Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Lynn Minmay, Mar 28, 2016.
so it's bad tempered red head?
The Japanese have named a pair of cruise liners Asuka.
Otherwise I will assume it is suppose to be named after the village of Asuka in Nara Province (former location of the imperial palace in the 6th and 7th centuries), and probably a nod to one specific bad tempered red head, to go with Yamato's red eyed pilot who can be called Rei.
They have two cruise liners named Asuka? That seems... redundant. And likely to be quite confusing on the radios when docked in the same port.
There's a store here in Seattle in the Pike Place Market called 'Golden Age Collectables', and they have/had (at the time), a fairly large section of merchandise (toys, models, Manga, etc.) imported from Japan.
Back in 82-83, on a trip there, my parents purchased for me a pair of books called 'Space Cruiser Yamato Perfect Manual Vol. 1' and 'Space Cruiser Yamato Perfect Manual Vol. 2'.
The first volume covered 'Series One', 'Space Battleship Yamato: The Movie', 'Farewell To Yamato' and 'Series Two' along with character sheets. The second volume covered 'The New Voyage', 'Be Forever Yamato' and 'The Bolar Wars' and a mechanical guide. The was no 'Final Yamato' as it had not been released at the time of publication.
It was through those 'Perfect Manuals' that I discovered that there was more to 'Space Cruiser Yamato' than the two series that had been brought to the U.S.; and, at one point, Captain Harlock was going to appear in Series One. (He has a prominent place in the early promotional material included in 'Volume One'.) And, even though I didn't read Japanese, by studying the animation cels, I was able to get a good idea of what 'The New Voyage' and 'Be Forever Yamato' were about along with the new characters and ships. The 'Bolar Wars' escaped me.
Jump ahead to spring 1989 and I'm a senior in high school and I have fifth period study hall. In that class is a Japanese exchange student.
One day I brought in my 'Perfect Manuals' and asked her to translate the synopsis for 'The New Voyage', 'Be Forever Yamato', 'The Bolar Wars' as well as the character and mechanical names. It was through her that I learned the Japanese names of the characters as well as the names of the new ships seen briefly in 'The Bolar Wars'. She translated them as 'Arizona', 'Prince of Wales', 'Bismark', and 'Novik'. She also said that the name of the carriers seen in Series 2 were called the 'Lexington' class.
So, this was my long way of saying that, at least as far back as 1989, I knew the carriers to be called the 'Lexington'; and, since the 'Perfect Manuals' were imported from Japan and she translated the names from Japanese to English, I would say that the producers, even as far back as the filming of Series Two, named the ships the 'Lexington' class and someone from Voyager Entertainment had their hands on a copy of the 'Perfect Manuals'.
Very cool! Sounds like you had a similar path that I did. For many years I thought there were the only two series. Then I started going to Trek Conventions in the 80’s and I discovered what else was out there. Quite an eye-opening experience. And I started buying up all the Yamato books out there I could find. Good times.
I wish I knew someone fluent in Japanese. I’d like to try to get one of the pages from the old Yamato Fact Files (DeAgostini) that appeared to explain why Desslar’s skin color changed from pink to blue (in the original series).
MS Asuka was sold in 2006 to a German company and now renamed Amadea.
MS Asuka II was purchased in 2006. Was formerly the Crystal Harmony.
Cute ships here:
We are around ten days to the "in universe' documentary style Yamato 2202 film coming out. I hope to get some info from Japan about Yamato 2205 right after that.
The documentary style film for Yamato 2202 is told from the point of view of people in the year 2205, and news suggests that Yamato 2205 will come out in October.
The push towards Yamato 2205 has begun: New webpage: 『宇宙戦艦ヤマト2205 新たなる旅立ち』10月8日 劇場上映 (starblazers-yamato.net)
With story, some new characters, and some new ships.
Teaser trailer for Yamato 2205
Thanks for posting this
Oh, that looks interesting.
I wonder if a new 2205 thread should be started considering this is on its way this year.
We have what looks to be the backstory part of the Bolar Wars arc, with Dessler finding planet Galman (and the planet later named Starsha), and fighting it out with the Bolar for control over the planets and the surrounding territory so that the Gamilas people may migrate from their dying world.
But, while this is happening, the Dark Nebula Empire strikes at Gamilas itself. It would make some sense that the fleets are not quite as thick in the defense of the outer reaches now that Gatlantis is gone, and the focus is on both fighting the Bolar and relocating the population to planet Galman. I mean, who in their right mind is going to attack the heart of the Gamilas Empire, suddenly, and without previous encounters with them?
Earth still has its treaty with Gamilas and is gearing up to help Dessler's push against the Bolar. To this end, Kodai has been made captain of the Yamato and is training up a new crew.
Sanada is in commmand of the fleet carrier Hyuga.
Yuki may be in command of the support carrier Asuka.
Most of the seen crew that went to Iscandar in 2199 have gotten promotions by 2205....except Niimi, who is still a lieutenant (likely has a black mark on her record for the Izumo munity).
So this time around we are getting four factions in some form:
Earth, without the Time Fault to rapidly replace their fleet numbers since it was collapesed at some point during the year 2203 (after six months of rebuilding time).
Gamilas using some newer and refit ships in this interim between Gamilas and Galman days.
The Bolar Federation (or Union, not sure which anymore) with lesser ships than what they had in the older version of the Bolar Wars.
And the Dark Nebula Empire with whatever updates they get this time around.
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