Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Episode 24 – “Yamato, Attack the Comet Empire!”

The episode immediately begins with the Yamato warping into the scene and launching a battle with the Comet Empire. They’re quickly joined by Gamilans, who promise to defend the Earth as the Yamato goes after the Comet Empire and take down the Golem. While fighting alongside the Gamilans, it was nice to see some references to things we saw in Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (submarines, drill missile, etc.), except these were being used against the Comet Empire this time.

At first, the Yamato seems to have the upper hand, since they have Toko (aka Sabera) to hack into the Comet Empire’s systems and take control of things. Unfortunately, things take a turn with Zworder has one of his men override Toko’s commands.

We get a section of hearing Yuki’s thoughts. Although she doesn’t remember going to Terezart, she has a memory of Teresa. Her thoughts are aimed at Teresa as we see various deaths and destruction going on in the ship. But… Analyzer and Hijikata! Analyzer can probably be repaired, but Hijikata is definitely gone. Right before his death, he appoints Kodai as the new captain… which finally gets us to the setup that we know from the original story.

Right now, I’m unsure of the fates of Tokugawa and Kato. I hope they’re both OK.

Right near the end of the episode, Kodai and Yamamoto make it to the throne room, and a fight breaks out. But at the end of the episode, Zworder does something that terrifies the Sabera that he has in the throne room. The last thing the audience sees is a big explosion, so we’ll have to find out in the next episode what’s going to happen.

This episode was intense! But it’s going to continue being intense, since the climax hasn’t happened yet. From the preview, it’s obvious that we’re getting ever close to that point. And a plot point that’s referenced in the preview comes from the original telling of this story, so it’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out. But now I have to wait a week to find out what happens…

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Episode 23 – “Warriors of Love”

This episode featured a couple of scenes of characters needing to make morality decisions. The first is the confrontation between Keyman, Desler, and Mil. As Keyman struggles with what choice to make, Kodai arrives to try to defuse the situation. But when Mil shoots Kodai, Yuki jumps in front of him and takes the blast. This incident causes Zworder (through Mil) to rethink the idea of making peace with the Earthlings. Unfortunately, just as it looks like there’s a chance to end the fighting, some of Desler’s men shoot Mil and kill him without orders from Desler. In the end, Desler gets his redemption scene in this version of the story, it’s done differently here. To be honest, I have to say that this version of Desler’s redemption is stronger. While I love the scene in the original version, I think this one carries much more weight. The emotional weight of what happens here, and the repercussions of the actions of Desler’s men, help to strengthen the story.

The other morality decision comes with Saito. Now that he knows that he’s a Gatlantean spy, he tries to leave his comrades so he can be blown up and killed away from him. But his female subordinate finds him and convinces him to stay. But we see later that he intends to sacrifice himself in the upcoming battle with Zworder, in an attempt to save the Yamato and the Earth.

Near the end of the episode, Zworder and the White Comet finally appear near Earth. While Zworder no longer intends to destroy the planet, he insists on taking the Earthlings as slaves and intends to take the time fault for his own. I knew the reliance on the time fault was going to come back and bite the Earth in the butt. But, there are those on Earth who haven’t given up, and see the Yamato as a potential savior.

The stage has definitely been set to bring this story to its climax and conclusion, and I’m very interested to see how this is resolved in comparison to the original version of this story.

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.

Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime to Get New Sequel

The final screening for the final chapter of the Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 (Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi or Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project has announced that production on a new sequel has been green-lit. The announcement did not reveal the format of the new project.

Yamato 2202 is itself a sequel of the Space Battleship Yamato 2199 project. Yamato 2199 is a remake of the original 1974 Space Battleship Yamato series created by Leiji Matsumoto and Yoshinobu Nishizaki. As with Yamato 2202, Yamato 2199 first premiered in Japan as a series of seven movies shown theatrically in Japan from 2012 to 2013, before premiering on Japanese television in April 2013. The Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune anime film then opened in Japan in 2014.

Source: ANN

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Episode 21 – “Escape from the Nightmare!”

The episode opens with brief backstory for the captain of the Ginga. After that, we go to Zemuria, where those aboard the Yamato are still talking with the possessed Analyzer. When Sabera is brought in to talk with the two consciousnesses that are possessing Analyzer, the existence of an item that can destroy that Gatlanteans is revealed. Unfortunately, since Zworder has a connection with Sabera, he is aware that the enemy knows about that the existence of this item. He orders Zemuria to be destroyed, and a big focus of the episode is on the Yamato trying to escape.

We also see how much the Earth government is relying on the time fault with the hope of defeating Zworder and the white comet. The question I kept thinking about during this scene is, “What’s going to happen if Zworder destroys the time fault?” I have a strong feeling that this exact scenario is going to happen, especially since it’s pretty clear that the Earth government does not have a backup plan for if the time fault becomes unusable.

Aboard the Ginga, we see a debate between AI running the ships and making the decisions versus humans being played out. It’s also revealed the one plan that the Earth government has to keep humanity alive if for some reason, even with a working time fault, the war just keeps on going. Shima’s reaction perfectly summed up my feelings on this plan.

