Space Battleship Yamato was the source material for the anime that would become known in the U.S. as Star Blazers. This movie takes the twenty-six episode series and whittles it down to a 135 minute film, only using the sections of the series that are absolutely necessary to tell the main story of the series (the Earth being polluted by the Planet Gamilus, the crew of the rebuilt Yamato making the 148,000 light year voyage to Iscandar to get a neutralizer to rid Earth of the pollution... and must accomplish it all within one Earth year).
This isn't bad for what it is, which is an overview film for the first season. The DVD release also includes the original theatrical trailer and alternate animation footage (both of which are subtitled), the original program book (which is translated), a gallery of promotional art, and a history behind the Yamato franchise.
I’ve no way of knowing personally whether or not any or all of the creative folk behind SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO grew up as fans of the 70’s anime program of the same name. I think it’s a safe bet that they were. (I wasn’t a faithful watcher, but I caught it from time to time.) After all, why resurrect the popular property after all this time if not a fan of it? One would think that fandom and film projects go hand-in-hand, but maybe – just maybe … more