English: Star Blazers 2199
Synonyms: Space Battleship Yamato 2199
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2012 to Sep 29, 2013
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.631 (scored by 7171 users)
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Synopsis2199 AD: the human race will be extinct in one year's time. Meteor bombardment by the mysterious Gamilas aliens has made the Earth's surface uninhabitable. Young officers Susumu Kodai and Daisuke Shima retrieve a message offering aid from the enigmatic planet Iscandar. In answer, the revolutionary Space Battleship Yamato is dispatched on a 148,000 light-year journey to reach Iscandar and bring help back to Earth.
The Yamato is commanded by Captain Okita, a taciturn veteran, but many of its crew, including Kodai and Shima, are inexperienced. Together they must defy the space fleets of a tyrannous intergalactic empire. They must also contend with threats from within the Yamato itself, and manage the strange, untested technology which sustains the ship and its powerful Wave Motion Gun. Can they travel to Iscandar and return to save humanity before the year is out?
Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is a thorough stand-alone remake of the classic 1974 space opera anime.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199
Alternative version: Uchuu Senkan Yamato
Sequel: Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshimeguru Hakobune
Summary: Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199: Tsuioku no Koukai
Characters & Voice Actors
Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Review
As we all should know, remakes tend to suck. They are usually cheap cash grabs or lifeless retreads that fail to catch the magic of the original.( I'm looking at you PG 13 Robocop) However, once in a while, a remake that do the original justice appears and Yamato 2199 is one of them.
Space Battleship Yamato is basically the granddaddy of all space opera. The story of Yamato is a relatively simple one. Blue space Nazis attack Earth and decimate the place. Humans then build a super spaceship to kick blue Nazi ### and find a way to restore their planet. As simplistic as it sounds, there actually a lot more to it. There is a lot of time dedicated to fleshing out the mains and expanding its themes of patriotism, honor, and propaganda. Each episode usually branches out to include various interesting side stories of human drama. It kinda remind me of Star Trek, and by Star Trek, If mean before it got raped by Hollywood and turned into a stupid action series.
The only problem I have with the show is how the Yamato is completely plot armored and seems to breeze through entire armadas with ease. But other than that, pretty solid in the story section.
Yamato has a huge cast of characters, each fit with different roles and personalities. While many of them appear to be following basic stereotypes, they manage to break out stereotypes. The greatest thing about Yamato is how it manage to convey characters without making too black or white. Sometimes you will root for for the enemy or question the heros. No one is defined as either evil or good. While the cast isn't exactly A material, they do a good job at the roles.
Art & Animation
2199 was made through a co production of 2 studios, Xebec and AIC. They usually make possible shows with mediocre production values, but for this one they brought their A game and went full out. The animation is quite impressive to say the least. Being in OVA format, it is of far better quality than regular anime. From the uniforms to the ships, they manage capture the look from the original series from the 70s quite well. Another thing to mention are the CGI space battles. I usually have a problem with CGI in anime because one, its usually look cheap and outdate and two, it doesn't mesh well with 2D animation. Lucky, 2199 is the rare exception to the rule. The 2D and 3D animation is generally kept separate and look sleek and well integrated.
The soundtrack most consists of ballads and some BGM. In overall, it quite impressive. Voice acting is quite solid and represents the characters quite well and that OP still rings in my head.
2199 maybe one of the best remakes to come out lately. To bad it been pretty unnoticed by the fandom since they all were paying attention to SAO at the time. Well, while everyone is yapping about UBW 2014 and all the overhyped stuff, I'm going to enjoy myself to the new Yamato movie coming out in about a week. So scores are
ART SECTION: 10/10
General Artwork 2/2 (well-made)
Character Figures 2/2 (look nice)
Backgrounds 2/2 (fitting with the feeling of the series)
Animation 2/2 (almost movie quality)
Visual Effects 2/2 (Good CGI)
SOUND SECTION: 10/10
Voice Acting 3/3 (fitting for the series)
Music Themes 4/4 (great)
Sound Effects 3/3 (good)
STORY SECTION: 8/10
Premise 1/2 (typical)
Pacing 2/2 (fine)
Complexity 2/2 (good side stories)
Plausibility 1/2 ( a bit too much convince)
Conclusion 2/2 (cheesy but solid)
CHARACTER SECTION: 8/10
Presence 2/2 ( solid)
Personality 2/2 (rather cheesy but well founded)
Backdrop 1/2 (simplistic)
Development 1/2 (overblown but there)
Catharsis 2/2 ( solid)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 8/10
Art 1/1 (looks nice)
Sound 2/2 (neat POST)
Story 2/3 (typical but well presented)
Characters 3/4 (fit their roles well)
FINAL SCORE: 9/10
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Most of you may know that Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is a remake of the 1970's space opera by the same name (bar the 2199). If one were to make a comparison of its significance to its importance of the genre, it is basically the Star Wars of Japan - the series that one would point to as a culturally significant moment in entertainment and the rise of the genre itself.
