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Official Yamato, Sasameki Koto Magazines to Go on Sale

posted on by Egan Loo
60-issue Yamato fact file to launch in February; Sasameki mag in December

The publisher DeAgostini announced on Thursday that it will be launching the Space Battleship Yamato Official Fact File magazine on February 2, 2010. The weekly publication will last 60 issues and cover all aspects of the space opera franchise from the original 1974 television series to the new animated film that is opening next month. Not incidentally, the 60-week run of the magazine will take it past the planned December 2010 opening date of the live-action film adaptation of the franchise.

Each issue will be split into seven sections: an illustrated space fleet guide, a character encylopedia, an archive of famous scenes, science and technology treatises, a chronology, a keyword glossary, and secrets on the making of Yamato. People who collect all 60 issues can send in the mail-away offer forms for a 1/665-scale, 40-centimeter-long (about 16-inch-long) model of the title spaceship. Similar fact file magazines have been offered for the Gundam, Macross, and Evangelion anime franchises.

In a separate development, the Media Factory production company will offer the official magazine of the Sasameki Koto television anime series at its booth in Comic Market 77 at the Tokyo Big Sight event center at the end of next month. More details will be posted on the anime's official website.

Voyager Entertainment has been releasing the Yamato anime franchise in English since the first series, while Crunchyroll has been streaming Sasameki Koto since its October premiere.

Sources: animeanime.jp, Saishin Anime Jōhō

Images © Tohokushinsha
© 2009 Tachyonworks/Tachyon Inc./Takashi Ikeda, Media Factory/Sasameki

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