Vintage Yamato doujinshi archive

The importance of doujinshi (fanzines) in the early years of Space Battleship Yamato cannot be underestimated. Thanks to a handful of fans who visited the Office Academy animation studio while Series 1 was in production, an enormous amount of material was rescued from the vault. Since there was no anime media to speak of in those early years, those fans shared their treasure the only way possible – D.I.Y. publishing.

This created a focal point for private fan clubs to rally around. They laid the vital groundwork for Yamato to return as a blockbuster feature film in 1977 and, in turn, lay the vital groundwork for an entire industry.

The history of early fandom is full of interesting twists and turns, which can be read in detail here.
A round-table discussion between those who got it started can be read here.
A gallery of early doujinshi can be seen here.

The purpose of this archive is to provide complete cover-to-cover access of the doujinshis themselves. Visit this page as the collection grows!

Click on the publication title to see it in full.


Added November 2016

Galaxy Tradition Vol. 29-30

Yamato Fan Club Galaxy Tradition,
August 1987

34 pages, fan art and commentary

Galaxy Tradition Vol. 31-32

Yamato Fan Club Galaxy Tradition,
1987

36 pages, fan art and commentary

Galaxy Tradition Vol. 33-34

Yamato Fan Club Galaxy Tradition,
April 1988

24 pages, fan art and commentary


Previously posted

Cosmo Battleship Yamato
No. 1

Cosmo Battleship Yamato Laboratory,
March 1975

16 pages, reproductions of Yamato picture stories from children’s
magazine Fourth Grader
(published by Shogakukan).

Astronaut #2

Cosmo Battleship Yamato Laboratory, June 1975

12 pages, commentary and fan at

Astronaut #3

Cosmo Battleship Yamato Laboratory, July 1975

12 pages, commentary and fan at

Space Battleship Yamato
Data Collection

Nova Animation Books No. 1, 1976

36 pages, model sheets and
storyboards from Series 1.

Space Battleship Yamato
Data Collection Part II

Nova Animation Books No. 8, 1977

20 pages, model sheets and
storyboards from Series 1.

Yamato No. 1

Yamato Association, January 1977

62 pages, compilation of previous material created by Cosmo Battleship Yamato Laboratory.

Read an excerpt:
interview with director Noboru Ishiguro

Yamato No. 3

Yamato Association, July 1977

92 pages, model sheets, scripts and commentary for Episode 18

Mechanic Analysis No. 1

UBYF [Uchu Battleship Yamato Fans], December 1977

16 pages, overview of Okita’s battleship

Mechanic Analysis No. 2

UBYF [Uchu Battleship Yamato Fans], February 1978

12 pages, overview of Yukikaze

2001 My Dream

TV Anime Club (TAC), September 1977

16 pages, production art and analysis.

Iscandar Vol. 5

Yamato Connection, Oct/Nov 1977

52 pages, model sheets and commentary
Recording script for Episode 26

Valelus Vol. 1

Editor: Yuuto Onomura, 1978

24 pages, development art and notes from Leiji Matsumoto’s story treatment.

Parody Edition Space Battleship Yamato No. 1

Character Class Lab, October 1977

56 pages, parody manga

Parody Edition Space Battleship Yamato No. 2

Character Class Lab, October 1977

88 pages, parody manga

EGG Vol. 2

1979

32 pages, variety of coverage

Hero No. 1:
Space Battleship Yamato

Editor: Yuuto Onomura, 1978

36 pages, production art and pages from Leiji Matsumoto’s story treatment.

Hero Special: Main Regular Character Guide

Editor: Yuuto Onomura, August 1978

72 pages, extensive production art and analysis.

Hero Special No. 2: Sub & Guest Character Guide

Editor: Yuuto Onomura, March 1979

100 pages, extensive production art and analysis.

Negal #9

Yamato Fan Club, March 1976

20 pages, art and commentary.

Neo Negal #3

Yamato Fan Club II, December 1977

24 pages, art and commentary.

Neo Negal #5

Yamato Fan Club II, April 1978

24 pages, production art and analysis.

Neo Negal #6

Yamato Fan Club II, August 1978

32 pages, art and commentary.

Neo Negal #11

Yamato Fan Club II, February 1980

24 pages, art and commentary.

Speace Star

Yamato Fan Club, April 1980

20 pages, unaffiliated with the authors of Neo Negal. This was more of a low-end “vanity press” ‘zine, probably intended for a small readership.

Wave-Motion Vol. 7

Yamato Fan Club Wave-Motion,
February 1978

24 pages, variety of coverage

Wave-Motion Vol. 8

Yamato Fan Club Wave-Motion, September 1979

32 pages, variety of coverage

Wave-Motion Vol. 9

Yamato Fan Club Wave-Motion,
March 1980

32 pages, variety of coverage

Wave-Motion Vol. 10

Yamato Fan Club Wave-Motion,
September 1980

20 pages, variety of coverage

Wave-Motion Vol. 12

Yamato Fan Club Wave-Motion,
April 1981

24 pages, variety of coverage

Wave-Motion Vol. 13

Yamato Fan Club Wave-Motion,
August 1981

24 pages, variety of coverage

Wave-Motion Vol. 14

Yamato Fan Club Wave-Motion,
December 1981

24 pages, variety of coverage

Wave-Motion Vol. 15

Yamato Fan Club Wave-Motion,
May 1982

24 pages, variety of coverage

Wave-Motion Vol. 16

Yamato Fan Club Wave-Motion,
November 1982

24 pages, variety of coverage

Wave-Motion Vol. 17

Yamato Fan Club Wave-Motion,
April 1984

24 pages, variety of coverage

Wave-Motion Vol. 18

Yamato Fan Club Wave-Motion,
July 1985

24 pages, variety of coverage

Wave-Motion Vol. 19

Yamato Fan Club Wave-Motion,
July 1986

24 pages, variety of coverage

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