1978 Timeline


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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 7-11 The writing staff travels to Hawaii for story meetings. All are awed by Star Wars and Close Encounters at Hawaiian cinemas
Book 5 All SF Spacecraft includes Yamato coverage (Kantosha Co.)
PRODUCTION 6 Arrivederci SF concept meeting
Cinema 10-29 Space Battleship Yamato screens at KBS Laserium in Kyoto
Publication 15 Hamidashi Yamato fan club publishes collected edition of Space Battleship Yamato manga by Yuki Hijiri (fanzine, limited to 300 copies)
PRODUCTION 15 Aritsune Toyota finishes SF concepts for Arrivederci
PRODUCTION 21 Keisuke Fujikawa finishes first script draft for Arrivederci
PRODUCTION 27 Arrivederci Yamato production office opens at Toei Studio (Nerima, Tokyo)
PRODUCTION 28 Mecha and background design meetings begin for Arrivederci
On Air 28 Space Battleship Yamato radio drama rebroadcast on All Night Nippon
event ? Space Battleship Yamato exhibit at Imai Department store, Tokyo
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 for Arrivederci
Event 16 The World of Hiroshi Miyagawa concert, first live performance of Yamato music
PRODUCTION 20 Third draft script review meeting for Arrivederci
PRODUCTION 21 Costume design meeting for Arrivederci with fashion designer Yukiko Hanai
PUBLICATION 25 Yamato fan club magazine #1 shows first wave of Space Battleship Yamato ‘fancy goods’
Book 25 Starsha Space Love Illust fantasy (Joy us books/Bandai)
PRODUCTION 27 Comet Empire character designs established for Arrivederci
book ? Parade Band Songbook 2 features Yamato sheet music
No-class MAR
On Air ? TV series rebroadcast on Fukushima Central TV, Shizuoka telecasting, Yamanashi TV, and Yamagata TV
Cinema ? Space Battleship Yamato screens at Humble House Theatre in Kagoshima
PRODUCTION 7 Script completed for Arrivederci (except final scene)
PRODUCTION 11 Costume designs by Yukiko Hanai completed for Arrivederci
Event 16 Yamato product exhibition at Seibu Department Store in Shibuya, Tokyo
PRODUCTION 17 Final scene concept meeting for Arrivederci
PRODUCTION 18 Arrivederci character names finalized
PRODUCTION 20 Final scene review meeting for Arrivederci
PRODUCTION 22 Arrivederci animation begins at Toei Studio
Cinema 24-29 Space Battleship Yamato movie screens at Yamatoyashiki Theatre in Himeji
Music 25 EP: Three tracks from Symphonic Suite LP (Nippon Columbia)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #2
Cinema 25 Space Battleship Yamato movie screens at Tokuyama Station Theatre
PRODUCTION 28 Color design meeting for Arrivederci
Cinema 29-31 Space Battleship Yamato movie screens at Kumamoto Tsuruya Theatre
Event 30 Yamato product exhibition at Keisei Department Store in Ueno, Tokyo (through April 5)
Book 30 First Space Battleship Yamato hardcover novel goes into its 23rd printing (Asahi Sonorama)
Model ? Yamato in gold coating (Bandai)
Publication ? British magazine Starburst covers Space Cruiser Yamato
Production SPRING Arrivederci Yamato animation begins at Toei Studio
No-class APR
PRODUCTION 4 Sound design meeting for Arrivederci
Cinema 6-11 Space Battleship Yamato movie screens at Wakayama Theatre, Nagasaki
Cinema 13-25 Space Battleship Yamato movie screens in Nagaoka City
Production 17 Advertising & publicity meeting, Toei signs major licensing deals with Glico and Pepsi to promote Arrivederci Yamato
PRODUCTION 24 Music composing meetings begin for Arrivederci
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #3
Cinema 27 Space Battleship Yamato movie screens at Daimaru Theatre in Kobe (through May 9)
Cinema 27 Space Battleship Yamato movie screens in Niigata City (through May 1)
Cinema 28 Space Battleship Yamato movie screens at Koriyama Usui Department Store
