Only a week after the annouced settlement between Space Cruiser Yamato
ex-producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki
and original author Leiji Matsumoto
, legal troubles are resurfacing. The Tohoku-shinsha Film Corporation
has issued a statement claiming their Yamato copyright extends to production rights for any future Yamato works. Nishizaki had been planning a new Yamato anime
, and Matsumoto had hoped to make more Yamato on his own, but Tohoku-shinsha's entrance may prevent either from proceeding.
A portion of the TFC statement (full text in Japanese
) reads, "We own the copyrights for ‘Space Battleship Yamato
’ upon official agreement, and we are perplexed that the reconciliation statements from both the Matsumoto and Nishizaki sides included copyrights that by law are due to our ownership."
TFC also states it has consented neither to Matsumoto nor Nishizaki's new Yamato projects, and will be corresponding with the two men to discuss their plans.
Addendum (Added August 12th
): TFC has stated that they will be resorting to legal action if the sequel plans should infringe on TFC's rights.