Yamato 2199 Commentary Index

Compiled by Luis Cotovio and Daniel George

The year is 2199 A.D. and Earth is on the verge of extinction.

8 years ago, Earth made its first contact with an alien civilization. Though we extended the hand of friendship, they responded with a unilateral act of war and began a campaign of indiscriminate and ruthless attacks.

At the Second Battle of Mars, we managed to stop their great offensive, at great cost to both sides. After that, the enemy retreated to the relative safety of Pluto, which they had modified to suit their needs, and from their base they began launching long range attacks with Planet Bombs. To survive these attacks, mankind was forced to seek shelter in huge underground cities. The Earth Defense Fleet is almost completely destroyed by the enemy’s superior military power.

As for the Earth…

The oceans have evaporated, the atmosphere is contaminated and nearly all animal and plant life has been extinguished. Now, another danger looms over the underground cities, mankind’s last refuge, as the radiation and biological contaminants from the Planet Bombs seep deeper into the Earth. According to scientists, there is only one year left until the human race becomes extinct.

This is where our story begins. The story of mankind’s last hope. The story of a mighty ship and her brave crew.

This is the story of the Space Battleship Yamato.

Click on the episode titles to read a synopsis combined with insights, background, and trivia.

Episode 8

Wish Upon a Star

Episode 9

Clockwork Prisoner

Episode 11

A World I Once Saw

Episode 12

What Lies Beyond

Episode 15

Point of No Return

Episode 19

They’re Coming!

Episode 20

Under a Rainbow Sun
Part 1 / Part 2

Episode 21

Prison Planet 17

Episode 23

One Man’s War

Episode 25

The Forever War
Part 1 / Part 2

Movie 2

Ark of the Stars
Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

8 thoughts on “Yamato 2199 Commentary Index

  1. Thank you so much for your in-depth analysis of the series episode by episode. You did an amazing job!
    Can’t wait to read about Yamato 2202. So far I have been really enjoying the new series.

  2. Whether or not one agrees with Gimleh’s annihilation of Alteria, it needs to be noted that he’s merely performing his actions in the best interest of Gamillas. An episode or two later Zoellick confronts him about this event, where Gimleh has his usual smile, because he finds it amusing that people don’t understand and relishes in being an elite of mind. Celestella goes out of her way to DEFEND Gimleh for she herself understands his reasons. The destruction of Alteria was a necessary showcase of Gamillas’ ability to remove future rebellions (and as Celestella notes, several of them are cropping up following the appearance of the Yamato, something that is barely even touched upon in the commentary) No more planets are visited after that event, because it isn’t necessary anymore. He relishes in his new moniker because it’s a small prize to pay to lessen the burden on Gamillas war machine. This massacre is comparable to the Westerland massacre of Legend of the Galactic Heroes, where Paul Von Oberstein manages to make Reinhart von Lohengramm comply with allowing Westerland to be nuked instead of saving it “to send a message” and prevent future casualties. Still at the cost of one planet.

  3. Can you point us to a website where it will be possible to buy the 2202 series (with English subtitles) for a reasonable price? I had to buy 2199 one blue ray at a time, at ridiculous prices. I didn’t mind too much at the time, I had the money to spare, but in the near future it may not be possible for me to spend so much.

    • Go to the Funimation site. They currently have the first half available in several formats. The second half does not yet have a release date.

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