Be Forever Yamato Timeline

About this list: this is a work-in-progress with the goal of assembling as complete a timeline as possible of the entire Yamato/Star Blazers phenomenon. Data will be added and revised as new information becomes available. As the entries on this list receive coverage elsewhere on this site, links will be added to help you find them. If you notice missing, incorrect, or incomplete items on this list, please contact us and make noise!

No-class 1979
No-class OCT
PRODUCTION 23 First story meeting to plan “Yamato Part III”
No-class DEC
PRODUCTION 8 Leiji Matsumoto completes his first story draft for “Yamato Part III”
PRODUCTION 31 Leiji Matsumoto completes his second story draft for “Yamato Part III”
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No-class 1980
No-class JAN
PRODUCTION 2 Staff vacations in Hawaii to plan “Yamato Part III”, screens Star Trek: the Motion Picture and The Black Hole
PRODUCTION 20 Leiji Matsumoto sketches designs
PRODUCTION 23 Toshio Masuda and Yoshinobu Nishizaki complete second story draft
No-class FEB
PRODUCTION 1 First design meeting
PRODUCTION 5 First production meeting
PRODUCTION 8 Battle strategy concept meeting
PRODUCTION 18 First draft completed for script Part A
PRODUCTION 20 Script Part A revised
PRODUCTION 21 Storyboard production begins
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #14 announces Be Forever Yamato title and release date of August 2
EVENT SPRING Animage magazine announces ‘Festival in Budokan’ concert for July. Over 1,000 ticket requests are received in only three days
No-class MAR
PRODUCTION 6 Storyboard production completed for script Part A
PRODUCTION 17 Animation production begins at Toei Studio
PRODUCTION 18 Storyboard production completed for script Part B, script Part C completed
No-class APR
PRODUCTION 2 Script completed
PRODUCTION 7 Color design meetings
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #15 publishes production designs from Be Forever Yamato
PRODUCTION 30 Scanimation production meeting
No-class MAY
PRODUCTION 7 Meeting to plan epilogue sequence
PRODUCTION 8 Music composition meeting
Publication 10 Animage Magazine #24 publishes an article on Be Forever Yamato (Tokuma Shoten)
Event 26 Be Forever Yamato press conference launches promotional campaign
PRODUCTION 26 Akira Fuse produces demo for closing theme, Love Until That Day
PRODUCTION 30 Akira Fuse & Isao Sasaki record songs
Publication ? The Anime Magazine #7 publishes an article on Be Forever Yamato (Kindaiega-sha)
No-class JUN
ON AIR 7 Be Forever Yamato 4-hour radio drama on all Night Nippon
Publication 10 Animage Magazine #25 publishes an article on Be Forever Yamato (Tokuma Shoten)
PRODUCTION 14 “Scanimation” special effects meeting
Event 18 Fan club meeting in Nagoya promotes Be Forever
Event 19 Fan club meeting & press conference in Osaka promote Be Forever
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #16 reports Be Forever Yamato events, shows first wave of ‘fancy goods’
PRODUCTION 26 Recording script completed
Event 28 Fan club meeting in Fukuoka promotes Be Forever
Event 29 “Adventure Roman” sea cruise ticket lottery at Shinjuku Station, Tokyo. 14,000 fans apply for only 500 places on board
event ? The Vega wristwatch company launches a tie-in campaign
publication ? The Anime magazine #8 publishes a Be Forever Yamato cover story (Kindaieiga Co.)
publication ? Toei Animation Fan Club News #3 publishes a Be Forever Yamato cover story (Toei Movie Co.)
No-class JUL
MUSIC 1 EP: Love until that day b/w Galaxy Legend (King Records)
MUSIC 1 LP & Cassette: Be Forever Yamato symphonic album part 1 (Nippon Columbia)
MUSIC 1 EP: Pendant of stars b/w Face in the stars (Nippon Columbia)
PRODUCTION 1 Hiromi Iwasaki records alternate version of Galaxy Legend
EVENT 6 Ticket lottery at Ueno Station for Japanese National Railways “Mystery Tour.”1,233 fans apply for 560 places
Event 7 Fan club meeting in Sapporo promotes Be Forever
Publication 10 Animage magazine #26 publishes a cover story on Be Forever Yamato (Tokuma Shoten)
Publication 10 Monthly Animation magazine #7 publishes a Be Forever Yamato cover story (Bronze Co.)
