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

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

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

Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 – Episode Thirteen – The Wolf From Another Dimension


This episode is a particular favourite of mine for a number of reasons; firstly, it is a wonderful example of the tensions of naval warfare transplanted in space, an episode that features a submarine, and all the issues that go along with it; secondly, it represents the first time that the Yamato’s crew have had to deal with a situation without the help of Captain Okita. Read more of this post

Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 – Episode Twelve – What Lies Beyond


This episode was mostly a continuation of the arguments and tension caused during episode eleven, further demonstrating how complicated a conflict can be. It also demonstrates some of the importance that each episodes title contains, with this episode dealing with hidden emotions, political plots, and social decay. Now, while a lot of the episode dealt with a conflict between Shima and Kodai, with Shima coming across as the most emotionally immature, there were also other elements regarding Gamilas that were particularly interesting. Read more of this post

Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 – Episode Eleven – A World I Once Saw


The implications of Melda’s comments about who attacked first from episode ten are being felt throughout the ship in this episode. The result is a crew that remains angry at Gamilas, but also uncertain about what they are really doing, and why they hate a people they have never met until recently. The discovery that Gamillans are nearly identical to humans on a genetic level, with the only difference being blue skin further complicates matters. This simple, but important discovery throws a spanner in the works, because, rather than fighting unfeeling demons, strange, evil looking monsters of people’s nightmares, the Yamato and her crew are instead fighting blue humans. Read more of this post

Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 – Episode Ten – Graveyard of the Universe


This week’s episode served to complicate the relationship between Gamilas and Earth by questioning the status quo and suggesting that far from a simple story of aggressors and defenders. It has been hinted throughout Yamato 2199’s first half, but in this episode we are able to get a clearer picture of the multi-faceted Gamilas society, and in the process questioning the simplistic image that many aboard the Yamato have of this empire and people. This is the sort of episode I love to see in a good science-fiction/space series, one that highlights how complicated any conflict is, and how easily one side can demonise the other in order to justify their own actions. Read more of this post