Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Episode 18 – “Over the Black Light”

As I always do, the first time a character’s name appears, I will be using an “aka” designation so readers who are only familiar with the English names from Star Blazers will know who I am referring to.

It appears it is now common knowledge among the Yamato crew that Misaki has been possessed by Yurisha Iscandar. Captain Okita (aka Captain Avatar) and the rest of the crew are grateful for the knowledge that the possessed Misaki has provided. She tells them to show their gratitude with action, not words.

Shinohara is sent on a recon mission in a captured Gamilas fighter in order to get information on Balun, since this is where the warp gate will be taking them in order to reach another warp gate that will take them to the Large Magellanic Cloud. Shinohara is a pilot we’ve seen, since he has interacted with Yamamoto and Kato (aka Conroy), but his talk with Yamamoto gives a brief glimpse of character development.

Meanwhile, Field Marshal Zoellik is gathering a bunch of Gamilan ships at Balun for a large naval review. When Shinohara goes on his recon mission, he finds himself right in the middle of it. Of course, he’s spotted for being an unknown pilot and ship out of formation, and the order is given to shoot him down. I have to admit that I was thoroughly convinced that Shinohara would be killed during this mission. SPOILER ALERT: The ship is pretty beat up, but Shinohara miraculously makes it back to the Yamato with only minor injuries. But he provides valuable information about Balun and about the gathering of the Gamilan forces. Okita decides to go ahead and continue with the mission of going through the warp gate.

Zoellik puts on quite a production when he announces to all the assembled forces that Desler has been assassinated. But his performance is interrupted by the arrival of the Yamato, and he thinks it’s a message from the gods. He doesn’t care that Gamilan ships are in the way when he orders an attack on the Yamato, because he believes that history is only made through sacrifice. But a major revelation about the truth of Desler’s assassination is made during this battle, and the aftermath leaves the Gamilan forces in disarray. The Yamato is able to beat the odds by making it through the other gate and destroying some of the Gamilan forces in the process.

Hoo boy. I knew there had to be more than met the eye when it came to Desler’s assassination, so it was nice to finally find out the truth about it. And I love how this came to light at such a crucial moment for the Yamato. Obviously, this should mean that Domel’s (aka Lysis’) death sentence should be lifted. It’ll be interesting to see what happens on the Gamilan side in the wake of the events in this episode.

The Yamato has reached the Large Magellanic Cloud, and there are seven episodes remaining for the series. I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the journey plays out in this series when compared to the original Space Battleship Yamato. The journey back home was truncated to almost nothing, so it will be interesting to see if this reboot will handle the journey home the same way or if we might get to see a little more of what the Yamato and her crew go through as they return to Earth.

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