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Space Battleship Yamato by Voyager3 Space Battleship Yamato by Voyager3
From my current favorite movie, Battleship, I got back into battleships and the beauty of them. Now, as one does, I started looking for the most powerful battleship built. Three candidates spring to mind: the American Iowa-class, the German Bismarck-class, and my favorite, the Japanese Yamato-class. As luck would have it, in 2005 a Japanese movie called 'Yamato' was released, a historical drama about the ship (the sinking of which was the largest single loss of human life in naval history, just saying). While looking for that movie, I stumbled onto another one, Space Battleship Yamato. This is actually a live-action synopsis of the 1974 Japanese anime.

The movie takes place in the year 2199, in which Earth is under attack from aliens called the Gamilas. It is completely irradiated and the last scraps of mankind have taken shelter underground. Any attempt at fighting the Gamilas force has resulted in failure. One day in the year 2199 an alien capsule lands, containing coordinates and a plan for a new type of engine (the wave motion engine) to get there. The leaders of (what's left of) Japan assume that since the radiation around it was temporarily diminished, the senders can eliminate radiation. They equip humanity's last remaining battleship, one built out of the remains of the WWII Yamato, also called Yamato, with that engine and a weapon based on it (the wave motion gun), and send it to the planet from which the capsule originated, Iskandar, in the Large Magellanic Cloud. After getting there, with several skirmishes with Gamilas forces along the way, one of the crew members is empowered to eliminate the radiation. Near Earth again, the Yamato is encountered by one of the Gamilas, saying that the Gamilas have given up on conquering Earth, and decide to destroy it with a missile instead. The captain orders to abandon ship and fires the wave motion gun, which is blocked from an earlier fight, destroying both the Yamato and the missile.

Space Battleship Yamato only has one drawback compared to similar movies, that being that the acting is fairly anime-like, with the characters being very stereotypical. But aside from that, the movie is one of the better ones I've seen. The story is awesome, the music very intense, and he CGI is top-notch, as in Hollywood top-notch. The fact that the movie is entirely in Japanese is slightly annoying, but Japanese is real funny to listen to.

But of course, the most important thing is the ship itself. The Yamato during WWII had 9 18"-guns as main battery, and no less than 162 one-inch anti-aircraft gun batteries. The space battleship is not only recognizable as an Earthly battleship, but actually looks better than the original Yamato. As you can see, all the guns are kept and have been turned into powerful shock cannons. But of course, the most awesome power comes from the Yamato's trump card, the wave motion gun. Even though it's fired only twice (three times, if you count the time when it was blocked and blew up the Yamato) it is more than enough to imagine the power behind it.

An overall great movie. If you know Japanese, you should watch it. If you don't, you should too. Almost as good as 2010, if you ask me.

Sorry about my long absence, by the way. I'll try to post more often.

Space Battleship Yamato by Leiji Matsumoto.
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AngusMcTavish Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
I happened across the live action movie some time ago, and was really surprised!  I am quite familiar with the original anime, having grown up watching it as Star Blazers with no real knowledge of how much of it was changed at the time by US censors.

Imagine my surprise when I started collecting the DVDs, not just the series as we saw it, but all the films that accompanied it.  That first one, while only a condensed version of the first series, had the footage that we didn't get to see, including a bit of the Yamato backstory, its final moments in WWII.

The classic series will always have a place in my heart, as well as my DVD collection, but the 2199 reboot from four years ago has a lot more to it, and that was pretty impressive, too!
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Voyager3 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
Never really got into the anime, but I love the live-action movie.
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AngusMcTavish Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
Whereas I was never big into the whole anime genre, but this is one of a couple of exceptions.
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s1cohen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
One of the greatest, most elegant ships in fiction. Thanks for uploading this. By the way, I found this a while ago and thought you might enjoy listening to it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mG4cQ…
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SenkanYamato Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Awesome depiction of my favorite ship.
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Kodai-Okuda Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice. :)
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TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
The backstory behind Uchuu Senkan Yamato is as intriguing as the show itself.
This vehicle WAS Matumoto Leiji's springboard to stardom, but it wasn't...really...his.
And now, the show's theme, romantic version, live:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gHORD…
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Neville6000 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

You love Battleship? You're braver than I thought.


Great work.

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Voyager3 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
I do. Why would that be brave?
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Neville6000 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Most people and critics (not me) hated/still hate Battleship's guts, and though that it was shit, though and through (I wanted to see it on the big screen, myself!) What did you think of it, plot-wise and character-wise?  And will we see fan art of this movie from you?
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Voyager3 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
I'm not doing any fanart of that, purely because, from my point of view and despite the post-credit cutscene, the movie is finished, there should be nothing to add except how Hopper and Sam get married (but those scenes are not my favorite, although I did like the Armageddon way of doing it, but I digress) and redrawing scenes, yeah that's not my style and I can't draw Sonic characters well at all as it is, never mind the Missouri, the John Paul Jones or one of the alien ships.

And I've stopped listening to critics AGES ago. I've seen this movie get praised, and then recieve a six, and then I'm like, WTF? (Same goes for Sonic game critics, btw, which is where I got some experience) Most critics want a deep storyline, something like Titanic, you know what I mean? And while I like Titanic and some pure story movies, they're not my favorites by far. Movies like Gravity, Sunshine, Battleship, Pacific Rim, where special effects come first and story close second, those are movies I really enjoy.

Plot-wise, I thought it was amazing. The build-up works very well with me (although romance is not my thing at all, but miss Decker does her part extremely well) since it tells the story, and what more do you want? Keep it simple, show what makes and drives Hopper, and get to the action. And what action. But what this movie does best is how it completely fills you with tension and that tension gets relieved in gun battles. That is besides me being a WWII junkie and a freak on naval battles. (I could talk for hours about a single naval battle.)

Character-wise, well, it's an action movie, so you know the characters won't be that deep, but I'd say it certainly goes deeper than, for example, Battle: LA. The character evolution Hopper goes through, as well as a few others, is deeply emphasized upon. 

But we all know we watch it for the naval engagements. Especially the Missouri.

It's a pity you missed it on the big screen, I went twice and both times I found it amazing. My advice, don't listen to critics, just watch what you want to watch, critics talk nonsense anyway.
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Neville6000 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I usually don't listen to critics, I was just surprised that you didn't and liked the movie
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Voyager3 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Anyone who does isn't enjoying movies.
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Kepan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
great art and a great movie
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Voyager3 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
I agree.
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Hunter2045 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Nice work.
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Voyager3 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Not mine, but still.
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