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CGI Space Battleship Yamato Film Production Finishes; TV Specials Announced

posted on by Evan Miller
Computer animated feature film based on Leiji Matsumoto's series enters theaters this December

After about a year and a half of working on the project, production on the first full CGI anime based on the popular Leiji Matsumoto series Space Battleship Yamato has completed. The project was previously stalled between development and legal issues for more than a decade as companies with a stake in the franchise tangled over who had the right to create the project. A special preview screening will be held a the Tokyo International Forum on November 28, with the official nationwide opening in Japanese theaters scheduled for December 12. The official site for the film is here.

Carrying the subtitle "Fukkatsu-hen" ("Rebirth"), the film takes place 21 years after the first Yamato story and centers around an emigration movement from Earth that starts when a black hole develops near Earth. When the transport fleet is attacked, and the Yamato leads the counterstrike. To make the film, about 130 CGI design staff were brought on to help design ships, explosions, laser beams, and other elements central to the film.

To commemorate the opening of the film, the satellite network Family Gekiba will be broadcasting all three previous Yamato anime series, along with the two previous anime feature films. The network will also be airing an original show that explores the historical ties behind the show, while the History Channel will also air a program focusing on the era that spawned the series.

Source: Mycom Journal

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