Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Episode 26 – “Memories of the Blue Planet”

As I always do, I will be using “aka” designations for the characters, so readers who are only familiar with the English names from Star Blazers will be able to follow who I’m referring to.

Well, here it is… the final episode. And wow… it really takes the audience through an emotional wringer. I have to admit that I was in tears at least twice over the course of this episode.

Much of the drama focuses on Yuki (aka Nova), who was shot in the previous episode and is now in a coma. Her chance of survival is slim, and it is decided to put her in the capsule that Yurisha was kept in while in a coma. I don’t want to go into too much more detail on this, since it would provide spoilers. But all I will add here is just how hard it was to see Susumu (aka Derek Wildstar) trying to hide his pain and sadness by being so overly cheerful with the rest of the crew. Susumu goes through a lot emotionally in this episode.

We also see that Captain Okita (aka Captain Avatar) is on the decline. He knows that his time is almost up, but he’s determined to stay alive long enough to see Earth with his own eyes before he dies.

There’s also a rumor going around a ship that another ghost has been sighted… however, it’s a man this time, wearing an Earth force uniform that doesn’t belong to the Yamato. In the end, the story of the ghost, Yuki, and Okita all come together to create the climax of not just this episode, but of this entire series.

But on a more upbeat note, we see the wedding of Kato (aka Conroy) and Dr. Sado’s nurse, Makoto Harada. We find out that Makoto is also with child, so I expect that the child of Makoto and Kato will be making an appearance in Space Battleship Yamato 2202.

I still can’t believe that the simulcast of Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is over. But now that I’ve seen the whole series, I can say with complete certainty that this was a fantastic reboot of the original Space Battleship Yamato anime. While there was enough there to be recognizable to the nostalgia audience, the changes that were made and the added elements helped to flesh out the original concept and make the series more relatable to a modern audience. THIS is how a reboot should be done.

As of this writing, FUNimation has announced that they will be streaming an English dub of Space Battleship Yamato 2202. However, Crunchyroll has not said anything about streaming a subtitled version of the series. I really, really hope that such an announcement will be forthcoming from Crunchyroll, because I would really like to be able to see how the story continues. I don’t want to have to pay for a FUNimation subscription just so I can watch the series, and only having a choice of watching a dub. Nothing wrong with dubs, mind you, but I do prefer watching anime with Japanese audio and English subtitles when I can. Also, it would be weird for me to have seen Space Battleship Yamato 2199 with subtitles, and then having to switch to an English dub to see the next series. I know I would personally find this to be jarring.

So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for an announcement from Crunchyroll about a subtitled stream for Space Battleship Yamato 2202.

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