Difference between Star Blazers and Uchuu Senkan Yamato

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Posted 8/9/08 , edited 8/9/08
My first exposure to Yamato was through the DVD movie box set. I saw the first movie and I honestly was disappointed. I think it was due to it being a summary of the entire first series. So I hope to be able to get the DVDs of the original TV show. My question is, which version is better?
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Posted 8/11/08 , edited 8/11/08
well the tv series has more details. i saw Star Blazers before i saw Yamato. i've got the vhs set of the space battleship Yamato subbed. the story lines are the same pretty much. can't really say which is better. =)
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Posted 3/7/09 , edited 3/7/09
To me it's a matter of the translation. Star Blazers is the English Dub, which Americanizes names and a few other details. Changing the name of the ship from the Yamato to Argo is a tragedy, because the Yamato was the ship was built from the Real WWII BattleshipYamato, giving a powerful meaning through it's historic significance. I have only seen the English dub.

During the 1980's they would butcher the dialog and reedit several series together as a business decision trying to take a risky foreign product and Americanize it for an audience who had never seen anime before. like 'Captain Harlock' and 'Queen Millenia' were edited together, or 'Robotech' was cobbled together from three unrelated space-mecha anime. Imagine watching a movie that edited 'Gone with the Wind' and 'Star Wars' together and changing the dialog to match.

This was pretty common until the release of 'Akira'. Since Yamato is pre-Akira I would choose the original Japanese Yamato over Star Blazers. Anything post-Akira is probably a decent translation
Posted 4/24/09 , edited 4/24/09
Yea you're right and there's those small insignificant things they changed too. Like the doctor is supposedly drinking mineral water when he was obviously drinking sake.
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