Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Episode 22 – “The Fated Showdown!”

The episode opens with the captain of the Ginga talking with her father, and we see that she’s come to realize why her mother believed the things she did. It’s also a touching scene between father and daughter. While her conversation with her father continues, we cut to other scenes taking place, with her words narrating between each scene. Keyman had an amusing scene here, and he looked so adorable when he was embarrassed.

There are also moments with Kodai, Yuki, Kato, and Tokugawa before the Yamato is repaired and heads back out toward the battlefield. We also get a revelation that a member of the Space Cavalry is suspected of being a spy for the Gatlanteans, although the person isn’t named. Saito thinks he knows who it is, but during a battle with Desler and some Gatlanteans, the truth of the spy’s identity is revealed… and I hadn’t seen this coming.

During the battle between Desler and the Yamato, we got to see a glimpse that Desler still has a soft spot for his nephew. There was quite the reunion between Desler and Keyman, but it was interrupted by the Gatlantean who has been traveling with Desler. The Gatlantean betrays Desler, and puts an ultimatum forward for Keyman… kill Desler in order to save the Earth and humanity. The episode ends with Keyman in shock and trying to figure out what to do. Again, I hadn’t seen this coming.

A couple of twists that were unexpected, plus some good character moments, made this a compelling episode to watch. If I didn’t already know the episode count for this series, I’d still be able to figure out that the story is getting ever closer to its conclusion.

From the preview for the next episode, it appears that the scene with Desler is leading up to this story’s version of an iconic scene from the original version of the story that focused on Desler, Kodai, and Yuki. If I’m right, it’ll be interesting to see how this will play out in the new telling of this story. The scene I’m referencing from the original version has always been one of my favorites, so I hope that this version will be as good, if not better, than the original.

It’s hard to believe that Space Battleship Yamato 2202 is getting so close to its conclusion now. There’s only a handful of weeks left, and I’m on the edge of my seat, eagerly anticipating the next episode in order to get that much closer to seeing how this story will end.

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