I was just complaining yesterday that I hate how anime studios now are milking people so badly, they won’t even finish shows properly on TV so you have to get the DVD. This kind of strategy is ruinous, IMO. Yes, I said it, ruinous, and I don’t care if it’s appropriate in this context, because it is.
Now, what’s truly exciting is when missing footage is found, not because people deliberately hid it to later make money off of it, but because someone lost it somewhere, or because someone didn’t like it and dumped it. It just so happens that a heretofore unseen clip of Space Battleship Yamato has turned up. The fact that a remake of the first series is about to be launched makes the timing slightly suspicious, but this looks old, fellows, and I think it’s the real deal.
There’s definitely some tension between Captain and Yuki in this that would have made the show lots better if it had been kept in. And Dessler is a real Satan here. The animation quality is quite poor, though. You can hardly recognize Leiji’s character designs 😦