12 Days of Anime: Day 1

One of the highlights of anime in 2018 was being able to see Space Battleship Yamato 2199 and part of Space Battleship Yamato 2202. Technically, Space Battleship Yamato 2199 began simulcasting in November 2017, but I saw more episodes of that series in 2018 and I didn’t do any “12 Days of Anime” posts last year, so I’m willing to cheat that into a 2018 post.

For me, Space Battleship Yamato 2199 was a real treat. While this reboot followed most of the basic story structure of the original first series of Space Battleship Yamato from the 1970’s, this reboot brought in enough new elements to freshen it up and modernize the property without making it seem unrecognizable for viewers who are part of the “nostalgia crowd.”

I was quite surprised when Crunchyroll and FUNimation Entertainment began streaming Space Battleship Yamato 2202. While I was wanting to see how the franchise continued, I had convinced myself that it was going to be a while before the next series would be available to American viewers, since it took so long for Space Battleship Yamato 2199 to begin streaming legally through Crunchyroll and FUNimation. But, on the downside, the simulcast for this series stopped right before the halfway point, because the simulcast had caught up to where the next theatrical film in Japan would open. That film opened in Japan in November 2018, and I believe another installment for the theatrical franchise is scheduled for 2019.

As of this writing, there has been no indication as to when the simulcast for Space Battleship Yamato 2202 will continue. But with the recent announcement that Crunchyroll is no longer streaming either of the Space Battleship Yamato reboot series and the fact that, as of this writing, FUNimation is only streaming their English dub, I’m a little afraid that when the simulcast does continue, we may not be able to see it in the original Japanese. Which would be a real bummer if that were to happen.

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