Yamato 2199 Anime Film to Open in April

The Nikkan Sports newspaper reported on Thursday that a new Space Battleship Yamato 2199 anime film will open in Japanese theaters on April 7 of next year — 38 years after the first television series aired in 1974. The basic story of the new film is the same as the first Yamato anime set in 2199, but Yutaka Izubuchi (RahXephon), the 52-year-old animator who worked on mechanical designs and science-fiction concepts on some of the earlier projects in the franchise, is directing.

Shoji Nishizaki, the adopted son of the late Yamato producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki, hinted at his father’s memorial service last December that he has begun production on new Yamato works including a television series and another film. Mechanical designer Makoto Kobayashi (Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, Giant Robo, Last Exile, Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection) revealed at the closing ceremonies of Anime Expo this past July that he is working on a remake of Space Battleship Yamato for release next year.

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