Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato Timeline

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No-class 1977
No-class NOV
Event 15 A crew party is held at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Nishizaki announces his desire to create a sequel that will depict “the end of Yamato” and names Toei Studio as the co-production company. The first meeting of the main staff is held later that day.
PRODUCTION 25 Nishizaki writes his proposal for Yamato Part 2
PRODUCTION 30 Main staff members are chosen for Yamato Part 2
No-class DEC
PRODUCTION 3 Aritsune Toyota finishes his story draft for Yamato Part 2
PRODUCTION 5, 6 Yamato Part 2 meetings with producer Itaru Yoshita at Toei Studio
PRODUCTION 8 Yamato Part 2 story meetings begin
PRODUCTION 13 Yamato Part 2 Writers “brainstorming meeting” 1
PRODUCTION 16 Yamato Part 2 staff orientation meetings
PRODUCTION 20 Keisuke Fujikawa finishes his story draft for Yamato Part 2
PRODUCTION 22 Yamato Part 2 Writers “brainstorming meeting” 2
PRODUCTION 30 Yamato Part 2 general preproduction meeting
PRODUCTION 31 Yamato Part 2 script and concept meetings
No-class
No-class 1978
No-class JAN
PRODUCTION 5 Toshio Masuda finishes his first story draft for Yamato Part 2, which is now called Arrivederci Space Battleship Yamato: Soldiers of Love.
PRODUCTION 6 Arrivederci SF concept meeting
PRODUCTION 7-11 The writing staff travels to Hawaii for story meetings. All are awed by Star Wars and Close Encounters at Hawaiian cinemas
PRODUCTION 15 Aritsune Toyota finishes SF concepts
PRODUCTION 21 Keisuke Fujikawa finishes first script draft
PRODUCTION 27 Arrivederci Yamato production office opens at Toei Studio (Nerima, Tokyo)
PRODUCTION 28 Mecha and background design meetings begin
No-class FEB
PRODUCTION 3 Battle and strategy plans written
PRODUCTION 4-7 Leiji Matsumoto writes his story draft for Arrivederci Yamato
PRODUCTION 6 Second draft script review meeting
PRODUCTION 20 Third draft script review meeting
PRODUCTION 21 Costume design meeting with fashion designer Yukiko Hanai
PRODUCTION 27 Comet Empire character designs established
No-class MAR
PRODUCTION 7 Script completed (except final scene)
PRODUCTION 11 Costume designs by Yukiko Hanai completed
PRODUCTION 17 Final scene concept meeting
PRODUCTION 18 Character names finalized
PRODUCTION 20 Final scene review meeting
PRODUCTION 22 Animation begins at Toei Studio
PRODUCTION 28 Color design meeting
No-class APR
PRODUCTION 4 Sound design meeting
PRODUCTION 17 Advertising & publicity meeting, Toei signs major licensing deals with Glico and Pepsi
PRODUCTION 24 Music composing meetings begin
No-class MAY
PRODUCTION 4 Symphonic Concert planning meeting
Event 24 Arrivederci Yamato Press conference held at Imperial Hotel in Hibiya, Tokyo followed by inaugural fan club meeting
PRODUCTION 29 Music recording, 1st session
PRODUCTION 31 Music recording, 2nd session
No-class JUN
PUBLICATION 1 Arrivederci Yamato manga by Leiji Matsumoto debuts in the monthly Adventure King magazine
PRODUCTION 5 Music recording, 3rd session
PRODUCTION 6 Symphonic Concert plans finalized
PRODUCTION 7 First film rushes viewed, Toei Studio
Publication 10 Animage magazine #1 debuts with an Arrivederci Yamato cover story (Tokuma Shoten)
PRODUCTION 11 Song arrangement meeting
PRODUCTION 13, 14 Music recording, 4th and 5th sessions
PRODUCTION 14 Isao Sasaki records the songs Teresa Forever and The Rival
