Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Report 61

Yamato 2199 activity continued its steady decline into the month of August, which is an inevitable sign of both age and the rise of Yamato 2202. Nevertheless, seeds that were planted last year continue to bloom this year in the form of online activity along with the biannual boost of new doujinshis at Comiket. Here’s a roundup of all the August action.

August 1: Game news

Version 2.0 of the mobile game Battlefield Infinity got underway for real this month, and going by the promotional text its campaigns seem to have shifted away from anime-based scenarios into new territory. This is reflected in all-new character art that resets the overall tone. We’ll continue to track this information as long as it’s there and hope to one day see all this design work in book form.

Until then, a wealth of images can be found at the official BFI Twitter page here.

Battlefield Infinity 2: Neverending Romance of Amami commemorative release, the second half! New limited units appear!

New limited units appear in rare buildup, party versions of four people! The release campaign is decorated by Daisuke Shima and Akira Yamamoto from the UN Cosmo Navy, and Domel and Melda from the Garmillas Empire forces!

Now there is a high chance of getting a rare unit, including these party versions! The buildup probability of Ultra Rare or higher is doubled until August 3! Don’t miss this opportunity!

Probability buildup period, Ultra-rare and higher: August 1-3
Limited unit buildup period: August 1-8


Enjoy summer! Female characters dressed in summer clothes appear in ticket buildup!

In the second half of the Version 2.0 release campaign, female characters fully enjoying summer appear for ticket buildup! A new event search stage is added in the second half of the Version 2.0 release campaign!

Collect “summer tickets” in the event search stage, and for a limited time acquire Harada and Elisa dressed in summer clothes in the Summer Ticket Buildup! Two kinds of buildup come up: Summer ticket buildup and Probability rise! Summer ticket buildup!

In Summer ticket buildup, the odds are low since there is a small number of limited units, but in Probability Rise! the chance of obtaining a limited unit is enhanced! Also, it is possible to earn up to 50 Summer Tickets just by logging in every day during the campaign period! Collect Summer Tickets in the event search stage and during login and obtain a limited unit!

Summer Ticket Buildup period: August 1-10


Above left: the hierarchy of drop items in a search stage. Right: “5-way deadlock” feature.

The normal area is renewed in Battlefield Infinity 2, Eternal Roman of Amami!

A large number of advantageous campaigns are carried out in the area!

1. Acquisition experience value is doubled!

The experience level you can acquire is doubled when clearing the battle stage! In Battlefield Infinity 2, the experience level acquired in battle can be added to both the player and the unit!

2. The number of drop items is doubled!

When defeating an enemy, the number of Reinforcement chips and Remodeling plans is doubled! As you advance through the area, the number of items you can get also increases!

3. Amount of remodeling resources is 1/2!

Half the normal amount of resources necessary to remodel a unit are available!

4. Battlefield Infinity Update Ticket drop!

When you defeat the flagship at each stage, the chances of obtaining limited characters chosen in the Twitter Application Campaign with BFI2 Update Tickets improves! Those who could not log in for the entire Countdown Campaign can collect tickets with luck and get limited characters!

The normal area is jam-packed as you advance through it! Take this chance to strengthen your units and make the strongest fleet!!

Release Campaign second half holding period: August 1-8

August 2: NTT Side Story, chapter 8

This ongoing Yamato 2199 side-story got a new installment at the NTT Telecommunications website. As of this writing, it’s been over a month since it appeared, but the schedule for these has never exactly been reliable.

A dream of the 21st and 22nd centuries ~
the common language of engineers

Captain Okita was dimly aware that he was dreaming during a warp. The men before him were a Japanese technical team created by the imagination. But he took comfort that Shima’s shout of “Warp completed!” would wake him up. In the meantime…

Sanada and Niimi walked the floor of the data center.

The 21st century engineers worked busily, taking an intense interest in maintaining the data center. Sanada approached them, but hesitated for a moment before speaking. What could a 22nd century engineer and a 21st century engineer talk about with each other?

Sanada remembered the voice of Captain Okita: “It’s not just learning technology. We can learn a lot from the hearts that supported the technology.”

Sanada called out decisively.

“Hi.”

“Hello.”

They didn’t seem to feel that Sanada’s presence was unusual.

“You’re the ones who come from Yamato. We’ve heard about you. We’re the maintenance staff in charge of the NTT Smart Connect data center in Umeda.”

“I’m Sanada, the technical chief of Space Battleship Yamato.”

After that, conversation ended. Sanada keenly felt the technological walls between the 21st and 22nd centuries. Niimi was also perplexed, not knowing what to say. Sanada had a sudden whim. He reached into his pocket, pulled out a 22nd century information terminal, and handed to an engineer of the data center.

Sanada: “This is part of you from the future.”

Umeda: “This is the future of Japanese technology…!?”

