English: 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: 8.671 (scored by 2640 users)
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SynopsisThe basic story of Yamato 2199 is the same as the first Yamato anime set in 2199, but Yutaka Izubuchi, who worked on mechanical designs and science-fiction concepts on some of the earlier projects in the franchise, is serving as chief director.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199
Alternative version: Uchuu Senkan Yamato
Summary: Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 Movie 1: Harukanaru Tabitachi, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 Movie 2: Taiyou-ken no Shitou, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 Movie 3: Hateshinaki Koukai, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 Movie 4: Ginga Henkyou no Koubou, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 Movie 5: Boukyou no Gingakan Kuukan, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 Movie 6: Toutatsu! Dai Magellan, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 Movie 7: Soshite Kan wa Iku
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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
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
--Arthur C. Clarke
In my judgement, a good many science fiction stories today suffer from a handful of flaws. On one hand, particularly in the West, many science fiction stories have a tendency to get overly preachy and often superficially so. On the other hand (as another reviewer astutely points out), in the realm of anime many science fiction shows have evolved into ecchi/harem type shows with perhaps a bit of mecha or "science-fictiony" sounding stuff on the side. It is always a welcome surprise to see a well told science fiction story without too much fluff and Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 is such a series.
This series is a remake of the almost 40 year old classic with a few changes, most of which are minor. I don't intend to discuss aspects pertaining to the original series, as I have only seen bits and pieces of it and there have been other reviews which have touched on this aspect. What drew me to the remake was the involvement of Anno Hideaki, the creative mind behind Neon Genesis Evangelion (he basically worked on the new opening sequence).
Story - 8/10
Overall, the story was well executed. I admit that the series doesn't do everything it tries to do perfectly without flaw, but when you average everything together, it turns out to be a great story with an engaging plot. The ending is incredibly satisfying and the action is great. This series is not particularly deep (aside from the evident depiction that war is hell) but this is by no means a drawback. At the end of the day, I watch anime or read books because I like good stories.
There are a few times in the course of the story where a few plot points might have been better flushed out and there were a small handful of times when the general pace felt as if it were rushed. While these things are noticeable, they tend to be minor in the overall scheme of things.
This series occasionally touches on many cliched themes one often runs across in Sci-Fi, such as sentience of automaton, but these are well integrated into the story and the viewer is not proverbially beaten over the head with constant preaching.
What I particularly enjoyed is the fact that both sides (Earth and Gamilas) are not portrayed as being perfect or utopian, which was one of the aspects I liked about LoGH. Certainly, Gamilas and its autocratic and despotic leader Aberdt Desler have quite a bit of blood on their hands as they seek to subjugate other worlds and integrate them as second class citizens or completely exterminate them. On the other hand, as revealed later in the series, Earth is also not a lone victim, a fact that some characters had a difficult time stomaching after years of government propaganda.
Moreover, on few occasions, this series emphasized the miraculous over the scientific, a feature that is particularly rare in the context of science fiction and something that I particularly liked. I was also pleased with the implication that a single human life is just as valuable as many lives. Indeed, if the needs of the many truly did outweigh the needs of the few, all anime science fiction would be ecchi/harem with some mecha on the side and... well... um... God help us.
Art/Music - 10/10
The music is outstanding, much of which has been re-recorded from the music in the original series. One reviewer noted that it sounded rather oldschool and I concur; however it fits perfectly.
On a side note, I thought that Kioku no hikari was angelic.
The art... well, it is basically eye candy. I could have muted the volume and simply stared at the animation. The battle sequences were very well done and simply looked amazing.
Characters - 9/10
For the most part, character development was well done. There are some minor issues here but they are just that: minor. In particular, I was pleased with the villains; Aberdt Desler is a fairly complicated character in some ways. While he is a despot and a warmonger, there were several times that he did exhibit some compassion. It would have been interesting if the series explored the psychology of his character. Moreover, I liked how they portrayed each of his underlings as individuals who also had families of their own, many of whom were fighting because they either had no choice or they wanted to be accepted.
There is definitely some tribute paid to those who have seen the original (a good example being when Starsha places her hand on her belly as the Yamato takes off). Yes, the girls are dressed in a rather pleasing way but this is actually a rather common thing in Sci-Fi as a whole (not just in the realm of anime). Counselor Troi, anybody? Yet, unlike Counselor Troi, most of the female characters serve a role that does not constantly include stating the obvious.
Enjoyment - 10/10
I would venture to suggest that anyone who likes Sci-Fi, especially classic Sci-Fi, will probably like this. Certainly, not everyone will think this series is a 9 or a 10 and *gasp* that's okay. It's one hell of a ride with an a great view on the side and a very satisfying conclusion. While not perfect in absolutely every aspect, I feel it is good enough to be enumerated along with some of the greats in the genre.
Personally, I have it a 10 on my list but for the sake of the review, I give it a very solid 9.
Years after the major Hype for Yamato, rivaling Star Wars, Robotech/Macross eventually came into being.
They both sport fighters, a huge honking gun (Reflex cannon, but the Wave Motion gun was the FIRST BFG!), and large space battles.
They also have aliens assisting humans to get to space, Yamato was with a aliens still alive giving blue prints and equipment on a crashed ship. Robotech/Macross was with a crashed ship reversed engineered.
They have a theme of culture differences between Gamilions way of thinking, and the Zentradi's war culture in Robotech/Macross.
There is a entry level pilot who works his way up, be it Rich Hunter or Derek Wildstar (insert original name in Japan if it helps).
They both have over arching stories where earth is destroyed and then recovers when calmer minds take hold and control.
They both have incidents with the enemy crossing the line and they both learn the enemy is not JUST a faceless monster...
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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