"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

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Photos from the Yomiuri Hall Launch Event!

最新アニメ『宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199』発進式イベント写真到着 !!

Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here! What the Dessler Do We Care?"

On February 18, a special YAMATO: 2199 event took place at the Yomiuri Hall in the Yurakucho neighborhood of Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, featuring members of the production staff. including director Yutaka Izubuchi, and the voice acting cast of the new series. The event spotlighted the actors, music, and new songs, as well as a screening of the first episode (which reportedly gave some audience members goosebumps), and other surprises that thrilled the 1,000 lucky fans in attendance (including an unannounced Isao Sasaki coming out on stage at the top of the show and singing the new version of the theme song). The following are some highlight photos from this auspicious event:

Actor Takayuki Sugo plays Captain Juzo Okita!

Voice Actor Daisuke Ono plays Susumu Kodai!

Voice Actor Houko Kuwashima plays Yuki Mori!

Voice Actor Kenichi Suzumura plays Daisuke Shima!

Live Voice Over performance on stage! Is that the Floating Continent?

"Target Scope, Open! Prepare for Anti-Flash and Anti-Shock!"

"...5...4...3...2...1...0! Firing the Wave Motion Gun!"

Legendary Vocalist Isao Sasaki & Music Composer Akira Miyagawa!

Isao Sasaki sings the original Ending Song, "The Scarlet Scarf"!

Airai Yuki sings the new Ending, "In the Eternal Light of the Stars"!

Rina Sato, who plays Makoto Harada, moderates one of the sessions!

Source: Music Japan TV

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, just like old times!

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