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Space Battleship Yamato III is the third TV season of the Space Battleship Yamato franchise, produced in Japan in 1980. The story begins at an undisclosed date, but was traditionally believed to have taken place in the year 2205 due to statements made in several of the publications devoted to Yamato III (such as its 'Roman Album'). However, the sequel film, Final Yamato, explicitly took place in late 2203, so after the film was released, the date of Yamato III was assumed to be early 2203.
The plot centers about the drama which ensues when a stray proton missile, from a battle between the Galman Empire and the Bolar Federation, crashes into the sun causing nuclear fusion to accelerate to unsafe levels. The Yamato and crew must then set out on a mission to look for a new world for the human race. They must do so in less than one year.. The English adaptation was known as Star Blazers: The Bolar Wars  There were plans for a fourth season, an American-produced sequel, but it never materialised. A planned web comic series based on Space Battleship Yamato III is scheduled to be released for October 2009.
Over the course of the story, the Yamato and crew must complete their mission of finding a new home for Earthlings amidst the strife caused by the Galman-Bolar conflict. The Galmans, we learn, are the ancestral race from which the Gamilons came. After the battle with the Dark Nebula Empire ended, a battle which destroyed the planet Gamilon, Desslok and his remaining forces set out to search for this ancestral homeland. They found Galman, enslaved by the cruel grey-skinned aliens known as the Bolars. They promptly liberated Galman, and a galaxy-wide war ensued.
The Yamato and crew eventually catch up with Desslok, who is deeply remorseful that Earth has been dragged into this conflict. Desslok dispatches a team of Gamilon-Galman scientists to attempt to restore the Sun. This effort ultimately fails.
During the course of the mission, the Yamato rescues Ruda, the exiled queen of the mysterious and hidden planet, Shalbart. It turns out that she is worshipped by peace-seeking factions within both the Galman and Bolar empires, and is wanted (preferably dead) by both governments which fear her influence. This puts a strain on the fragile alliance between Earth and the Galmans, and causes the Bolars to declare outright war against Earth.
Earth is finally saved when the Yamato brings Ruda to Shalbart, and she decides to give the Earthlings a device (the Hydro-Cosmogen Gun) that can restore the Sun's natural fusion balance. But even this only succeeds after some ultimate sacrifices on the part of some of Yamato's crew.
- Noriko Ohara as Sabera
- Kei Tomiyama Susumu Kodai
- Yōko Asagami (Yuki Mori)
- Akira Kamiya (Shirou Katou)
- Goro Naya Gustav
- Eiji Kanie
- Takeshi Aono
- Masatô Ibu Desler, Heikurō Tōdō
- Kouji Yada (General Talon)
- Kenichi Ogata (Analyzer)
- Keiko Han (Ruda Sharubāto)
- Kazuo Hayashi (Yasuo Nanbu)
- Hirotaka Suzuoki (Kojirou Ohta)
- Hideyuki Tanaka (Ryuusuke Damon)
- Junpei Takiguchi
- Kaneto Shiozawa
- Kôhei Miyauchi (Shalibart Elder)
- Mugihito as (Dagon)
- Shigeru Chiba
- Sumi Shimamoto
- Shozo Iizuka
- Tesshō Genda
- Tohru Furuya as Daisuke Tokugawa
- Tomomichi Nishimura
- Toshio Furukawa
- ↑ A Roman(ce) Album is a Japanese book containing artwork, cinematic digests, character and mechanical designs, and production notes, for a Japanese animation production. It is usually published with some degree of assistance from the production studio, and is designed to be read by fans.
- ↑ "ALL WARS MUST COME TO AN END". StarBlazers.com. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
- ↑ "Star Blazers Chronicles: Westchester Films". StarBlazers.com. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
- ↑ "Yamato IV: The "Secret" TV Series". StarBlazers.com. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
- ↑ "The Bolar Wars: Extended". StarBlazers.com. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
- Starblazers Official website
- Space Battleship Yamato III (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Space Battleship Yamato III at the Internet Movie Database
- Madman Entertainment