Three years since the return of the legendary Space Battleship Yamato, Earth has begun rebuilding itself and has made peace with the Gamilans. However, this recovery comes at the cost of utilizing the forbidden Wave Motion technology.
Meanwhile, the notorious former crew members of the Yamato, who have each gone their separate ways, receive a psychic message from the mysterious Goddess Teresa. She urges them to return to their beloved ship and travel to the distant planet Terezart. They are promised a revolutionary power to combat the unprecedented threat of the relentless Gatlantis Empire, who are approaching Earth with all but innocent intentions.
Unable to resist her plea, the crew reassembles and sets sail on another perilous intergalactic voyage, one that will test their sheer courage and versatility in the face of an even greater foe.
Yamato 2199 was great, but not perfect: though it lacked action, the pacing could be better and Desler was way worse than his counterparts in all versions and remakes of the original anime (except his counterpart in the 2010 live-action), the character development and animation, alongside the spectacular soundtrack remade by Akira Miyagawa, the son of Hiroshi Miyagawa, the original composer of the OSTs, plot and dialog, made 2199 a great space opera and remake of the original.
As a result, 2202 was expected to be even greater, bigger and better than 2199, given how great its precursor was and how amazing the original material is.
However, it would be no easy task, 2202 had to remake two different - yet complementary materials, Farewell to Yamato and the TV series Yamato 2.
While Yamato 2 had to stretch the 2-hour long story of Farewell to Yamato into a 26 episode series (and make a new ending), it succeeded in many aspects and failed in others, the overall plot of the series was amazing and alongside the new OST and mecha, allowed Yamato 2 to feature many new facets unexplored that the original TV series and Farewell, such as villains subplots, good battle strategies, and the Yamato being unable to do anything in some situations. However, Yamato 2 failed to impact audiences with the same drama that Farewell had and some subplots were just boring, e.g. Shima and Teresa's love story.
With that in mind, 2202 could easily take the strong points of the originals and 2199, therefore making good sequel and remake. However, 2202 fails at almost every single aspect of it. "Soldiers of Love", except for the battle at planet 11, the presence of the space fireflies and some other minor points, almost fully ignores the majority of the strong points of Yamato 2. No villain subplots, no iconic mecha from the series (Earth's carriers), no battle strategies, no characters moments, nothing.
The new director Nobuyosh Haraba and scriptwriter Harutoshi Fukui chose something different: they would take the original plot of Farewell to Yamato and add new elements to the mix. Besides this being extremely disrespectful to Yamato 2, the idea failed spectacularly: the overall plot of Yamato 2202 is dumb and messy. The insertion of the philosophical element to the series isn't done in a smart matter such as in shows like Evangelion and Serial Experiments Lain. The notion of love and humanity here never develops to something unique, it just serves as a way to explain some forced plot devices and to allow Zordar to make some nonsensical and monotonous dialogs.
When we talk about characters, the core aspect of the originals and 2199, the results become even worse: almost none of then develop that much, characters that were much stronger and charismatic, such as Kodai and Kato, are incoherent to what their counterparts in 2199 would do, Yuki and Akira now don't have half of their personalities, and Desler, which surprisingly gets a retcon of his version from 2199 and whose return is not explained at all, is just boring.
New characters also don't get any better, Zordar now is just a philosopher with a terrible motivation, Sabera, and all Gatlantis officers are now just a plot device, Teresa, Saito, Hijikata, Yamanami, as well as the whole Andromeda fleet (which were supposed to be a big thing in this season) are underused, and the Ginga shouldn't even exist in the first place. The only character that gets some decent development here is Kiman, who is seriously affected by the awful dialog of the series.
As for the action, the use of CGI in the show is good, but not as great as the one in 2199, ships feel weightless, the Yamato doesn't get big scratches after every battle, even the 2d animation here fells off, characters are much less crisp. The mecha designs are a mixed bad: while some are good and detailed, adding a lot to the series, some are bad, such as the Earth's new aircraft carriers, the Ginga itself with its stupid glass dome and the Comet Empire's new "true form", which completely obliterated the original design, the same here applies to Zordar dreadnought.
