1989-1994 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 1989
Event 15th Anniversary year of first Yamato TV series
On Air ? Star Blazers licensing agreements conclude with American broadcasters
No-class JAN
Publication 1 70 Years of Theatrical Films includes Yamato coverage (Tokuma Shoten)
No-class FEB
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #69
Event 26 Final fan club meeting held in Yokohama
No-class APR
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #70
No-class MAY
Video 21 VHS: first Yamato TV series volumes 1-3 (JAVN)
publication ? Star Blazers comic book Series 2, #1 (Comico)
No-class JUN
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #71
publication ? Star Blazers comic book Series 2, #2 (Comico)
No-class JUL
Video 21 VHS: first Yamato TV series volumes 4,5 (JAVN)
publication 27 Spa magazine includes Yamato in an anime retrospective (Fusosha)
publication ? Star Blazers comic book Series 2, #3 (Comico)
No-class AUG
Event 20 Yamato Party ’89 convention
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #72
publication ? Star Blazers comic book Series 2, #4 (Comico)
No-class SEP
Video 21 VHS: first Yamato TV series volumes 6-9 (JAVN)
publication ? Star Blazers comic book Series 2, #5 (Comico)
No-class OCT
Book 15 Entertainment Bible #6 ‘Studio Nue Mechanic Design’ part 1 includes Yamato art (Bandai)
Music 21 Cassette: Terebi Anime Theme Song Big Complete Collection features Yamato theme (Victor Entertainment)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #73
No-class NOV
Video 21 VHS: first Yamato TV series volumes 10-13 (JAVN)
Music 21 CD: The World of Leiji Matsumoto Time Trip features Yamato songs (Nippon Columbia)
No-class DEC
Music 1 CD: SF & Space Animation Vol. 1 & 2 both feature Yamato songs (Nippon Columbia)
Music 21 CD: Terebi Anime Works ‘Best One’ features Yamato theme
Video 25 VHS: first Yamato TV series re-released in a box set with bonus CD (JAVN)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #74
Product ? Wave Hobby Company begins releasing Yamato ‘garage kits’
No-class
Production ? Farewell to Yamato is dubbed in English by Nishizaki’s new company, Voyager Entertainment
Video ? LD: All five Yamato movies are released in a ‘Perfect Collection’ box set (Bandai/Emotion)
product ? Limited edition pewter Yamato figurine (Franklin Mint, Japan)
No-class
No-class 1990
No-class JAN
On Air 5 Farewell to Yamato is broadcast on Fuji Television
Music 21 CD: SF & Space Animation Vol. 3 features Yamato songs (Nippon Columbia)
No-class FEB
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #75
No-class MAR
Book 10 Entertainment Bible #9 ‘Studio Nue Mechanic Design’ part 2 includes Yamato art (Bandai)
Event 10 Fans meet for a round-table discussion at fan club HQ to discuss Yamato collecting
Video 25 VHS: Space Battleship Yamato and Farewell to Yamato in ‘Perfect Collection’ packaging (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class APR
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #76
Video 25 VHS: The New Voyage and Be Forever Yamato in ‘Perfect Collection’ packaging (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class MAY
Video 25 VHS: Final Yamato in ‘Perfect Collection’ packaging (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class JUN
Video 22 VHS: Yamato 2 ‘triptych’ style tapes 1 & 2 (Bandai/Emotion)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #77
Event ? Naming ceremony for first ship with magnetohydrodynamic drive: Yamato-1
No-class JUL
Music 21 CD: Anime Original Karaoke features Yamato theme
Video 22 VHS: Yamato 2 ‘triptych’ style tapes 3 & 4 (Bandai/Emotion)
Video 27 LD: TV series 1 ‘Perfect Collection’ box (Bandai/Emotion)
Video 27 VHS: TV series 1, 7-volume set (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class AUG
Video 24 VHS: Yamato 2 ‘triptych’ style tapes 5 & 6 (Bandai/Emotion)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #78
No-class SEP
