1980 Timeline


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No-class 1980
No-class JAN
Publication 1 I/O Magazine #39 features coding for Yamato PC game (Engineering Co.)
On Air 2 Space Battleship Yamato movie rebroadcast on Fuji Television
PRODUCTION 2 Staff vacations in Hawaii to plan “Yamato Part III”, screens Star Trek: the Motion Picture and The Black Hole
On Air 3 Arrivederci Yamato broadcast on Fuji Television
On Air 9 Maeterlinck’s Blue Bird TV series debuts on Fuji Television, produced by Office Academy
Book 15 Space Battleship Yamato postcard book (Japan Business Co.)
Book 20 Perfect Memoir #4 All of Space Battleship Yamato film comic (Leed Company)
Production 20 Leiji Matsumoto sketches designs for Be Forever Yamato
PRODUCTION 23 Toshio Masuda and Yoshinobu Nishizaki complete second story draft for Be Forever Yamato
No-class FEB
PRODUCTION 1 First design meeting for Be Forever Yamato
Book 1 Terebi Magazine special: The New Voyage (Akita Shoten)
PRODUCTION 5 First production meeting for Be Forever Yamato
PRODUCTION 8 Battle strategy concept meeting for Be Forever Yamato
PRODUCTION 18 First draft completed for Be Forever Yamato script Part A
PRODUCTION 20 Be Forever Yamato script Part A revised
PRODUCTION 21 Be Forever Yamato storyboard production begins
On Air 21 Yamato 2 begins rebroadcast on Yomiuri Television
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #14 announces Be Forever Yamato title and release date of August 2
Production ? Space Battleship Yamato III TV series preproduction and mecha design begin
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 Be Forever Yamato storyboard production completed for script Part A
PRODUCTION 17 Be Forever Yamato animation production begins at Toei Studio
PRODUCTION 18 Be Forever Yamato storyboard production completed for script Part B, script Part C completed
Cinema 24-26 Arrivederci Yamato screens at Sankei Hall in Sakurajima, Tokyo
Book 30 Roman Album #31 Yamato 2 (Tokuma Shoten)
No-class APR
PRODUCTION 2 Be Forever Yamato script completed
Book 5 Cosmoship Yamato manga vol. 3 by Leiji Matsumoto (Sunday Comics/Akita Shoten)
PRODUCTION 7 Be Forever Yamato color design meetings
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #15 publishes first production designs from Be Forever Yamato
PRODUCTION 30 Scanimation production meeting for Be Forever Yamato
Production ? Yamato III planning book completed, mecha design suspended
No-class MAY
BOOK 4 The New Voyage Deluxe hardcover (Office Academy)
PRODUCTION 7 Meeting to plan epilogue sequence for Be Forever Yamato
PRODUCTION 8 Music composition meeting for Be Forever Yamato
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 Be Forever Yamato closing theme, Love Until That Day
Production 30 Akira Fuse & Isao Sasaki record songs for Be Forever Yamato
Model ? Mecha Collection 19, 20 (Bandai)
Publication ? The Anime Magazine #7 publishes an article on Be Forever Yamato (Kindaieiga-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 for Be Forever Yamato
Book 15 Space Battleship Yamato manga part 1 by Leiji Matsumoto goes into its 57th printing (Sunday comics/Akita Shoten)
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 Be Forever Yamato recording script completed
Event 28 Fan club meeting in Fukuoka promotes Be Forever
Event 10 “World of Leiji Matsumoto: Launch! Space Battleship” exhibit opens at Energy Saving Fair ’80, Tokyo (through July 6)
Event 29 “Adventure Roman” sea cruise ticket lottery at Shinjuku Station, Tokyo. 14,000 fans apply for only 500 places on board
Production ? Yamato III mecha design resumes
Model ? 1/700 EDF Battlecruiser with Landing Craft (Bandai)
Model ? EDF Carrier (Bandai)
Model ? Mecha Collection 21, 22 (Bandai)
event ? The Vega wristwatch company launches a tie-in campaign with Be Forever Yamato
publication ? Starlog magazine publishes an article about Star Blazers in the US
event ? Founding of the first Star Blazers fan club in the US (summer)
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: Space Battleship Yamato b/w The Scarlet Scarf “Colorport” picture disc (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
Production 10 Yamato‘s home office Academy Production Ltd. changes names to Tokyo Animation Ltd.
Publication 10 Animage magazine #26 publishes a cover story on Be Forever Yamato (Tokuma Shoten)
book 10 TV Anime Battlefront: 17 Year History of Anime by Yamato director Noboru Ishiguro & Noriko Ohara (Yamato books)
Publication 10 Monthly Animation magazine #7 publishes a Be Forever Yamato cover story (Bronze Co.)
Production 13-15 Voice recording for Be Forever Yamato 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 Yamato Festival in Budokan” program book (Office Academy)
Event 25 ’80 Summer Vacation Children’s Expo’ at Matsuya Department Stores in Tokyo includes Yamato attractions and screenings (through Aug. 19)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #17 shows second wave of Be Forever Yamato ‘fancy goods’
Production 26 Be Forever Yamato sound editing completed
Event 26 Ticket lottery at the Shibuya Pantheon theatre complex for tickets to “Yamato Fever ’80”
PRODUCTION 27 Camera work completed for Be Forever Yamato
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 ‘Space Battleship Yamato & Animation Festival’ at Mitsukoshi Department Store in Sapporo, Tokyo (through Aug. 6)
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
Model ? Small-scale Dessler Carrier (Bandai)
Model ? Cosmo Zero reissue (Bandai)
Model ? Black Tiger reissue (Bandai)
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)
book 1 Space Battleship Yamato ‘Complete Works’ novels 1-3 (Asahi Sonorama)
book 1 Yamato 2 ‘Complete Works’ novels 1, 2 (Asahi Sonorama)
book 1 The New Voyage ‘Complete Works’ novels 1, 2 (Asahi Sonorama)
Publication 1 Kinejun motion picture times #791 publishes a cover story on Be Forever Yamato (Kinema Jumpo Co.)