The direction of the action scenes is also bad, there's an overuse of the Wave Motion Gun, while in the past it was reserved for special moments, it is now used every 5 minutes, losing its dramatic effect. That being said, the action is one of the best things in 2202, however, given how there's almost none emotional attachment between the viewer and the characters, they just become bland.
As for the drama, it is even more diluted than the one in Yamato 2. Characters here die for the sake of dying, Saito's, Kiman's and Higashikata's deaths don't have a fraction of their original deaths. And Kato had a death so terribly written it was comical.
The soundtrack is the best thing of the series, however, one can easily tell which songs are by Akira Miyagawa, since his style is quite different than the one from his father, his additions, some of which are quite amazing, don't quite blend in as well as they should.
Overall, Yamato 2202 is a massive disappointment from a show that had everything to be one of the greatest anime of all time turned out to be a mediocre show and remake. Both Farewell to Yamato and Yamato 2 are more worth your time and investment.
As the credits finally began to roll for the last time of Yamato 2202 and Yamato Yori ai wo Komete played, I felt a sense of relief that this dreadful re-imagining of the 1978 Space Battleship Yamato II had reached its ill fated conclusion. I had gone into 2202 with incredibly high hopes after the spectacular Space Battleship Yamato 2199 introduced me to this wonderful universe. After completing 2199, I went back and watched nearly every single Yamato series and movie (season 3 is the sole exception here with no decent subtitles existing to my knowledge) I could get my hands on, eager to immerse
myself into the trials and tribulations of the Yamato and her crew.
And then this series happened. Featuring a different director than 2199, and new character designs, Yamato 2202 failed spectacularly to capture any of the enjoyment and adoration I have for the rest of the franchise. The story is mostly made up of philosophical musings from the leader of the White Comet Empire revolving around the notion of love and humanity that never really develops into anything except a plot device to copy the ending of Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato and give it a new twist. Every time Zordar spoke, I found myself rolling my eyes at how shallow and silly the writing was. I am supportive of attempting to change the formula. After all, this is a re-imagining and not a full fledged remake of the original season 2. The execution, however, is conducted with all the skill and grace of a 12 year old writing a fan-fiction in their head during school as they day dream. The writing thinks it is far smarter and deeper than it actually is. Nothing ever quite comes together smoothly. Characters just die for the sake of dying while newly introduced characters are woefully underused despite being incredibly interesting and full of potential. Characters do not really develop much at all, save the space marines really. One character in particular is able to just magically figure things out and explain them to the audience because the show simply is unable to convey what is going on visually or through actual storytelling. In 2199, we would have been treated to scenes of characters researching and trying to understand things, allowing for explanations to the audience as they shared theories with one another and debated for an answer. In 2202, they just know things and that's that.
Visually, 2202 is a mixed bag. The space battles are wonderfully animated surpassing 2199 in the scale and quality and a magical plot device is able to keep Earth in the fight far longer than it had any right to be giving the viewer plenty of eye candy to watch during battles. Unfortunately, the character designs and direction during battles at times is jarring. Characters now look much less crisp than they did in 2199 instead with sketch lines and awkward looking faces due to oddly drawn mouths and noses. As for visual direction, there clearly was some sort of eye fetish going on. Many times in battles or even normal dialogue, the only thing we see is a characters eye/s as they stare in horror at something or just look at something in general. During one egregious part in the first episode, a large battle is taking place. As ships are destroyed, the camera keeps cutting back to Kodai over and over again as he makes the exact same determined, grit teeth, face for about 30 seconds. This sort of weird visual direction takes place multiple times during the show, with awkward, jarring cuts during dialogue and battle. At least the music is solid.
If you go into Yamato 2202 expecting nothing on the story or character development front, you are likely to find an enjoyable space action show. Otherwise, steer clear of this mangled mess of a re-imagining. As for me, I am just going to pretend that this was never made and rewatch the original season 2 and Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato film instead. That simple and basic writing of 1978 is somehow superior to the poor attempts of the 2202 team to re-imagine its namesake.
