movie since... » 12/02/10 11:30am 12/02/10 11:30am

Activate Wave-Motion Gun! New documentary takes you inside the…

The most anticipated science fiction movie of December, for some of us, might actually be Space Battleship Yamato, aka Star Blazers. The classic anime's long-awaited live-action adaptation opens tomorrow. Watch an hour-long making-of feature, and read snippets from early reviews. » 11/30/10 5:30pm 11/30/10 5:30pm

Producer of Space Battleship Yamato dies after falling off a ship…

Yoshinobu Nishizaki, the 75-year-old producer of the Space Battleship Yamato animated series, marketed in the United States as Star Blazers, has died. The producer, whose real name was Hirofumi Nishizaki, reportedly fell from the steamship Yamato, which was anchored off the coast of Tokyo's Chichijima Island before… » 11/08/10 12:45pm 11/08/10 12:45pm

Watch the new trailer for the Space Battleship Yamato movie

A new trailer for the live-action Space Battleship Yamato (a.k.a. Star Blazers) film has hit the web. The film will debut in Japan on December 1. And yes, that is Steven Tyler singing the movie's theme. » 9/19/10 10:15am 9/19/10 10:15am

Who'd win a battle between a Klingon battlecruiser and the Death Star?…

Have you ever wondered which starship would prevail in a knock-down, drag-out space battle? The "Starship Smackdown" is a Comic Con institution, and we were able to marvel at the geeky knowledge and fannish quips from the celebrity panelists. » 7/30/10 4:30pm 7/30/10 4:30pm

New footage of live-action Starblazers movie rocks the cosmos!

I defy you to watch this new trailer for the live-action Space Battleship Yamato movie, complete with the original TV series theme tune, and not get goosebumps. You can't do it. See more incredible VFX and tense drama below. Spoilers... » 6/28/10 2:43pm 6/28/10 2:43pm

The best space battle smack talk of all time!

A couple years ago, we shared with you our favorite moments of commanders trash-talking each other prior to, or during, an all-out battle in space. Now we're bringing it back again, as today's io9 flashback. » 6/03/10 2:20pm 6/03/10 2:20pm