Imagine one person in America directed Star Wars, the original Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes, Alien and Blade Runner -- basically, all the big sci-fi hits except Star Trek. In Japan, that man existed, and his name was Noburo Ishiguro.
He directed Super Dimension Fortress Macross
(which became the first part of Robotech
), Space Battleship Yamato
(called Star Blazers
in the U.S.), the classics Super Dimension Century Orguss
and Legend of the Galactic Heroes
, and more. Basically, he had his hand in almost all the major sci-fi anime of the '70s and early '80s except Gundam...
While many of his works were subjected to questionable translation practices
(such as changing any mention of sake to "with water from a favourite spring on Earth
" in Yamato) when they were adapted for Western audiences in the 1980s, the popularity of his works helped lay the foundation for anime fandom as we know it today.
On Wednesday, Studio Nue co-founder Haruka Takachiho reported
that Noboru Ishiguro passed away at age 73.
(Via Topless Robot & Anime News Network)
IJN Battleship YAMATO
(from 2005 Toei film
). NHK IJN feature 1
. Glorious Imperial Japanese Navy
, Modern mashup
, JSDF fanvid pt 1
. JMSDF Fleet Review rehearsal
. JSDF Marching Festival 2006: Opening Ceremony
, USAJ Band
(sad), 7th Fleet Band
(gack), III MEF Band
(nice!), J NDA Honor Guard
. PLA schools everyone
Sinking the Supership
is the latest episode (airs 4 Oct) of the PBS show Nova
about the IJN Yamato
. I didn't know that the Yamato
had been explored like other wrecks
. I only became aware of it when I saw underwater scenes of the Yamato wreck in the Star Blazers
25th anniversary documentary DVD
. Flash forward 250 years.
In the year 2199
, Earth is under attack by the mysterious planet Gamilon
. Gamilon planet bombs
will render the Earth
unlivable in one year's time. The IJN Yamato
is rebuilt as Space Cruiser Yamato
, and she undertakes a journey to planet Iscandar
to save Earth. Can Space Cruiser Yamato
and her Star Force
crew save mankind? There are only 364 days left...