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Star Blazers, vintage Japanese Anime at its best!

Updated on September 4, 2014

As a child growing up in the late 1970s, I was fascinated by science fiction such as Lost in Space, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Space 1999. Star Blazers was the perfect anime cartoon for me at the time.

What is Star Blazers?

Star Blazers is an Japanese animated television series adapted for the United States market through English translation. It was first broadcast here in the states in 1979. Star Blazers paved the way for other anime in the United States such as Pokemon.


Star Blazers Plot

There are three seasons of the Star Blazers animated series, each with their own saga. Each episode was a continuation of the last with a cliff-hanger at the end to persuade you to "tune-in" to see the next episode.

The series focused on the crew of the Argo, an earth sea faring 20th century battleship Yamato secretly turned space ship Argo right under the eyes of Gamilons, a destructive race bent on Earth's destruction. Each season focuses on a new task for the Argo and its crew. Our hero in the series is Derek Wildstar, a young brash officer on the Argo seeking adventure and eventually the captains chair of the Argo.


Star Blazers Season One Opening Theme!

Star Blazers Season 1

In Season 1, Earth is attacked by the inhabitants of a distant planet Gamilon. Gamilon's bombs makes the the surface of Earth uninhabitable due to radiation, forcing survivors to live underground. Radiation will make the Earth uninhabitable in one year. Queen Starsha of the planet Iscandar offers a device to remove the poisonous radiation and plans for the Wave Motion Engine with will allow the crew of the Argo to travel the vast distance to Iscandar. Will the Argo reach Iscandar in time? You will have to watch action packed Season 1 to find out!


Star Blazers Season 2

Despite Gamilon interference, the Argo successfully reaches Iscandar then returns to Earth with a device to remove the deadly radiation. Earth's surface is once again green and habitable. A new threat exists, Prince Zordar and the Comet Empire seeking to colonize Earth. Derek Wildstar now commands the Argo and the Earth Defense Force to stop the evil Prince Zordor and his comet, Deathstar like, killing machine. Will Earth win the battle? You must watch Season 2 to find out.


Star Blazers Season 2 DVDs on Amazon

Star Blazers Season 3

Earth is caught in the middle of a war between Galmans and the Bolar Federation. A missile fired during the war disrupts the Sun's balance causing its reactions to go out of control. Can Derek Wildstar and the crew of the Argo find a new home for Earth's inhabitants before Earth is destroyed by the Sun? Watch epic Season 3 to find out!


Star Blazers Season 3 DVDs on Amazon

My found memories of the Star Blazers Series

Starting in 1979, every weekday morning at 7am, I was glued to the set anticipating a new action packed Star Blazers episode. What adventure was Derek Wildstar and the crew of the Argo getting into today? I had built many a model of the Argo and other space ships out of Legos while watching the series. At age 10, I was past watching Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, and other cartoons. Star Blazers plot was just sophisticated enough to keep my daily attention. I watched all three seasons composing of 77 episodes! Recently, I rediscovered Star Blazers while browsing anime on Amazon and immediately purchased Season 1. The series is still as captivating to me now as when I was 10 years old!

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Consclusion

If you are looking for interesting plot driven vintage anime, then Star Blazers is the right choice for you!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I have never seen this show...or perhaps I just don't remember. lol.

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      I don't know if I have ever watched this show as a kid, but probably, considering my dad watched every space show on TV at the time. Looks like a show my son would like!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I don't remember this program at all. I'm sure the programs today don't compare to it. Haven't seen many programs until the went to You Tube, because I didn't grow up on TV.