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(History Channel)   On this day in history, in 1945, the battleship Yamato was sunk by Allied forces, ending Imperial Japan's last hope to destroy the Allied fleet and yet preparing the way for the eventual defeat of the Gamilons   (history.com) divider line
    More: Vintage, Yamato class battleship, Japanese battleship Yamato, Battleship, Washington Naval Treaty, Japanese battleship Musashi, insufficient air cover, Japan, Torpedo  
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4 days ago  
Were the Gamilons really defeated, though? I seem to remember them reforming as a new empire and then coming back and curb stomping the Argo. But it's been entirely too long for me to trust that recollection entirely.
 
4 days ago  
As a kid, I thought this was the coolest thing ever.

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4 days ago  
That's exactly what the Japanese want you to think!

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4 days ago  

Pocket Ninja: Were the Gamilons really defeated, though? I seem to remember them reforming as a new empire and then coming back and curb stomping the Argo. But it's been entirely too long for me to trust that recollection entirely.


Wasnt it called the Comet Empire, etc?
 
4 days ago  

Nadie_AZ: As a kid, I thought this was the coolest thing ever.

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In some ways, I still do.  Ya, I m geeking out
 
4 days ago  

SpaceMonkey-66: Nadie_AZ: As a kid, I thought this was the coolest thing ever.

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In some ways, I still do.  Ya, I m geeking out


I remember drawing it in coloring books and even in some school work.

I saw a model at a record store (Yes!) about 2 years ago. I really really had to resist the temptation to buy one.
 
4 days ago  

Nadie_AZ: As a kid, I thought this was the coolest thing ever.

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It still holds up pretty well, as a concept.
 
4 days ago  
Hurry Star Blazers!  Only 75 days to save Earth!
 
4 days ago  

Samfucious: It still holds up pretty well


Which is more than you can say about Yamato's hull

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4 days ago  
SING ALONG!!!

Star Blazers intro (english)
Youtube u5oniErmeuE
 
jvl [BareFark]
4 days ago  
Last hope? It was a suicide mission with zero hope.
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  
The Arcadia is cooler.

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4 days ago  
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4 days ago  

gar1013: [i.imgflip.com image 592x500]


DEEEESlok Deslok Deslok!
 
4 days ago  

SpaceMonkey-66: Pocket Ninja: Were the Gamilons really defeated, though? I seem to remember them reforming as a new empire and then coming back and curb stomping the Argo. But it's been entirely too long for me to trust that recollection entirely.

Wasnt it called the Comet Empire, etc?


I watched the English-dubbed version, so your mileage may vary, but the Comet Empire was separate.

jvl: Last hope? It was a suicide mission with zero hope.


If I remember correctly, they had a year to get to Iscandar and back, but they spent most of it getting there, and they sort of hand-waived getting their asses back in time.
 
4 days ago  

Nadie_AZ: As a kid, I thought this was the coolest thing ever.

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It was!

/still is way up there among the coolness
 
4 days ago  
18-inch guns.  NINE 18-inch guns.  Damn.
 
4 days ago  

jvl: Last hope? It was a suicide mission with zero hope.


I was going to say. Being hunted down by unopposed air wings, having her AA and radar rooms blown away, before collecting 19 American aerial torpedoes, doesn't suggest that she was in much of a position to put up a meaningful fight.
 
4 days ago  

Chimpy McSquirrel: [external-content.duckduckgo.com image 377x289] [View Full Size image _x_]


And now, years and decades later, I look at it and caption, "I CAME!"
 
4 days ago  
Y'all never watched "Space Battleship Clamato" and it shows.
 
4 days ago  

BigNumber12: jvl: Last hope? It was a suicide mission with zero hope.

I was going to say. Being hunted down by unopposed air wings, having her AA and radar rooms blown away, before collecting 19 American aerial torpedoes, doesn't suggest that she was in much of a position to put up a meaningful fight.


Wait, you guys are still talking about the historical vessel and not the Anime?
 
4 days ago  

Nadie_AZ: As a kid, I thought this was the coolest thing ever.

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You were correct.
 
4 days ago  

Nadie_AZ: aw a model at a record store


No. Effing. Way.
 
