Sunday, December 19, 2010

Starblazers...


Thats right... Starblazers, the cartoon that I would run home everyday to watch, has been made into a Live action movie.


I still remember the Narrator proclaiming “Hurry Star Force only X number of days left” as they struggled to save earth from the Gamelons and then the Comet Empire. I can still sing the theme song. It was on Channel 29 and came out with a few other americanized Japanese Anime like “G-force”.


I used to think that the ships were the coolest, and the battles were some of the most brutal in cartoon land at the time. The laser would go through the enemy ship... there would be a pause then the ship would explode. The old battleship Yamato, the other earth ships and fighters and the all powerful wave motion gun ( that for some reason was fired with a cross hair and a pistol grip) all were fuel for the fires of imagination.


I attended a convention at Trenton state college... a game convention, probably in 1982 or 83, and there, a fan club introduced us to the uncut version of the “first season” of Starblazers, the original Japanese version in which everyone basically dies at the end and explained to us that the cartoon had been so wildly popular that fans demanded it be brought back.


Well now the Japanese have done a live action movie that looks very good, I can’t wait until I get a chance to see it.

3 comments:

aravan said...

That cartoon is without a doubt one of my cherished memories of childhood. Funny that I feel absolutely zero apprehension about a live-action movie about it - I guess because it's Japan, not Hollywood, making it.

Dave Starks said...

Star Blazers was so underrated! OK, so the acting was hammy and everything was way too imitative of either Star Wars or Star Trek, but THE DOGFIGHTS! To see the Argo with a gaping hole, smoke billowing out of the hull, enduring withering laser fire...pretty rad! And for my money, the ship design is THE BEST IN THE HISTORY OF SF, even better than Star Wars.

Dave Starks said...

BTW, have you ever played in a Blazers RPG? Stevie G. is way into the series also; I think HERO system would suit it perfectly...