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Old November 7 2007, 05:04 PM   #1
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AGT... Enterprise-D inspires Great Yamato # Zero?

Japanese television in 1974 saw the debut of Uchu Senkan Yamato an animated science fiction series which told the story of a mission to save the Earth from an alien invasion.

This series is best known for its namesake, the Space Battleship Yamato, a radically rebuilt WWII Japanese Battleship which has been transformed into a space worthy warship. Designed by Leiji Matsumoto, the Yamato came equipped with an array of powerful weapons and a space warp drive that could jump the ship many lightyears at a time.


In 1979 this series was adapted for US television in the form of Star Blazers. While rather edited, it remains a major inspiration for early anime fandom in the US.

In 1994 a certain group of anime loving Trekkerboiz decided to pay tribute to this series in the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation by sneaking in a few Yamato inspired elements onto a future Enterprise-D

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In 2004, Leiji Matsumoto created an alternate universe serie of Uchu Senkan Yamato called Great Yamato # 0. I recently discovered this series while doing some research on anime.

The design is an updated version of his earlier Yamato, but there clearly seems to be a few Enterprise-D elements snuck in this time around.

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Old November 7 2007, 05:20 PM   #2
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Re: AGT... Enterprise-D inspires Great Yamato # Zero?

IMO, the saucer section is the only part you could consider an "homage". The rest is pretty much an updated original, as near as I can tell.

Syd Mead designed a radical departure for the Yamato's successor in "Yamato 2520", which had all his design staples. Not a bad attempt, but overall too much for the viewers of the ultimately cancelled show.

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Old November 7 2007, 08:12 PM   #3
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Re: AGT... Enterprise-D inspires Great Yamato # Zero?

Sorry, any design similarities that are in there are almost too vague to attribute to being inspired by the other. Most of them are commonalities found in many sci-fi ships.
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Old November 7 2007, 08:19 PM   #4
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Re: AGT... Enterprise-D inspires Great Yamato # Zero?

Mark_Nguyen said:Syd Mead designed a radical departure for the Yamato's successor in "Yamato 2520", which had all his design staples. Not a bad attempt, but overall too much for the viewers of the ultimately cancelled show.

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Got the series on tape. It was supposed to run 4 episodes IIRC. It only got as far as 3 due to the production company going bankrupt and a copyright dispute.
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Old November 9 2007, 03:12 AM   #5
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Re: AGT... Enterprise-D inspires Great Yamato # Zero?

Know nothing of the Yamato show, but the AGT Enterprise is my favorite Sci-Fi ship ever.
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