This was quite an exciting and emotional episode from start to end. Zworder activates the Golem, which kills off all the Gatlanteans except for him. He comments that since he has eaten the “forbidden fruit,” he is unable to go with them. Not only does the Golem activate, but so does the Ark of Destruction.
Two of our main characters sacrifice themselves, hoping to be able to stop the Ark, but sadly, their efforts are in vain. With everything looking hopeless, Kodai orders that everyone abandon ship. With the destruction of the Earth looking imminent, at least his crew can escape and find a new world elsewhere. But Kodai himself decides to stay behind. He’s later surprised to find that Yuki didn’t leave, either. The two of them have a plan to try to stall the Ark of Destruction in order to give the people of Earth more time to escape. Thanks to the right factors, Teresa appears in our dimension in order to assist Kodai and Yuki. The episode ends with the Yamato heading to the Ark of Destruction. With the way the episode ended, I was wondering whether or not there was going to be another episode. But the preview at the end shows that there will be one more episode, and the subtitles proclaim the next episode to be the final one.
At this point, the story we’re seeing in Space Battleship Yamato 2202 is a lot closer to the story of the original film instead of the TV series adaptation of that film. While Teresa is playing a role in this version, it’s different than in the TV series version of the original story. And from the preview for the next episode, it looks like we’ll get to see what Kodai and Yuki will go through in this last bit of the story, instead of just seeing them take the Yamato toward the Ark of Destruction.
I’m very curious to see how this version of the story will end, and how it will differ between the original version of the story (both the original film and the TV series).
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