"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog

Sunday, February 19, 2012

1st Look: Kato, Starsha, Dessler, Domel & More!


Three of yesterday's giveaways from the YAMATO: 2199 at the Youmiuri Hall in Tokyo, including the new 2199 brochure (left), which reveals the first publicly released images of several characters! Source: A Collector's Soliloquy

Among the previously revealed characters, Juzo Okita (Captain Avatar), Daisuke Shima (Mark Venture), Shiro Sanada (Sandor), Mori Yuki (Nova), and Dr. Sakezo Sado (Dr. Sane), is the first reveal of ace fighter pilot, Saburo Kato (Conroy). Also featured, on the bottom left, is the Yamato's new fighter, the Cosmo Falcon (a retooling of the original Black Tiger) and the Type-100 Scout Plane (bottom right).

Left to right: Susmu Kodai (Derek Wildstar) and first revealed image of the Queen of Iscandar, Starsha!

Left to right: The first look at the pride of the Gamilas Empire, the "Wolf of Space": General Domel (Lysis) and his high Emperor of Gamilas and her provincial territories: Leader Dessler (Desslok)! Above them is a re-imagined Gamilas flying wing, now designated DWG229 "Meranka" Attack Fighter!

The Gamilas Fleet! On the left, is a classic Gamilas Destroyer, seen in the YAMATO: 2199 trailer, now designated as a "Destria Class" Destroyer. Next, is the first reveal of a "Hyzeraad Class" Battleship. Finally, is an update of the iconic Tri-Deck Carrier, now a Quad-Deck, designated a "Gyperon Class" Multi-deck Carrier!

Stay tuned to this blog and the official Star Blazers website for more news and information on SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: 2199 as they develop — and soon, we'll be off to outer space, forever!

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