A stray missile from a confrontation between the Galman empire and the Bolar Federation crashes into the sun, turning it into a time bomb of radiation. The Star Force once again sets off into space, this time on a quest to look for a new world for the human race.
Leiji Matsumoto is back again fast for the third season of Yamato. He once again, directed his original work along with most of the same crew as before. After watching Be Forever Yamato, this series had much to live up to.
The time setting takes place as a sequel to Be Forever Yamato. A stray missile from a battle going on in distant space goes into the Earth’s sun causing nuclear fusion to inevitably make the sun go super nova. OK, so already a little ridiculous in the overall plot. There are two options in the story: one is to try and control the sun and
the other is to find another planet to migrate to. Science aside, it sounds crazy either way.
It’s the same crew doing the same Yamato stuff without much change. Although the doom impending on Earth, like the first Yamato, does bring some suspension to the show, there just is not enough variety or anything the audience has not seen before. Even old enemies are brought back. The first 15 episodes almost feel like a complete waste of time once, without spoiling it, a character comes in contact with Yamato. There is a sort of three way war going on throughout the universe of the show, but it is never capitalized on in any proper way.
When it comes down to it, Yamato 3 is an average space opera anime at best. Plus, with Be Forever Yamato coming out in the same year, there just is not enough room in the Yamato universe for this mediocre one. This can be skipped unless you are a diehard fan of the Yamato universe.