Funimation Has Not Licensed Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection Anime Film

posted on by Karen Ressler
"Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection" announcement from 2012 was the live-action movie

Funimation Entertainment confirmed on ANNCast on Friday that it does not have the rights to the anime film Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection, or any Yamato anime, and never did.

Funimation announced the home entertainment rights to Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection at Otakon 2012, and listed the title and plot summary in its press release. However, Funimation told ANN on Friday that this was a miscommunication, and the announcement was actually referring to the 2010 live-action film Space Battleship Yamato.

Funimation formally announced the license for the live-action film in December 2013 and released the film on Blu-ray and DVD in April 2014.

Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection opened in Japan in December 2009 as the first film in the Yamato space opera franchise in 26 years. The film is set in 2220, or 21 years after the first Yamato story and 17 years after the story of the last film, Final Yamato. A 320,000-kilometer-wide black hole threatens Earth, so 300 million people set a course for Amaaru, 27,000 light years away. The transport fleet is attacked, and the new Yamato battleship leads the counterstrike. 38-year-old Susumu Kodai, the hero of the first series, is now a space captain, and he has a daughter named Miyuki with his wife Yuki (the heroine of the first series).

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