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.

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.