Uchuu Senkan Yamato

Star Blazers: The Quest for Iscandar

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English: Star Blazers: The Quest for Iscandar
Synonyms: Space Battleship Yamato, Space Cruiser Yamato
Japanese: 宇宙戦艦ヤマト


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 1974 to Mar 30, 1975
Premiered: Fall 1974
Broadcast: Sundays at 19:30 (JST)
Studios: Group TAC
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MilitaryMilitary, SpaceSpace
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.581 (scored by 56535,653 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #13652
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Popularity: #3697
Members: 23,127
Favorites: 168

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In the year 2199, Earth is a mere shell of its former glory after a vicious bombardment by the Gamilas Empire. The inhabitants have been forced underground to escape the irradiated surface, but the deadly radiation inches closer and closer to the retreating population. With only one year before complete and utter extermination, time is fast running out and hope is in short supply.

So far, any attempt to escape or retaliate has been instantly annihilated by the alien empire—until an emergency transmission from the planet Iscandar in a neighboring galaxy offers a glimmer of hope to save the doomed planet. Covertly, Earth's Self Defense Force constructs a faster than light engine for a journey to Iscandar. Armed with new weapons and a determined crew of fearless navy men, the World War II era battleship Yamato is reborn as Space Battleship Yamato. She and her crew set out on a perilous journey across the stars to save their home and the entire human race.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Matsumoto, Leiji
Director, Original Creator
Ishiguro, Noboru
Ashida, Toyoo
Episode Director, Animation Director
Iuchi, Shuji
Episode Director


Opening Theme

"Uchuu Senkan Yamato (宇宙戦艦ヤマト)" by Isao Sasaki (eps 1-21, 23-25)

Ending Theme

#1: "Makka na Scarf" by Isao Sasaki (eps 1-21, 23-25)
#2: "Uchuu Senkan Yamato (宇宙戦艦ヤマト)" by Isao Sasaki (ep 22)

Nov 21, 2010
Criffis (All reviews)
Well, this is my first review, so please go easy on me.

I came to be interested in the anime, since I like naval-related stuff, therefore, the name Space Battleship Yamato made me think about the very well known Battleship Yamato, the Imperial Navy's pride during WW2. I did not know ANYTHING about the anime before deciding to watch it. Now I know about it's well renowned reputation as a pioneer in the science fiction genre. It was also one of the first (if not first!) anime being broadcasted in the US (with a LOT of modifications). Luckily, I watched the original Japanese version. So read more
Oct 21, 2014
Glass-moon (All reviews)
Space battleship Yamato does not live up to it's reputation for me, however I see why people like it a lot.

Story (5.5)- For the most part the story's your stereotypical humans vs. aliens story. Though there are times when it rises above that. You might think the Yamato's plot amour (which was done to conserve the anime's budget) would sink the show however for the most part it uses interesting tactics to get out of the sticky situations the Yamato is put in. The aliens also have a concrete reason as to why they are attacking Earth. Yamato has influenced countless si-fi titles read more
May 24, 2015
BowlingJD (All reviews)
Written by Leiji Matsumoto, I was super excited to watch this. Known as Star Blazers in America, its debut was in 1979 and the broadcast consisted of Yamato with its' two sequels. It wasn't until I re-watched the original Mobile Suit Gundam for the x-th time and wanted more space opera-type shows that I discovered Matsumoto's work. However, until now I had only watched his shows in scattered episodes never fully completing any of his shows.

Coming out in 1974, the art is very impressive compared to previous anime with minor hiccups occasionally cropping up. The music is pretty epic like that of old Soviet hymns, read more
Oct 23, 2019
mouthpiece (All reviews)
Notice: This review covers all seasons and movies of the franchise. Reading it is like reading about all of them.

Battleship Yamato (known as Star Blazers in the American dub) is an early work of Leiji Matsumoto and the first example of what a good animated series can be all about. As basic and silly as it may seem today, this series happened to be amongst the most mature titles of its era and opened the way for others to pick up the style and work on it. Anime back then were really childish and crude but this one tried its best to be serious with read more

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