PRODUCTION 13-15 Voice recording at Avaco Studio.
Publication 18 OUT magazine publishes a Be Forever Yamato cover story (Minori Shobo)
Event 20-22 Space Battleship Yamato: the Voyage of Adventure Roman.” Nishizaki & Matsumoto launch a cruise ship from Kawasaki Pier to carry actors and fans on a 3-day round trip to Hyuga
Event 24 Yamato Festival in Budokan concert in Tokyo. Nishizaki & staff participate in a variety show including Miyagawa conducting the orchestra. 15,000 guests attend two performances
PUBLICATION 24 Festival in Budokan program book (Office Academy)
PUBLICATION 25 Yamato fan club magazine #17 shows second wave of Be Forever Yamato ‘fancy goods’
PRODUCTION 26 Sound editing completed
EVENT 26 Ticket lottery at the Shibuya Pantheon theatre complex for tickets to “Yamato Fever ’80”
PRODUCTION 27 Camera work completed
Event 27 Anime fair at Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo includes Be Forever attractions (through Aug. 31)
Event 28 Yamato Fever ’80,” hosted by Leiji Matsumoto with cast & crew
PRODUCTION 28 Be Forever Yamato production wraps
Event 29-31 Japan National Railways “Mystery tour” called Three Days of Adventure and Exploration: Where is Secret Training Base Icarus! departs Ueno Station for Lake Nojiri at Nagano Prefecture
Cinema 30 Be Forever Yamato advance screening held for fan club prize-winners
Publication ? The Anime Magazine #9 publishes an article on Be Forever Yamato (Kindaiega-sha)
No-class AUG
EVENT 1 Thousands of fans line up at movie theatres the night before Be Forever Yamato premieres
MUSIC 1 EP: Galaxy legend b/w Life of love (Japan Victor)
Publication 1 Kinejun motion picture times #791 publishes a cover story on Be Forever Yamato (Kinema Jumpo Co.)
Cinema 2 Be Forever Yamato released through Shochiku-Toei theatres
PUBLICATION 2 Be Forever Yamato movie program book (Office Academy)
Event 2 A train renamed Yamato-Go runs on the Toyoko line, conducted by Leiji Matsumoto
Event 2 Nishizaki, Masuda and Toei president Shigeru Okada appear at Toei Palace in Marunouchi, Tokyo
Event 2 Press conference at Toei headquarters
ON AIR 4 Yamato Festival in Budokan is broadcast on Tokyo 12 channel
Publication 9 Animage Magazine #27 publishes an article on Be Forever Yamato (Tokuma Shoten)
Book 15 Be Forever Yamato novel (Cobalt library/Shueisha)
PUBLICATION 25 Yamato fan club magazine #18 shows third wave of Be Forever Yamato ‘fancy goods’
MODEL ? 1/360 Kodai’s patrol ship (Bandai)
MODEL ? 1/220 EDF Automated Battleship (Bandai)
MODEL ? Yamato reissue (Bandai)
MODEL ? 1/700 Yamato (non cutaway version/Bandai)
MODEL ? Yamato “new image model” (Bandai)
MODEL ? 1/500 Yamato “new cosmic model” (Bandai)
Publication ? The Anime Magazine #10 publishes an article on Be Forever Yamato (Kindaiega-sha)
Publication ? Novel Junior Magazine publishes a Be Forever Yamato novella (Shueisha)
No-class SEP
PUBLICATION 1 Yamato Movie series Big Collection (Asahi Sonorama)
Book 1 Be Forever Yamato novel part 1 (Monkey Library/Shueisha)
BOOK 1 Be Forever Yamato novel part 1 (Fanfan Library/Shueisha)
MUSIC 10 LP & Cassette: Be Forever Yamato symphonic album part 2 (Nippon Columbia)
MUSIC 10 EP: Be Forever Yamato b/w New Voyage (4 tracks, Nippon Columbia)
Book 10 Be Forever Yamato novel part 2 (Monkey Library/Shueisha)
BOOK 10 Be Forever Yamato novel part 2 (Fanfan Library/Shueisha)
Book 20 Roadshow magazine special: Be Forever Yamato (Shueisha)
Book 20 Be Forever Yamato ‘Complete Works’ novel part 1 (Asahi Sonorama)
Book 25 Be Forever Yamato ‘Complete Works’ novel part 2 (Asahi Sonorama)
Publication 25 Be Forever Yamato “Precise Illustrated Edition” blueprint set (Asahi Sonorama)
CINEMA 26 Be Forever Yamato closes, having attracted over 2.3 million viewers.
