In a collision of fantastic fan excitement, TK and I managed to simultaneously report back in June on the trailer for the new live action remake of Space Battleship Yamato being released in Japan on December 1st. The second trailer has been released, and now features 100% more Steven Tyler:
In the first trailer, it was pretty difficult to follow what was going on, though that might have been the editing more than the language barrier. It got the point across: space ships BOOM. This trailer adds a lot more plot and character nuance. For example, there is a protagonist. He is clearly recognizable because of his spectacular hair. Plus there are people running through corridors, which is always a good sign of ensuing excitement. And there’s a screaming guy shooting two rifles at once, not to mention many curt statements said with a grim face for emphasis. And of course the dramatic speech over the intercom just before the final battle needs no translation, because dammit today we celebrate our Independence Day!
And in case there was any lingering doubt, Japan is indeed a strange and mysterious place, a land in which they contract Steven Tyler to record a debut solo single in a foreign language to be the theme song of their movie. I guess it makes more sense than some of the stuff they sell in vending machines there.