Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (an anime retrospective).

One of the most significant series in the history of anime had a stunning relaunch in 2012, transforming it into a masterpiece of the anime medium.

Yes, it’s an anime retrospective for Space Battleship Yamato 2199, this piece made by N.C. in Australia.

Star Blazers 2199, known in Japan as Space Battleship Yamato 2199, is a 2012–2013 Japanese military science fiction anime television series. It’s a remake of Yoshinobu Nishizaki and Leiji Matsumoto’s 1974 Star Blazers.

Gamilas first contacted Earth in 2191. First contact with the Gamilas ended in interplanetary war. Even though outmatched by the Gamilas’ space naval forces, the UN Cosmo Navy stopped their frontal attacks on Earth in the Second Battle for Mars. Gamilas launched planet bombs from their Pluto base. These bombs hindered the UN’s attempts to rebuild its space fleet and drove Earth to create subterranean settlements. Planet bombs irradiated the planet’s surface and atmosphere, destroying its ecosystem.

The Gamilas began terraforming—preparing Earth to be inhabited by them—by introducing poisonous plant life. With humankind approaching extinction, the UN devised the Izumo Plan to send a tiny colony of people into space. Starsha from Iscandar learnt of Earth’s condition in 2198 and sent her sister Yurisha. Yurisha delivered the Dimensional Wave Motion Engine concepts to Earth, offering interplanetary travel and other technology. With the Cosmo Reverse System, the Iscandarans might reverse Earth’s destruction.

Technically, they couldn’t deliver the system without a ship from Earth. The UN dismantled Izumo to create a new Cosmo Navy ship to recover Cosmo Reverse. The new ship is a space battleship. Earth constructed the new ship at the same spot as the lost Yamato battleship to hide it from the Gamilas. The new space battleship was called Yamato, which inspired the TV series.

Space Battleship Yamato (aka Starblazers): a retrospective (video).
Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (an anime retrospective).


Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

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