Makoto Shinsengumi

Uchuu Senkan Yamato musings
last modified: Saturday, March 24, 2007 (1:15:52 AM)
I bought my first Yamato cel the other day. It is a big step for me as I had been trying to avoid collecting the series for many reasons such as I do not remember each and every episode I watched, I never finished it and all I have is nostalgic feeling for the show. I only remember a few characters and I really wasn't sure if adding another series into my collecting will be good for me. LOL. So months pass and I watch each Yamato cel go by, thinking to myself "Oh I remember him!" "Oh i should get at least a cel of the spaceship or the Captain or that guy in green... He was my favorite." It's shameful I wanted to buy a cel not remembering even their names. But i look and look just like I would look for Tadao's works or Macross or Kenshin cels.

Sure I admit that some of the available cels aren't really breathtakingly beautiful. It's more than 30 years old and the cels have been picked over by many fans, especially Japanese fans who are big followers of Leiji Matsumoto. one note is that Leiji was not the producer of the show, it was Yoshinobu Nishizaki but Leiji is mostly credit for Yamato for the reasons that it was his artistic vision that made the show a legend. I do not know what to say to that but I do believe that Yamato would not be possible without Yoshinobu either especially in relation to getting it 'out' to the public. But I'm getting off the topic, again Yamato cels are available but ver nice Yamato cels are harder to come by nowadays and they're not cheap (but not horribly expensive either).

Suffice it to say that I saw a cel and it was not a bad looking cel and it was signed so I bought it because I do respect Yoshinobu and Leiji. I can't even tell who's signature it is but I'm asking a few friends if they know. It can only be one of them. ;) But that one cel had made me look into Yamato again, made me start watching the movies and during the course of that subtitled movie I noticed something quite fascinating... The names of the crew of the Yamato sounded very familiar, no not familiar in the sense that I'm "recalling" them from 25 years ago... But that they were names of people I am a big fan of now. For example Captain Okita *wink*, Todou *wink wink*, Saitou Hajime, *wink wink wink wink*. Got it? Now I never knew that the Shinsengumi had influence on this anime as when I watched it as a child it was the dubbed version and they replaced the name into something more "Americanized". Heh I guess I can add this to one of the reasons i tend to shy away from dubs now. Oh by the way it's not exactly true what I said that I didn't know, I did know three years ago that the uniforms used on Yamato was patterned after the shinsengumi, the sleeves and bottoms of the pants are similar to the "mountains" found on the sleeves of shinsengumi uniforms. But that wasn't enough reason for me to go back and re-watch the whole thing because i knew it was long more than 150 episodes I think. But the past few days I've been watching and reading summaries and the subtle and not so subtle similarities just amuses me so much.

So now, I am going to be on the hunt for these cels... Heh I alread have a list of what I want eventually. so I don't know why I avoided buying it like the plague... It had a great cast, directors, production staff... It was an anime I enjoyed as much as Macross and Astro Boy... It was also a landmark anime that made history both in and out of japan. Here is the opening w/ Isao Sasaki *grin*