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In 2199, five years after the start of the Gamilas attack on Earth, the planet has been ravaged by the aliens' radiation bombs and the remnants of humanity have fled underground. One day, former pilot Susumu Kodai discovers a capsule sent from the planet Iskandar that tells of a device that can remove the radiation from the Earth's surface. The United Nations of Space Administration rebuilds the battleship Yamato, with a new type of propulsion system - the wave motion engine. This enables her to make the long trip to Iskandar and back in hopes of saving the Earth. Within 73 days, the radiation will drive the rest of humanity to extinction. Written by
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Excellent live-action with high romance and sacrifice
I have seen every Space Battleship Yamato episode and movie, have been a long-time fan of this series since the 1970's, know the words to the theme songs in English as well as Japanese, have all of the model kits of all of the major ships, and have had crew as well as captain's uniforms tailor-made for myself. So as a serious fan I give my total approval for this film. It is just so wonderful I don't know where to begin.
Wonderful casting! Kimura looks the part and fleshed out the Kodai character into real life very effectively. I was so glad that his hair was not a recreation of the odd side-covering bangs of the animated character, because that would've just looked stupid. Instead, his hair was long and wavy and very J-pop style.
Wonderful job on wardrobe! The leather jackets really worked for me because they look like what real flight jackets should look like, as opposed to the white shirts they wore in the original anime. There was a great variety of footwear among the crew, from shoes to boots to steampunk-ish numbers to what looked like hiking boots (Kodai). My only complaint is that Kodai probably would have looked better with the same calf-length boots that some of the other crew were wearing, however uncomfy they are to wear. Wonderful space helmets as well, quite an upgrade from the 1970's ones which never really made much sense to me.
The guns: Wonderful job on the rifles, but I would have liked to have seen the Astro Automatic (Cosmo Nambu), which is the trademark Matsumoto gun! The ones in this film looked little more than dressed-up Glocks or HK's (I'd say Walthers as well, but Walthers actually look better than these guns did).
Wonderful live-action recreations of the most poignant scenes from the entire animated series! There is high romance and sacrifice. My only real complaint was there was not enough tenderness between Kodai and Yuki, but that may actually have slowed the pacing down too much.
Wonderful idea to cast some of the crew as female characters, especially Dr. Sado! And she acted like the original male character too, especially in the brig scene where she is visiting Kodai.
The effects...oh my god, the effects...were just unbelievably amazing! The design of the Earth ships in the beginning were the most impressive (after the Yamato of course) and totally exceeded my expectations for starship design in the Matsumoto universe. Okita's flasghip in fact may have been an homage to the real-life Bismarck because the gun arrangement was very similar to that famous German battleship's. Either that or the Japanese Kongo-class battleship which also had a similar arrangement, but the blockiness of the turrets seemed more similar to the Bismarck's! The fighters...omg the fighters...so unbelievably sexy and well thought out! They resemble the original Black Tigers and Cosmo Zero but with stealthy features and thrusters reminiscent of the F-22 Raptor, and swept-forward wings like the Su-47 Berkut! Combining design elements like that in such a thoughtful and logical manner really show that the design team knew their stuff. I was also glad that there seemed to be a much-reduced fighter complement on board (seemed like a dozen fighters or less) which is MUCH more believable than the 70 or so that the anime version carried...which is just impossible for a ship only 263 m long with most of the internal space being its space engine!
And the way the shock turrets destroyed mass numbers of the enemy...brilliant and logical!!! In the original anime you had the shock turrets sometimes destroying mass numbers of targets just by passing them and not hitting them directly, which did not make a lot of sense! Obviously the original idea was that they could be used as an area weapon, but they were never able to show this convincingly in the anime, but they took time to think it through for this movie and made the appropriate effects.
And as for the wave motion cannon (undulation gun)...so cool! My only complaint is perhaps they shouldn't have used it to take the shot at the planet-bomber at the very beginning, because using that gun was always a big climactic moment in the anime. The plain old shock turrets would have taken that thing out without a problem. Then again...can we really get too much of the wave cannon? :)
All in all, a super wonderful production!
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