Space Battleship Yamato 2199
|Space Battleship Yamato 2199|
Official poster for the series showing some of the main characters and the titular spaceship
(Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199)
|Genre||Space opera, military sci-fi|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Yutaka Izubuchi
|Produced by||Atsushi Ariyoshii
|Written by||Yutaka Izubuchi|
|Music by||Akira Miyagawa|
AIC (ep. 1–3)
|Original run||April 6, 2012
(premiere on Family Gekijo)
April 7, 2013 – September 29, 2013
Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199 Uchū Senkan Yamato Ni-ichi-kyū-kyū ) is a 2012 Japanese military sci-fi anime television series that is a remake of the first Space Battleship Yamato TV series created by Yoshinobu Nishizaki with production design and direction by Leiji Matsumoto in 1974, known in the United States as Star Blazers. The series was originally screened back-to-back in theaters across Japan, a few episodes at a time prior to release on home video, and aired on TV from April 7, 2013 to September 29, 2013.
A feature film based on the series is planned for release in 2014.
Aliens from the planet Garmillas attack Earth with radiation bombs and reduce the lush planet into a wasteland with humanity forced underground. However, in 2199, a friendly alien race from the planet Iscandar contacts the humans and gives them the blueprints to build a powerful warship capable of retrieving a device, the Cosmo Reverse System, to cleanse the planet before humanity disappears. The United Nations Cosmo Navy - whose space fleets have been mauled by Garmillan forces - resurrects the long-sunken battleship Yamato and applies the alien technology to its interior, transforming it into the vessel for which the series is named: Space Battleship Yamato.
Over the course of the series, the Yamato and its crew are continuously harassed by Garmillan forces on Jupiter, the moons of Saturn, and Pluto. As the Yamato battles its way out of the Solar System and the Milky Way Galaxy, Garmillas leader Aberdt Dessler takes a personal interest in the unusually advanced and seemingly unstoppable Earth vessel. Suspicious of Iscandar's involvement in the humans' quest, Dessler schemes to stop the Yamato at all costs before it can fulfill its mission - even as political intrigues plague his empire. To this end he orders his top military commanders and most sophisticated spacecraft into the fight, putting the determination of the Yamato crew to even more rigorous tests as they cope with questions about their mission and strange incidents aboard their own ship.
- Daisuke Ono as Susumu Kodai
- Houko Kuwashima as Yuki Mori
- Kenichi Suzumura as Daisuke Shima
- Takayuki Sugo as Captain Jūzō Okita
- Akio Ohtsuka as General Domel
- Aya Hisakawa as Lt. Kaoru Niimi
- Aya Uchida as Warrant Officer Yuria Misaki
- Chō as Analyzer Unit 09/Sukeji Yabu/Guelf Ganz
- Daisuke Hirakawa as Hiroki Shinohara
- Fumihide Ise as Hajime Hirata
- Hiroshi Tsuchida as Susumu Yamazaki
- Houchu Ohtsuka as Shirō Sanada
- Keiji Fujiwara as Master Chief Isami Enomoto
- Kikuko Inoue as Starsha Iscandar
- Kouichi Yamadera as Abelt Dessler
- Masashi Hirose as Gremmdt Goer
- Jōji Nakata as Fraken
- Masato Kokubun as Yoshikazu Aihara
- Mitsuru Miyamoto as Mamoru Kodai
- Mugihito as Hikozaemon Tokugawa
- Rie Tanaka as Ensign Akira Yamamoto
- Rina Satou as Makoto Harada
- Shigeru Chiba as Dr. Sakezō Sado
- Tesshō Genda as Kotetsu Serizawa
- Toshihiko Seki as Shinya Itō
- Unshou Ishizuka as Ryū Hijikata
- Yoshimasa Hosoya as Saburō Katō
- Yousuke Akimoto as Redof Hiss
- Ayano Miura as Hilde Shultz
- Yu Shimaka as Valke Shultz
The new series is a remake of the original Space Battleship Yamato TV series from 1974, with some changes in the main story, new characters (including several female ones), a more modern tech design, and an animation style inspired by that of the original series. The original intro music theme from the first series composed by Hiroshi Miyagawa with vocals by Isao Sasaki has also been re-scored for this new production by Hiroshi's son Akira.
Yutaka Izubuchi serves as supervising director, with character designs by Nobuteru Yuki, and Junichiro Tamamori and Makoto Kobayashi in charge of mecha and conceptual designs. The series is a joint project of Enagio, Xebec and AIC. Famous anime director and creator Hideaki Anno designed the new series' opening sequence, which is a homage to the one that appeared in the first TV series.
