Anime Film Review: Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: In the Name of Love

After the success of Space Battleship Yamato: The Movie, it was decided to produce a second theatrical film. Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: In the Name of Love was meant to bring the Space Battleship Yamato franchise to an end; however, when the film was released to theaters in July 1978, fans made it clear that they were not satisfied with how the film ended and wanted more. Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: In the Name of Love was re-written into a 26 episode series that changed how the story ended and added new plot elements.

Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: In the Name of Love
Directed by: Leiji Matsumoto
Written by: Eiichi Yamamoto
Starring: Kei Tomiyama, Yoko Asagami, and Shusei Nakamura
Run Time: 151 minutes

In the film, the Yamato and her crew face the Comet Empire, a civilization from the Andromeda Galaxy that is intent on conquering Earth; this civilization is led by Zwordar the Great. The Comet Empire rescued Desslar, the leader of the Gamilas and the mortal enemy of the Yamato and her crew. Desslar is eager for revenge against the Yamato, in order to avenge the destruction of his home planet.

When the Yamato goes on a mission to try to stop the Comet Empire from destroying the Earth, the ship and her crew are aided by Teresa of Telezart. During the film, the Yamato and her crew must face off with both Desslar and the Comet Empire. While Zwordar’s plan is ultimately thwarted, a terrible price ends up being paid in order for this to happen.

There are several differences between Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: In the Name of Love and the second Space Battleship Yamato series. In the film, Saito and the space marines are on board the ship when it takes off from Earth; however, two conflicting stories are given in the film as to why they’re there. In the first story, the doctor claims he enlisted the space marines to join, but later in the film, a high-ranking military officer claims he sent the space marines to accompany the crew of the Yamato. In the television series, the space marines are rescued when the planet they’re stationed on is attacked by the Comet Empire.

Also, in the television series, Teresa of Telezart is a flesh and blood woman who has telepathic powers, instead of the anti-matter woman that appears in the film version. Since she is an actual person in the television series, a romantic interest between Teresa and one of the crew members of the Yamato was added. Since I had seen the Star Blazers version of the second television series before seeing this film, I find the idea of Teresa being anti-matter hard to reconcile.

In many respects, Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: In the Name of Love needs to be looked at as an “alternate timeline” story for the Yamato franchise. If a viewer doesn’t look at the film with that thought in mind, then everything that comes after this film would make absolutely no sense. Between the film version of the story and the story as it appears in the second series of Space Battleship Yamato, I personally prefer the second series. One of my personal favorite sections in the second series takes place on Telezart, and that portion of the story is completely missing from Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: In the Name of Love.

This DVD release of Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: In the Name of Love includes the original theatrical trailer, which runs for about three minutes and is subtitled. There is a promotional artwork gallery, where the viewer can choose to move forward and back and to view the artwork at their own pace.

You can also see scans of the original program book that was distributed at the theaters that screened Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: In the Name Of Love; this feature has a similar navigation to the promotional artwork gallery. However, there are two extra buttons: “Detail” and “Text.” “Detail” allows you to take a closer look at the page of the program book, while “Text” accesses a readable translation of the page.

There is also a section labeled “The Making of Farewell to Yamato.” There are two text sections that are available in this section. The first is “The Yamato Story,” which tells the story of how the film came to be, the history of the film, and the audience reaction to the film. The other text section has cast and producer interviews.

Overall, this is a decent DVD release. It definitely needs to be in the collection of anyone who considers themselves a fan of Space Battleship Yamato or Star Blazers.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: In the Name of Love DVD that my husband and I purchased.

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