In recent times, when one hears the word 'remake' or 'reboot', people tend to get wary. Audiences have reluctantly witnessed so many beloved series, stories and characters get butchered in misguided and unnecessary attempts to be recreated.
Thankfully, I am happy to say that Yamato's 21st century rebirth is done faithfully, respectfully, and masterfully.
First, there is the story (9/10). Yamato's story is timeless - the people of Earth are fighting back against an alien threat to bring their planet to slavery or extinction. Humanity's last hope lies in the battleship Yamato, its crew, and a mysterious technology brought to mankind from a distant alien race of people called Iscandarians. Their destination - lightyears away, on the planet of Iscandar. In their path lie many obstacles, and every one a piece of the story and the puzzle. In this respect, Yamato's story is not difficult to understand, and is something you can appreciate at any age in any time. There are many developments and nuances that shape the story beyond its simple premise as the show develops, however. For the most part, it faithfully follows the original plot, and while I can't comment on specifics, I know enough to say that with confidence. It is not overly complicated or complex - there are also many things that are left to the imagination for the sake of not boring the audience. If you accept them for what they are and don't complicate them, it is, for the most part, flawless. This is, after all, a fictional universe.
Now for the art (10/10). There has been some fuss over the stylistic changes from the original Leiji style of Yamato to the remake. However, I find them to be a perfect blend of the retro style and modern style - which still brings an incredibly refreshing artistic flair to Yamato that isn't seen anywhere today. Even if one were to miss the original style, I think it would be impossible to truly recreate it exactly unless you had all the original animation staff, and that is too much to ask for a 40-year old series. Nobuteru did an excellent job of revisiting the style of Leiji and bringing it to a modern audience.
The animation is absolutely stunning. It's quite obvious there was a high budget for the series, and they use it in all the right places. Let's be honest - in the 70's, many of the technical challenges that came with animating epic, large-scale space battles were difficult to tackle with the technology of the time. While many are impressive, it's easy to see where they struggled to achieve their true vision. In 2199, the ships are 3D models, and CGI comes heavily into play during battle scenes. There was a time that this spelled bad news for mixing with 2D animation, when CGI suffered from a "video game cutscene" syndrome. But with today's technology, 2199's CGI is absolutely stunning, and blends beautifully with the show and the backgrounds. Every ship is masterfully crafted and detailed, and every nuance of the ships and the weaponry is nothing short of perfection. The excitement of every battle scene leaves you speechless. Fans of spaceships, fighter jets and miscellaneous mechanical things will be filled with nothing but glee.
The character and 2D animation is equally as important, and is treated that way. There's a lot of expressiveness in every character, and it shows. There's a bit of fanservice and moe here and there, but nothing overdone. Yamato takes itself seriously when it has to, but it also has a bit of fun when it's appropriate.
The music and sfx (10/10) adds another layer of immersion to the world of Yamato. The soundtrack is a lot of re-recordings of original Yamato tracks, with that 1970's sci-fi trumpets and backing vocals that many may remember fondly. If not, it's something that you hear very rarely these days, and is absolutely perfect for this series. It's enough that the opening is one of those songs you just can't skip - the rest of the soundtrack is equally inspiring.
The sound effects, voices and ambiance is also well done. My favorite bits are definitely the sounds of the ships and the weapons during battle. There's nothing quite like hearing a flurry of lasers, rockets and explosions - and of course, the awe-inspiring Wave Motion Gun.
The characters (9/10) of Yamato are stunning examples of common archetypes. There are brave heroes, loyal comrades, tragic villains, and everything in between. There is a very large cast of Yamato, so I won't dive into every character, but while many characters may seem stereotypical at first glance, Yamato never attempts to clearly define the difference between good and evil - at times, you will sympathize with the enemy, and you will question the motives of the heroes. It's one of those important aspects that helps separate the wheat from the chaff in this aspect. Still, there is a very classical story at hand, and with it come classic characters. But they are not as hollow and predictable as one more cynical may come to believe.