Event 2 Yamato Party ’90 convention
Video 25 VHS: Yamato III ‘triptych’ style tapes 1 & 2 (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class OCT
Event 5 Fan club headquarters relocates to Tsukiji, Tokyo
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #79
Video 25 VHS: Yamato III ‘triptych’ style tapes 3 & 4 (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class NOV
Video 22 VHS: Yamato III ‘triptych’ style tape 5 (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class DEC
Book 10 Entertainment Bible #22 ‘Yamato Mechanic Big Picture Book’ part 1 (Bandai)
No-class
No-class 1991
No-class JAN
On Air 1 Space Battleship Yamato movie is rebroadcast on Tokyo 12 Channel
No-class FEB
Book 20 Entertainment Bible #26 ‘Yamato Mechanic Big Picture Book’ part 2 (Bandai)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #80/81
No-class MAR
On Air 26 Farewell to Yamato broadcast on Tokyo 12 Channel
No-class APR
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #82
No-class JUN
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #83 (final issue)
Event ? The official Yamato fan club is closed
Event 27 Yoshinobu Nishizaki’s company JAVN (Japan Audio Visual Network) declares bankruptcy
No-class AUG
On Air 11 Space Battleship Yamato movie is broadcast on Hiroshima Television
No-class SEP
Event 15 Yamato Party ’91 convention
No-class OCT
Music 25 CD: Terebi Anime Classics ‘Best One’ features Yamato theme (Victor Entertainment)
Music 25 CD: Favorite Terebi Anime Main title theme Omnibus features Yamato theme (Victor Entertainment)
No-class
Music ? CD: Anime Sound Memorial Vol. 10 features Yamato theme (Nippon Columbia)
No-class
No-class 1992
No-class JULY
Game 17 Space Battleship Yamato for Game Boy (Interbec/Bandai)
No-class AUG
Event 30 Yamato Party ’92 convention (Japan)
No-class SEP
Music 21 CD: 1979 Anime Songs features Yamato!! The New Voyage (19XX Series, Nippon Columbia)
No-class OCT
Music 1 CD: Terebi Manga Favorite B Side Collection features The Scarlet Scarf (Nippon Columbia)
Book 5 Yamato, Gojira and our Democracy (Bungei Shunju)
No-class NOV
Event 7 Movie screening at Chiba University
Video 21 LD: Yamato 2 ‘Perfect Collection’ with Toshiyuki Kubooka box art (Bandai/Emotion)
Book 30 Cosmoship Yamato manga reissue vol. 1 “to Far-off Iscandar” by Leiji Matsumoto (Akita Library/Akita Shoten)
Event ? Star Blazers rights revert from Westchester Films to West Cape Corporation
No-class DEC
Game 22 CD Rom: Space Battleship Yamato “Cinemalize Simulation Game” for PC Engine (Human Entertainment)
Book 25 Cosmoship Yamato manga reissue vol. 2 “Yamato into Eternity” by Leiji Matsumoto (Akita Library/Akita Shoten)
No-class
No-class 1993
Event ? Yoshinobu Nishizaki announces a new project through Voyager Entertainment and Jupiter Films: Yamato 2520
No-class FEB
Video 28 LD & VHS: Yamato III compilation movie (Westcape Corporation/Sobi Entertainment)
Book ? Suddenly the End: The Last Scenes of Manga Masterpieces Vol. 4 (JICC Publishing)
No-class MAR
On Air 24 Farewell to Yamato featured in a “100 Great Anime” TV special
No-class APR
On Air 23 Space Battleship Yamato featured in an anime documentary on Fuji Television
No-class JUL
Video 21 LD: Space Battleship Yamato movie reissued with Hiroyuki Kitazume art (Bandai/Emotion)
Video 21 LD: Farewell to Yamato reissued with Hiroyuki Kitazume art (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class AUG
Video 25 LD: The New Voyage reissued with Hiroyuki Kitazume art (Bandai/Emotion)
Video 25 LD: Be Forever Yamato reissued with Hiroyuki Kitazume art (Bandai/Emotion)
Event 29 Yamato Party ’93 convention
Book 30 Yamato Collection 1: Space Battleship Yamato Sun Wide Comics Special by Keisuki Fujikawa and Akira Hio (Asahi Sonorama)
Book 30 Yamato Collection 2: Farewell to Yamato Sun Wide Comics Special by Akira Hio (Asahi Sonorama)
VIDEO ? VHS: All three Star Blazers series are released by Voyager Entertainment, Inc.
