Anime Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review: Star Blazers 2202 Part Two

Star Blazers 2202 Part Two is a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack that includes two Blu-ray Discs and two DVDs, and each format contains the final 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 2202 Part Two
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Release Date: November 26, 2019

The second half of Space Battleship Yamato 2202 reveals important backstory for Lieutenant Keyman. Desler also plays a more important role in this half after his return near the end of the first half of the series. Desler’s redemption in this telling of the story felt more realistic than the one he had in the original telling.

Kato also has an important role to play in this half, and the psychological torture he goes through after a decision he makes is almost heart-wrenching.

Probably my one real complaint about this version of the story, though, is that Yuki deals with amnesia yet again. Yuki with amnesia or Yuki in peril seems to be a consistent theme between both Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 and Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202. But even with that, I still appreciate the fact that this new version of the franchise incorporates more women and gives several of them prominent roles.

But when you watch the last episode, be prepared with a hanky. I’m not going to say exactly why you should in order to avoid providing major spoilers. I’m just going to say that you should, because that final episode gets emotional.

When all is said and done, I think that Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 did a fantastic job of adding depth to the original version of the story, and also incorporated the new elements and characters introduced in Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 to help add more “meat” and depth to the story.

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.

The big bonus feature is a roundtable with Christopher Wehkamp (English voice of Susumu), Daman Mills (English voice of Keyman), and Mike McFarland (English voice of Kato), where they talk about the important developments in this portion of the story. Both Christopher and Mike grew up watching the original Star Blazers, so they had insights from their memories from the original. While this bonus feature was interesting, I didn’t think it was quite as impressive as the major bonus feature on the first set (the interview with Christopher Wehkamp and Ken Meseroll, the voice of Derek Wildstar in Star Blazers). This set also includes episode commentary, a Japanese promotional video, and textless versions of the theme songs.

If you watched Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 as well as Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 as simulcasts and enjoyed them, then I would highly recommend this release to add to your home video library.

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