Space Battleship Yamato is a game based on the Japanese anime series Uchū Senkan Yamato (known as "Star Blazers" in the US).
The game itself is a real-time strategy with action and RPG elements. It mostly plays on a board with hexagons where you must move your ship and fight against the enemy. When two ships come on the same hexagon, a "space battle" begins where you directly control your ship in space. The crew of the Yamato must be managed effectively to gain advantage during battles and special options such as "Warp Jump" or the legendary "Wave Motion Canon" ar at your disposal.
The game follows very closely the original story and features many animated cutscenes which are actually re-made scenes from the original anime.
This is the first game in relation to the Space Battleship Yamato trilogy of games released exlusively in Japan.