Cinema 29 Space Battleship Yamato movie opens Golden Week Anime Festival at Omon Theatre, Nagoya
Music ? LP: Golden Terebi Manga All Star Big Hit features Yamato theme (Nippon Columbia)
Music ? LP: Action Deluxe: Yamato/Star of the Giants features Yamato theme (Nippon Columbia)
Music ? LP: Space Fantasy features Yamato themes (For Life Records)
No-class MAY
Music 1 LP & Cassette: The World of Hiroshi Miyagawa live concert (Nippon Columbia)
Cinema 3-9 Space Battleship Yamato movie screens at Yamato Theatre in Kanazawa
Cinema 4 Space Battleship Yamato movie screens at Yagihashi Theatre in Kumagaya
PRODUCTION 4 Symphonic Concert planning meeting for Arrivederci
Event 24 Arrivederci Yamato Press conference held at Imperial Hotel in Hibiya, Tokyo followed by inaugural fan club meeting
Production 24 The Space Battleship Yamato 2 TV Series begins pre-production
Event 25 Yamato fan club meeting in Kanto
PRODUCTION 29 Arrivederci Yamato music recording, 1st session
PRODUCTION 31 Arrivederci Yamato music recording, 2nd session
On Air 31 Live Yamato radio special on Munhwa TV/Radio
No-class JUN
PUBLICATION 1 Arrivederci Yamato manga by Leiji Matsumoto debuts in the monthly Adventure King comics magazine (Akita Shoten)
PRODUCTION 5 Arrivederci Yamato music recording, 3rd session
Production 6 Symphonic Concert plans finalized
Production 7 First Arrivederci film rushes viewed, Toei Studio
BOOK 10 Space Battleship Yamato: Complete Collection of Records hardcover trilogy (Office Academy)
Music 10 EP: Starsha, thoughts among the stars b/w symphonic track (Nippon Columbia)
Publication 10 Animage magazine #1 debuts with an Arrivederci Yamato cover story (Tokuma Shoten)
PRODUCTION 11 Song arrangement meeting for Arrivederci
PRODUCTION 13, 14 Arrivederci Yamato music recording, 4th and 5th sessions
Production 14 Isao Sasaki records Teresa Forever and The Rival, two songs for Arrivederci Yamato
Publication 15 Paper Moon magazine SF Anime Fantasy special includes first coverage of Arrivederci (Shinshokan)
PRODUCTION 22 Arrivederci Yamato music recording, 6th session
Event 22 Yamato fan club meeting in Niigata
Production 23 Kenji Sawada records From Yamato with love, the ending song for Arrivederci Yamato
Event 24 Yamato fan club meeting in Sendai
Event 25 Yamato fan club meeting in Shizuoka
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #4 shows second wave of Space Battleship Yamato ‘fancy goods’
Production 28 Second Arrivederci Yamato film rushes reviewed, Toei Studio
Cinema 29 Space Battleship Yamato movie screens at Yamato Theatre in Joetsu City (through July 4)
No-class JUL
Production 3 Voice actors recording session for Arrivederci, 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 for Arrivederci, Avaco Studio
Event 7 Yamato fan club meeting and Symphonic Concert in Hiroshima
Production 8, 9 Additional voice recording for Arrivederci, Avaco Studio
Publication 10 Animage magazine #2 publishes a cover story on Arrivederci Yamato (Tokuma Shoten)
Event 10 Symphonic Concert in Kyushu
Production 11 Film editing concludes for Arrivederci Yamato
Publication 13 Playcomic magazine includes an Arrivederci Yamato poster (Akita Shoten)
Event 14 Yamato fan club meeting and Symphonic Concert in Sapporo
PRODUCTION 17 Arrivederci Yamato 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 Arrivederci Yamato music recording, 8th session
Production 19-23 Sound editing sessions for Arrivederci Yamato
Event 20-26 Space Battleship Yamato exhibition at Daimaru dept. store, Osaka
Cinema 20-26 Space Battleship Yamato movie screens at Daimaru Theatre in Osaka
On Air 21 TV series begins its third rerun on Yomiuri TV
Music 25 EP: The Rival b/w Teresa Forever (Nippon Columbia)
Event 25 Nishizaki and Sawada appear on Night of 1001 Stars (Fuji TV)
