Where saving the earth with this “junk” is totally possible
|Bwahaha I remembering telling Kyo that I was going to do this post weeks ago, and here I am, finishing it only by now. The time in my hometown feels really slow, and it’s slowing me down too… I need to shape up!|
NOTE: I haven’t watched the original series, so I will not even try to compare the two. I’m planning to watch the original though. Also, this is a post on episode 1-2 or movie 1.
Since I can’t compare the original and the remake, I can’t really say how bad/fabulous the remake is. But seriously, if the remake cannot be compared with the original, then the original must be perfection because Yamato 2199 is FABULOUS. I was partly doubtful when I saw the news of the remake because Ozuma gave me a trauma. I didn’t even try watching other Leiji Matsumoto’s works because of it. I know it’s pretty mean and stupid of me, but Ozuma was really disappointing because I expected a lot from it. So when I watched Yamato 2199¸I was in shock. It was beyond my greatest expectation. I was awed. Ok, I might be exaggerating, but that’s how awesome episode one and two are. And I know I shouldn’t be comparing it to Ozuma since it just started, but my gut feeling is telling me that Yamato 2199 will be awesome until the end. Let’s just hope that my gut feeling is right. Damn you Gibbs of NCIS for making me rely on gut feeling.
Again, since I haven’t watched the original, the story is new to me. And because I know nothing of it and this is just the beginning, I can’t discuss much about the story. I did notice that this anime is full of patriotism, literally dripping of it. Even the world organization leaders were sprouting patriotic stuff. This is a big surprise for me since, so far, the anime I’ve watched are not like this [patriotism]. Well, I know some like this, but most of world organizations/countries leaders are mostly depicted as cunning bitches who care nothing except for themselves. This change is something that I am not used to, but I like it. Not to mention that the whole patriotism theme is refreshing since I’ve been watching lots of Gundam and its screwed up politics. Celestial Being my ass. Fuck Orb. Ehm, anyway… Another thing I noticed is that how big Mamoru’s existence is. Almost everybody is affected by his death, from Captain Hijikata to the random pilot Susumu kind of made enemies with. This is a minor detail, but it was a great way of portraying a person’s existence in this world. No matter what, death is a sad thing, and every single person in this world matters…. Ok, now here’s the bad thing. Mamoru is a great brother, but his shadow will always block Susumu’s road. I am pretty sure that someone will compare Susumu with Mamou at least once, directly or not. Or, Susumu is going to be down because he thinks he can’t be as great as his brother (ok, someone give me a spoiler here. Is that going to happen?). So far, Susumu is all cool and good, not bothered by the fact that he was replacing his brother’s position as a Tactician, and right now I feel so stupid by being SO BOTHERED with that fact. Either Susumu is a dunce or that he’s just supper passive. Thankfully, Yamato crew aren’t mean bitches and welcome Susumu with open arms. I hope I can see some great development among the characters. They’re kind of stuck in a spaceship for a year after all.
What the hell is ME?
All right, now is the animation discussion. Can’t discuss much about this one here because it was FAABUUULOOUUSSS. I know some extra effort was put into the animation because this is a remake after all, but holy crap it was just whoaaa. I am literally jealous of those who watched this movie in theater. This is a big deal because XEBEC did the Animation Production of this movie. I mean, Xebec! I haven’t watched much of Xebec’s works, but the ones I watched were shitty. So yeah, having a great animation coming from Xebec is a big surprise for me… Or maybe it’s because AIC was also involved? Not too happy with what they’re doing with Acchi Kocchi right now, but I have to say I was pretty impressed with Amagami SS and Hourou Musuko. Maybe Xebex and AIC should collaborate more. But enough about them. The animation is great, and so are the little details in this movie. My favorite minor detail has got to be the part where the scene shows the crew inside Yamato before it starts shooting the aliens. If they didn’t show that scene, the audience would’ve assumed that Yamato is, um, shooting the aliens by itself. Red earth is also something memorable too. It showed the effect of the numerous attacks by the aliens. Another thing I would like to mention is the BGMs/soundtracks. I don’t know if they’re using the original soundtrack (my guess is they are), but NGGGHH is gives such an old-school feeling. Me gusta.
So many screenshots but I don’t even care anymore. This series deserve it
Well, I feel as if I over-praised Yamato 2199 even though it just started. But what can I do? It’s that great. I really enjoyed it. The visual were such an eyegasm, and the basic plot was told smoothly. I had no trouble understanding it. Ok, it’s mostly the eyegasm. There, I admit it. I’m a sucker for spaceships and mechas. But hey, it was enjoyable. Anime is supposed to entertain me right? (not really). Anyhow, since I like it, I’ll continue reviewing this anime. All hail Yamato!
Let us celebrate Yamato 2199 by, um, drinking