By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly
“We’re oooooooooff in out-ter space/We’re leeaaving Moth-er Earth/To saaaaaaave the hum-an raaaace/Our Star Bla-zers!”
This theme rang out, starting in 1979, in my friend Tom’s bedroom, my friend Sam’s den room, and through American televisions all over the country. “Star Blazers” was the first anime to be shown in America, which boasted a through-line, an overarching plot. The episodes were not entirely self-contained, and had to be watched chronologically to follow the plot.
Despite this, or perhaps because of it, “Star Blazers” had millions of kids glued to their tubes. It helped spearhead the anime craze in America that persists today. Few Western viewers at the time knew that they were watching a dubbed and heavily edited reworking of the Japanese anime series “Space Battleship Yamato.” Read the full story