Here at AnimeMecha we like our anime old and free of CGI. If you grew up on stuff like Starblazers, Battle of the Planets, Robotech and Force Five, then this is the site for you. Our collection spans 35 years - from old Roman Albums and copies of NewType to Laserdisc Box Sets - AnimeMecha is here to share what we have with the community.
With Yamato 2199 (宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199) drawing to a close, some great books are finally hitting the market to cover the series in detail. The first of these is Yamato 2199 "Earth" (宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199 : 公式設定資料集). As you would expect the book covers the characters, mechanics and related content related to the good guys (Unless you happen to be a Gamilas sympathizer). The softcover book comes in a glossy cardboard slipcase with the Yamato lineart on the cover. The dust jacket for the book features a cutaway rendering of the Yamato.
In 1979 Sunrise released a series of hardcover books covering the Mobile Suit Gundam TV series. This was one of those rare sets I was able to pick up at the Mandarake store in Nakano Broadway (JR Sobu Line). The 6 volume set titled "Mobile Suit Gundam: Complete Record" was released between 1979 and 1980.
Like the Be Forever Yamato hardcover, this was also a book I tracked for years finally ending up by chance with 2 copies (only 1 has the slipcase). It is massive - 10.5" x 14.5" - and West Cape again spared no expense on the content and production. The slipcase is well designed and features the same leather-textured wrap giving the book a very polished look. The book contains a brief history of the series, production notes and sketches, mechanical designs and character designs, and over 140 pages of still photos taken from the film footage.
Publisher: West Cape Corporation ©1983
Format: 10.5" x 14.5"
There are a few books in my collection today that sat on a most wanted list for several years. Not always "rare" by any means, some books were highly sought after due to their production quality, unique features, or history. When West Cape put this hardbound and slip cased book together for Be Forever Yamato, they spared no expense. The slipcase featured Be Forever Yamato in debossed relief along the edge with a leather textured paper wrap. The book itself contains 336 pages of still shots from the movie, production sketches, interviews, advertising materials, music, and pretty much every detail surrounding the production of the movie including storyboards for cut scenes.
Love this Yamato 2199 ED (beginning with episode 11) "Memory of Light" by KOKIA