Book 27 SF fantastic animation materials: Be Forever Yamato ‘Setting Data Collection’ (Shonen Pictorial Co.)
Book 30 Be Forever Yamato Cel Collection (Shonen Pictorial Co.)
No-class OCT
BOOK 5 Be Forever Yamato Anime Comics volume 1 (Champion Graphic/Akita Shoten)
Publication 5 Be Forever Yamato special (Screen Movie Magazine)
MUSIC 10 LP & Cassette: Be Forever Yamato Drama album (Nippon Columbia)
Book 10 Perfect Memoir Deluxe #4 Be Forever Yamato & All of Yamato (Leed Company)
Book 20 Perfect Memoir #11 Be Forever Yamato (Leed Company)
Book 20 Be Forever Yamato Eternal Treasure storybook (Jitsugyono Nippon Co.)
Book 20 Keibunsha #68 Be Forever Yamato ‘Big Encyclopedia’ (Kodansha)
Book 20 Roman Album #36 Be Forever Yamato (Tokuma Shoten)
BOOK 30 Be Forever Yamato manga volume 1 by Akira Hio (Sun Comics/Asahi Sonorama)
MODEL ? Dark Nebula Empire Tripod Tank (Bandai)
No-class NOV
BOOK 10 Be Forever Yamato Final Deluxe hardcover (West Cape Corporation)
BOOK 15 Be Forever Yamato Anime Comics volume 2 (Champion Graphic/Akita Shoten)
Book 25 Terebi Magazine special: Be Forever Yamato (Akita Shoten)
MODEL ? Dark Nebula Empire Patrol Tank (Bandai)
MODEL ? 1/700 Yamato new mechanic cutaway model reissue (Bandai)
PUBLICATION ? 1981 Be Forever Yamato calendar (West Cape Corporation)
No-class DEC
MUSIC 10 EP: Space Battleship Yamato/Arrivederci Yamato/Be Forever Yamato (4 tracks, Nippon Columbia)
MUSIC 25 LP & Cassette: ’80 Yamato Festival in Budokan Live (Nippon Columbia)
game ? Be Forever Yamato board game (Popy)
No-class
book ? Be Forever Yamato Sonosheet books (Set of 2/Asahi Sonorama)
book ? Be Forever Yamato ‘Anime Picture Books’ (Set of 3/Shueisha)
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No-class 1981
No-class JAN
BOOK 23 Be Forever Yamato manga volume 2 by Akira Hio (Sun Comics/Asahi Sonorama)
No-class MAR
Cinema 14 ‘Space Roadshow’: The New Voyage and Be Forever Yamato double feature attracts 1.5 million viewers (through April 4)
No-class JUL
publication ? TV Guide publishes a cover story on Be Forever Yamato (Tokyo News Agency)
No-class AUG
On Air 19 Be Forever Yamato premieres on Nippon Television’s ‘Wednesday Roadshow’
No-class OCT
MUSIC 25 LP: Mitsuko Horie’s Anime Best Hit album features Be Forever songs (Nippon Columbia)
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No-class 1982
No-class AUG
Event 28/29 Be Forever screened at Creation Convention, New York City
No-class
No-class 1983
No-class MAR
ON AIR 2 Be Forever Yamato is rebroadcast on Fuji Television
Video ? VHS & Beta: Be Forever Yamato (Toei)
No-class APR
video 21 VHD: Be Forever Yamato (Japan Victor)
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No-class 1984
No-class MAR
Event 22-25 Be Forever screened at Norwescon ’84 (Seattle, WA)
No-class MAY
Event 10 Yamato films exhibited at Cannes Film Festival
No-class
Video ? VHS: Be Forever Yamato (Japan Victor)
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No-class 1985
No-class MAR
Video 21 VHS: Be Forever Music Video (Nippon Columbia)
No-class AUG
ON AIR/td> 31 Be Forever Yamato is rebroadcast on Fuji Television
No-class
Video ? LD: Be Forever Yamato (Nippon Columbia)
No-class
No-class 1987
No-class AUG
Cinema 3-7 Summer Vacation Anime theatre exhibition includes Yamato exhibit, screens Space Battleship Yamato, Arrivederci, Be Forever and Final Yamato in Shibuya, Tokyo
No-class
No-class 1988
No-class MAY
Event 11 Yamato movies and other Westcape productions marketed at Cannes Film Festival.
