Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark

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Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark
Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Odyssey of the Celestial Ark, DVD Cover.jpg
Cover art of the DVD.
Directed by Makoto Bessho
Written by Yutaka Izubuchi
Hiroshi Ōnogi
Story by Yutaka Izubuchi
Starring Daisuke Ono
Eriko Nakamura
Aya Hisakawa
Masato Kokubun
Yuuya Chikaki
Junichi Suwabe
Ryuzaburo Otomo
Saki Fujita
Junko Iwao
Kouji Ishii
Masahiko Tanaka
Yuko Kaida
Shinnosuke Tachibana
Mie Sonozaki
Hiroki Touchi
Distributed by Xebec
Release date
December 6, 2014 (2014-12-06)
Running time
111 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark (宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199 星巡る方舟, Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune) is a 2014 film based on the Space Battleship Yamato 2199 anime series. The movie is set during the events of the series, primarily as the eponymous spaceship Yamato makes its way back to Earth after a long voyage to the planet Iscandar.[1][2]

Marketing[edit]

Prior to advertising of the home video release of the movie, writers had used the English translations Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Star-Voyaging Ark and Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Ark of the Stars.[3][4] Home video packaging announced in April 2015 revealed Xebec's choice of Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark as the official English title.[5]

Reception[edit]

The film grossed ¥68.8 million at the Japanese box office in its first week of release.[6]

Writing for the Kotaku blog, reviewer Richard Eisenbeis generally praised the movie, particularly the debut of Gatlantis as a potent threat, the portrayal of the Garmillon characters, the focus on two Yamato crew members who had received only minimal attention in the Yamato 2199 series, and Kodai's growth as a leader. However, the reviewer was less impressed with what felt "more like the first arc of a new series" rather than a completely self-contained story.[7]

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