I’ll be using “aka” designations for the characters’ names, so readers who are only familiar with the English names from Star Blazers will know who I am referring to.
We start out with Kato (aka Conroy) and Makoto with their sick son, Tsubasa. They have learned that the Yamato crew has rebelled, and Kato is upset that he wasn’t informed about their plan to mutiny. He knows it was done out of consideration for his son’s health, but he’s upset about being excluded. Makoto encourages him to leave and join up with the Yamato, so he can be a cool dad for Tsubasa.
It’s amazing how much Makoto has grown and changed as a character between Space Battleship Yamato 2199 and Space Battleship Yamato 2202. She was basically a ditzy nurse who was around more for comic relief in the first series, and now she’s a very serious character who seems to have gained some wisdom and insight in the three year timeskip that took place between the two series. I never imagined she could have become this kind of a character, but perhaps becoming a wife and mother really changed her.
We also see the remaining members of the fighter squadron deserting their post and heading for the Yamato. They are, of course, pursued by the Earth Defense forces, but a Gamilan from the Gamilan base comes to their rescue and helps get them to the ship. This Gamilan comes on board as well and insists on joining the crew and acting as an advisor on the journey. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens here, especially with what happens at the end, because it feels like the Gamilans are trying to manipulate this situation. Yes, they owe a debt to Earth for saving their planet, but I feel like there’s more going on here than simply repaying their debt.
It was interesting to see something from the “Izumo Plan” (the plan Earth was going to go with before getting the offer of help from Iscandar) being used, and it turns out to be something that had been utilized in the original Space Battleship Yamato series on their journey to Iscandar, but wasn’t used in the reboot. Seeing the asteroids being used as camouflage was a nice throwback to the original franchise.
The encounter between the Yamato and the Andromeda was definitely more dramatic than in the original version of the story, but I think there was a better sense of tension in this version, which helped to make it more dramatic.
But thanks to the Gamilan ambassador, the Yamato crew are cleared of all mutiny charges and are given a new mission by the head of the Earth Defense Forces. But, like I said earlier, I have my suspicions about the Gamilans’ motivations. Perhaps I’m wrong, but this all feels a little too convenient.
From the preview for the next episode, it looks like the Yamato will be heading to Planet 11 in the midst of the battle that has started taking place there. If this is anywhere close to the original story, this is when the Space Marines (or whatever they’re called in Japanese) join up with the Yamato crew. Of course, in the original story, the planet had already been ravaged before the Yamato even got there. So it’s going to be interesting to see how this story plays out in the reboot.
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