1979 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 JAN
Production ? production begins on The New Voyage tele-feature
Publication 1 Terebi Land magazine includes a Yamato “Secret File” folder (Tokuma Shoten)
Book 5 Keibunsha #31 Space Battleship Yamato ‘Big Encyclopedia’ (Kodansha)
Book 5 Keibunsha #32 Arrivederci Yamato ‘Big Encyclopedia’ (Kodansha)
On Air 6 Yamato 2 Episode 13: Fierce attack! The Telezart landing operation!
On Air 13 Yamato 2 Episode 14: Counterstrike! The discovery of Teresa!
Production 17 Hideaki Yamamoto finishes first plot for The New Voyage
On Air 20 Yamato 2 Episode 15: Teresa: the beginning of love!
Book 20 Terebi Land magazine special: Space Battleship Yamato Complete Collection (Tokuma Shoten)
Book 20 Arrivederci Yamato Panel Book (Keibunsha)
Book 20 Anime cartoon masterpiece series #6 Space Battleship Yamato part 2 (Shogakukan)
Music 25 LP: World of Leiji Matsumoto features Yamato songs (Nippon Columbia)
On Air 27 Yamato 2 Episode 16: Teresa: farewell to love!
Music 31 LP: Terebi manga Super Hero University features Yamato theme
Model ? Mecha Collection 1-8 (Bandai)
No-class FEB
Publication 1 Terebi Land magazine includes a bonus set of Yamato playing cards (Tokuma Shoten)
Event 1 Yamato snow sculpture built at Sapporo Snow Festival
On Air 3 Yamato 2 Episode 17: Telezart, disperse into space!
Production 5 Aritsune Toyota finishes second plot for The New Voyage
On Air 10 Yamato 2 Episode 18: The decisive battle! All ships, combat-ready!
Production 14 Aritsune Toyota finishes third plot for The New Voyage
Book 15 Arrivederci Yamato manga volume 3 by Akira Hio (Sun Comics/Asahi Sonorama)
On Air 17 Yamato 2 Episode 19: Yamato: collision in warp!
Book 20 Anime cartoon masterpiece series #7 Arrivederci Yamato part 1 (Shogakukan)
On Air 24 Yamato 2 Episode 20: Yamato: a daring surprise attack!
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #8
Production 25 Toshio Masuda finishes fourth plot for The New Voyage
Book 25 TV Manga Big Encyclopedia sheet music collection (Zen Ongaku Shuppan Co.)
Production 28 Hideaki Yamamoto finishes fifth plot for The New Voyage
Model ? Goland’s missile ship (Bandai)
Model ? Mecha Collection 9, 10 (Bandai)
Product ? Yamato 2 Minicards (Amada)
Product ? Yamato Bubblegum with license plates (Glico)
Product ? Yamato Chocolates with badges (Glico)
Music ? LP: Space Battleship Yamato Theme Song BGM collection (Tokuma)
No-class MAR
Publication 1 Terebi Kun magazine includes a Yamato 2 poster magazine (Shogakukan)
On Air 3 Yamato 2 Episode 21: Courage: the death of Captain Hijikata!
On Air 10 Yamato 2 Episode 22: Yamato, fight to the last!
Book 15 Terebi Kun magazine special #3 Yamato 2 part 1 (Shogakukan)
books 15 Arrivederci Yamato ‘SF’ novels 1 & 2 (Asahi Sonorama)
On Air 17 Yamato 2 Episode 23: The destined showdown!
Book 20 Anime cartoon masterpiece series #8 Arrivederci Yamato part 2 (Shougakukan)
On Air 24 Yamato 2 Episode 24: Life and death struggle! Two brave men!
Book 25 Yamato Part 2 all-color manga by Leiji Matsumoto (Akita Shoten)
book 25 TV Anime Complete Works volume 1 (Akita Shoten)
On Air 31 Yamato 2 Episode 25: Yamato: strategic invasion of the imperial city!
Product ? Yamato and Andromeda Mini diecast toys (Nomura)
Product ? Captain Okita metal mini-statue model kit (Bandai)
No-class APR
Publication 1 Adventure King magazine includes a Yamato 2 foldout poster (Akita Shoten)
Publication 1 Terebi Kun magazine includes a Yamato 2 mini-magazine (Shogakukan)
Book 1 Arrivederci Yamato deluxe hardcover (Office Academy)
BOOKS 1 Space Battleship Yamato Complete Collection of Records reissued in three softcover volumes (Office Academy)
event 5-8 Voice Voice Voice variety show features Yamato voice actors
On Air 7 Yamato 2 Episode 26: Be forever Yamato (Series conclusion)
Book 15 Arrivederci Yamato Cel Collection part 2 (Shonen Pictorial Co.)
