Please, does anyone remember this cartoon?

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  1. JamesCB

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    Probably on TV around 1976 - 1979. What I recall: A anime style (probably was made in Japan) animation. Takes place in space. The spaceship was huge ocean type battleship with gun turrets on top. On the front of the ship was a huge laser gun. I remember a scene where some of the crew was standing in this laser gun they were dwarfed by its size. Also, I recall something about "wave motion", whatever that was. These are some good clues. For the life of me, I can't remember what it was called. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    US title...Star Blazers
     
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    And the battleship was the Yamato.

    I think some of the series is available on DVD, but I haven't looked into it much. If anything, I was hoping that Captain Future might be released on DVD -- the "ship" was in effect the Discovery with X-wings, which spun when the ship engaged its warp drive (or whatever they called it). Somehow I don't think you guys would be familiar with this since it was a Japanese cartoon, which I watched here dubbed into Mandarin -- I've never heard of an English version.

    (One silly scene which still sticks in the head had the title character Captain Future in a casino, going head to head against the villain. Both had gizmos which would rig the roulette wheel, villain on Black 4, the hero on Red 36.)
     
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    Star Blazers is available on DVD, although I have heard the quality is not that good.

    By the way, the main gun on the front of the ship was not a laser gun; it was called a Wave Motion gun. God I need help how do remember that one?
     
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    Somehow I don't think you guys would be familiar with this since it was a Japanese cartoon, which I watched here dubbed into Mandarin -- I've never heard of an English version.

    It was dubbed into English and aired over here as Starblazers, but I believe the original title in Japan was Battleship Yamoto. When the starting premise for the Babyon 5 spin-off Crusade was first mentioned many people pointed out similarities to Starblazers. I never saw the show myself, but certainly heard enough about it. [​IMG]

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    James,

    It was aired here in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 70s. I remember sitting in front of the TV at 4:30PM everyday after school. Such wild hairstyles on that anime.
     
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    The real life Yamato was the largest battleship ever built, about 70,000 tons with 18" main guns(!). She and her sister ship the Musashi were lost in the last year of WWII, with the Yamato dying in a suicide charge at the battle of Okinawa on 7 April 1945.

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    I remember years ago a friend who was into animation in a big way telling me there was a comic about the Japanese raising the Yamato and converting her to a starship. This must be it.
     
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    Starblazers rocked. It was one of my main cartoons I would watch. Then again AFN was the only english speaking network in Germany so we were kind of limited to the shows they would carry. But that one was definatly one of the best
     
  10. JamesCB

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    Wow! You guys are awesome!

    Danny Tse, I remember running home after school here in Buffalo, NY around the same time, same decade. Thanks so much for the links, I've got chills seeing that after so many years. I forgot how much I really enjoyed that show.

    Thanks to all of you for bringing back such fond memories. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year.
     
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    Errr, Joe, I was talking about Captain Future, not Starblazers, which I also caught (some of) here in English. [​IMG]

    Did anyone else actually see Captain Future? Seeing as no one else has chimed in on it?
     
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    I also saw some of it in the Philippines back in the late seventies I think. Cool anime with that wave motion gun. Actually I was reminded of that "gun" when the SDF1 or Macross fired its main gun.
     
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    Star Blazers followed by Force Five was the hilite of my afternoon growing up. Great stuff.
     

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