The Yamato movie was the biggest blockbuster in Japanese cinema history. This new phenomenon was full of surprises. Never before had thousands of fans camped out overnight, nor had a merchandising campaign taken off so swiftly, nor had music played such a powerful role in bringing an anime to the public eye.
The Yamato movie sounded the first official Anime Boom, and the world would never again be the same. When the time came for home video releases, it was at the head of the line. Often sharing release dates with the other films, it was always first in everyone’s hearts as the one that started it all.