Production 20 Leiji Matsumoto designs Admiral Deda for The New Voyage
Production 24 Leiji Matsumoto designs Sasha for The New Voyage
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #9 shows third wave of Arrivederci Yamato ‘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)
Music ? LP: Terebi Manga Action Deluxe features Yamato theme (Nippon Columbia)
No-class MAY
Event 5 Anime Shop Yamato opens in North Kyushu, Japan
Book 20 Anime cartoon masterpiece series #10 Yamato 2 part 1 (Shogakukan)
On Air 25 The New Voyage radio drama on All Night Nippon
Music 29 Yamato Choral and Piano Suite album recording begins (finishes 5/31)
Model ? Mecha Collection 11, 12 (Bandai)
Product ? Yamato Bubblegum with lenticular “action plates” (Glico)
No-class JUN
Event 10 “World of Leiji Matsumoto: Launch! Space Battleship” exhibit opens at Misaki Park, Osaka
Event 16 Yamato exhibit opens at Izu Safari Park (through November 30)
Book 20 Anime cartoon masterpiece series #12 Yamato 2 part 2 (Shogakukan)
BOOK 21 Space Battleship Yamato ‘Hot Blood’ novel (Office Academy)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #10
Book 25 Terebi Kun magazine special #5 Yamato 2 part 2 (Shogakukan)
Music ? LP: Voice Voice Voice features Yamato voice actors in a live variety show (Nippon Columbia)
Music ? LP: Anime Best Hit 20 features Yamato themes (Nippon Columbia)
No-class JUL
On Air 13 Yamato Festival’ special on All Night Nippon includes re-broadcast of first Yamato radio drama
Cinema 14 Yamato Big Summer Roadshow Festival’ features Space Battleship Yamato, Arrivederci, Triton of the Sea (through Aug. 4)
Publication 14 Yamato Festival” movie program book (Office Academy)
Book 30 Arrivederci Yamato manga by Akira Hio (reissue in three volumes/Sonorama manga paperback)
On Air 30 The New Voyage radio show special on All Night Nippon
On Air 31 The New Voyage is broadcast on Fuji Television. Audience rating: 30.6%
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
Music 1 EP: Yamato!! The New Voyage b/w Starsha, thoughts among the stars (Nippon Columbia)
Music 1 EP: Sasha my love b/w Starsha instrumental (Nippon Columbia)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #11
Music 31 EP: Immortal Hero series #7 features Yamato theme
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 SEP
Music 1 LP & Cassette: The New Voyage symphonic album (Nippon Columbia)
Book 10 The World of Isao Sasaki (career retrospective)
Book 14 The New Voyage novel (Cobalt library/Shueisha)
book 14 The New Voyage hardcover novels 1 & 2 (Asahi Sonorama)
Publication 18 OUT Magazine publishes a cover story on The New Voyage and other Office Academy productions (Minori Shobo)
Book 29 The New Voyage manga volume 1 by Akira Hio (Sun comics/Asahi Sonorama)
Book 30 The New Voyage novel (Monkey library/Shueisha)
Book 30 The New Voyage novel (Fanfan library/Shueisha)
On Air ? Star Blazers premieres in syndication on American television
No-class OCT
Music 1 LP: Best of Screen SF Action features Yamato theme
On Air 6 Yamato 2 compilation movie broadcast 7-9pm
Book 10 Roadshow magazine special: The New Voyage (Shueisha)
book 10 TV Anime Complete Works volume 2 (Akita Shoten)
Publication 15 1980 Yamato calendar (Office Academy)
Publication 15 1980 “Family Seal Calendar” includes original Yamato art (Office Academy)
PRODUCTION 23 First story meeting to plan “Yamato Part III”
Music 25 LP & Cassette: The New Voyage Drama (Nippon Columbia)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #12
On Air 31 Space Carrier Blue Noah TV series premiere, produced by Office Academy (Wednesday nights)
Model ? Mecha Collection 16-18 (Bandai)
Music ? LP: Terebi Manga Adventure features Yamato theme (Nippon Columbia)
No-class NOV
Book 20 Anime cartoon masterpiece series #18 The New Voyage (Shogakukan)
Book 20 Keibunsha #49 The New Voyage ‘Big Encyclopedia’ (Kodansha)
Music 25 LP: Space Battleship Yamato Choral & Piano Suite (Nippon Columbia)
Event 26 Anime Cartoon Chorus Concert includes Yamato theme (Japan City Center Hall)
Model ? Large-scale Dessler Carrier (Bandai)
No-class DEC
PUBLICATION 1 Farewell to Yamato manga by Leiji Matsumoto concludes in Adventure King comics magazine
Music 1 LP & Cassette: Space Battleship Yamato Drama box set (Nippon Columbia)
Music 1 EP: Anime Karaoke series 2 Yamato/New Voyage (Nippon Columbia)
On Air 5 TV Series 1 rebroadcast on NTV (through Feb. 20, 1980)
PRODUCTION 8 Leiji Matsumoto completes his first story draft for “Yamato Part III”
Book 25 The New Voyage manga volume 2 by Akira Hio (Sun comics/Asahi Sonorama)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #13
PRODUCTION 31 Leiji Matsumoto completes his second story draft for “Yamato Part III”
production ? Eiichi Yamamoto appointed Supervising Director of Yamato III TV series
Music ? LP: Isao Sasaki New Best Hit 16 features Yamato songs (Nippon Columbia)
Book ? Terebi Kun magazine special Deluxe #2: Space Battleship Yamato Big Compendium (Shogakukan)
No-class
Music ? LP: Anime Best Hit & Hit 24 features Yamato: The New Voyage song (Nippon Columbia)
Music ? LP: Love, Courage, Youth…and to You spoken word album features Yamato voice actors (Nippon Columbia)
Music ? EP: Space Battleship Yamato/Captain Harlock marching brass themes (King Records)
Music ? LP: Terebi Manga Hit Parade 24 features Yamato theme (Nippon Columbia)
Music ? LP: Fantastic Animation 24 features Yamato theme (Nippon Columbia)

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