I wish I was in Japan right now to be among the many lucky fans and viewers who will bear witness to the opening of this long awaited live action film adaptation of the classic manga and anime series that was co-created by the late Yoshinobu Nishizaki and renowned writer Leiji Matsumoto. Known as Star Blazers in the US, Space Battleship Yamato is set in the year 2199 and tells the story of a diverse crew of men of women, who take on desperate mission of survival aboard the last space battleship of Earth, Yamato, as it sets out on a journey to recover a device from an alien planet known as Iscander in order to heal their own world, which was besieged and irradiated by invaders known as the Gamilas. It's truly the stuff of action and drama that Sci-Fi fans like myself would go for, and it's showing today in theaters in Japan. Website I09 has a post featuring a detailed documentary on the film, so it's worth checking out via this link. Heck, even Aerosmith's Steven Tyler wrote and performed a song for the movie - "Love Lives". Here's to seeing good reviews on this baby soon, and hopefully a translated or subtitled version early next year!