No-class OCT
EVENT 23-30 Westcape Corporation exhibit at Milan Film Festival
No-class
Video ? LD: All five Yamato movies are released in a ‘Perfect Collection’ box set (Bandai/Emotion)
Music ? CD: Walking Songs by Mitsuko Horie features Be Forever songs (Nippon Columbia)
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No-class 1990
No-class APR
Video 25 VHS: Be Forever Yamato in ‘Perfect Collection’ packaging (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class
No-class 1993
No-class AUG
Video 25 LD: Be Forever Yamato reissued with Hiroyuki Kitazume art (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class OCT
Book 25 Yamato Collection 4: Be Forever Yamato Sun Wide Comics Special by Akira Hio) (Asahi Sonorama
No-class
No-class 1995
No-class JAN
MUSIC 1 CD: Be Forever Yamato 2-disc symphonic album (Nippon Columbia)
No-class APR
MUSIC 1 CD: Be Forever Yamato Drama (Nippon Columbia)
Video ? VHS: Subtitled version of Be Forever Yamato released in US (Voyager Entertainment, Inc.)
No-class AUG
Music 19 CD: Mitsuko Horie Best & Best 2-disc compilation features Be Forever songs (Nippon Columbia)
No-class SEP
MUSIC 21 CD: Be Forever Yamato BGM collection (Nippon Columbia)
No-class NOV
Music 21 CD: Yamato Festival in Budokan 1980 live album (Nippon Columbia)
No-class
No-class 1996
No-class DEC
PUBLICATION ? Star Blazers comic magazine #9 by Studio Go! Be Forever Yamato Prelude (Argo Press/Voyager Entertainment, Inc.)
No-class
No-class 1997
No-class FEB
PUBLICATION ? Star Blazers comic magazine #10 by Studio Go! Be Forever Yamato Part 1 (Argo Press/Voyager Entertainment, Inc.)
No-class MAY
PUBLICATION ? Star Blazers comic magazine #11 (final issue) by Studio Go! Be Forever Yamato Part 2 (Argo Press/Voyager Entertainment, Inc.)
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No-class 1998
No-class JUL
Video 25 LD & VHS: Be Forever Yamato reissued with 25th anniversary Toshihiro Kawamoto art (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class
No-class 1999
No-class APR
PUBLICATION 1 GaZo magazine retrospective article on Be Forever Yamato‘s ‘warp dimension’
No-class JUL
EVENT 8 Bronze statues are unveiled in a festival at Tsuruga City commemorating Be Forever Yamato and Galaxy Express 999 (through July 27)
No-class AUG
Video 25 DVD: Be Forever Yamato (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class
No-class 2000
No-class NOV
ON AIR 8 Be Forever Yamato broadcast on Family Theatre
ON AIR 17 Be Forever Yamato broadcast on Family Theatre
ON AIR 29 Be Forever Yamato broadcast on Family Theatre
No-class DEC
MUSIC 30 CD: Space Battleship Yamato ‘Eternal Edition’ discs 5 & 6 (Columbia Records)
No-class
No-class 2002
No-class MAY
ON AIR 4 Be Forever Yamato broadcast on Family Theatre
No-class DEC
ON AIR 5 All 5 Yamato movies broadcast on channel NECO
No-class
No-class 2003
No-class JAN
ON AIR 5 All 5 Yamato movies rebroadcast on channel NECO
No-class MAR
ON AIR 31 Three of the movies are broadcast on late-night ‘Daily Life Television’
No-class AUG
VIDEO ? DVD: Be Forever Yamato subtitled (Voyager Entertainment, Inc.)
