If Space Battleship Yamato 2199 doesn’t find its spine, it’s going to be a very low-stakes third act.
Episode 16 of SBY 2199 demonstrates the inherent challenges of trying to be a smart space opera.
Treason season starts early in Space Battleship Yamato 2199’s 15th episode: The Point of No Return
Episode 14 of Space Battleship Yamato 2199 takes on a high-concept Evangelion-inspired motif. It’s kind of effective.
Wherein a potentially great episode is marred by abject laziness in its writing.
Kodai and Shima hug it out, sort of, and the Gamilans take a few more steps away from being a simplistic evil empire while reaffirming their role as space Nazis of the first order.
Episode 11 of Space Battleship Yamato 2199 reveals a previously unseen narrative depth, but it also throws in some gratuitous boobs as not to alienate the teenage male demographic.
After ten episodes, Space Battleship Yamato 2199 hints at a subtext that is about reconciling Japan’s actions in World War 2, rather than retconing them.
Thankfully, this standalone episode attempts to be a little more high concept than the rest of the series to date.
Just in case you didn’t get that the Gamilans are the bad guys, SBY 2199’s eighth episode is here to clear up any confusion.