1977 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 1977
No-class JAN
PUBLICATION 1 Yamato Association fanzine #1
Music ? EP: Best hit animation series Yamato b/w Triton of the Sea theme (Nippon Columbia)
Production ? Sound dubbing completed for Space Cruiser Yamato movie in Hollywood
No-class APR
Publication 18 June issue of OUT magazine features Yamato cover story (Minori Shobo)
No-class MAY
Event ? Space Cruiser Yamato is screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Distribution deals are made for European markets
Production ? Space Battleship Yamato the movie is prepared for release in Japan, to be distributed by Shochiku-Toho
No-class JUN
Book 1 Big Manga Book features a reprint of Leiji Matsumoto’s Eternal Story of Jura (Playcomic/Akita Shoten)
Publication 18 August issue of OUT magazine features Yamato articles (Minori Shobo)
No-class JUL
Music 1 EP: Opening and ending themes b/w drama track (Nippon Columbia)
BOOK 20 Space Battleship Yamato hardcover novel 1 ‘Departure’ (Asahi Sonorama)
Music 25 LP & Cassette: Space Battleship Yamato Drama album (Nippon Columbia)
Publication 25 Manga no Hoshi magazine #1 focuses on the works of Leiji Matsumoto
On Air 29 TV series begins its second rerun on Yomiuri Television
Publication 18 September issue of OUT magazine features Yamato articles (Minori Shobo)
No-class AUG
Book 1 Space Battleship Yamato hardcover novel 2 ‘Death Struggle’ (Asahi Sonorama)
Event 5 The night before the movie premiere fans line up at theatres and receive animation cels in a special giveaway
Cinema 6 Space Battleship Yamato the movie premieres. Theatres open early and other theatres immediately book the film to meet the extraordinary demand
PUBLICATION 6 Space Battleship Yamato movie program book (Office Academy)
Book 10 Space Battleship Yamato hardcover novel 3 ‘Restoration’ (Asahi Sonorama)
On Air 20 Space Battleship Yamato ‘Stereo Manga’ radio dramatization on NHK FM (runs for 7 days)
PUBLICATION 25 Playcomic magazine includes a Yamato “Cine Poster” (Akita Shoten)
No-class SEP
Publication 8 Weekly Bunshun magazine Vol. 19 #36 publishes an interview with Yoshinobu Nishizaki (Bungeishunju Ltd.)
Publication 15 Kinejun magazine #717 publishes an interview with Yoshinobu Nishizaki (Kinema Junpo Co.)
Book 20 Roman Album #1: Space Battleship Yamato (Tokuma Shoten)
Publication ? 1978 Space Battleship Yamato calendar (Office Academy)
Music ? LP: Isao Sasaki/The Scarlet Scarf: World of Anime Romance features Yamato end song (Nippon Columbia)
No-class OCT
Event 6-11 Yamato Fancy Goods” exhibition at Osaka Hanshin Department Store
Cinema 28 The movie closes, having attracted 2.3 million viewers and setting a Japanese box-office record
PUBLICATION ? Music Guide magazine publishes a Yamato cover story
No-class NOV
Product 1 8mm film reels from Space Battleship Yamato (Set of 3, Asahi Sonorama)
Product 15 Space Battleship Yamato poster wall clock (Office Academy)
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
Music 25 LP & Cassette: Space Cruiser Yamato English-language drama album (Nippon Columbia)
PRODUCTION 30 Main staff members are chosen for Yamato Part 2
Model ? Yamato “deform display model” (Bandai)
No-class DEC
Event ? Official Yamato Fan Club established by Academy Co. Ltd. in Chiyoda, Tokyo
Publication 1 The World of TV Anime features a picture-story of TV episode 25 (Manga shonen/Asahi Sonorama)
Book 1 Terebi Magazine special: Space Battleship Yamato TV Mook (Akita Shoten)
On Air 2 Space Battleship Yamato 4-hour radio drama on All Night Nippon
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
Cinema 17-29 Yamato movie is combined with Cyborg 009 for a Toei movie festival
PRODUCTION 20 Keisuke Fujikawa finishes his story draft for Yamato Part 2
PRODUCTION 22 Yamato Part 2 Writers “brainstorming meeting” 2
Music 25 LP & Cassette: Symphonic Suite Yamato (Nippon Columbia)
PRODUCTION 30 Yamato Part 2 general preproduction meeting
PRODUCTION 31 Yamato Part 2 script and concept meetings
Model ? Cosmo Zero (Bandai)
Model ? Black Tiger (Bandai)
Music ? EP: Terebi Anime Best 10 features Yamato theme (Asahi Sonorama)
Music ? EP: TV Best Hit 15 features Yamato theme (Asahi Sonorama)
Music ? EP: Hit Song Big 8 features Yamato theme (Asahi Sonorama)
Music ? EP: Golden Puppy Series: Kamen Rider Amazon, Great Mazinger, Space Battleship Yamato (Asahi Sonorama)
Music ? EP: Karaoke Terebi Manga features Yamato theme (Nippon Columbia)
Music ? LP & Cassette: Terebi Animation Dynamic March features Yamato theme (Nippon Columbia)

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