On Air 1 The New Voyage is rebroadcast on Fuji Television
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 10 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)
Book 25 Anime Poster Big Compendium (Akita Shoten)
on air 25 Space Battleship Yamato: All the Love and Adventure TV special introduces Yamato III (Yomiuri TV)
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.)
PRODUCTION 29 Yamato III music recording, first session
Book 30 Be Forever Yamato Cel Collection (Shonen Pictorial Co.)
No-class OCT
Publication 1 Yamato III manga by Hiroshi Aizawa debuts in Adventure King Magazine (Akita Shoten)
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)
On Air 11 Yamato III TV series Episode 1: The solar system faces destruction! (Yomiuri Television, Saturday nights)
On Air 18 Yamato III Episode 2: The great battle in the Milky Way!
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)
On Air 25 Yamato III Episode 3: Yamato sets sail at dawn!
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #19
Book 30 Be Forever Yamato manga volume 1 by Akira Hio (Sun Comics/Asahi Sonorama)
Book 30 Space Battleship Yamato All Mecha Big Collection (Asahi Sonorama)
PRODUCTION ? Yamato III music recording, second session
Model ? Dark Nebula Empire Tripod Tank (Bandai)
Product ? Glico confectionary campaign begins for Yamato III
Product ? ‘Popynica’ Yamato Toy (Popy)
Product ? ‘DX Popynica’ Yamato Toy (Popy)
Product ? Gummy Yamato Toys; set of 2 (Popy)
No-class NOV
Event ? Academy Co. Ltd. is closed and replaced by West Cape Corporation
Publication 1 Yamato III manga by Hiroshi Aizawa Chapter 2 (Adventure King Magazine, Akita Shoten)
On Air 1 Yamato III Episode 4: Hit Mars!
Book 5 Leiji Matsumoto Anime Fantasy World (Kindai Eiga Co.)
On Air 8 Yamato III Episode 5: SOS! Spaceship Rajendora!
BOOK 10 Be Forever Yamato Final Deluxe hardcover (West Cape Corporation)
On Air 15 Yamato III Episode 6: Fierce battle near Planet 11!
Book 15 Be Forever Yamato Anime Comics volume 2 (Champion Graphic/Akita Shoten)
On Air 22 Yamato III Episode 7: The rough seas of Planet Alpha!
Book 25 Terebi Magazine special: Be Forever Yamato (Akita Shoten)
On Air 29 Yamato III Episode 8: The last pioneer!
PRODUCTION ? Yamato III music recording, third session
Model ? Dark Nebula Empire Patrol Tank (Bandai)
Model ? 1/700 Yamato new mechanic cutaway model reissue (Bandai)
Publication ? Yamato III manga by Hiroshi Aizawa debuts in Adventure King Magazine (Akita Shoten)
production ? Yomiuri TV network reduces Yamato III series from 52 episodes to 25
PUBLICATION ? 1981 Be Forever Yamato calendar (West Cape Corporation)
No-class DEC
Publication 1 Yamato III manga by Hiroshi Aizawa Chapter 3 (Adventure King Magazine, Akita Shoten)
Music 1 LP & Cassette: Space Battleship Yamato Hit song & Theme collection (Nippon Columbia)
On Air 6 Yamato III Episode 9: Duel at Planet Barnard!
Music 10 EP: Space Battleship Yamato/Arrivederci Yamato/Be Forever Yamato (4 tracks, Nippon Columbia)
Music 10 EP: Yamato Be Forever b/w Parting (Nippon Columbia)
On Air 13 Yamato III Episode 10: Counterattack of Dagon’s new fleet!
On Air 20 Yamato III Episode 11: Yamato in danger! The demonic Cygnus airspace!
Music 25 LP & Cassette: ’80 Yamato Festival in Budokan Live (Nippon Columbia)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #20
On Air 27 Yamato III Episode 12: The penal colony in space!
Publication 29 Yamato III manga by Hiroshi Aizawa Chapter 4 (Adventure King Magazine, Akita Shoten)
Product ? ‘Big Scale DX’ Yamato Toy (Popy)
Product ? Yamato ‘Space Collection’ Spaceships; set of 10 (Popy)
Product ? Yamato ‘DX Space Collection’ box set (Popy)
game ? Be Forever Yamato board game (Popy)
game ? Yamato III ‘Wave-Motion Gun Set’ shooting 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)
Product ? Yamato Light-up electronic gun (Popy)
Product ? Yamato Watergun (Popy)
Music ? LP & Cassette: Children’s Terebi Main Title Songs features Yamato songs (King Record Co.)
Music ? EP: Fugue of Yoko features two songs by Yoko Asagami, the voice of Yuki (Nippon Columbia)
Music ? LP & Cassette: Animation Best Collection features Yamato songs (Nippon Columbia)

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