Review: Star Blazers 2199 Part 2 Blu-Ray Release

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Nearly thirty years since the original release, warp into the reboot of a classic. Earth is on the verge of complete annihilation. Threatened by an intergalactic superpower known as Gamilas, humankind’s last hope for survival depends upon the generous assistance of another alien civilization—Iscandar.

The saga to save Earth continues as the Yamato reaches the fringes of the Milky Way and enters deep space. Hoping the enemy won’t pursue past the galaxy’s edge, the vast emptiness ahead offers both relief and unnerving mystery. But the Gamilans won’t allow the lull to last long. Lord Desler is out for blood and will stop at nothing to prevent humanity’s arrival at Iscandar.

Review

Star Blazers 2199 is a remake of the classic Space Battleship Yamato series from the 1970s in Japan. Star Blazers is a space opera at its heart. Watching this series brought back memories of everything I loved about cartoons from the 80s and 90s. The series is well written and just a damn good story. There are plenty of characters to get hooked on. They spend time fleshing out more than just the main group, though it can take some time.

In part 2 of Star Blazers 2199 the crew of the Yamato reach the outer edges of the Milky Way. Here the Gamilas press them harder than ever before in their attempt to stop the Yamato from reaching Iscandar. Star Blazers continues to impress with its story telling regarding the morality of war and who the real villains are.

The crew find that not everyone who is a Gamila is an enemy. This revelation and the fight to protect Iscandar leads both races to a new understanding that nobody expected. I continue to enjoy the nostalgic feeling I get when I watch this series. Everything I loved about cartoons and tv shows of the 80s comes rushing back. Plus this is in the truest sense a space opera.

Star Blazers 2199 Part Two contains episodes 14-26, and comes with blu-ray, dvd and digital options for the show. This will fit inside the limited edition chipboard box and comes with the standard promo videos, textless songs and trailers. You can pickup your copy of Part 2 over at the Funimation Shop today.

Robert Prentice