AX '13: Yamato 2199 getting English dub


We Star Blazers now

Hey, remember Star Blazers, the English incarnation of Space Battleship Yamato? Well, it's back! Sort of.

Production I.G. and its partners are apparently opting to take advantage of Star Blazers' greater recognition in the west, and is producing an English dub of their Space Battleship 2199 reboot. I've seen bits of the series in Japanese (the discs have English subtitles), and it is fantastic, much in the vein of the 2008 Battlestar Galactica reboot.

They're calling it Star Blazers 2199, and debuted a pair of trailers to get everyone on board. Check 'em out above and below. The series is set to finish by the end of August in Japan, so hopefully a licensed release overseas won't be long after that. 

At this point my only question is just how much they're planning to localize. The original Space Battleship Yamato was only called Star Blazers because it came about in an era when keeping the original names and concepts was unthinkable for "Japanimation". It's a different world now, so I doubt even the most nostalgia-ridden Star Blazers fan would take too kindly if everything were changed just to match the '80s.

[Image credit to KujiraGunsou]

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