1981 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 1981
No-class JAN
Event 2-7 Space Battleship Yamato expositions held at various department stores
On Air 3 Yamato III Episode 13: Dreadful! The Bolar Federation!
On Air 10 Yamato III Episode 14: The dimensional submarine Garuman Wolf!
Book 10 Arrivederci Yamato Anime Comics volume 1 (Champion Graphic/Akita Shoten)
On Air 17 Yamato III Episode 15: Yamato is captured!
Book 20 Arrivederci Yamato Anime Comics volume 2 (Champion Graphic/Akita Shoten)
Book 23 Be Forever Yamato manga volume 2 by Akira Hio (Sun Comics/Asahi Sonorama)
On Air 24 Yamato III Episode 16: The day of Dessler!
Music 25 LP & Cassette: Yamato BGM collection 1 (Nippon Columbia)
On Air 31 Yamato III Episode 17: Critical moment of Dessler’s empire!
No-class FEB
Publication 3 Yamato III manga by Hiroshi Aizawa Chapter 5 (Adventure King Magazine, Akita Shoten)
Book 10 Yamato III ‘Complete Works’ novel part 1 (Asahi Sonorama)
On Air 14 Yamato III Episode 18: The angry sun!
book 16 The New Voyage ‘SF’ novel (Asahi Sonorama)
On Air 21 Yamato III Episode 19: The way to Planet Phantom!
Music 25 LP & Cassette: Yamato III Symphonic Suite (Nippon Columbia)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #21
Book 26 Space Battleship Yamato ‘Toy Book’ (Kodansha)
On Air 28 Yamato III Episode 20: Phantom planet!
ON AIR ? Star Blazers Fandom Report newsletter premieres (first quarter, 1981)
No-class MAR
event 1 Fan club headquarters relocates to Asakasa, Tokyo
Publication 3 Yamato III manga by Hiroshi Aizawa Chapter 6 (Adventure King Magazine, Akita Shoten)
On Air 7 Yamato III Episode 21: Shattered hope!
On Air 14 Yamato III Episode 22: Farewell, planet of dreams!
Cinema 14 ‘Space Roadshow’: The New Voyage and Be Forever Yamato double feature attracts 1.5 million viewers (through April 4)
event 20 Yamato Fair opens at Matsuyama City (through May 10)
On Air 21 Yamato III Episode 23: Fierce battle! Skalagek Star Cluster!
Book 25 Space Battleship Yamato Anime Comics volume 1 (Champion Graphic/Akita Shoten)
book 25 Yamato 2 ‘SF’ novel (Asahi Sonorama)
On Air 28 Yamato III Episode 24: The secret of Planet Shalbart!
Book 30 Yamato III manga volume 1 by Takayuki Masuo (Sun comics/Asahi Sonorama)
No-class APR
Publication 1 Yamato III Anime Comics debut in the first issue of My Anime Magazine (Akita Shoten)
Publication 3 Yamato III manga by Hiroshi Aizawa Chapter 7 (Adventure King Magazine, Akita Shoten)
On Air 4 Yamato III Episode 25: Yamato, shoot the sun! (conclusion) Average audience rating: 15.4%
Book 20 Yamato III ‘Complete Works’ novel part 2 (Asahi Sonorama)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #22
Model ? Galman/Gamilas Battleship (Bandai)
No-class MAY
Publication 2 Yamato III manga by Hiroshi Aizawa Chapter 8 (Adventure King Magazine, Akita Shoten)
Production 13 Final Yamato brainstorming session 1
Books 15 Yamato III novels 1 & 2 (Cobalt Library/Shueisha)
Book 15 Space Battleship Yamato Anime Comics volume 2 (Champion Graphic/Akita Shoten)
Production 28 Final Yamato brainstorming session 2, Aritsune Toyota presents story notes set 1
Model ? 1/6000 Dessler command ship (Bandai)
Model ? Mecha Collection 23-26 (Bandai)
No-class JUN
Production 1 Toyota finishes story notes set 2 for Final Yamato
Publication 3 Yamato III manga by Hiroshi Aizawa Chapter 9 (Adventure King Magazine, Akita Shoten)
Production 5 Final Yamato brainstorming session 3
Production 9 Toyota finishes story notes set 3 for Final Yamato
Book 10 Yamato III ‘Complete Works’ novel part 3 (Asahi Sonorama)
Production 11 Final Yamato brainstorming session 4
Music 11 LP & Cassette: Yamato III Drama album (Nippon Columbia)
Book 25 Yamato III novel (Monkey Library/Shueisha)
Book 25 Yamato III novel (Fanfan Library/Shueisha)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #23
book 25 Yamato Choral Suite sheet music collection (Tokyo Music Study/Westcape Corporation)
Book 30 Roman Album #43 Space Battleship Yamato III (Tokuma Shoten)
Model ? 1/2400 Galman/Gamilas Carrier (Bandai)
Model ? Mecha Collection 27-30 (Bandai)
publication ? Questar magazine publishes an article about Star Blazers (MW Communications)
Production ? Final Yamato brainstorming session 5
No-class JUL
Book 1 Perfect Memoir #17 Yamato III (Leed Company)
Publication 3 Yamato III manga by Hiroshi Aizawa Chapter 10/conclusion (Adventure King Magazine, Akita Shoten)
Production 24 Final Yamato brainstorming session 6
Book 30 Yamato III manga volume 2 by Takayuki Masuo (Sun comics/Asahi Sonorama)
production 31 Toyota finishes Final Yamato story notes set 4
production 31 Eiichi Yamamoto completes Final Yamato first story draft
publication ? TV Guide publishes a cover story on Be Forever Yamato (Tokyo News Agency)
No-class AUG
Production 6 Toyota finishes story notes set 5 for Final Yamato
On Air 12 Space Battleship Yamato movie rebroadcast on Nippon Television’s ‘Wednesday Roadshow’
On Air 15 The New Voyage rebroadcast on Nippon Television’s ‘Saturday Special’
On Air 19 Be Forever Yamato premieres on Nippon Television’s ‘Wednesday Roadshow’
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #24
No-class SEP
music ? LP: Leiji Matsumoto World of SF Roman features Yamato songs (2 discs, Nippon Columbia)
No-class OCT
Music 1 EP: Terebi manga best collection #7 Yamato b/w Triton of the Sea songs (Nippon Columbia)
Music 1 EP: Terebi manga best collection #21 Yamato III b/w Lupin III songs (Nippon Columbia)
Music 25 LP & Cassette: Yamato BGM Collection 2 (Nippon Columbia)
Music 25 LP: Mitsuko Horie’s Anime Best Hit album features Be Forever and Yamato III songs (Nippon Columbia)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #25
Publication ? 1982 Yamato calendar (West Cape Corporation)
No-class NOV
Music 1 EP: Terebi manga best collection #22 The New Voyage b/w Arrivederci Yamato (Nippon Columbia)
No-class DEC
Product 13 Space Battleship Yamato ‘Game for Adult’ 3D simulation game (IF Series/Bandai)
Music 25 LP & Cassette: Yamato 2 Drama album (Nippon Columbia)
Publication 25 Yamato fan club magazine #26
On Air 30 Arrivederci Yamato broadcast on Nippon Televison’s ‘Year End Party Movie’
No-class
Music ? LP: Space Guitar Suite in Animation features Yamato themes (Nippon Columbia)
No-class
book ? Yamato III Sonosheet book (Asahi Sonorama)

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