Publication 15 Paper Moon magazine SF Anime Fantasy special includes first coverage of Arrivederci (Shinshokan)
PRODUCTION 22 Music recording, 6th session
PRODUCTION 23 Kenji Sawada records end title song From Yamato with love
PRODUCTION 28 Second film rushes reviewed, Toei Studio
No-class JUL
PRODUCTION 3 Voice actors recording session, Avaco Studio
Event 5 Yamato fan club meeting and premiere of Symphonic Concert Tour in Nagoya
publication 5 Symphonic Concert program book (Office Academy)
PRODUCTION 6 Additional voice recording, Avaco Studio
EVENT 7 Yamato fan club meeting and Symphonic Concert in Hiroshima
PRODUCTION 8,9 Additional voice recording, Avaco Studio
EVENT 10 Symphonic Concert in Kyushu
Publication 10 Animage magazine #2 publishes a cover story on Arrivederci Yamato (Tokuma Shoten)
PRODUCTION 11 Film editing concludes
Publication 13 Playcomic magazine includes an Arrivederci Yamato poster (Akita Shoten)
EVENT 14 Yamato fan club meeting and Symphonic Concert in Sapporo
PRODUCTION 17 Music recording, 7th session
EVENT 17 Yamato fan club meeting and Symphonic Concert in Fukuoka
EVENT 18 Yamato fan club meeting and Symphonic Concert in Osaka
PRODUCTION 19 Music recording, 8th session
PRODUCTION 19-23 Sound editing sessions
Event 20-26 Space Battleship Yamato exhibition at Daimaru dept. store, Osaka
MUSIC 25 EP: The Rival b/w Teresa Forever (Nippon Columbia)
Event 25 Yoshinobu Nishizaki and singer Kenji Sawada appear on Night of 1001 Stars (Fuji TV)
Publication 27 Playcomic magazine includes an Arrivederci poster (Akita Shoten)
Event 28 Space Battleship Yamato exhibition at Matsuya dept. store, Tokyo (through August 2)
Publication 28 OUT magazine publishes an Arrivederci Yamato cover story (Minori Shobo)
PRODUCTION 28 Symphonic Concert rehearsal session
production 28 Staff preview screening, Toei Studio
EVENT 29, 30 Symphonic Concert tour concludes in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Publication 31 Manga magazine Pretty Pretty publishes an Arrivederci Yamato cover story (Major Enterprise)
MODEL ? Yamato “image model” (reissue of ‘Deform display model’/Bandai)
MODEL ? Yamato reissued with “Teresa panel” (Bandai)
No-class AUG
ON AIR ? Arrivederci Yamato special on Tokyo 12 channel’s “SF Buzz Megaflick”
Publication 1 Kinejun motion picture times #740 publishes a cover story on Arrivederci (Kinema Jumpo Co.)
MUSIC 1 EP: From Yamato with love (Polydor)
MUSIC 1 LP & Cassette: Arrivederci Yamato symphonic album (Nippon Columbia)
CINEMA 2 Sneak preview screening at the Pantheon Theatre (Shibuya, Tokyo)
Event 4-9 Space Battleship Yamato exhibition at Mitsukoshi dept. store, Nagoya
ON AIR 4 Arrivederci radio drama broadcast on “All Night Nippon”
Cinema 5 Arrivederci Yamato film premiere at Shochiku-Toei theaters. Advance ticket sales total 500,000. Animage Magazine declares this the summer of “Yamato Fever”
PUBLICATION 5 Arrivederci Yamato movie program book (Office Academy)
Event 10-15 Space Battleship Yamato exhibition at Matsuzakaya dept. store, Shizuoka
BOOK 15 Arrivederci Yamato novel part 1 (Fanfan library/Shueisha)
BOOK 19 Arrivederci Yamato novel (Cobalt library/Shueisha)
BOOK 25 Arrivederci Yamato novels 1 & 2 (Monkey library/Shueisha)
PUBLICATION 25 Yamato fan club magazine #5 shows first wave of Arrivederci Yamato ‘fancy goods’
BOOK 30 Arrivederci Yamato novel part 2 (Fanfan library/Shueisha)
MODEL ? Analyzer reissue (Bandai)
Product ? Arrivederci Yamato Minicards (Amada)
No-class SEP
