As I always do, I will be using “aka” designations for the characters’ names, so readers who are more familiar with the English names from Star Blazers will be able to follow who I’m talking about.
This episode sees the Yamato and its crew finally making it to Iscandar. Like the original, Queen Stasha (aka Queen Starsha) mistakes Yuki (aka Nova) as the sister who died on Mars. Fortunately, Yurisha is there to straighten things out quickly. But there is one big change here: in the original story, Stasha simply gave the Earthlings the Cosmo Reverser (aka Cosmo DNA). However, since the Earthlings converted the Wave Motion energy into a weapon, she has to deliberate whether or not she will still give the Earthlings the Cosmo Reverser.
There’s a bit of the episode that focuses on the crew swimming in the ocean to burn off some energy, especially since they’re so on edge as to whether or not they’ll be able to get the Cosmo Reverser and accomplish their mission.
Seeing Stasha deliberating on her decision was quite interesting, because not only does she get feedback from Yurisha, she also hears from the Gamilans about how they used the Wave Motion Gun to protect them.
There’s also a big revelation featuring Susumu’s (aka Derrick Wildstar) older brother, Mamoru (aka Alex Wildstar). Sadly, it’s not the same reveal as in the original series, but I think in a lot of ways, how this is portrayed in Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is more realistic.
While this may be a spoiler, I will say that in the end, Stasha does give the Cosmo Reverser to the Yamato‘s crew. But how it works in this series is a bit different than in the original, as we also get an explanation as to why the Yamato had to go to Iscandar to get it.
Overall, this episode provides a breather after all the excitement of the previous one. And from the preview for Episode 25, it looks like the series will be back with more action. I’m looking forward to seeing how these final two episodes are executed, since in the original series, there was only one episode after the ship reached Iscandar, and there was a very obvious skip ahead in time. With two episodes remaining, and knowing what will be included in the next one, this conclusion to the story will have to be radically different from the original.