Welcome to Leijiverse, the.Otaku.com-based fan-site WORLD that focuses on the anime and manga works of legendary manga author Leiji Matsumoto (such as Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999, Submarine Super 99, Cosmowarrior Zero, The Galaxy Railways, Queen Millenia, The Ultimate Time-Sweeper Mahoroba, SF Sayuiki Starzinger, Danguad Ace, etc) as well as the late Yoshinobu Nishizaki's most legendary sci-fi franchise Space Battleship Yamato (which Matsumoto himself helped create). This will also focus on non-Leiji Matsumoto-created movie and T.V. projects based on the master's characters and works.

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News: A Yamato 2199 Film for 2014 Release

Last night, I found out from ANN that the makers of the film series Space Battleship Yamato 2199 are currently working on a film sequel scheduled for release sometime in 2014. This announcement was first brought up on Japanese television right after the airing of ep. 26 of the edited-for-DVD cut of the film series itself (ep. 26 was originally shown as the last fourth of the 7th and final installment of the film series, titled "Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Chapter 7: And the Warship Comes").

You know, I was hoping that after Chapter 7 of the film series came out, Enagio would start working on the sequel to the primary SBY universe-based film Space Battleship Yamato: Resurrection since the story that began in SBY: R is still remains incomplete. But perhaps the owners of the Space Battleship Yamato franchise felt the need to abandon plans on going back to the primary SBY universe due to the lack of support suffered by SBY: R in Japan and Yamato 2199 becoming more popular than its 1970s predecessor.

2:11 PM Canada EST

News: 2010's SBY Film To Have Theatre Screenings in Fall 2013

It's been a while since I posted anything in this WORLD, but not to worry Leiji Matsumoto anime fans, it's still alive. Anyway, for those of you living in either Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco, or in the Canadian nation, you may want to mark...

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News: International Release of Yamtao 2199 Coming Soon

Today, ANN announces that the currently running anime film series Space Battleship Yamato 2199 will officially be distributed outside Japan in the future, though no word yet exists on which countries it will be shown in and when or what languages it will be dubbed in or whether it will be the 7-film theatrical series cut or 26-episode DVD cut to be internationally distributed. Morever, ANN indicates that according to a filmed-in-Japan silmulcast for the anime, this series will use "Star Blazers 2199" as its title for outside Japan release (my predications guessed right about how it will be titled outside Japanf, and in case some of you are new to the Space Battleship Yamato experience, the term "Star Blazers" identifies the Space Battleship Yamato franchise for English-dubbed releases in North America, though only the first three SBY T.V. series have U.S.-produced English dubs).

11:20 PM Canada EST

Forum Arcadia: Your Gateway Leiji Matsumoto Anime

I don't know how many users at theOtaku.com are fans of Leiji Matsumoto's anime and/or manga works (such as Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999, Interstellar 5555 - 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, and the original Space Battleship Yamato), but for today's topic, I want to take time to get to know you, the readers. Therefore, the topic for this forum post is where you discuss what anime by Leiji Matsumoto or based on his creations you saw that made you a fan of the great master's art and storytelling, even to the pont of watching anime not by Harlock's creator himself but are based on his work (like Space Pirate Captain Herlock: Endless Odyssey and Space Battleship Yamato 2199). Basically, you are to say what is it about the anime that made you hungry for more of the great master's art.

For those of you new to getting know Leiji Matsumoto, anime works he worked on so far (to the best of my knowledge at least) are all the Space Battleship Yamato anime (not counting Space Battleship Yamato: The Movie, Yamato 2520, Space Battleship Yamato: Resurrection, and Space Battleship Yamato 2199), Danguard Ace, SF Saiyuki Starzinger (aka "Spaceketeers"), Maeterlinck's Blue Bird: Tyltyl and Mytyl's Adventurous Journey (Matsumoto only did character designs for this one), 1979's Galaxy Express 999 (better known as "Galaxy Express 999: The Movie" and "Galaxy Express 999" The Signature Edition"), Adieu Galaxy Express 999, Arcadia of my Youth, Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX, Way to the Virgin's Space, Saint Elmo – Apostle of Light, The Cockpit, Harlock Saga - Ring of the Nibelung, Interstellar 5555 - 5tory of the 5ecret 5ystem, Cosmowarrior Zero, Maetel Legend, Space Symphony Maetel: Galaxy Express 999 Side Story, Submarine Super 99, all Galaxy Railways anime, and Ozuma

1:02 AM Canada EST

News: Yamato 2199's TV Broadcast Start Met With Victory

Last night, ANN revealed some news that should excite fans of Space Battleship Yamato. As confirmed, though the film series Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is still running with its fifth chapter/installment to be released in Japanese theaters on April 13, the T.V. series/OVA series cut of the anime itself had gained high nielsen ratings success during its 1st episode's first T.V. airing; it was declared to have won the highest viewership in years for a T.V. broadcast start to ever occur in a Sunday @ 5:00 PM (Japanese time) slot on Japanese T.V. networks TBS and/or MBS. However, audiences between the ages of 35-49 were reported to dominate the entire audience who tuned in for the epic anime series' T.V. broadcast launch (I',m guessing this includes those who knew Space Battleship Yamato from long ago,e ven duirng when the the original SBY series had its first broadcast).

Congrats to the makers of this amazing remake on this win. Keep up the fight, Yamato!

4:46 PM Canada EST