Overall, there is not much more to say. I gave enjoyment a 10/10 because I always found myself looking forward to the next episode of Yamato - and when they came (the waits were quite long for those following the series release), they were over so soon because I enjoyed every moment.
It is quite clear that the creators of Yamato 2199 had great respect for the source material and made every effort to craft a remake worthy of the name Uchuu Senkan Yamato. And in every aspect I would say they succeeded, and brought a story that deserves to be retold to a new era, taking advantage of the tools they have today that its original creators did not to remake Yamato in its full glory. And although the eye-candy visuals of space warfare are a spectacle in their own right, Yamato 2199 never loses sight of the story it is trying to tell and the cast that we want to root for, which is where many remakes of this era falter.
This is a very rare and important piece of animation history - one that I believe deserves to be viewed and appreciated by everyone. I would recommend this series to absolutely anyone, even if they are not fans of sci-fi. If you want an example of a remake done right - this is it. read more
Remakes of space opera classics. Space Battleship Yamato is credited as being the first space opera anime (1974-5). Toward the Terra's manga began only a few years after Yamato (1976-80). Before the TV remake of Terra in 2007, there had only been a rushed movie adaptation in 1980.
The space opera genre and the fact they're both remakes of classics links them, obviously, but they also share a key plot point: the planet Earth. In both series the planet has become a barren, uninhabitable wasteland. Where as humans are forced to live underground in Yamato, humanity in Terra live in space; far away from Earth in order to aid the planet's rejuvenation. Yamato starts by beginning a desperate quest to travel 100's of light-years and back within a year to save the planet from DOOM, while in Terra psychic outcasts attempt to travel back to their home planet just for somewhere to call home.
A key difference between them is why their respective space wars are being fought. Yamato's war involves an alien race thinking of themselves as something akin to ancient Rome attempting to conquer the universe; Earth standing against them. Terra's plot deals with evolved humans (mutants; X-MEN!) that find themselves forced to fight a desperate war for survival against the rest of humanity, as well as the A.I. that controls them. There is a link in terms of middle-of-series 'shall we fight for the Earth or abandon it for another planet?' sub-plots, though.
As far as I'm aware, Yamato is more akin to a remastering than an outright remake: the opening, for example, being identical to the original. Since there never was a full Terra TV anime in the past, Terra went in a more of an 'expanded manga' direction. But, regardless, there is a very similar 'old school' vibe given by both series. There's no pandering or any attempt to please the otaku of today. Character-driven (slightly bland due to lack of 'playing up' to appeal), episodic with pit-stops on various planets and absorbing. There's ultimately something missing from both, in my opinion, but they're special enough to warrant a modern glance into the past.
Both is high quality space opera sci-fi anime with an awesome cast of characters and space battles.
Both Space Battleship Yamato 2199 and Terra E are remakes of the classic space opera anime.
Opening Theme#1 (OVA): "Uchuu Senkan Yamato (宇宙戦艦ヤマト)" by Isao Sasaki
#R1 (TV): "Uchuu Senkan Yamato (宇宙戦艦ヤマト)" by Project Yamato 2199 (Eir Aoi, Natsuko Aso, Chaiki Ishikawa, Yoko Ishida, Shuhei Kita, CooRie, GRANRODEO, Minami Kuribayashi, Maon Kurosaki, Isao Sasaki, Sayaka Sasaki, Hiromi Sato, ZAQ, JAM Projec
#R2 (TV): "Fight For Liberty" by UVERworld
Ending Theme#1: "Hoshi ga Eien wo Terashiteru (星が永遠を照らしてる)" by Aira Yuuki (eps 1-2)
#2: "Utsukushii Chikyuu wo Shiru Mono yo (美しい地球を知る者よ)" by Aki Misato (eps 3-6)
#3: "Makka na Scarf (真赤なスカーフ)" by Isao Sasaki (eps 7-10)
#4: "Kioku no Hikari (記憶の光)" by KOKIA (eps 11-14)
#5: "Yosoro ~Hoshi no Umi wo Koete~ (ヨーソロー ～星の海を越えて～)" by Hironobu Kageyama (eps 15-18)
#6: "R.I.P~Tomo yo Shizuka ni Nemure~ (R.I.P～友よ静かに眠れ～)" by JAM Project (eps 19-22)more
#7: "Ai no Hoshi (愛の星)" by Nana Mizuki
#R1: "Ai Kotoba (愛詞)" by Mika Nakashima (TV)
#R2: "Best of my Love" by Rei Yasuda (安田レイ) (TV)
#R3: "Distance" by JUJU (TV)
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