With 2202, the remake to the original 1978 Uchuu Senkan Yamato season 2, concluded as of 2019, it’s only natural that the original 1980 third season gets an adaptation. While the first two seasons of the remake of Space Battleship Yamato have managed to be faithful to the original source materials in order to please longtime fans of the franchise, it has introduced new characters and elements to attract new audiences. We can also anticipate that these traditions will continue as fans look forward to the next installment set to premiere in 2020, just in time for the 40th anniversary of the original third season! So allow us to share why you NEED to watch Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2205: Aratanaru Tabidachi.
It’s Going to Combine The 1979 Movie and the Third Series
Just like with 2202, not only does it borrow core elements from the original second series, it also took some qualities from the 1978 feature film, which retroactively served as a pilot for the original second season (another story for another article). How does this relate to the upcoming third season? After the original season 2 finale , a movie premiered in 1979 that also contains the sub-title of Aratanaru Tabidachi (some sources translate it as “a new journey,” or “a new voyage”), which is going to be used again for the remake, 2205. Conclusively, we’re anticipating that the upcoming 2205 series is going to combine the stories of the original Aratnaru Tabidachi movie (where the Yamato crew fights the Dark Nebula empire) with the original third season (which deals with the war between the Galman Empire and the Bolar Federation).
Will Introduce New Characters
What makes the remakes fresh as they still maintain faithfulness to the original series is that they introduce new characters, most notably, female ones. In the older versions of Uchuu Senkan Yamato, Yuki was the only prominent female character and she was often subjected to the sexual harassment of Analyzer, an assistant robot (even before the start of the #MeToo movement, the remake removed such instances and now empowers its female cast). Akira Yamamoto, who was male in the original version, is turned into a female in the remakes and she’s given more of an active role than her original counterpart.
While we can’t say for certain that this quality is a reflection of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to encourage the inclusion of women, it’s nice to see more female characters included on both sides of the conflict. They’re not just there to be eye candy or to be politically correct to suit modern times. The new female characters do serve a role in the series and they make an impact in the establishment and progression of the story. We are positive that 2205 will continue this tradition by including positive female characters. As for other pre-existing female characters from the original third season such as Ruda, fans can anticipate she’ll serve the same role she previously had but the remake will likely add new elements to her character.
It Will Keep the Music from the Original
As portrayed in the first two remakes, it still largely uses the same score from the originals. The reason the remakes contain the same theme songs and background tracks from the original series is that the composer happens to be Akira Miyagawa, the son of Hiroshi Miyagawa, the composer for the original series. We are positive that he will be back for 2205 to further cement the family and franchise legacy.
It Will Fit the Times
If you have seen the original adaptations to Uchuu Senkan Yamato, it’s full of what modern liberals would now retroactively label as toxic masculinity. In the original series, whenever Kodai wants to do something, he wants to do it because that’s what a real man would do, and his stubbornness would get him into fistfights with Shima and/or Saitou (Shima tried to be the voice of reason while Saitou also expressed traits of toxic masculinity). However, those qualities of Kodai in the remake are long gone and he’s a much more compassionate character and leader. Considering that inclusion is becoming common around the world, the upcoming 2205 remake will also do an effective job in emphasizing such themes pleasing new and old audiences alike.
While you’re going to need to watch the first two seasons (as in 2199 and 2202) in order to enjoy 2205, the good news is you don’t need to watch the original versions in order to enjoy them. Both versions tell the same stories, but the remakes are retrofitted to suit modern times. We’re not going to call anyone snowflakes if they can’t handle the originals, but if any readers do get the chance to watch the originals and compare them to the modern adaptations, they can get an idea of how far anime has progressed the last four decades.
As to why the remakes can be faithful to the original series and yet suit modern times, we have to give thanks to the series executive producer Shouji Nishizaki, the son of Yoshinobu Nishizaki, one of the original creators. With his contribution, 2205 is going to be an amazing series and that is why you NEED to see it whether you’ve seen the original series or not.