Publication 27 Playcomic magazine includes an Arrivederci Yamato poster (Akita Shoten)
Publication 28 OUT magazine publishes an Arrivederci Yamato cover story (Minori Shobo)
PRODUCTION 28 Symphonic Concert rehearsal session
production 28 Arrivederci Yamato staff preview screening, Toei Studio
Event 28 Space Battleship Yamato exhibition at Matsuya dept. store, Tokyo (through Aug. 2)
Cinema 28 Space Battleship Yamato movie screens at Matsuya Theatre in Ginza, Tokyo (through Aug. 2)
Event 29, 30 Symphonic Concert tour concludes in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Publication 31 Manga magazine Pretty Pretty publishes an Arrivederci Yamato cover story (Major Enterprise)
event ? Space Battleship Yamato exhibit tour begins at a Ginza Department store, Tokyo
publication ? TV Guide publishes a cover story on Space Battleship Yamato: the Movie (Tokyo News Agency)
Model ? Yamato “image model” (reissue of ‘Deform display model’/Bandai)
Model ? Yamato reissued with “Teresa panel” (Bandai)
Music ? LP: Terebi Animation Exciting Brass features Yamato theme (Nippon Columbia)
Publication ? ASCII Magazine features coding for a Yamato PC game (ASCII Publishing)
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 Arrivederci sneak preview screening at the Pantheon Theatre (Shibuya, Tokyo)
On Air 4 Space Battleship Yamato movie broadcast debut on Fuji Television Network (31.9% audience rating)
Event 4-9 Space Battleship Yamato exhibition at Mitsukoshi dept. store, Nagoya
Cinema 4-9 Space Battleship Yamato movie screens at Mitsukoshi Department Store, Nagoya
On Air 4 The Space Battleship Yamato 4-hour radio drama is rebroadcast on “All Night Nippon,” followed by a new one based on Arrivederci Yamato
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
Cinema 10-15 Space Battleship Yamato movie screens at Matsuzakaya Theatre in 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’
On Air 25 TV series concludes its third rerun on Yomiuri TV with an average audience rating of 13.8%
Book 30 Arrivederci Yamato novel part 2 (Fanfan library/Shueisha)
Model ? Analyzer reissue (Bandai)
Product ? Arrivederci Yamato Minicards (Amada)
No-class SEP
BOOK 1 Arrivederci Yamato hardcover novel part 1 (Asahi Sonorama)
Publication 1 Arrivederci Yamato “Precise Illustrated Edition” blueprint set (Asahi Sonorama)
Publication 1 Adventure King magazine includes an Arrivederci poster book (Akita Shoten)
Production 1 Academy Studio opens in Nerima, Tokyo; Space Battleship Yamato 2 production begins
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)
Production 16 First voice actor recording session for Yamato 2
BOOK 20 Space Battleship Yamato novel (Cobalt library/Shueisha)
BOOK 30 Arrivederci Yamato hardcover novel (Shueisha)
Product 30 Yamato 2 digital wall clock (Office Academy)

Book ? Arrivederci Yamato Sonosheet books, set of 3 (Asahi Sonorama)
Product ? Arrivederci Yamato Collection cards (Amada)
Music ? EP: Arrivederci Yamato two songs plus a drama track (Asahi Sonorama Ace Puppy Series)
production ? Westchester films acquires Space Battleship Yamato series 1 and the forthcoming Yamato 2 for syndication to American TV audiences
No-class OCT
Event 9 Nishizaki & Matsumoto attend a publicity press conference
On Air 14 Space Battleship Yamato 2 TV Episode 1: 2201: Yamato returns! (Saturday, 7pm/Yomiuri Television)
Music 10 LP & Cassette: Arrivederci Yamato Drama album (Nippon Columbia)
On Air 21 Yamato 2 Episode 2: The comet appears; remodeling the Yamato!
Music 21 EP: Space Action Terebi Manga Series features Arrivederci Yamato songs (Elec Records)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #6
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”
On Air 28 Yamato 2 Episode 3: Earth’s crisis awakens Yamato!
