Ah. Well, I saw Starblazers on an odd cable channel in the very early 80s. Spent a whole summer with it, probably 1982 or something like that.
My attitude is: they exported it in a fashion where it was globalized, so even if the original 1974 had nationalist elements to it, once they released it worldwide, those were gone.
Maybe if I was a kid in 1974 Japan though, I’d have noticed it. But I was an American kid in 1982.
If the original was right wing Japanese, the fact that they DIDN’T export the right wing Japanese nationalism means to me, it’s for their use only and they’re NOT trying to promote right wing Japanese nationalism worldwide, just to themselves.
that said, I don’t see all national pride as right wing. That would kind of suck if only right wing political folks were allowed to have a sense of national pride.