Anime Review: Star Blazers (Season 1)

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Genre: Space Opera

Studio/Creator: Leiji Matsumoto/Toei

Distributor: Manga Video

No of Episodes: 26

Suggested Age: 13+

Summary: The evil Gamilon Empire is invading Earth by dropping “planet bombs”–meteorites that release toxic gas when they explode.  Fortunately, the Star Force receives a message from Queen Starsha of the planet Iscandar. She has a weapon that will neutralize the gases.  However, the Star Force has only one year to retrieve the weapon before Earth becomes too toxic for humans.  To make matters worse, the Empire is in pursuit to stop them.

Review: Like Captain Harlock, Star Blazers, is another milestone in America’s growing interest in anime.  It aired for three seasons, from 1979-1984.  Because each season had its own separate storyline, I have decided to break my review into parts, one for each season.

The anime is very much like a  Japanese version of Star Trek.  Even the uniforms the Star Force’s members wear are similar to the Federation uniforms on Star Trek.

The Gamilons are great villains. This is especially true of their leader, Desslok, who is a sophisticated despot and considers humans inferior.  His smug demeanor is well-characterized and I enjoyed despising him.

If you’re interested in anime history, I suggest giving this series a look.  Next week, I’ll look at season two, detailing the battle with the Comet Empire.

Sub/Dub: I only saw the dub.  It’s a pretty good one, for 70’s and 80’s anime.

Music/Score: Full of 70’s cheese. I loved it.

Violence: 5/10–If you can handle the violence seen in J J Abrahm’s reboot of Star Trek, this won’t be too bad.

Language: 0/10

Nudity: 0/10

Sexuality: 0/10

Related Media: There is a live-action movie, the original manga, and even a video game.

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