What counts as ‘classic’ anime shifts every year. When first getting into this cursed medium, the old guard consisted of much-beloved series like Ranma 1/2 and Robotech, cartoons our nerd elders still pontificate on to this day. These days, however, youngins are telling me they’ve never heard of Samurai Champloo and now the Ghost in The Shell TV spin-off is old enough to vote? As sobering as it is for us, we can only imagine what it’s like reading the words ‘Space Battleship Yamato gets special “first time in 40 years” television broadcast’ for people who grew up with this Golden Era piece of Leiji Matsumoto history.
Nippon Broadcasting Systems is bringing back the classic Yamato to its channel for the first time in 40 years. It’ll air on the seminal program All Night Nippon and the special broadcast will be longly titled ‘All Night Nippon GOLD – “The Age of Space Battleship Yamato” Special’. Here’s the kicker though, we’re not actually talking TV channels: We’re talking a routine radio broadcast where stars like Gen Hoshino and Nogizaka46 host programs weekly. For this particular broadcast, all sorts of special guests to joining to discuss Yamato at length and the premiere for the upcoming Symphony Suite Space Battleship Yamato 2202.
Space Battleship Yamato, essentially the foundation for the Leiji Matsumotoverse which includes fellow influentials Galaxy Express and Captain Harlock among others, originally premiered in 1974 and for about a decade after, it received regular installments. Since then, every so often we’d get some new manifestation of the classic title, with the particularly good remake Space Battleship Yamato 2199 hitting airwaves in 2012. The ‘Star Blazers’ title you see above comes from its popular early Americanization, with many Dads and maybe Granddads all around North America having watched it when they were kids. Enjoyed by many for nearly half a century, no wonder Nippon Broadcasting System wants to relive its glory.
The ‘All Night Nippon GOLD – ‘The Age of Space Battleship Yamato’ Special’ airs on 15 January.