BOOK 30 Space Battleship Yamato novel (Monkey library/Shueisha)
BOOK 30 Space Battleship Yamato hardcover novel (Shueisha)
Event 28 fan club headquarters relocates to Nerima, Tokyo
Model ? 1/700 Yamato cutaway mechanic model (Bandai)
Model ? Dessler’s Battleship (Bandai)
Model ? Cosmo Tiger II (Bandai)
publication ? TV Guide publishes a cover story on Yamato 2 (Tokyo News Agency)
Music ? LP: Isao Sasaki Best 24 features Yamato songs (Nippon Columbia)
Music ? LP: Anime Request Best 28 features Yamato theme (Nippon Columbia)
Product ? 1/1300 Diecast Yamato toy (Nomura)
Product ? 1/100 Diecast Cosmo Tiger toy (Nomura)
Product ? 1/100 Diecast Analyzer toy (Nomura)
Product ? Windup Analyzer toys; set of 2 (Nomura)
Product ? ‘Mystery Analyzer’ toy (Nomura)
Product ? Soft Vinyl action figures; set of 5 (Nomura)
Product ? Cosmo Gun toy with badge (Nomura)
Product ? Cassette Movie Projector (Nomura)
Product ? Message Capsule toy (Nomura)
Product ? ‘Ministeck’ Mosaic; set of 2 (Nomura)
Product ? ‘Crew Set’ mini-goods collection (Nomura)
Product ? Picture Puzzle (Nomura)
No-class NOV
Book 1 Terebi Magazine special: Arrivederci Yamato (Akita Shoten)
Publication 1 Maru magazine publishes an essay by Leiji Matsumoto
On Air 4 Yamato 2 Episode 4: Blast off to the unknown!
Book 5 Terebi Anime Big Parade (Shueisha)
On Air 11 Yamato 2 Episode 5: Open main guns! Target: Yamato!
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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On Air 18 Yamato 2 Episode 6: Heavy fighting! The space marines!
Book 20 Roadshow magazine special: Arrivederci Yamato part 2 (Shueisha)
On Air 25 Yamato 2 Episode 7: Counterattack! The invisible space submarine!
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)
Product ? Yamato First Bridge action playset and 5 action figures (Nomura)
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Models ? Four model kits: Yamato, Nazca’s ship, and two Andromedas (Nomura)
Publication ? 1979 Yamato Calendar A type (Office Academy)
Publication ? 1979 Yamato Calendar B type (Office Academy)
No-class DEC
Publication 1 Terebi Land magazine includes a bonus set of Yamato mecha cards (Tokuma Shoten)
On Air 2 Yamato 2 Episode 8: Space storm! Escape is impossible!
Book 3 Arrivederci Yamato Cel Collection (Shonen Pictorial Co.)
On Air 9 Yamato 2 Episode 9: Charge! Sink Yamato!
On Air 16 Yamato 2 Episode 10: Crisis relief! The roar of the wave-motion gun!
Publication 20 Arrivederci Yamato Paper Model set (Shogakukan)
Publication 20 Space Battleship Yamato & Arrivederci Yamato Card Picture Books, AKA ‘Wonder Cards’ (Asahi Sonorama)
Book 20 Anime cartoon masterpiece series #5 Space Battleship Yamato part 1 (Shogakukan)
On Air 23 Yamato 2 Episode 11: Lord Dessler, the vengeful demon!
cinema 23 Arrivederci Yamato re-released in a Toei Christmas Roadshow (through Jan. 15, 1979)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #7 shows second wave of Arrivederci Yamato ‘fancy goods’
Music 25 EP: Space Cruiser Yamato b/w The Red Scarf with English lyrics (Nippon Columbia)
Music 25 EP: Yamato Best 4 (Nippon Columbia)
Music 25 LP: Isao Sasaki Singing His Beloved Animation Hits features English-language Yamato songs (Nippon Columbia)
On Air 30 Yamato 2 Episode 12: Will Yamato perish in the hollow planetoid?
books 30 Space Battleship Yamato ‘SF’ novels 1-3 (Asahi Sonorama)
Music ? LP: New Disco Arrange: I Adore the Eternity of Love (Polydor)
Product ? 1/850 Diecast Yamato toy (Nomura)
No-class
product ? Arrivederci Yamato 8mm film reels (2 volumes, Toei)
Music ? EP: Oricon ’78 Playback Disco All-Stars features discoYamato theme
Music ? LP: New Screen Themes Best Album features Yamato theme
Music ? LP: Star Wars & Yamato Marches features Yamato themes (King Record Co./Seven Seas)

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