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In epsiode six (Starblazers), Derek Wildstar points out the remains of his brother's ship, which he calls the Paladin. The original name given to this ship, however, was the Yukikaze. The Yukikaze was one of the nine escort destroyers sent to meet its destiny with the original Yamato on its suicide mission to Okinawa at the end of World War II.
The Yamato was renamed the Argo, because Voyager didn't want to offend American WW2 vets.
A live-action film of the series was planned, but eventually scrapped, by Disney. In this adaptation, the Yamato was going to be changed into the U.S.S. Arizona, an American battleship bombed by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor.
Many Family names of the Yamato's crewmembers in the series' original Japanese version came from famous samurai, including members of the Shinsengumi. Such names include Okita, Hajime, Hijikata, Yamanami, Yamazaki, and Todo.
Desslok's name in the series' original Japanese version "Desler Soto" (Lord Dessler) is believed to have derived from Adolf Hitler's name and Soto (which means "leader" or "lord") is Japanese for German term "Führer". Series co-creator Leiji Matsumto mentions that the similarity between both names is just coincidence and that "Desler" derived from "Death-ra".
Nazi Germany was loosely the basis for the Gamilus Empire, the series' antagonists.
Originally conceived by Yoshinobu Nishizaki as an outer-space variation of "Lord of the Flies" (titled "Asteroid Ship Icarus") in which a group of multinational teens journey through space inside an asteroid, only for them to act out of self-interest and for personal gain. After bringing Leji Matsumto into the staff to work on the project, Nishizaki scrapped many of the concepts indicated in his original plan with the title changed to "Space Battleship Yamato" ("Space Cruiser Yamato" for English-language releases in Japan) before production started.
Credited for starting the anime genre known as "Space Adventure Roman", which involves dramatic and epic space adventures.
Episode ten of this series featured the first anime appearance of Mi-Kun (called "Mimi" in the dub of this anime), who would later become a recurring character in the "Captain Harlock" franchise.
Oct. 13, 1974 was originally meant for the last game of Giants baseball player Nagashima, but due to rain, the 2nd episode of this anime series was aired instead and the game was prosponed until oct. 14, 1974.
In the ending credits for ep. 2 of the series, Yoko Asagami's names was mispelled as "Asahimo".
The original Japanese version of the series had at least two versions for its opening credit sequence, and the version introduced in ep. 3 had its opening scene covered with blue paraffin to match with the night scene shown in series' 2nd episode.
Visual Error: If you pay attention to ep. 4 (where the Yamato's fighters made their first appearance), you'd notice that the Black tiger fighters that left from the yamato's hatch had their looks changed to the como zero look when they were landing. This turned out to be a mistake as the two halves of this episode were animated by different teams.
Visual error: if you pay attention to the scene in ep. 05 where the Yamato fired its wave motion gun, you'd notice the Yamato under the firing's energy trail. It appeared that the animators forgot to remove the Yamato's cell from the scene.
Although Kenzo Koizumi was chief animator of the series' 5th episode, it was Mr. Ashida who was listed as chief animator in the end credits. All episodes of this series after ep. 5 that were done by Studio Mates had no chief animator.
Gamilus Scout Commander Yaretara's Gamilus line in the Original Japanese Version "ruma kukan satsuba" translates "circle, triangle, x in reverse". This line was made up by the series' recording studio.
While Shunji Yamada dubbed the voice of Saburo Kato for ep. 8, the voice itself was later fixed to Akira Kamiya from ep. 13 and on.
The indigenous creatures of Pluto in ep. 8 were painted with special clear blue paint and airbrushed, but due to the paint's unevenness, the scratches are shown within scenes of those creatures.
Visual error: In the scene in ep. 9 where the Yamato evaded Shultz's kamikaze attack with the rocket anchor, the anchor was seen launched from the starboard, but the broken chain was was seen attached to the port. This was not only the animator's mistake, but also thedirector's mistake as he overlooked the scene in production.
Ep. 10 of this "Space Battleship Yamato" series was the last episode of the series itself to show females serving onboard Yamato, other than Yuki (Nova).
In making ep. 10 of this series, Noburo Ishiguro's face was used for not only the Yamato crew member with glasses in the party room, but also one of Yuki's (Nova's) suitors.
Leiji Matsumoto did a manga in 1961 titled "Denko Ozma", whose lead character pilots a rocketship named "Yamato", which was named after the WWII battleship Yamato. Ironically, this was found not to be the beginning of the "Space Battleship Yamato" (Star Blazers) concept.
Ikki Kajiwara (author of "Tommorow's Joe") believed "Space Battleship Yamato" to be an imitation of "Shin (New) Battleship Yamto", an illustrated story he wrote for the adventure-fiction magazine "Hi no Maru". For, this story also involves a character called "Captain Okita" commanding a Yamato that can fly and submerge.
Winner of the 1975 Seiun Award in the category Best Media of the Year.
"Space Battleship Yamato" protagonists Susumu Kodai and Yuki Mori were named after people in Leiji Matsumoto's. While Matsumoto named Susumu Kodai after Matsumoto's brother, he named Yuki Mori after a girl he met during his time in college.
In the first two episodes of this "Space Battleship Yamato" series, Analyzer's name wasn't yet revealed so he was just listed as "Robot" in the end credits for each of them.
The wave motion gun concept utilized in this series was invented by Leiji Matsumoto, who first used it in his 1968 Manga comedy "Sexaroid".
Working on this series was Leiji Matsumoto's first task in the Anime industry.
Leiji Matsumoto claimed to have found in 2000, a photograph of Takako Mise, whom he now refers to as the real model reference for "Space Battleship Yamato" character Starsha, although he first drew the face of the character herself when he was at the age of 36.
Juzo Okita was named after Japanese Sci-Fi writer Jyuza Unno and Shinsengumi police captain Souji Okita. Furthermore, this character was inspired by Leiji Matsumoto's own father, who worked as a squadron leader in World War II.
Sakezo Sado's given name is Japanese for "brewing". It's no coincidence as the character himeself was intended to be a fictional drinker, even a character based on a real-life drinker who once worked as art assistant to Leiji Matsumoto.
Mamoru Kodai was named after one of Leiji Matsumot's neighbors.
During the battle off Mars in episode 1, Captain Juzo Okita responds to the Gamilas' surrender ultimatum by calling them "idiots". This is an homage to General Anthony McAuliffe saying, "Nuts!" in response to the German Army's ultimatum for them to surrender during the Battle of the Bulge.
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