Conductor Naoto Otomo interview, May 2019

To commemorate a newly-recorded re-release of Kentaro Haneda’s Yamato Grand Symphony, the Japanese website Real Sound interviewed Conductor Naoto Otomo, who was intimately involved in its production since it was composed in 1984. Here he describes the conditions for its creation and its evolution since then.

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Rogue producer, 1997 – 1999

Focus, a weekly gossip magazine published by Shinchosha, was a celebrity-and-scandal chaser that kept tabs on cultural turmoil. Yoshinobu Nishizaki wasn’t high on their list of targets, but they tagged him on at least two separate occasions. In the interest of complete record-keeping, here are both of their articles.

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Kazutaka Miyatake interview, January 2017

Kazutaka Miyatake is a man of few words, but his pen speaks volumes. As the primary mecha designer of Series 1 and Farewell to Yamato, his work has dazzled us and set an industry standard for over 40 years. He reveals much in this interview with Showa 40 Man magazine, including the design genesis of the Comet Empire itself.

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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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Star Blazers Chronicles:
The Adventures of Edward Hawkins

Cosmo DNA’s first-ever audio article! Few anime fans in general – and Yamato fans in particular – have been at it harder or longer than Mr. Edward Hawkins. In this series of half-hour audio segments, Ed takes us on a journey that shows the lengths one will go to follow the spirit of Yamato. (Part 2 added April 2014)

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