Wednesday, September 1, 2010
STAR BLAZERS (1979)
Back in 1979, when I was in my Freshman year of High School, I would impatiently ride the bus home every weekday (that I didn't have detention), and rush to my bedroom, where I'd turn on a little portable television with a seven or eight-inch black & white screen, and fiddle with the antenna hoping to somehow snag the elusive broadcast signal from Bangor's WVII: Channel 7, so I could watch the latest episode of the seminal anime series, Star Blazers. Our rooftop aerial could never receive the signal, but sometimes, when atmospheric conditions were just right, that little portable could... although never very well.
The Americanized version of the Japanese serial Space Cruiser Yamato, was my first exposure to anime, and I was completely engrossed in its characters and epic storylines - whether it was the Star Force's quest for far Iskandar and the Cosmo DNA or the battle against the Comet Empire. I was well and truly hooked, and on the days when I couldn't get it to come in, I was despondent.
Later, when I was at art school in the early 80s, I was exposed to stuff like Voltron and Battle of the Planets, and while I kinda dug the big robot guy, neither appealed to me like Star Blazers.
Anyway, I just rented the first volume of the first season Star Blazers DVDs from Netflix, and watched the first five episodes straight through. The animation's not quite as good as I remembered, and the dialogue is far more goofy than I recalled, but... I think I'm hooked again. It doesn't hurt finally being able to see them on a properly-sized TV screen, and in color, to boot...!