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All Your Base Are Belong to Us -- Great Trailers Don't Need No Stinkin' English

By Steven Lloyd Wilson and TK | Trailers | June 29, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson and TK | Trailers | June 29, 2010 |

Space Battleship Yamato was one of the first anime that made it over to the United States back in the seventies, which makes it something fondly remembered by the same sorts of us who grew up on Robotech. After Earth is attacked and its atmosphere poisoned by the radioactive bombs of an alien invasion, the people of Earth build the titular space battleship in secret inside the ruins of the World War Two Japanese battleship Yamato. [blink, rereads that plot description] It’s funny the way that subtle-as-a-sledgehammer allusions go right over the heads of eight year olds whose jaws drop for space combat huh?

It was adapted, and of course bastardized, into English under the title Star Blazers, which is how many of us first discovered it. As with most American-adapted anime, one should basically ignore the Americanization and track down the original episodes — they’re goddamn great stuff. There were several one-shot anime movies as well, though I haven’t seen them all. Anyway, here’s the trailer. It fucking rocks.

This trailer serves as compelling evidence that space combat, not love, is the true universal language. I have absolutely no idea what was happening in that entire trailer but felt compelled to watch it four times. The only thing that really confused me was the random words here and there in English, especially in the title card itself. Anyone more in the know about Japanese productions have some insight into that?

The film, directed by Takashi Yamazaki, is set for a December 1st release in Japan, though there are no plans yet for an American release of any kind.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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