Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love continues the story of Space Battleship Yamato 2199.
It is the year 2202, three Years after the war with Gamillas, the people in the Solar System are finally at peace once again and the Earth has been restored back to life. With the end of the war, there is a peace treaty between Earth and Gamillas which will strengthen their military bond and secure true peace. In addition to the reconstruction of Earth, the joint forces form a new intergalactic defense fleet with a new ship, Andromeda, to be its new symbol of power. Due to these advancements, the Earth is going on a path of military expansion despite Starsha Iscandar's wishes of peace. But when a new threat called the Gatlantis starts to wreak havoc to a newly reformed galaxy, the Goddess Teressa calls upon the Yamato once more in order to fight back against the new threat.
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. But this isn’t so much a negative, as the effects aren’t bad in any way, and the CG is much more textured that most anime and doesn’t have that clunky feel most happen to have. 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.
As I recently finished this show, I felt it was time to give it some love through a small review. This show surprised me in a good way, especially considering the fact that it's based on what's considered one of the best pieces of media in the SBY franchise (Farewell Yamato, and by extension SBY 2).
The core theme of love, signified by the under-title "Soldiers of Love" is brought to life through use of clever directing tricks, an expanded scope granted to the writing of this world (Considering Gamillas survival in 2199 and some other changes from the source, this was an inevitability) by
a master of Sci-fi (Harutoshi Fukui, Gundam UC). Even more beautiful scores both old and new are once again composed by Akira Miyagawa (Son of original composer, Hiroshi Miyagawa), leit motifs granted to both Zordar and Sabera among other characters, something that wasn't present in the original show.
Some fan favorite characters return and are introduced, as plot threads left in 2199 (And its movies) about Hijikata, Yamanami, Saito and Gamillas are brought to full fruition, as the Gamillan-Earth cooperation gives us tense political intrigues in the aftermath of a world crafted from the cradle that was the Iscandarian Cosmo-Reverse system.
My Sales Pitch: The crew of the Yamato are pushed into situations beyond the scope of their imagination, willingly heading out to save someone (Teresa) in need of help in our universe as recompense for the same favor being granted to them by Iscandar 3 years back. The Comet Empire is an entirely different enemy than Gamillas was, an intricate war machine hell-bent on annihilating the universe! Or so it seems... The promise to not use the Wave Motion Gun again in 2199 takes big focus this season, as its destructive capabilities in 2199 has left a sour taste in the crew of the Yamato, Kodai Susumu in particular.
Reintroduced after the 2199 side-story movie is the White Comet Empire, and its leader who despises love "Emperor Zordar"
What I love about Gatlantis as a race and enemy is their internal struggle against basic human emotions suppressed through means I won't bother to explain here, as that would be spoiling the fun. It's like watching genetically manufactured child soldiers getting thrust into war, and some of them naturally rebel against their locked away emotions to emulate normal human beings. And in the midst of all this, the Yamato has to stop the onslaught of all mankind with weapons they promised to never use again.
This show has themes like sins of the father, redeeming irredeemable crimes, the pro's and con's of love and the irrationality behind that emotion, are orders always absolute? Is co-existence between different races possible? The generation after Okita, or as they're referred to in the show "Okita's children", are they capable of overturning great peril and imminent annihilation with their wits, morals and strength?
In this show you'll find ethereal beings, a natural evolution to the formula that was established in 2199, a tightly knit web of sub-plots slowly progressing to their climax in one big explosion of satisfaction the closer we get to the end.
As a final note I'd like to commend the new director Habara for managing to pick up the work his predecessor (Izubuchi) left off, having worked on the Clockwork prisoner and first half of the Rainbow cluster battle in 2199, he is more than well equipped to handle this task hand in hand with head writer Fukui. The new voice acting talents on all sides are mostly veteran VA's from the Galactic Heroes and Original Gundam days, so those of you who have a good ear will be able to spot some of your favorite old men and women from decades past.
All in all, this show is one big celebration of Yoshinobu Nishizaki's vision of love as a tool to help make the world a better place, gathering talents in all departments form both the older and newer generations to create a masterpiece in the making called Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Soldiers of Love.
Please watch this show all the way until the end before you pass judgement, I can assure everyone that the buildup will be worth it.
This is a Masterful recreation and EXPANSION on the original Anime series that started the Whole Anime craze we have seen since the 70. The second season in the original series was even better than the first.
The deviation from the original story is by far superior planning, and well executed.
The American voice actors on Funimation are not as dead on as I would hope. For one the Captain sounds a LOT more grizzled in Japanese. In the American actor choice you have someone sounding young.
Now the vast increase of firepower and the extensive explanation, all inter tied in is well
planned out. Currently I am up to Volume 5 direct import from Japan, and I have the American Funimation copies as well.... And each of the models they have released.