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  •  The Japanese Version Of This Idea (4+ / 0-)

    "Space Battleship Yamato" is set in the year 2199. An alien race called the Gamilons has been bombarding Earth's surface, destroying our cities & unleashing deadly radiation. The surface of Earth has been turned into a desert.

    Humanity has been driven underground, and all of humanity's attempts to resist the Gamilons have failed. At the beginning of the series, most of what's left of Earth's space fleet is destroyed in a failed attack against a Gamilon base near Pluto.

    However, just before all hope is lost & the last of humanity dies out, a message from a planet in the Large Magellanic Cloud, called Iscandar, is received offering a way to save Earth. Using the information provided by the message, humanity builds an FTL drive & a powerful weapon called the Wave Motion Gun. They use the wreckage of the Japanese battleship Yamato and convert it into a starship. The Yamato has to make it to Iscandar, and collect the "Cosmo-DNA" machine that will restore Earth's ecosystem.

    The catch though is they have only one year to make the journey and return, otherwise the damage will be too great to repair.

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