The engineers of the data center showed intense curiosity for the first time at this technology. They passed the information terminal around to each other, and it shone brilliantly in their hands under the dazzling light of the data center.

Inwardly, Sanada thought, “That’s not just an ordinary machine they have in their hands. It was said that humanity’s IT technology would evolve endlessly in the 22nd century, even more than in the 21st. They have the evidence right there in their hands…”

Umeda: “Did you inherit the technology of our time? For example, things like Cloud technology?”

Sanada: “Of course. We certainly inherited the Cloud concept. It can be said that a collection of various technologies was developed after your era of support. I could tell you all about it, but wouldn’t you be better off not knowing?”

Umeda smiled and laughed: “I guess it would be better not to know. Probably because we would only see that from now on.”

Niimi: “Even if we tried to explain technology from a different time, we wouldn’t have a common language. But please don’t feel bad.”

Niimi chose her words carefully, but it was still a difficult conversation.

Sanada: “If you don’t mind, show me your information terminal.”

After considering this, the data center engineer handed Sanada his smart phone. He flipped it around as he carefully examined it.

“This is a surprise…I’ve heard about these old information terminals…I guess this is an early model from your time?”

Umeda: “You could say new models appear one after another in the mainstream…”

Niimi whispered into Sanada’s ear: “I hear that this was the peak of person-to-person communicators.”

Sanada: “I see. It was a time when user demand and IT technology development promoted mutual progress.”

Niimi: “What kind of role does this data center play in Japan at this time?”

Umeda: “Do you understand the term Cloud computing?”

Niimi: “Yes, I understand the image.”

Umeda: “At the present time, Cloud computing is very evolved. This data center is a foundation for it, along with other data centers across Japan. In order to avoid long interruptions at data centers, we provide monitoring 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

Although Sanada and Niimi had come across the term Cloud computing many times when learning the history of IT development, this was the first time they had seen it for themselves.

To be continued (presumably)

August 8: Game news

Bathing beauties gather together! Collect tickets and obtain limited characters in summer swimsuits!

This summer, search for limited Ultra-rare units of Harada and Elisa in swimsuits! For a limited time, a search stage appears in the Midsummer Vacation event. Using Vacation Tickets that you can collect in this stage, limited units can be built in an exclusive Vacation Ticket Buildup!

There are two different kinds of buildup with different number requirements, so use your buildup properly according the number of tickets you collect. If you take longer to collect more tickets, the unit buildup probability is higher!

Furthermore! Tickets are available simply for logging in during this period! Participate in this event and get swimsuit versions of Harada and Elisa!

Ticket buildup period: August 8 – 24
Limited search stage period: August 8 – 22

Limited swimsuit characters also appear in battle!

A battle area appears during the limited-time Midsummer Vacation event! Fight successfully and earn ranking points from the damage you deal out to the enemy during this stage! A high ranking reward is different from the ticket buildup, and the appeal is added by the availability of Harada and Elisa in swimsuits!

Using the new system of “five-way deadlock,” take advantage of your fighters to confuse a hostile formation of enemy battleships!

Ranking period: August 8 – 16

Win a ranking advantage with an elite unit!

Bring an elite unit to the battle stage during the event period and see the difference it makes against your rival! This summer, elite units have been added in various buildups, both limited and rare. Improve your firepower significantly with an elite unit! Inflict lots of damage and charge through the ranking!

Rare elite units are different each time in rare buildup, limited summer buildup, and the new Ultra-rare buildup! Swimsuit versions of Kodai and Dessler are available!

Also! Compared to the large and medium-size fighters that can be built in rare buildup, fighters with elite units can only be built in Summer Elite Buildup! Elite units have become easier to build! Get an elite unit and obtain top ranking rewards!

Elite unite buildup period: August 8 – 22

August 8: Yamaket 8 announced

Doujinshi (fanzine) conventions happen pretty much year-round in Japan with Comiket as the reigning king in August and December. One of the lesser-known bi-annual events is Toriroji, which has been mentioned in these reports before. Toriroji 12 is scheduled to be held October 30 in Tokyo, and the Yamato-only sub-event Yamaket will be part of it again.

Yamaket organizer Kiyo put the word out on August 8 for fan circles to join in. Of course, we’ll observe the results in a future report.

August 12-14: Comiket 90, Summer 2016

The overlord of all doujinshi conventions reconvened to rule the landscape for another weekend, and plenty of new Yamato 2199 doujinshis were there to be found. See a gallery of new discoveries here.

August 16: Game news

New beautiful women in swimsuits appear one after another in the second half of Midsummer Vacation! Collect ranking points and get limited characters!

A new Damage Ranking is held in the second half of the event! Furthermore, during this period a new limited area appears in addition to the stage of the first half! Take advantage of battleships and fighters to deal a heavy blow to the enemy!

