Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Episode 16 – “Farewell, Teresa! Flowers for Two Deslers”

This episode focused heavily on Keyman. At first, we see him activate the device he planted in the Wave Motion Engine in an earlier episode, and it comes across that he is a double agent working for the Deslerists. But it turns out the truth is more complicated than that, and I appreciated seeing him turning to Teresa in order to try to get some kind of clue as to what direction he should be going in.

The identity of the person leading the Deslerists is also revealed in this episode, and it turns out to be someone that was thought to be dead by many, including the audience. Knowing this character’s personality from Space Battleship Yamato 2199, it wasn’t surprising that it would be this character. What was more surprising was the fact that this character was still alive.

We also saw Mil, the Gatlantean who has been with Desler, for the first time in a while. He plays an important role right near the end of the episode, and it looks like he may be going through a change that puts him at odds with Zworder’s philosophy of being unemotional. There could be some possibilities with this character if this detail is followed through on.

Desler continues to become a more interesting character with more going on than what we saw on the surface back in Space Battleship Yamato 2199. I’m really curious to see how his character arc will continue to progress over the remainder of this series.

From the order given at the end of the episode, it appears the Yamato will be heading back to Earth, now that their business with Teresa is done. I’m curious to see how the story will progress from here in comparison with the original Comet Empire story, especially with all the new and different elements that have been included in the Space Battleship Yamato 2202 telling.

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