Watch Star Blazers
- 3 Seasons
Star Blazers is an adaptation of a Japanese animation in the anime style that was reworked to be popular in the U.S. The series takes place over three seasons and contains interconnecting stories stretching across each season; characters appear in each of the three seasons that take the human characters away from Earth on missions into space. The animated television series Star Blazers was syndicated throughout the U.S. by the Westchester Corporation in conjunction with Claster Television. American scripts were written for the Japanese animated series that made the story more accessible to young U.S viewers; themes that were prominent in the Japanese version included alcoholism and violence were replaced in the U.S. series. The Japanese series were produced in the 1970s and were dubbed in the U.S. during the late 1970s and 1980s. During the first season of Star Blazers, entitled The Quest for Iscandar the World War II battleship Yamato is fitted with an engine of alien origin to take the ship into space. The Earth has been held under siege by the alien Gamilon Empire who have destroyed the surface of the Earth with a nuclear attack. Queen Starsha of the planet Iscandar offers the use of CosmoDNA to reverse the effects of the nuclear attack on the Earth's surface; the ship must reach her planet and return to Earth within a year if the planet is to be saved. The successful completion of the mission in season 1 is followed in season 2 by a new invading army giving the season the title The Comet Empire. An approaching comet is the cover for an alien empire that wishes to enslave the people of Earth. The battleship Yamato is again given the mission of saving the Earth; the battleship is now under the command of the deputy Captain Derek Wildstar. Like the first season The Comet Empire is made up of 26 thirty minute episodes. A less successful third season, entitled The Bolar Wars was produced with different voice actors to the first two seasons and various animation quality problems. In Japan the anime franchise remains popular and led to a 2010 live action movie. Attempts to produce a U.S. based live action movie have so far proved unsuccessful; production companies including Walt Disney have made attempts to produce live action versions of Star Blazers.