Space Battleship Yamato 2022 is in nearly every way a vast improvement of Yamato 2199.
The first two episodes of Yamato 2199 presented such a stylized visual narrative with infatuating sentimentality. The rest of the show provided this, but the writing completely fell off. The character dynamics were pretty poor, the fights were filled to the brim with Deus Ex Machinas, and many of the themes came off as muddled by the time the show reached the end of its run time.
Yamato 2022 is such a breath of fresh air, because it’s so much more than just stylish and simplistic like the first season.
There is still a similar overarching goal that leads the cast to the Yamato yet again, but we’re given anti-war sentiments, dystopic imagery, and themes of sacrifice, sentimentality (possibly more so than the aforementioned 2199), traditionalism, politics, diplomacy, collectivism, and so much more.
The character dynamics are much more focused and very fine tuned. Episode 9 and some of the buildup from the previous episodes completely fixed some of my issues with 2199’s romance, and present many more opportunities for some great character development within the crew.
The animation has always been pretty limited in Yamato, and the space battles are comprised of computer effects and CG. The CG isn't too clunky, but it is very noticeable. The character art (as in still frames) is pretty impressive, and there’s been an immense care as displaying the emotions within single frames. I’ve always been a fan of the remakes character designs, and the consistent art really helps add to the overall aesthetic.
The backgrounds are top notch, rivaling ufotable-movie tier or low tier Shinkai in their digital-photo realism while having abstract designs with some exuberant colors. Considering this is a 26 episode OVA, the care put into these backgrounds adds so much to the world building and the toxicity of the dystopia in the early episodes.
The soundtrack is very prominent, and never out of place. It sometimes feels like a Kurosawa samurai western, while other times being more reminiscent of the classical music of Legend of the Galactic Heroes. It never takes away from the scenes, and always adds to the atmosphere and enforces the themes extremely well.
If you loved the first season, this season may not be for you. But if you want a narrative full of interesting ideas while still being strikingly stylish, this is the Yamato for you, as it is for me.
Astounding message delievered from this show...Every inch and emotion in my body shivered through these 26 episodes. If you are gonna watch season 2 be prepared for a ride of joy, enjoyment, emotions and some brilliant moments.
Earth again faces a new crisis and our old crew from Yamato must once again embark on a journey in the distant universe to assure a future for Earth. Each encounter and fight holds a meaning and this season gives a lesson to its viewers about the mistakes that our characters did and shows us their path to clear them and make the right choices for their future.
characters are what makes Yamato 2202 the best work of Matsumoto Leij. Each character has its own spotlight and each of them manages to stir up different emotions for its viewers. Sometimes you will hate them sometimes you will love them and sometimes you will encourage them. Another amazing thing is how well this season presents us the reasons of the enemy that Yamato faces with some strong and solid base behind their actions and choices.
One thing to mention is Desler's development from season 1 thourgh season 2. As you may know in the first season he was pictured as a cold-blooded dictator who sent most of his people to death to achieve victory. In season 2 they go inside his mind they present his reasons and choices, everything that made him do that and gives him a second chance, makes him a likeable character even more than the ones from the Yamato crew.
Desler isn't the only one who contributes to this season, each character manages to portray the main themes of this show . Their speeches, their monologue, their own story and past mistakes, all of them provide a warning and also a lesson for us viewers. Leji Matsumoto was a man who 40 years when he created the Yamato series he looked way ahead in the future and predicted how our society will become in the near future. And damn he nailed it ! Our modern society is almost identical as the one from the Yamato series.
The most amazing stuff from this show is how well the raw human nature is presented and explored, and how well the human mind is studied during a crisis situation and the decisions made by them. Our own greed for war, our capability for destruction but also our good side our creative mind , our undying will and that we cling in desperate times, our heart to hate but also love! Our possibilities and choices to create a Future for ourselves!
This is Yamato Space Battleship 2202 a study about humanity about their choices their love their capability to destroy or create a FUTURE! This is Leji's Matsumoto masterpiece from almost half a century ago! Just don't miss this...you will not regret it trust me!