Once again, another great episode. I feel like I am going to have a difficult time writing these episodic reviews, because after a while it’s just going to be something along the lines of “this show is great, please watch this”. I doubt that is content that people are actually going to be interested in reading and is hardly persuasive in getting people to watch it. Regardless, I have some interesting things that I want to talk about when it comes to this episode, so you are all saved from this for today. You should be thankful, yet not because I want to talk about engineering things. While this is a fictional story, a couple things in this episode really bothered me that I consider worthy of discussion. It’s science fiction story after all; there needs to be some realism to make the whole thing believable.
Usual spoiler warning here. You have been warned.
This episode can be quickly described in two paragraphs of space. The first part of this episode really emphasizes that the Gamilas Empire have a race hierarchy. The empire left a race of non-pure Gamilians to handle the terraforming of the Earth for there needs. Such a typical thing for the elites to leave the grease monkeys to do the actual labor. Of course, handling the Yamato has now been given to them in order to prove that these grease monkeys are loyalty to the empire. All in all, sounds like these guys need to strike for fairer wages or something. There are also other bits of information uncovered here as well. For one, we finally learn the leader of the Gamilas empires name. Dressler. Anyway, these people launch their satellite lasers with mirrors to hit an asteroid and change its trajectory to Earth. The result is planetary bomb #103.
With that latest planetary bomb, Captain Okita decided it was time to take out the Gamilas Pluto base. There is no way that the Yamato could let them continue to bomb the Earth. A meeting with head officers occurred to discuss strategy. In the end, they decided not to use the wave motion cannon (which was commented on by an insane officer that didn’t mind blowing up planets) and use fighters to attack while was Yamato as a decoy to deter enemy attack. Before the mission, the white haired girl from last time, Akira Yamamoto, finally took her Starbuck spot by being transferred out of accounting and into the fighter squadron. Well deserved I say. The fighters launched and the Yamato was attacked by the laser a couple of times forcing the Yamato to land on Pluto’s oceans (yes, this is a thing). Major cliff hanger here, but the Yamato was “totally sunk” guys.
Boring Engineering and Science Stuff
The engineering aspect that bothered can be cut into two things. One, why didn’t the enemy ever use this mirrored laser thing against ships EVER? Seriously, they were using this thing to hit an asteroid at a particular angle to change the asteroid’s trajectory toward Earth. That’s one of the most complicated and less energy efficient ways to chance the course of something that I’ve ever seen. Maybe it saves on the people resource, but not much else. I doubt it would work in real life, unless you are playing a game of asteroid/space pool or something. You know, that one game that has edges for you to bounce balls off of? The whole thing doesn’t make any sense. There must have been another way to introduce this weapon other then shooting it off at asteroids. I don’t know what; just something else.
The other thing I want to ask is what is the layout of the Yamato? To launch fighters, the ship has to literally open up major parts of its hall that have fighters launchers attached to them to make this aspect reasonable. I admire all the work in making it all feasible, but that means most of the ship is dedicated to fighters. Not just to these launch pads, but storing the fighters too. There is decent size crew on this ship that need places to sleep, eat, take showers, go to the bathroom , and other normal human functions . Where do they store food? Where do they let people sleep? What about water collection or storage of resources? There are so many things wrong going here that I can talk can continue rambling on about, but that might be boring. I wish this ship was the size of the SDF Macross so I wouldn’t have to question all of these things. I still can’t stop thinking about this.
All that questionable stuff being said, I would like to reference how the advancement of science has been taken in account in Yamato 2199. In the original series, Pluto was like a water planet. Even though it was terraformed for Gamilas citizens, this didn’t make any scientific since considering that the atmosphere and other surface aspects of Pluto could not have oceans like these when they were that far from the sun. I know that 2199’s narrative is tied because this is a reboot, but changing the oceans of Pluto to having ice on top makes so much more sense. This is the kind of scientific compromise that I am glad this show took.
Beside my anime physics and engineering problems, this episode was fantastic. Once again, it squeezes in a lot of characterization in places you wouldn’t expect it, adds more weight to the story, and makes the crew of the Yamato feel real. I feel like I am definitely going on a journey with these people. I know that everything works out in the end, but the journey is more important to then the destination. Especially when you know the Yamato crew is going to save the Earth, but you don’t know how. (Well, I do, but that is beside the point). Thank you all for reading this, look forward to next Friday’s post.
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