1977 spotlights: Matsumoto and Nishizaki

With the explosive success of the Yamato movie in 1977, anime creators themselves emerged from the shadows to become full-fledged celebrities. Here we present two such examples from magazines published during the heyday, which put the spotlight on both Leiji Matsumoto and Yoshinobu Nishizaki.

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1977 Time Machine: Hobby Japan

Founded in 1969, Hobby Japan‘s very first Yamato coverage came in the December 1977 issue (published in October) just two months after the feature film worked its magic. Here is that vintage article in full, which also provided a rare glimpse into Yamato fandom – and the delightful bonus of a future star sighting.

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