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Star Blazers

1 9 7 9 (Japan/USA)
78 x 22 minute episodes

In the year 2199, Earth is invaded by an extraterrestrial race from the dying planet Gamilon who  decide to make Earth their new home.

The Gamilons rain radioactive bombs on the Earth, rendering the planet’s surface arid and uninhabitable for humans – forcing what’s left of humanity to retreat to underground cities – but hospitable for their own race.


Earth’s space fleet is hopelessly outclassed by the Gamilons and all seems lost until a mysterious space probe is retrieved on Mars, which contains blueprints and a message from Queen Starsha of the planet Iscandar, who promises to provide Cosmo-DNA which can cleanse Earth of its radiation damage.

The blueprints are of a supercraft that can enable any ship to head to Iscandar (situated in another galaxy) and back in a year.

With these plans, the citizens of Earth secretly convert the Argo, a great sea-going battleship, into a spacecraft (!) and a brave, young crew of 114 departs for Iscandar to acquire the device.

Along the way, the intrepid crew must fight the Gamilons, who are determined to prevent the brave voyagers from saving Earth from extinction.

The original Japanese series was called Space Battleship Yamato.

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