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Space Battleship Yamato Underpants for Sale in Japan

posted on 2009-11-20 00:50 EST
Designs feature ship's trademark wave motion gun, icons from space opera

Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: The Aeon Group's shopping centers in Japan will be selling Space Battleship Yamato underpants for men to mark the December 12 opening of the Uchuu Senkan Yamato Fukkatsu-hen (Space Battleship Yamato: Rebirth Chapter) film.

The original 1974 anime recounted the voyages of the World War II battleship Yamato after it is resurrected as a space-faring ship to fend off alien threats to Earth. The new film sequel with computer-animated battle sequences is the first Yamato theatrical film in 26 years. It follows the original hero Susumu Kodai and his family as they lead a fleet from Earth after the planet is threatened by a black hole.

Two of the designs depict the bow of the title spaceship with the Japanese name of the ship's trademark "Wave Motion Gun" emblazoned in red or gold. (As MovieWalker's Walker Plus website notes, this puts a "Wave Motion Gun between the legs.") Another design features various logos incorporating the ship's silhouette and the anime's title.

A separate live-action film remake by director Takashi Yamazaki (Returner, Always: Sunset on Third Street, Ballad) will feature SMAP band member Takuya Kimura (Howl's Moving Castle's Howl) and Meisa Kuroki (Vexille - 2077 Isolation of Japan's Vexille, Crows Zero's Luca) as the main characters Susumu and Yuki, respectively.

The Japanese character goods maker MOVIC announced its official Evangelion Underpants Collection: Otoko no Tatakai (A Man's Struggle) in March, while the Japanese character goods retailer Chara-Ani offered Lucky Star boxer briefs and shorts this past summer.

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Source: MovieWalker's Walker Plus

Images © 209 Yamato Studio/Uchuu Senkan Yamato Fukkatsu-hen Production Committee


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