Near the end of the episode, the captain of the Andromeda plays an important role for saving the Yamato, and it appears that the story is working at trying to bring redemption for Kato. We also see how the AI vs. human debate ultimately comes to an end aboard the Ginga.

Wow. We’re down to the final few episodes of Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 now, and it’s got so much more dimension and depth when compared to the original version of this story. While I think I can predict one or two of the remaining plot points, I have a feeling that I’ll still be surprised by how the remainder of the story plays out. I can’t wait to watch these final episodes and find out if I predicted anything correctly or if I’m completely off-base.

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Episode 20 – “Gatlantis, the Cursed Children”

Most of this episode focuses on the cast members who were on the Yamato when it was suddenly transported to another planet. We see that Yuki has lost her memories of the past four years, but has regained the memories that she had lost in the accident she had been in prior to the beginning of Space Battleship Yamato 2199. It was kind of heartbreaking to see Yuki watching various things in the viewing room so she could see what she had been through during Space Battleship Yamato 2199. I was especially sad for Susumu, because he has to go through another heartbreak in regards to Yuki.

But while scouting the planet, Analyzer is “possessed” (for lack of a better term) by a couple of consciousnesses on the planet that have been instructed to pass on the history of the planet to beings who are determined to be worthy. Through this possession, history of the planet (called Zemuria), Zworder, and Sabara is revealed. In a lot of respects, this episode is a backstory about the Gatlanteans. This makes a lot of sense, though, considering the title of the episode. While we had seen hints of some of this backstory previously, I appreciated finally getting to see the whole picture and how the pieces we had seen before fit together.

There are also a couple of scenes of the Earth and Gamilan forces preparing for battle against Zworder and the Gatlanteans. During this, though, there was a scene where the pilot of the Ginga makes a comment that’s kind of disturbing (and seeing Sanada’s reaction, I think he even thought it was kind of disturbing). In the time space fault where the Earth’s government has been mass producing Andromeda-class ships at extraordinary speed, they are also developing prosthetics that would allow a person’s limbs to be “perfect.” While these are intended for soldiers wounded in battle, you can apparently also volunteer to get them (which is said by the pilot in question). To volunteer to have your hands cut off so you can get these prosthetics that will allow your hands to work “perfectly” ranks on the disturbing side.

The episode ends with Zworder just starting to launch his offensive. Between this, the Yamato needing to escape from Zemuria and rejoining the Earth forces, and whatever Desler is doing, there should be enough here to last for six more episodes. With each episode of this series, I appreciate just how much depth it’s added to the story, and how much it has diverged from the original. I just hope that Teresa doesn’t somehow end up being the “deus ex machina” to the extent that she was in the original version of this story. But with some of the things that Teresa said to Keyman at one point, I think that kind of interference wouldn’t be as likely. I’m very curious to see how this version of the story will end compared with the original.

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Episode 19 – “Heir to the Yamato, Her Name is Ginga”

The episode begins with Captain Hijikata ordering the crew to abandon ship, since the Yamato is unable to maneuver and is closer to crashing into the White Comet. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to evacuate, and we spend most of the episode not knowing what has happened to these characters and to the ship.

A lot of the episode focuses on the crew that escaped being brought on board the Ginga, which is a Yamato class ship that Sanada helped develop for exploration purposes. Unfortunately, it’s now become a military vessel. The other differentiating thing is that the Ginga is run by the AI (another Analyzer-like robot, expect this one is black instead of red). Outside of the crew members of the Yamato, everyone else on board the ship (including the captain) are very unemotional and just do what the AI recommends. There’s a certain sense of “coldness” aboard the Ginga‘s bridge. We also learn during this section that the captain of the Ginga is the daughter of one of the high-ranking military officials.

Kato also gets some focus here. When he awakens aboard the Ginga, the first thing he does is grab and gun and point it at his head. Fortunately, other crew members nearby grab him and take the gun away. One of Zworder’s representatives contacts the Earth’s government, and they learn about what Kato did and how they have a cure for the children who have acquired illnesses that are connected to what had happened in the aftermath of the Gamilans’ planet bombs. The government is furious that Kato sold out his ship in order to save his child, and he’s thrown in the brig. Later, when an opportunity for a pilot to take on a suicide mission comes up, Kato takes it in order to atone for what he has done. But in the end, he somehow survives the suicide mission. He’s so distraught over what he’s done and wants to die, and he becomes frustrated when he avoids death yet again. The last scene we see of him, he looks up to the sky and asks something to the effect of, “Why won’t you let me die?”

Right near the end of the episode, we see what happened to the Yamato and the crew members who were still on board. It appears they somehow ended up on a planet somewhere else and didn’t crash into the White Comet. But something strange happens, and it appears Yuki has lost her memory. Poor Yuki seems to keep having issues with losing her memory.

At this point, the Space Battleship Yamato 2202 story is so drastically different from the original telling. However, I think I’m enjoying this version much more. I feel there’s a lot more “meat” here, and much more character development and plot twists. I’m looking forward to seeing how the story will progress in the next episode.