Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Episode 14 – “Zurvival’s Fierce Assault – Find Teresa”

Hooray! Space Battleship Yamato 2202 is finally continuing its simulcast!

Of course, since it’s been a few months, I was jumping back into the story and not entirely remembering what had happened in the previous episode. Fortunately, as this episode progressed, I started piecing together how the story had gotten to where it was.

So this episode continues the battle on Terezart, and the Space Cavalry play a big role here. In fact, they seem to be more of the focus of the battle than the Yamato and her crew. Hajime Saito gets a great one-on-one confrontation with Zurvival, the leader of the Gatlantean forces in this battle.

Lieutenant Keyman, the Gamilan who is accompanying the Yamato‘s crew on the voyage, also gets to play an important role. It turns out the Gatlanteans forced a captured Gamilan scientist to create a weapon for them, and it’s one that viewers of the franchise know well. It’s the same satellite system that Shultz used on Pluto during the first series. In fact, it’s so much the same that Keyman can easily go to the main satellite and reprogram it. This reprogramming helps to alter the course of the battle. While Keyman does do helpful things like this, it appears it’s only because it will help him achieve whatever his ultimate goal is. Previous episodes made it clear that he has his own self interests in mind, and that he isn’t entirely an ally of the Yamato crew.

After the battle is over, Kodai, Sanada, and Saito go to see Teresa. What I appreciated about the meeting here is that we no longer have the romantic subplot with Shima (which I felt was never truly that believable in the original story), and we also get an actual explanation for Teresa and her powers at this point in the story. And we also get an explanation for what the White Comet truly is, and how this explanation brings in a civilization that was introduced in Final Yamato (but now they are ancient beings who sowed the seeds of life in the universe). It was nice to see this reference thrown in, just like how I appreciated the reference to the Gatlanteans that was made back in Space Battleship Yamato 2199.

There’s also quite a surprise right at the end of the episode while Kodai and the others are meeting with Teresa. I won’t provide a spoiler, but from the preview for the next episode, it looks like this surprise will be playing a big role in it.

I’m so glad to finally be able to continue Space Battleship Yamato 2202, and that I went through the process of renewing my subscription with FUNimation in order to be able to continue watching this series. I’m not sure when the episode launched, so I’m not entirely sure yet when you can expect to see the weekly episode writeups for Space Battleship Yamato 2202. For now, just keep watching the blog to see when the writeup for the next episode is posted!

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