MUSIC ? EP: Arrivederci Yamato Two songs b/w drama track (Asahi Sonorama Ace Puppy Series)
Publication 1 Adventure King magazine includes an Arrivederci poster book (Akita Shoten)
BOOK 1 Arrivederci Yamato hardcover novel part 1 (Asahi Sonorama)
Publication 1 Arrivederci Yamato “Precise Illustrated Edition” blueprint set (Asahi Sonorama)
Book 5 Roadshow magazine special: Arrivederci Yamato (Shueisha)
BOOK 10 Arrivederci Yamato manga volume 1 by Akira Hio (Sun Comics/Asahi Sonorama)
Book 15 Roman Album #11: Arrivederci Yamato (Tokuma Shoten)
BOOK 15 Arrivederci Yamato hardcover novel part 2 (Asahi Sonorama)
BOOK 30 Arrivederci Yamato hardcover novel (Shueisha)
Book ? Arrivederci Yamato Sonosheet books, set of 3 (Asahi Sonorama)
Product ? Arrivederci Yamato Collection cards (Amada)
No-class OCT
MODEL ? 1/700 Yamato cutaway mechanic model (Bandai)
MODEL ? Dessler’s Battleship (Bandai)
MODEL ? Cosmo Tiger II (Bandai)
MUSIC 10 LP & Cassette: Arrivederci Yamato Drama (Nippon Columbia)
Music 21 EP: Space Action Terebi Manga Series features Arrivederci Yamato songs (Elec Records)
CINEMA 27 Arrivederci Yamato closes, having drawn over 4 million viewers and earning an record 4.3 billion yen. This signifies the peak of the second “Yamato boom”
No-class NOV
Book 1 Terebi Magazine special: Arrivederci Yamato (Akita Shoten)
Book 5 Terebi Anime Big Parade (Shueisha)
Event 15 Arrivederci Yamato success party at Imperial Hotel, Hibiya, Tokyo. Fan club representatives are invited
Product 15 Arrivederci Yamato poster wall clock (Office Academy)
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Book 20 Roadshow magazine special: Arrivederci Yamato part 2 (Shueisha)
BOOK 30 Arrivederci Yamato manga volume 2 by Akira Hio (Sun Comics/Asahi Sonorama)
MODEL ? 1/500 Yamato Cosmic Model with Analyzer (Bandai)
MODEL ? Zordar’s Dreadnaught (Bandai)
Publication ? 1979 Yamato Calendar A type (Office Academy)
Publication ? 1979 Yamato Calendar B type (Office Academy)
No-class DEC
Book 3 Arrivederci Yamato Cel Collection (Shonen Pictorial Co.)
Publication 20 Arrivederci Yamato Paper Model set (Shogakukan)
PUBLICATION 20 Arrivederci Yamato Card Picture Book, AKA ‘Wonder Cards’ (Asahi Sonorama)
cinema 23 Arrivederci Yamato re-released in a Toei Christmas Roadshow (through Jan. 15, 1979)
MUSIC 25 EP: Yamato Best 4 (Nippon Columbia)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #7 shows second wave of Arrivederci Yamato ‘fancy goods’
product ? Arrivederci Yamato 8mm film reels (2 volumes, Toei)
MUSIC ? LP & Cassette: New Disco Arrange: I Adore the Eternity of Love (Polydor)
MUSIC ? LP: Space Battleship Yamato Theme Song BGM collection (Tokuma Shoten)
No-class
No-class 1979
No-class JAN
Book 5 Keibunsha #32 Arrivederci Yamato ‘Big Encyclopedia’ (Kodansha)
Book 20 Arrivederci Yamato Panel Book (Keibunsha)
Model ? Mecha Collection 1-8 (Bandai)
No-class FEB
BOOK 15 Arrivederci Yamato manga volume 3 by Akira Hio (Sun Comics/Asahi Sonorama)
Book 20 Anime cartoon masterpiece series #7 Arrivederci Yamato part 1 (Shogakukan)
Model ? Goland’s missile ship (Bandai)
Model ? Mecha Collection 9, 10 (Bandai)
No-class MAR
books 15 Arrivederci Yamato ‘SF’ novels 1 & 2 (Asahi Sonorama)
Book 20 Anime cartoon masterpiece series #8 Arrivederci Yamato part 2 (Shougakukan)
BOOK 25 Yamato Part 2 all-color manga by Leiji Matsumoto (Akita Shoten)
No-class APR
Book 1 Arrivederci Yamato deluxe hardcover (Office Academy)
Book 15 Arrivederci Yamato Cel Collection part 2 (Shonen Pictorial Co.)