4 days ago  

UNC_Samurai: Samfucious: It still holds up pretty well

Which is more than you can say about Yamato's hull

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It'll buff out.
 
4 days ago  

Nadie_AZ: As a kid, I thought this was the coolest thing ever.

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Me too. Was my absolute favorite. I've tried watching as an adult and can't quite get into it. Bummer.
 
4 days ago  
Space Battleship Yamato was a fun anime.

The real battleship was yet another nail in the coffin in the idea of the ship of the line.  The anime seems to me as almost a power fantasy to benefit the memory of a ship that had a lot of work, prestige, and hopes put on it, only to get curb stomped in a rather pathetic desperation attack.

Before some dumbfark argues that "well it took 19 torpedo hits to sink!" that's just what we hit it with, doesn't mean it would have stayed afloat with 18 hits, just that you want to be really certain it goes down.  It's also how modern anti-ship tactics work.

/oh you can survive/shoot down/evade a missile?
//how about 5?
///20?
 
4 days ago  
Live-action version Space Battleship Yamato Battle Scene With Cannons
Youtube Oil6-9o86JA
 
4 days ago  
Its crazy that the Japanese basically ruled their section of the planet for a hundred years. They whipped Russia and China.

But then they up and fu*ked with the wrong melon farmer.
 
4 days ago  

Dr Jack Badofsky: 18-inch guns.  NINE 18-inch guns.  Damn.


You should look up the plans for the "Tillman" battleships proposed by the US NAvy.  The designs for Tillman ii and IV both had twenty-four (24!!!) 16 inch guns in 4 sextuple turrets.

http://myplace.frontier.com/~wellsbro​t​hers/Battleships/TillmanBB.html
 
4 days ago  
What the Yamato might look like:

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4 days ago  

UNC_Samurai: Samfucious: It still holds up pretty well

Which is more than you can say about Yamato's hull

[i.pinimg.com image 640x342]


That'll buff right out.
 
4 days ago  

Theeng: Space Battleship Yamato was a fun anime.

The real battleship was yet another nail in the coffin in the idea of the ship of the line.  The anime seems to me as almost a power fantasy to benefit the memory of a ship that had a lot of work, prestige, and hopes put on it, only to get curb stomped in a rather pathetic desperation attack.

Before some dumbfark argues that "well it took 19 torpedo hits to sink!" that's just what we hit it with, doesn't mean it would have stayed afloat with 18 hits, just that you want to be really certain it goes down.  It's also how modern anti-ship tactics work.

/oh you can survive/shoot down/evade a missile?
//how about 5?
///20?


Or a hypersonic missile if you want the new sexy
 
4 days ago  
One of the most hair-raising sounds ever, the firing of the Wave Motion Gun.
Star Blazers - Wave Motion Gun
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4 days ago  

OtherLittleGuy: SpaceMonkey-66: Pocket Ninja: Were the Gamilons really defeated, though? I seem to remember them reforming as a new empire and then coming back and curb stomping the Argo. But it's been entirely too long for me to trust that recollection entirely.

Wasnt it called the Comet Empire, etc?

I watched the English-dubbed version, so your mileage may vary, but the Comet Empire was separate.

jvl: Last hope? It was a suicide mission with zero hope.

If I remember correctly, they had a year to get to Iscandar and back, but they spent most of it getting there, and they sort of hand-waived getting their asses back in time.


They had to face the might of the full Gamalon fleet just to reach Iscandar, and with the fleet seemingly destroyed, the Yamato only had to make its way back to Earth without constant attacks to slow them down.  Really don't need 13 more episodes of Nothing Happens.
 
4 days ago  

Dr Jack Badofsky: 18-inch guns.  NINE 18-inch guns.  Damn.


Meh.  Doesn't matter how big your teeth and claws are when you get attacked by an angry swarm of killer bees.
 
4 days ago  

Call the Guy: Theeng: Space Battleship Yamato was a fun anime.

The real battleship was yet another nail in the coffin in the idea of the ship of the line.  The anime seems to me as almost a power fantasy to benefit the memory of a ship that had a lot of work, prestige, and hopes put on it, only to get curb stomped in a rather pathetic desperation attack.