Collect ranking points depending on the damage dealt to the enemy and obtain a limited ranking reward!

The limited ranking reward is one of two beautiful women: the alluring Kaoru Niimi of the UN Cosmo Navy or the innocent Hilde of the Garmillas Empire forces, both appearing in rare swimsuit versions!

When using a new elite unit, you can double the ranking points you obtain in the second half only! Use an elite unit and the 5-way Deadlock system to eat up dominance in the ranking!

Ranking period: August 16 – 22

Public unveiling of the summer elite! Beautiful women newly appear in swimsuits!

New elite units that can be used in Midsummer Vacation appear for buildup! Win ranking points and significantly improve your chance at ranking dominance! If you win an Ultra-rare elite unit in a swimsuit, the effect is greatest: acquire 8 times the ranking points! Get a lot of ranking points and see the difference it makes against your rival!

In each buildup, the rare elite unit that can be built is different. Newly drawn Ultra-rare units are limited to rare buildup and rare summer buildup. Get attractive swimsuit versions of Yuki Mori and Melda!

Also! Compared to the large and medium-size fighters that can be constructed in rare buildup, during the End of Summer Rare Elite Buildup, only a battleship can be built! The probability of buildup with an elite unit is very different! Obtain an elite swimsuit version in End of Summer Rare Elite Buildup and aim for a higher rank!

Elite unit buildup period: August 16 – 22

Collect tickets and get limited characters dressed in swimsuits!

This summer, search for limited Ultra-rare units of Harada and Elisa in swimsuits! For a limited time, a search stage appears in the Midsummer Vacation event. Using Vacation Tickets that you can collect in this stage, limited units can be built in an exclusive Vacation Ticket Buildup!

There are two different kinds of buildup with different number requirements, so use your buildup properly according the number of tickets you collect. If you take longer to collect more tickets, the unit buildup probability is higher!

Furthermore! Tickets are available simply for logging in during this period! Participate in this event and get swimsuit versions of Harada and Elisa!

Ticket buildup period: August 8 – 24
Limited search stage period: August 8 – 22

August 22: Game news

Enjoy the summer and characters dressed in festive yukata! Summer Festival of the Stars limited event is underway! Get limited characters in unusual costumes!

Collect items in a limited event search stage and aim for a higher ranking! Use them to obtain ranking points in the first half of the Summer Festival of the Stars and get limited units!


Original character and user-liason “An Kunimi”

In the first half of Summer Festival of the Stars, there are four stages where the degree of difficulty changes with the number of available items: Low alert, Medium alert, High alert, and Danger warning! Organize your fleet and meet the challenge with helpful “key to stage capture” information for each stage!

You’ll feel the summer with rare, limited Sanada and Domel units as ranking rewards. These units are only available with ranking rewards in the first half of Summer Festival of the Stars! Don’t miss this chance!

It is recommended that you use elite units for this stage that are not usually added by a commander during buildup! The chances of success in the search stage increase only with the use of an elite unit! Clear the event search stage and try to collect items to get ranking points!

First half event period: August 22 – 29

The goddess of yukata leads you to the top ranking! Get a limited elite unit!

During the first half of Summer Festival of the Stars, elite units appear during normal and rare buildup! The chances of search success improve when you use elite units to collect ranking points and clear the search stage!

The rare elite units are different for normal buildup and rare buildup, and only available during the first half of Summer Festival of the Stars! In rare buildup, the Ultra-rare elite Yukata versions of Yuki Mori and Melda Dietz raise the probability of success to 100%!

Now the chance for buildup beyond Ultra-rare is doubled in the three days before the event starts! Take this opportunity to obtain it by all means!

First half of Summer Festival of the Stars period: August 22 – 29
Elite unit buildup period: August 22 – 29
Rare buildup Ultra-rare probability period: August 22 – 24

Enjoy summer in a pretty dress! Try to get Misaki and Mirenel in yukata with Summer Night tickets!

Collect Summer Night tickets in the Summer Festival of the Stars event search stage! Use Summer Night tickets, and Yukata versions of Yuria Misaki and Mirenel Linke appear in the Summer Night ticket buildup!

Because the required number of tickets is different in the two different kinds of buildup, build properly according to the number of tickets you collect! If you take longer to collect tickets, the probability of buildup with a limited unit is high! It’s good news for a commander when you get lots of Summer Night tickets!

There is a limited search stage unlike a normal event search stage: Tour of the Summer Festival Street Stalls appears during the event period! Enter this stage when you obtain 1,000 or more Summer Festival tickets! In the Tour of the Summer Festival Street Stalls, you can get up to 6600 Summer Festival tickets at once! Instead of a long search stage, it can be very successful with a low degree of difficulty! Because of this, it’s certainly possible to succeed!

Also! You can get Summer Festival tickets every day just by logging in during the event period! You can build up tickets just by logging in! Collect Summer Festival tickets in the event search stage and by login bonus and get limited units!