PUBLICATION 25 Yamato fan club magazine #9 shows third wave of Arrivederci ‘fancy goods’
BOOK 30 Cosmoship Yamato manga vol. 2 by Leiji Matsumoto (Sunday Comics/Akita Shoten)
Model ? Space panorama set 1 (Bandai)
Model ? Space panorama set 2 (Bandai)
No-class MAY
Model ? Mecha Collection 11, 12 (Bandai)
No-class JUL
ON AIR 13 All Night Nippon “Yamato Festival” special
Cinema 14 Yamato Big Summer Roadshow Festival’ features Space Battleship Yamato, Arrivederci, Triton of the Sea (through Aug. 4)
Publiction 14 Yamato Festival” movie program book (Office Academy)
BOOK 30 Arrivederci Yamato manga by Akira Hio (Reissue in three volumes/Sonorama comics library)
MODEL ? EDF battleship with Comet Empire fighters (Bandai)
MODEL ? EDF patrol cruiser with medical ship (Bandai)
Model ? Mecha Collection 13-15 (Bandai)
No-class AUG
MODEL ? 1/700 Andromeda (Bandai)
Model ? Space panorama set 3 (Bandai)
Model ? Space panorama set 4 (Bandai)
Model ? Space panorama set 5 (Bandai)
No-class DEC
PUBLICATION 1 Arrivederci Yamato manga by Leiji Matsumoto concludes in Adventure King magazine
No-class
No-class 1980
No-class JAN
ON AIR 3 Arrivederci Yamato broadcast on Fuji Television
Book 15 Space Battleship Yamato postcard book (Japan Business Co.)
No-class MAR
Cinema 24-26 Arrivederci Yamato screens at Sankei Hall in Sakurajima, Tokyo
No-class APR
BOOK 5 Cosmoship Yamato manga vol. 3 by Leiji Matsumoto (Sunday Comics/Akita Shoten)
No-class JUN
Model ? 1/700 EDF Battlecruiser with Landing Craft (Bandai)
Model ? EDF Carrier (Bandai)
Model ? Mecha Collection 21, 22 (Bandai)
No-class DEC
MUSIC 10 EP: Space Battleship Yamato/Arrivederci Yamato/Be Forever Yamato (4 tracks, Nippon Columbia)
No-class
No-class 1981
No-class JAN
BOOK 10 Arrivederci Yamato Anime Comics volume 1 (Champion Graphic/Akita Shoten)
BOOK 20 Arrivederci Yamato Anime Comics volume 2 (Champion Graphic/Akita Shoten)
No-class NOV
Music 1 EP: Terebi manga best collection #22 The New Voyage b/w Arrivederci Yamato (Nippon Columbia)
No-class DEC
On Air 30 Arrivederci Yamato broadcast on Nippon Televison’s ‘Year End Party Movie’
No-class
No-class 1982
No-class AUG
Event ? Arrivederci and Be Forever are screened at Creation Convention, New York City
No-class SEP
MUSIC 21 Cassettes: Arrivederci Yamato complete drama (Nippon Columbia)
No-class
No-class 1983
No-class MAR
Video ? VHS & Beta: Arrivederci Yamato (Toei)
No-class APR
video 21 VHD: Arrivederci Yamato (Japan Victor)
No-class AUG
Event ? Arrivederci screened at Creation Convention, New York City
No-class SEP
Event 1-5 Arrivederci screened in Star Blazers room at Constellation (41st World Science Fiction Convention), Baltimore MD
No-class
No-class 1984
No-class MAY
Event 10 Yamato films exhibited at Cannes Film Festival
No-class AUG
Video 1 LD & VHS: Arrivederci Yamato Music Video (Nippon Columbia)
EVENT 27 Fan club meeting & Arrivederci screening in Tokyo
No-class
Video ? VHS: Arrivederci Yamato (Japan Victor)
No-class
No-class 1985
No-class JUN
MUSIC 21 CD: Arrivederci symphonic album (Nippon Columbia)
No-class
Video ? LD: Arrivederci Yamato (Nippon Columbia)
No-class
No-class 1986
No-class OCT
EVENT 5 Leiji Matsumoto delivers a lecture at an Arrivederci screening at Oscar Theatre in Yokohama
