Anime Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review: Star Blazers 2199 Part Two

Star Blazers 2199 Part Two is a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack that includes two Blu-ray Discs and two DVDs, and each format contains the remaining 13 episodes of the series. The language options available on this release are the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and an English dub.

Star Blazers 2199 Part Two
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Release Date: November 6, 2018

The second half of the series sees an attempted coup aboard the Yamato, revelations being made, a major battle against Domel and his forces, the battle at Gamilas, arrival at Iscandar, and the return trip to Earth.

The second half continues with divergences from the original source material, but overall, these changes work and improve the story. Overall, there was some great character development in this series, although I felt that Shima had a shakier ride when it came to developing his character. We would see the occasional glimpse of it for him, but nowhere near the extent that many of the other characters got.

Even with that complaint, I believe that overall, the story of the reboot was a lot stronger and had more depth to it than the original. Don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy the original version for what it was, but I think this reboot takes the original and elevates it to a completely different level. I liked it a lot when I watched it as a weekly simulcast, but I think I enjoyed it even more after getting this release and being able to watch more than one episode a week. And now that I’ve seen the entirety of Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202, I can say that the first series did a great job of setting a foundation that the next series could be built from.

The Blu-ray video for this set has 1080p High Definition 16:9 (HD Native), and the audio includes DolbyTrueHD: English 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 2.0. The audio on the DVDs include English 5.1 Surround and Japanese Stereo.

When it comes to bonus features, the first disc of both formats includes a commentary on episode 16. The second disc of both formats include a bonus feature labeled, “The New Frontier Continued: Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199,” “Illustrating Space Battleship Yamato,” promo videos, textless opening songs, and trailers for other FUNimation releases. The first bonus feature is interviews with English cast members and social media crew. Like on the first set, they talk about the characters and events taking place in this portion of the story. But again, I heard some of the Japanese names mispronounced, even by cast members. “Illustrating Space Battleship Yamato” is a kind of slideshow that runs for about a minute and a half and shows how the design of the Yamato progressed before the final one was selected for the reboot. The promo videos are for the Japanese home video releases of the series, and the textless openings are for the two versions of the opening that appeared over the course of the series.

If you watched Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 online and enjoyed it, then I would highly recommend adding both this release and the first set to your anime home video library.

4 comments

  1. AstroNerdBoy · July 24

    I didn’t watch the dub…is Mark Venture the name on the dub?

    • Lesley Aeschliman · July 24

      I didn’t watch the dub, either. When I was watching the episodes as simulcasts and writing weekly articles about each episode, I was including the “aka” designations for readers who may potentially have only had familiarity with the show through the Star Blazers dub of the original series. I may end removing any of the “aka” references that appear here, though. Thank you for pointing that out. 🙂

      • AstroNerdBoy · July 24

        Well, as I mentioned in my review, I was not a fan of including the “Star Blazers” element at all. I get that from a marketing aspect, FUNimation was looking to grab the eye of old fogies like myself who watched “Star Blazers” as a child. So it wouldn’t have surprised me if they used the old American names in the dub.

  2. Lesley Aeschliman · July 24

    I found I had two of the “aka” designations in this post, and I just deleted both of them.

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