Welcome to a rare opportunity to experience a Yamato story in prose form. This is nothing unusual in Japan, where novelizations go all the way back to 1974 (read the very first one here), but it’s certainly a rarity to read that prose in English.
The Resurrection novelization is unique in two ways. First, it was published on a very limited basis, as part of the Resurrection Complete Box set in October 2010, and never sold separately. Second, it is the only Yamato novelization (so far) written by a woman, Rei Morimura, whose publishing credits go back to 1985.
As with all well-rounded novelizations, it expands upon material seen on the screen and adds levels of characterization that work better in text form. The novel’s only artwork was the cover painting seen here. All images contained in the chapters are from the production archives or the film itself.
The universe spreads into infinity…
A world filled with silent light…
The solar system we live in is about 30,000 light years from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.
Earth…the mother planet that gave birth to us and raised us…Earth and the human race will face an unprecedented crisis…
Seventeen years after Space Battleship Yamato sank in the sea of the wandering planet Aquarius…
It is the year 2220…
Novelization by Rei Morimura
Published by Yamato Books, October 2010
Chapter 4: The Hope of Humanity, Yamato
Chapter 5: Resurrection!! Space Battleship Yamato
Chapter 6: Great Urup Interstellar Union of Nations
Chapter 7: Yamato, Enemy Confrontation
Chapter 8: Resolution to Destroy the Earth Ship
Chapter 9: Resolved! Flyby Warp
Chapter 10: Etos Soldier, Gorui
Chapter 11: The Sorrow of Amal
Chapter 12: Gorui’s Decision
Chapter 13: A Battle Betting on the Future
Chapter 14: Shout! The Six-way Wave-Motion Gun
Chapter 15: Farewell, Earth