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 DEC
ON AIR 31 Arrivederci Yamato rebroadcast on Hiroshima Television
No-class
No-class 1988
PRODUCTION ? The film is dubbed in English by Nishizaki’s new company, Voyager Entertainment, and formally retitled Farewell to Yamato
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)
No-class
No-class 1990
No-class JAN
ON AIR 5 Farewell to Yamato is broadcast on Fuji Television
No-class MAR
Video 25 VHS: Farewell to Yamato in ‘Perfect Collection’ packaging (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class
No-class 1991
No-class MAR
ON AIR 26 Farewell to Yamato broadcast on Tokyo 12 Channel
No-class
No-class 1993
No-class MAR
ON AIR 24 Farewell to Yamato featured in a “100 Great Anime” TV special
No-class JUL
Video 21 LD: Farewell to Yamato reissued with Hiroyuki Kitazume art (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class AUG
Book 30 Yamato Collection 2: Farewell to Yamato Sun Wide Comics Special by Akira Hio (Asahi Sonorama)
No-class
No-class 1994
No-class JUN
VIDEO ? VHS: Dubbed version of Farewell to Yamato released in US (Voyager Entertainment, Inc.)
No-class
No-class 1995
No-class JAN
MUSIC 1 CD: Arrivederci symphonic album reissue (Nippon Columbia)
No-class APR
Music 1 CD: Farewell to Yamato Drama album (Nippon Columbia)
Video 20 VHS: Farewell to Yamato English dub released in Japan (Linguaphone Video Comic Theatre)
No-class SEP
VIDEO ? VHS: Subtitled version of Farewell to Yamato released in US (Voyager Entertainment, Inc.)
No-class
No-class 1998
No-class MAY
Video 25 LD & VHS: Farewell to Yamato reissued with 25th anniversary Toshihiro Kawamoto art (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class JULY
Video ? DVD: Farewell to Yamato reissued with 25th anniversary Toshihiro Kawamoto art and special packaging (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class
No-class 1999
No-class AUG
Video 25 DVD: Farewell to Yamato in standard packaging (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class SEP
BOOK 20 Farewell to Yamato manga vol. 1 by Akira Hio (reissue/Asahi Sonorama)
No-class SEP
BOOK 20 Farewell to Yamato manga vol. 2 & 3 by Akira Hio (reissue/Asahi Sonorama)
No-class
No-class 2000
No-class JAN
PRODUCT ? Farewell to Yamato keyholders; set of 8 (Banpresto)
No-class MAY
Game 2 Farewell to Yamato standard edition and deluxe pack (Playstation 1/Bandai)
Product 15 Farewell to Yamato for Playstation 1 commemorative metrocard (Bandai)
No-class JUN
Book 17 Farewell to Yamato Playstation 1 game Complete Guide (Enterbrain)
No-class AUG
book 10 Farewell to Yamato Playstation 1 ‘Enjoyment Book’ (Keibunsha)
Product 11 Farewell to Yamato telephone “Quo” cards (Nexus)
No-class NOV
MUSIC 1 CD: Space Battleship Yamato ‘Eternal Edition’ discs 2 & 3 (Columbia Records)
ON AIR 3 Farewell to Yamato broadcast on Family Theatre
ON AIR 12 Farewell to Yamato broadcast on Family Theatre
ON AIR 23 Farewell to Yamato broadcast on Family Theatre
No-class
No-class 2001
No-class JAN
Book 15 Farewell to Yamato ‘Fixed Data’ (Studio DNA media books)
No-class
No-class 2002
No-class MAY
ON AIR 2 Farewell to Yamato broadcast on Family Theatre
No-class FEB
VIDEO ? DVD: Farewell to Yamato subtitled (Voyager Entertainment, Inc.)
