Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Review

Human soldiers journey into the far reaches of space to prevent earth from being destroyed.

Yamato 2199 is a remake of one of the most influential anime series of all time. Having never seen the original or any other incarnations of the Yamato series, there will be no comparisons between 2199 and previous installments.

Prior to this, I've barely stepped into the vast ocean that is the Leijiverse. But it's clear as to why Yamato was so influential. I feel like this might be anime's equivalent to Star Wars both in terms of content and level of influence.

The cast of characters is sort of large-lots of crew members and antagonists alike. Some of the lesser antagonists are definitely characterized as very one-sided. Though as a whole, neither side is entirely black and white and both the humans and aliens have their internal issues. The main cast members are plenty likable, but I never really warmed up to anyone. Some of the best moments are then they're in a group. Such as the time when three girls, each of a different species, were eating lunch together and acting like schoolgirls. I really enjoyed moments like that.

Yamato 2199 s story is rather stereotypical space opera fare, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't execute its plot well. The plot advances in each episode, and character development is always present. It also homages its original incarnation by using a mega old-school opening song, but marrying that with current and frequently changing ending themes. I think that was a good decision.

Yamato 2199 was a very good space adventure story. It balanced everything quite well, but I still felt something was lacking in general that prevented me from liking it more than I feel like I should have. A definite recommended watch and a great gateway into the Leijiverse.

* STORY - A- - Epic and entertaining.

* CHARACTERS - B - A bit generic but not unlikable.

* ART - A- - The CG space battles weren't so bad looking.

* MUSIC - C - A pretty nice crop of ending themes.


* OVERALL - B - Did this motivate me to check out more Leijiverse/Yamato installments? I think so.

Recommendations: /Banner of the Stars, Macross
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