Star Blazers has rightfully been called a gateway drug into the world of anime. Adapted from Japan's Space Battleship Yamato series, the series marked the first time American audiences got a taste of how inventive sci-fi cartoons could truly be. It looked better than any other cartoon of the era because it featured 8,000 animation cels per episode as compared to the 3,000 used by most programs. It also had the benefit of perfect timing, appearing shortly after Star Wars reignited interest in all things science fiction. When the show made its American debut in 1979, kids raised on repetitive Filmation-style toons were captivated by the ways in which the adventures of the Star Force unfolded. Thus, a pop culture sensation was born. Every couple of years rumors of a live-action remake of The Quest for Iscandar storyline emerge, but none of these have yet to come to fruition. Even if a Thunderbirds-style disaster did it the big screen, Star Blazers' reputation would be untarnished. It's not merely a cartoon; it's unbelievably awesome beyond words. Here's why.