Can I just tell you how great this show is? I mean really. Yes, I am cheating a little bit here because I’ve seen it before and am clearly biased, but I really mean it? Even with a pretty standard episode like this one, this show fills up gaps with characterization that not many shows can actually do. I mean seriously? Before I explain more, let’s talk about this show’s plot a little bit. Just to let you know, I am going to have spoilers here. So ummm….SPOILERS!
SPOILERS. Okay, that’s it. You have been warned a few times now.
This week’s episode can be summarized incredibly quickly. Episode three is what I call the test episode. If you don’t know what I mean, its when they test these fantastical things like the wave motion engine and wave motion cannon. Two devices that are well known through anime lore. In the beginning of the episode, the crew tests the engine with the coordinates set for Venus. Of course, they start the jump around Mars and then something goes wrong when they jump. The Yamato gets caught in gravity of Jupiter. Of course, this leads to the Yamato crew having an engine break down. They find a Gamilas floating continent on top of Jupiter’s atmosphere and soft land there for repairs. After a quick enemy attack and getting the engine fixed, the Yamato fired the wave motion cannon only hoping to destroy the Gamilas base. Of course, the entire continent got blown away. Completely stunned by it, the Yamato crew have a lot of reactions to it’s awesome ability of destruction. The reactions range from “Yes, we can win again the Gamilans by blowing them apart” to “we should never use this again, we are a ship of peace.”
Okay, back to what I was talking about before. This episode shows how great Yamato 2199 is adding quick little bits of characterization everywhere. The best part about all of this? It never ruins the pacing of the show itself. A quick cut of one of our new girls looking sadly at mars might mean nothing in context of what is going on, but it center hints at her backstory (*cough). What about those random crew members that got sick from the space jump? It doesn’t add anything toward the episode’s plot at all, but you know random crew members exist and have very distinct personalities. There were a few more moments through out this episode that adds a lot more detail to this show and its characters.
So let me say this again, I love this show. There was nothing extremely spectacular about this episode as a whole, but a standard episode like this show’s off Space Battleship Yamato 2199’s strengths. Great plot, great themes, some solid characterization, and just a lot of good stuff going on. I also like how there are more female characters were added to this reboot. Yuki was the token female in the group during this show’s original run, but now there are at least three more female characters with interesting personalities and more development to move on from this point. Good stuff all around.
This post is a collaboration with DerekL on his own blog called the Apprentice Mages Lounge. If you want to join on this collab, watch Space Battleship Yamato 2199 on Funimation or Crunchyroll each week and write your own post. Here is a post to explain what this blog event is in bigger detail.