Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Episode 17 – “Battle off the Coast of Saturn – Gather the Wave Motion Gun Fleet!”

A big focus of this episode is on Earth, and the government’s reaction to the Gatlateans coming ever closer. After learning that their intent is to destroy the Earth, not take it over, it’s decided to rely on the fleet of ships that we saw earlier in the series that were being built in that factory that distorts time. An battle begins at Saturn, when the Gatlatean fleet grows in number. At first, it looks like the ships that are already there are going to be completely wiped out, but when the Wave Motion Gun Fleet shows up, the tide starts to turn. But the battle is still ongoing at the end of the episode, so we’ll have to see how it ultimately goes.

We also get to see a scene of Keyman, who has put himself back into solitary confinement after he does what he can to try to fix the Wave Motion Engine. Unfortunately, some of the anti-wave motion lattice is still there, but Sanada thinks he can find a way to use it one time as a weapon against the White Comet. But, back to Keyman, who is solitary confinement. In the cell next to him is Sabera (the original White Priestess who goes by a different name), and the two have a conversation. Sabera tries to deride Keyman for his emotions, but this doesn’t deter him. In fact, he seems to admit that perhaps he has feelings for Yamamoto (which she happens to overhear). It’ll be interesting to see whether or not this develops into anything more.

Meanwhile, we see that Kato’s son isn’t doing well. Near the end of the episode, Sabera somehow sends Kato a message to his fighter plane, telling him she knows a way to save his son. Right at the end of the episode, he goes to see her… and her final line of dialogue is very foreboding. This already had me concerned, but after seeing the preview, I’m even more concerned that Kato could end up doing something really stupid. I’m afraid Sabera is trying to pull something to try to prove that emotions will be the undoing of the human race.

Oh, and speaking of Sabera, a new White Priestess is brought forth. Zworder is told that this one’s emotions should be blocked and won’t resonate with the Sabera aboard the Yamato, but a scene during the episode seems to show otherwise.

Some interesting developments here, to be sure. I can’t wait to see the next episode to find out what’s going to happen next.

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