The world is fragile and unstable. Often teetering on the verge of chaos. Anything can happen to anyone at anytime. But one thing is for certain….old school anime doesn’t get much better than Star Blazers!
Originally, Star Blazers was known as "Space Battleship Yamato". Created in 1974 by producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki and manga artist Leiji Matsumoto, this sweeping saga of a 148000 light-year journey into deep space to save a dying Earth showed millions of Americans the dramatic possibilities the animation from Japan for the first time.
When Star Blazers played on syndicated US TV from 1979 to 1984, the airwaves were filled with moldly old cartoons and crappy kids shows. Suddenly, Star Blazers upped the ante with continuing storylines, complex characters, and super cool SF mecha action.
Star Blazers helped to ignite US anime fandom in the US, spawning conventions and networks that would help to form the core of today’s American otaku-sphere. And if you haven’t yet met the likes of Captain Avatar, Leader Desslok, and Derek Wildstar, now’s your chance to get acquainted.
The Syfy Channel will be airing two episodes of Star Blazers: The Quest for Iscandar every Thursday night, beginning tonight, April 21. The first two airings are slated for 2:00am and 2:30am, but that’s likely to change in the weeks ahead. Best to check to your local listings before staying up late.
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