Summer Night ticket buildup period: August 22 – September 7

August 29: Game news

Enjoy a summer festival with a beautiful girl wearing yukata! Gorgeous costumes appear in the second half of Summer Festival of the Stars! Get limited characters dressed in Yukata!

Search ranking starts for the second half of the game! Collect items in the limited search stage and aim for a high ranking! Collect ranking points from those items and obtain limited units!

There are four stages where the degree of difficulty changes with the number of available items: Low alert, Medium alert, High alert, and Danger warning! Organize your fleet and meet the challenge with helpful “key to stage capture” information for each stage!

Fully enjoy the summer with ranking points! Gorgeous versions of Yuria Misaki and Mirenel Linke are limited units that are only available as ranking rewards in the second half of Summer Festival of the Stars! Don’t miss this chance!

It is recommended that you use elite units for this stage that are not usually added by a commander during buildup! The chances of success in the search stage increase only with the use of an elite unit! Clear the event search stage and try to collect items to get ranking points!

Second half event period: August 29 – September 5

A goddess of yukata leads to the top ranking! Push your rivals with an elite unit, exclusive to the second half!

Gain a big success in the search event! Elite units appear for rare buildup in search ranking for the second half of the game! Clear the search stage with an elite unit that increases the chance of search success and collect ranking points!

These rare elite units are different from those usually available in rare buildup. They can only be built up during the second half of Summer Festival of the Stars!

The rare elite units are different for normal buildup and rare buildup, and only available during the first half of Summer Festival of the Stars! In rare buildup, the Ultra-rare elite Yukata versions of Akira Yamamoto and Mizela Celestella raise the probability of success to 100%!

Now the chance for buildup beyond Ultra-rare is doubled in the three days before the event starts! Take this opportunity to obtain it by all means!

Summer Festival of the Stars second half period: August 29 – September 5
Second half elite unit buildup period: August 29 – September 5
Ultra-rare buildup improved probability period: August 29 – August 31

August 29: Dengeki Hobby Web article

The modeling wizards at garage kit maker Soy-ya! published the second in a series of articles on the ground-up scratch building of a Comet Empire Megaluda model. See it at Dengeki Hobby Web here.

We’ll continue to follow this series as long as they continue writing it. The image above came from Soy-ya’s Twitter page, and the text reads “Don’t understand this.”

August 30: Shion Wind Orchestra crowdfunding campaign

There’s some more Yamato music heading our way, thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign run by the Osaka Shion Wind Orchestra. Under the baton of composer/conductor Akira Miyagawa, they’ve participated in Yamato concerts and many performances of their own that revitalized their organization and greatly enriched the Osaka cultural arts scene.

Throughout the month of August they conducted a campaign to raise funds for the mastering and publishing of a CD titled Osaka Shion and Miyagawa House of Treasures. It collects ten tracks written by both Hiroshi and Akira Miyagawa and performed by the orchestra. Supporters were offered benefits such as rehearsal tours, concert tickets, and even an original music sheet by Miyagawa.

The CD will contain a track titled Yamato Jazz and is scheduled for release in October.

See a flashmob performance by the orchestra on Youtube here.


Also spotted in August

Fan models

Modeling projects shared on Twitter in the month of August ran the gamut from customizing to figures to CG and even paper. Get a look at all these new discoveries here.

Fan art

Daisuke Shima’s birthday (August 15) earned him the spotlight this month for fan art on Twitter, and there were several other contributions to keep it interesting. See them here.

Cosplay

As time goes on, cosplay action on Twitter keeps raising the bar. In August, two cosplayers turned in such perfect images of Yuria Misaki and O.G. Akira Yamamoto that it’s hard to imagine anyone topping them. See a gallery here.

Phantasy Star Online 2

Space Battleship Yamato’s presence in Sega’s multiplayer online game keeps getting nods on Twitter, along with its World War II counterpart. This month, however, we’ve got some motion pictures to look at via Youtube:

Opening movies 1-4 (no Yamato appearances, but amazing animation)

Opening movie 5 featuring Battleship Yamato in a time-spanning mecha battle

Battle scenes from Battleship Yamato environment

These pictures come from a customizable environment in the game where elements can be combined at the whim of the user. It’s a placed where two immortal classics can finally confront one another.

The images were posted to Twitter by Unikko with the caption, “I couldn’t resist.”

Ebisu Muscats reunion

You may have heard of the inescapable all-girl pop group AKB48, and if so you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it’s not the only one of its kind. Another, which disbanded in 2013, was named Ebisu Muscats. Some former members reassembled on August 12 for a reunion show, and one in particular (Aoi Tsukasa) did a Yamato number in full costume.

She posted these photos on Twitter for the enjoyment of all. (The name on the ship hull is Tsukasa, of course.)


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