Information Revealed for the Next Space Battleship Yamato Anime

The official website for the Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 (Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi or Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love) anime film has announced revealed the title, two staff members, and Fall 2020 debut date for the anime’s sequel project.

The new anime’s title is Uchū Senkan Yamato 2205: Aratanaru Tabidachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2205: A New Journey). As the title indicates, the story is set three years after the previous anime. Harutoshi Fukui returns to oversee the scripts for the new project. Shoji Nishizaki, the son of Space Battleship Yamato co-creator Yoshinobu Nishizaki, returns as executive producer.

Source: ANN

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.

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

Star Blazers 2199 Part One is a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack that includes two Blu-ray Discs and two DVDs, and each format contains the first 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 One
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Release Date: July 31, 2018

When I heard the news that Crunchyroll would be streaming Space Battleship Yamato 2199, I was thrilled to see this reboot of a franchise I grew up watching. I had heard a lot of good things about it, so I looked forward to seeing it for myself and to make my own opinion on it.

I admit that while I was very hopeful about the reboot, I was also a little concerned. There’s been good reboots of my childhood favorites but they have typically been outweighed by the not good reboots. After watching the first episode, though, I could already tell that even though changes had been made to the original, it was still very recognizable to viewers who have nostalgia for the original franchise.

The basic storyline is still the same between the two series. The Gamilans (aka Gamilons) are attacking Earth with radioactive planet bombs, sending the human race to live underground. But the radiation is heading underground, and it’s predicted that Earth only has about one more year before it becomes unlivable. Thanks to Queen Stasha (aka Starsha), plans and information are sent to Earth in order for them to travel to Iscandar and bring back the Cosmo Reverser in order to rid the Earth of the pollution. A group of Earthlings take off in a retrofitted Japanese battleship (the Yamato) to make the journey.

However, this reboot introduces changes that, in my opinion, help to make the story more realistic and more dimension to the characters. One of the things I appreciated about this reboot is the fact that there are more prominent female characters in the cast compared to the original.

I also think new characters introduced in the series, such as Yamamoto, Misaki, Niimi, Shinohara, Hoshina, and Itou all added something to the series by being included.

Near the end of the episodes included in this set, we start seeing some major divergences between the reboot and the original source material. However, I believe that these changes worked well for the story that they were setting out to tell for Space Battleship Yamato 2199.

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 second disc of both formats include a bonus feature labeled, “The Newest Frontier: Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199,” an audio commentary on episode nine, promo videos, and trailers for other FUNimation releases. “The Newest Frontier” runs for about 19 minutes and has interviews with some of the voice actors and social media staff involved with Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199. While I appreciated hearing the voice actors who grew up watching the original Star Blazers making references to the original, I was a little frustrated that some of the voice actors can’t pronounce some of the Japanese names properly, even though they’re working on the show. The promo videos run for about nine minutes and are Japanese advertisements for their home video releases of the series.

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

Anime Spotlight: Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202

I was impressed when Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 began streaming so quickly after the end of Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199. Unfortunately, because the streaming caught up to where the movies in Japan were around the halfway point of the series, we ended up having to wait about six months before we could see the second half of the series. With that large gap in time, I admit that it’s harder for me to remember a lot of what happened in the first half.

From what I remember of the first half, I recall that I enjoyed the political intrigue that was presented early on with the Earth’s government and military. Their interactions with the Gamilans were also quite telling. While the upper brass of the military were jerks in the original version of this story, I felt that Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 helped to better define these characters and help to explain why they were acting like jerks.

I thought Lieutenant Keyman was a nice addition to the story and the cast, especially after learning the truth of who he was in the second half of the series. I also appreciated how he ended up being integral to Desler’s redemption and thought this was a more realistic redemption than the one he had in the original story.

Another thing I appreciated was the fact that Teresa and her powers were defined here, so what Teresa does near the end of the series makes sense to the audience as soon as it happens. In the original, Teresa and her powers weren’t clearly defined, so what she did near the end almost felt like that it came out of nowhere as a kind of “deus ex machina.”

I also liked the fact that Zworder and his people were given a race name and what kind of a race they were. Zworder’s motivations were also solidly defined and made sense.

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.

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.

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Episode 25 – “Farewell Space Battleship Yamato”

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 the 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).

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.