No-class SEP
On Air 2 Isao Sasaki guest stars on ‘The Music of Tamori is the World’
Music 21 CD: Anime Karaoke features Yamato theme
Video 24 LD: Final Yamato reissued with Hiroyuki Kitazume art (Bandai/Emotion)
Video 24 LD: Yamato Grand Symphony reissued with Hiroyuki Kitazume art (Bandai/Emotion)
Book 30 Yamato collection 3: The New Voyage Sun Wide Comics Special by Akira Hio (Asahi Sonorama)
No-class OCT
Music 21 CD: Yamato Digital Trip Synthesizer Fantasy (Nippon Columbia)
Video 21 LD & VHS: Yamato 2 compilation movie (Westcape Corporation/Sobi Entertainment)
Book 25 Yamato Collection 4: Be Forever Yamato Sun Wide Comics Special by Akira Hio (Asahi Sonorama)
No-class NOV
Event 2 Toshio Masuda honored by the Japanese film community
Online 6 First Yamato chat room opens in Japan on NiftySERVE
Book 25 Yamato Collection 5: Final Yamato Sun Wide Comics Special by Akira Hio (Asahi Sonorama)
No-class DEC
On Air 7 Isao Sasaki & Yu Aku appear on ‘Complete Works of Hit Size’
Book 10 SF Anime Astronomy (Japan Critique Co.)
Event 11 Hiroshi Miyagawa lectures at ABC Popular Music School
On Air 29-31 Nippon Television broadcasts retrospectives on Leiji Matsumoto for the 40th anniversary of his career
No-class
Music ? CD: Digital Trip Catalogue Synthesizer Fantasy features Yamato theme (Nippon Columbia)
No-class
No-class 1994
Event 20th Anniversary year of first Yamato TV series
No-class JAN
Video 21 LD: Yamato III ‘Perfect Collection’ with Toshiyuki Kubooka box art (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class FEB
Video 21 LD & VHS: Yamato documentary: The Quickening previews two new projects, Yamato 2520 and Yamato Resurrection (Bandai/Emotion)
No-class MAR
Publication 10 Computer Music magazine #44 features MIDI of ‘Cosmo Tiger’ theme
On Air 11 Space Battleship Yamato places 22nd in ‘100 Best Anime’ special on Fuji Television
No-class APR
Music 1 CD: London Sinfonia Sound Animation Theme Songs features Yamato theme (Favorite Music Entertainment)
No-class JUN
Video ? VHS: Dubbed version of Farewell to Yamato released in US (Voyager Entertainment, Inc.)
No-class AUG
Books 15 Cosmoship Yamato manga reissue in two volumes by Leiji Matsumoto (Akita Library/Akita Shoten)
Event 28 Yamato Party ’94 convention
No-class SEP
On Air 9 Isao Sasaki performs on a “famous tunes of the 70s” TV special
On Air 22 Dessler profiled in an anime TV documentary on Fuji Television
No-class OCT
Anniversary 6 20th Anniversary of Space Battleship Yamato TV series premiere
Event 9 Yamato fan gathering/film screening
Music 21 CD: Boys sing to the Earth features Yamato theme (Yamashiro Entertainment Group)
No-class NOV
Video ? VHS: Subtitled version of The New Voyage released in US (Voyager Entertainment, Inc.)
Music 23 CD: Interesting Orchestra V: Animation Fantasy World features Yamato theme
No-class DEC
Music 1 CD: Anime Cartoon Theme Song Graffiti: Space Legends features Yamato theme
Music 12 CD: Yamato 2520 main theme CD single by Tokio (Sony Music)
Video 21 LD & VHS: Yamato 2520 vol. 0: One Hundred Year War in the Milky Way (Bandai/Emotion)

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