Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 – Episode Eighteen – Over the Black Light



Often an anime with an extensive cast can forget side characters, or individuals, who, while important, aren’t given as much screen time as the main characters that drive the series narrative. At times it feels as if such a series introduces apparently important characters, but then forgets about them until the convenient moment where their past, and abilities are important to the story. Read more of this post

Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 – Episode Seventeen – Out of The Forest of Memory


Over the last few episodes we have seen a more complicated picture of Gamilas, and the Yamato appear. One that presents more nuanced visions of these two sides, and emphasises how easily a simple picture of good and bad can unfairly label entire people as one or the other. In fact, this is arguably one of Yamato 2199’s main themes, as it seeks to build a more complex picture of space, and the various societies that we as the audience come into contact with. Read more of this post

Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 – Episode Sixteen – A Choice For The Future


The Yamato’s journey so far has been informed by fear of the other, of alien races with immense power, and a technological advantage that has resulted in earths near destruction, alongside hope of a bright future. Throughout the series first half, these two themes have been continuously in conflict, with many using their anger, and hatred of Gamilas, the faceless evil that has come to destroy earth without warning. Read more of this post

Idols in Anime – An Idealised Vision of Perfection

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Every country has idols, those artists and boy or girl bands who are often portrayed as the ideal, the perfect incarnation of what it means to be human. Their public image attempts to show a clean personality, somebody without any character flaws or little vices that might bring them down to earth like mere mortals. Read more of this post

Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 – Episode Fifteen – Point of No Return


This episode spends a lot of time setting up other plot points, often linking them with previous scenes, comments, and other little moments that have hinted at a more complicated galactic picture than we otherwise may have believed. While there is also a brilliantly choreographed space battle, with the Yamato barely surviving against and overwhelming force that looks set to utterly obliterate earths last hope, it is merely the background for nefarious schemes on both sides. Read more of this post

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu – Past, Present, and Future


The flow of time and its influence on everyday life has been a constant theme throughout Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. As Yakumo narrated his life story, dealing with the complexities of his relationships, and the problems that faced rakugo during the pre, and post-war years, we as the audience saw how quickly things can change, and how easily the past can be forgotten. Read more of this post

Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 – Episode Fourteen – The Whisper of the Witch


While a significant proportion of Yamato 2199 focusses on space battles, and the Yamato’s quest to free earth from the grasp of Gamilas, there are a number of particularly interesting episodes that act as moments of reflection. Episode Fourteen is one such moment, a chance for reflection, alongside the knowledge that space is far more complex than anybody on the Yamato initially realise. Read more of this post