The Yamato wreck in the 1974 series where the Space Battleship Yamato was built under is based on the general assumption in the 1970s that the warship sank intact - until the actual wreck was found in much mangled shape in 1985. In an April 2013 interview with Japanese online hobby shop Ami Ami, Bandai model developer Hirofumi Kishiyama said the emergence of the space battleship itself in 2199 was a plot device that needed to be resolved. Taking into account the 1985 discovery, he said the new Yamato "wreck" is simply camouflage for the warship being built underneath. Where the 1974 space battleship Yamato was conceptualized to be the same length as the original battleship at 263 meters, the spaceship in the new series was enlarged to 333m to address design discrepancies found in the first show.
Characters who appeared in the original series' second and third seasons are included in 2199 as well.
Following the broadcast of the final episode, a feature film based on the series was announced. It is planned for release in 2014.
Episodes 1 and 2 of the new series were released as a fifty-minute anime film called Dai-Isshō Harukanaru Tabidachi (Chapter 1: "The Long Journey") premiering in Japanese cinemas on April 7, 2012 (the sixty-seventh anniversary of the loss of the Yamato during the Battle of Okinawa). It was also released on May 25, 2012 as Blu-ray and DVD format volumes in Japan.' Six more anime films which will be one hundred-plus minute compilations, containing four episodes each, for a total of twenty-six, will be released every few months in select theaters across Japan through 2013. The series commenced weekly broadcast on April 7, 2013.
The second film, Dai-nishō: Taiyōken no Shitō (Chapter 2: "Desperate Struggle in the Heliosphere"), featured episodes 3-6. It opened in ten theaters in Japan on June 30, 2012. The Blu-ray Disc and DVD volumes were released on July 27, 2012.
The third film, Dai-sanshō: Hateshinaki Kōkai (Chapter 3: "The Endless Voyage"), featuring Episodes 7-10, opened in twelve Japanese theaters from October 13 through October 26, 2012 (expanding from ten theaters for the previous films). The Blu-ray and DVD volumes were released on November 22, 2012.
The fourth film, Dai-yonshō: Ginga Henkyō no Kōbō (Chapter 4: "Defense of the Galactic March"), featured Episodes 11-14, and opened in twelve Japanese theaters from January 12 through January 26, 2013. The Blu-ray and DVD volumes were released on February 22, 2013.
The fifth film, Dai-goshō: Bōkyō no Gingakan Kukan (Chapter 5: "The Redolence of Intergalactic Space") featuring Episodes 15-18, was released in twelve Japanese theaters on April 13, 2013. The Blu-ray and DVD volumes were released on May 28, 2013.
The sixth film, Dai-rokushō: Tōtatsu! Dai Magellan (Chapter 6: "Arrival! Large Magellanic Cloud") featuring episodes 19-22 was released in sixteen Japanese theaters on June 15, 2013. The Blu-ray and DVD volumes were released on July 26, 2013.
The seventh and final film, Dai-nanashō: Soshite Kan wa Iku (Chapter 7: "And Now the Warship Comes") featuring episodes 23-26 was released in Japanese theaters on August 24, 2013. Unlike the previous episodes (other than the first one), they will first air on TV before the Blu-ray and DVD volumes will be released on October 25, 2013.
Bandai started releasing kits based on the vehicles seen in the series in 2012.
As of October 2013, the company produced 1/1000 scale models of the Yamato, two sets of UNCN warships, three sets of Gamilas warships (one of them a special Imperial Guard set), the Gamilas Polmeria-class Assault Carrier. and the Gelvades-class Assault Carrier "Darold." Some of these kits also contain bonus kits, including reissues of certain warship kits from the original series' Mecha Collection line. Similarly-scaled models of the Gamilas Haizerad-class Astro Battleship and Gaiperon-class Multideck Carrier are slated to be released in 2013.
Vehicles from the series are available in 1/72 scale. The line started with the α-1 and α-2 Cosmo Zeroes in 2012. The March 2013 issue of Dengeki Hobby magazine had a free 1/72 Cosmo Falcon fighter packaged and Bandai released a 1/72 recast of the Cosmo Falcon (in Saburo Kato's paint scheme) in July 2013.
Taking off from previous efforts to produce specific paint sets for Gundam HGUC models, Gunze Sangyo is also producing special paint sets for the 2199 warship kits.
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- Official website (Japanese)
- Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia