When Space Battleship Yamato was aired for the first time, I was a 6th grader in elementary school, but I remember no one was watching the newly broadcast anime show around me.
While I enjoyed watching it, I didn’t expect it to win such enormous popularity later.
Actually, the show was highly reputed among the young manga artists I personally knew at the time (I often visited their workplaces as a manga fan).
And I vividly remember one of them said while watching a TV trailer advertising the show to be newly broadcast soon, “This makes me want to get a TV set (in his apartment room)!”
The anime’s unprecedentedness came home to me when I learnt how much attention of the professional manga artists like him was drawn to the anime show back then.
When watching the anime show actually, I was just amazed to find how the precisely and elaborately set mechas were animated in an unprecedented way.
Along with the settings and depiction of the mechas, Yamato might have got credit for unfolding or expanding the anime expression in every aspect although I don’t know much about how the product is perceived by people outside of Japan.
I think it is certain that the product was produced with an immoderate passion for bringing out an anime show that had never been before (I’m talking about the original Yamato, not the sequels).
I feel something in common with the primary Ultra Series in that respect.