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
BOOK 25 Cosmoship Yamato manga reissue vol. 2 by Leiji Matsumoto (Akita Top Comics/Akita Shoten)
No-class APR
BOOK 25 Cosmoship Yamato manga reissue vol. 3 by Leiji Matsumoto (Akita Top Comics/Akita Shoten)
No-class
No-class 2004
No-class MAR
Video ? DVD: Yamato movie box set (Voyager Entertainment, Inc.)
No-class AUG
ON AIR 3 Farewell to Yamato broadcast on NHK
No-class NOV
MUSIC 25 Yamato Eternal Edition Premium box (Columbia Music Entertainment, Inc.)
No-class
No-class 2005
No-class MAR
BOOK 19 Farewell to Yamato manga by Akira Hio (reissue in two volumes/Media Factory)
No-class AUG
CINEMA 23 Farewell to Yamato screens at Odaiba Movie King
No-class SEP
CINEMA 11-20 Space Battleship Yamato, Farewell revival screenings at Toei Theatre in Kurashiki
No-class OCT
Product ? 1/6 Yuki character doll ‘town version’ (Zero Goods Universe)
No-class NOV
CINEMA 4, 5 All five Yamato movies screen at Toho Virgin cinemas, Roppongi, Tokyo
No-class
No-class 2006
No-class AUG
Product 4 Captain Okita relief panel (Liberty Planet)
PUBLICATION 13 Yamato 2201 tribute illustration book (fanzine)
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 NOV
Product 21 Farewell to Yamato Mechanical Collection miniatures (Plex/Zacca P.A.P.)
No-class
No-class 2009
No-class NOV
video 25 DVD: All five Yamato movies reissued (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class DEC
on air 8, 30 Farewell to Yamato rebroadcast (Family Theatre TV network)
book 22 Farewell to Yamato manga Vol. 1 by Akira Hio (reissue/Media Factory)
No-class
No-class 2010
No-class JAN
book 7 Farewell to Yamato manga Vol. 2 by Akira Hio (reissue/Media Factory)
No-class 2011
No-class NOV
online 24 Farewell to Yamato streaming on Yamato Resurrection Fever pachinko game website (through 11/6)
No-class 2012
No-class FEB
MUSIC 16 CD: Space Battleship Yamato ‘Eternal Edition’ discs 2 & 3 reissued (Nippon Columbia Co. Ltd.)
MUSIC 16 Yamato Eternal Edition Premium box reissued (Nippon Columbia Co. Ltd.)
No-class SEP
music 19 CD: Yamato Sound Almanac 1978-II Farewell to Yamato symphonic album (Columbia)
music 19 CD: Yamato Sound Almanac 1978-III Farewell to Yamato BGM album (Columbia)
No-class 2013
No-class APR
VIDEO 24 Bluray: Farewell to Yamato (Bandai/Emotion)
ON AIR 28 Yamato movie marathon (Family Theater)
No-class 2014
No-class MAR
publication 20 White Comet sheet music in Electone magazine (Yamaha Music Media)
No-class NOV
video 19 DVD & Blu-ray: Farewell to Yamato MV (Columbia)
No-class DEC
on air 2 Rebroadcast of Farewell to Yamato (Star Channel)
on air 16 Rebroadcast of Farewell to Yamato (Star Channel)
on air 17 Rebroadcast of Farewell to Yamato (Star Channel)

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