Before some dumbfark argues that "well it took 19 torpedo hits to sink!" that's just what we hit it with, doesn't mean it would have stayed afloat with 18 hits, just that you want to be really certain it goes down.  It's also how modern anti-ship tactics work.

/oh you can survive/shoot down/evade a missile?
//how about 5?
///20?

Or a hypersonic missile if you want the new sexy


The problem with them is that for all their speed they're still vulnerable to soft countermeasures like other ASMs.  They're scary as fark, but established tactics still look to work.
 
4 days ago  

LowbrowDeluxe: The Arcadia is cooler.

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Designed by a 13 year old kid in shop class cool!
 
4 days ago  

Dr Jack Badofsky: Nadie_AZ: aw a model at a record store

No. Effing. Way.


It was behind the counter on the wall. I stood there, staring. One of the young clerks asked if I needed anything. I asked to look at it. I stood there with it in hand. I still don't know if I made the right decision or not. I did tell the clerk (a young woman) how cool it was. She was less than impressed. lol
 
4 days ago  

BigNumber12: jvl: Last hope? It was a suicide mission with zero hope.

I was going to say. Being hunted down by unopposed air wings, having her AA and radar rooms blown away, before collecting 19 American aerial torpedoes, doesn't suggest that she was in much of a position to put up a meaningful fight.


I still want to know what an aerial torpedo is, because I would have just thought they were missiles.
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  

mconde: SING ALONG!!!

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/u5oniErm​euE]


This was a gateway drug for pretty much all fans of anime.
 
4 days ago  
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RIP BATTLESHIP YAMATO
 
4 days ago  

dothemath: Its crazy that the Japanese basically ruled their section of the planet for a hundred years. They whipped Russia and China.

But then they up and fu*ked with the wrong melon farmer.


They had the benefit of an ahistorically weak China as their impetus to rise to power.
 
4 days ago  

Theeng: Before some dumbfark argues that "well it took 19 torpedo hits to sink!" that's just what we hit it with


Official Ron White - I Got Thrown Out of a Bar
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"Now, I didn't know how many bouncers it would have taken to kick my ass . . . but I knew how many they were gonna use."
 
4 days ago  

Dr Jack Badofsky: 18-inch guns.  NINE 18-inch guns.  Damn.


A very good friend of mine is an employee of the USS IOWA museum and the hypothetical IOWA-YAMATO battle is a subject of many questions. (Short version: It depends. If IOWA is forced to slug it out in clear daylight, it could go either way, with YAMATO having an edge with her larger guns, countered by IOWA's better fire control. If IOWA is allowed to use her superior speed to force battle at night or in bad weather, her gunlaying radar gives her a huge advantage. Always accounting for the lucky shot, of course.)

And apparently, lots of visitors are unhappy with the idea that YAMATO wouldn't just wipe the floor with any other battleship in the world.
 
4 days ago  

Fireproof: BigNumber12: jvl: Last hope? It was a suicide mission with zero hope.

I was going to say. Being hunted down by unopposed air wings, having her AA and radar rooms blown away, before collecting 19 American aerial torpedoes, doesn't suggest that she was in much of a position to put up a meaningful fight.

I still want to know what an aerial torpedo is, because I would have just thought they were missiles.


A torpedo dropped from a plane, very different from a missile:
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4 days ago  

UNC_Samurai: dothemath: Its crazy that the Japanese basically ruled their section of the planet for a hundred years. They whipped Russia and China.

But then they up and fu*ked with the wrong melon farmer.

They had the benefit of an ahistorically weak China as their impetus to rise to power.


Still counts.

They were also high as a kite on their own sense of racial superiority.

Even the Nazis were like "Hey guy, maybe tone it down a smidge."
 
4 days ago  

dothemath: Its crazy that the Japanese basically ruled their section of the planet for a hundred years. They whipped Russia and China.

But then they up and fu*ked with the wrong melon farmer.


In hindsight, perhaps attacking Pearl Harbor was a mistake.
 
4 days ago  

exqqqme: dothemath: Its crazy that the Japanese basically ruled their section of the planet for a hundred years. They whipped Russia and China.

But then they up and fu*ked with the wrong melon farmer.

In hindsight, perhaps attacking Pearl Harbor was a mistake.


Depends on how much you enjoy watching your major metropolitan areas get hickory smoked.
 
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