No-class
No-class 2004
No-class MAR
Video ? DVD: Yamato movie box set (Voyager Entertainment, Inc.)
No-class NOV
MUSIC 25 Yamato Eternal Edition Premium box (Columbia Music Entertainment, Inc.)
No-class
No-class 2005
No-class JAN
Game 27 Counterattack of the Dark Nebula (Playstation 2/Bandai)
No-class MAR
Book 31 Counterattack of the Dark Nebula Complete Guide (Enterbrain)
No-class APR
Game 7 Collapse of the Double Galaxies (Playstation 2/Bandai)
No-class MAY
MUSIC 18 CD: Be Forever Yamato BGM collection (reissue/Columbia Music Entertainment, Inc.)
BOOK 19 Be Forever Yamato by Akira Hio (reissue/Media Factory)
Book 31 Collapse of the Double Galaxies Complete Guide (Enterbrain)
No-class NOV
CINEMA 4, 5 All five Yamato movies screen at Toho Virgin cinemas, Roppongi, Tokyo
PRODUCT 11 Space Battleship Yamato, Farewell, Be Forever jigsaw puzzles (Epoch)
No-class
No-class 2007
No-class AUG
Video 24 DVD: Space Battleship Yamato movies ‘Memorial Box’ (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class
No-class 2008
No-class JUN
Product ? Leiji Matsumoto character doll #31: Sasha from Be Forever Yamato (Zero Goods Universe)
No-class
No-class 2009
No-class NOV
video 25 DVD: All five Yamato movies reissued (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class DEC
on air 10, 31 Be Forever rebroadcast (Family Theatre TV network)
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No-class 2010
No-class FEB
book 6 Be Forever Yamato manga by Akira Hio (reissue/Media Factory)
No-class 2011
No-class OCT
cinema 8 Charity screening of Be Forever Yamato (Hiroshima)
No-class NOV
online 24 Be Forever streaming on Yamato Resurrection Fever pachinko game website (through 11/20)
No-class
No-class 2012
No-class FEB
MUSIC 16 CD: Space Battleship Yamato ‘Eternal Edition’ disc 6 reissued (Nippon Columbia Co. Ltd.)
MUSIC 16 Yamato Eternal Edition Premium box reissued (Nippon Columbia Co. Ltd.)
No-class OCT
MUSIC 21 CD: Yamato Sound Almanac 1980-I Be Forever symphonic collection part 1 (Columbia)
MUSIC 21 CD: Yamato Sound Almanac 1980-II Be Forever symphonic collection part 2 (Columbia)
No-class 2013
No-class JAN
MUSIC 23 CD: Yamato Sound Almanac 1980-III ’80 Yamato Festival in Budokan Live concert (Columbia)
No-class APR
ON AIR 28 Yamato movie marathon (Family Theater)
No-class MAY
MUSIC 22 CD: Yamato Sound Almanac 1980-IV Be Forever Yamato symphonic collection (Columbia)
No-class OCT
VIDEO 25 Bluray: Be Forever Yamato (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class 2014
No-class JUL
video 23 DVD & Blu-ray: Be Forever Yamato MV (Columbia)
No-class DEC
on air 4 Rebroadcast of Be Forever Yamato (Star Channel)
on air 28 Rebroadcast of Be Forever Yamato (Star Channel)
on air 30 Rebroadcast of Be Forever Yamato (Star Channel)

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