Broken but still a bishie
|ASDFGHJKL I actually catch up with Yamato. No more late posts WOHOO *remembers Magi and Muv Luv* …Damn. By the way, I apologize for not replying to comments on the previous Yamato post. I’ve been out a lot these days and I didn’t realize my post was published already, and it was too late. Gomen!|
Goodbye, Earth // As Yamato’s about to leave the Solar System, Okita, taking Niimi’s suggestion, lets the crew to talk with their family members one last time. Some of the crew have tear-jerking conversations, some end up having arguments, and some don’t say a single word to their relatives on Earth until the last minute. However, some also don’t make the calls to earth because they have nobody to call over there. This gave me a pang on my heart, and I’m sure lots of audience had the same feeling when they watched this episode. Things we humans take for granted in this modern era is so precious in the Yamatoverse. The air we breathe, the shining sun, the booming civilization – these are just some of the things the humans in Yamatoverse can’t have because of what happened to earth, and family is no exception.
Dessler // The leader of Gamilan Empire and the one who’s leading the entire army to conquer other planets, including Earth. Probably the most handsome
Avatar Gamilan in the entire universe, and he has this weird habit of talking sultry as if he’s trying to be sexy. Obviously, that’s not working thanks to his skin. Also, he likes to think of strategies as “games” and whatnot. Let’s just say that he’s not a normal Gamilan. Despite all that though, it’s not hard to see that he’s a wise leader who dedicates his life for the good of his people. He might not make his own speeches, but he did make some of the best strategies, and one of it can be seen in episode eight. His plan might not be outstanding, but there’s little chance that a Gamilan except him would think like that. Another thing about him is that he’s full of compassion. He doesn’t treat second-class Gamilans as equals (probably to show the difference in ranks and to prevent rebellion), but he knows when to be kind to them. Dessler is the mean bastard who screwed up Earth, but he’s doing a good job leading the Gamilan Empire.
The Gamilans have Japanese subtitles
What is Human? // This is what episode nine is all about. No, not quite like this. Episode nine asks the audience not about the definition but whether the common definition of “human” is what makes someone “human”. With the Gamidroid acting and starting to think like humans, Yamato challenges us whether we can accept something foreign to our logic. If the specified foreign object fulfills the sufficient requirements of a human, won’t that make it a human, especially if it has a heart? If we don’t accept that foreign object as something called “human” even though it meets the requirement, then what about those who are actual humans but have no hearts to have human-like emotions? Are they any better than the foreign objects they themselves reject as “human”? Yamato raises the issue of tolerance and acceptance, the society lacks these days. It’s saddening how our society became like that just because of some narrow minded people.
Promise // Something people these days can say so easily actually saved Yamato in episode ten. Not wanting to break his promise to the Yamato crew, the captain of the second-class Gamilan kills a pure-bred Gamilan and tows Yamato out of the alternate dimension. Unfortunately, this costs the second-class Gamilans their lives, and the negotiator in Yamato has no choice but to stay. This episode brings back something that most of us have forgotten as the time went by: the importance of the fulfillment of a promise. Promise, at first called promys, came from the Latin word promissum, which means “pledge” or “vow.” And yet, people nowadays can break promises or even don’t bother fulfilling it. Promissum is lost now, but it was revived in this episode.
Salute for those who keep their promise until their death
If the last arc leaned towards action, then this arc was just an emotional-fest. Too emotional for me as I was trembling, trying to hold back my tears when I watched episode seven, but the dam broke when I saw Gamidroid’s
blood oil splattered on Analyzer’s face in episode nine. IT WAS SO SAD I COULDN’T TAKE IT. The video call to Earth helped me to understand the characters better as it indirectly told the back story of characters. Because of that, I was able to appreciate the characters I’m not so fond of, especially the megane-dude. Heck, I don’t think I hate any of the characters now. Except the Head of Security; that guy is a jerk. Just look at his face! His eyes are slanted, and he always smiles! That’s the characteristic of evil characters in anime. Unfortunately, he didn’t make any video call so I wasn’t able to like him. I hope his story will be told later as the story moves along. I’m also seeing some progress in the love triangle between Kodai, Yuri, and Rei. Well, not really love triangle since Kodai hasn’t noticed the extra attention both the girls give him. Gosh, Kodai, you’re such a dunce. I hope that he shows some jealousy for Yuri, because he’s SUCH AN AIRHEAD when it comes to women aagghhh. Well, he does give Yuri special attention though, so might be a good thing.
I’m starting to be curious about the Wave Motion Engine, especially the Navigation Room. It freaking shines, and a random unknown Iscandar woman keeps popping out of nowhere. It’s creepy, but it’s also fascinating at the same time. Who is the Iscandar woman? Is it the spirit of Sasha? Is Sasha’s spirit guiding Yamato? The mysterious aura surrounding the Iscandar race makes me excited. I’m also excited about the alternate dimension Yamato landed in episode ten. The fact that the wrap is different proves that the alternate dimension is no ordinary dimension. Sanada claimed that it’s a place where dimensions cross each other. Does that mean that there are other dimensions out there? … Parallel worlds? DOES THIS HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH MAHOROBA MOVIE THAT’S COMING OUT IN 2013!? I hope the alternate dimension will be explained further, if not, I hope it has something to do with Mahoroba. I need to start marathoning Harlock and the Express thing then *sigh*
I also hope that the Gamilan hostage (can’t remember her name yet) has a bigger role later on in Yamato. She seems like a good Gamilan citizen despite her proud aura. It’s probably a pure-bred Gamilan thing. How the crew treated her also piqued my interest. The crew was surprised after all when they saw her human appearance. Maybe the new hostage will be the bridge that connects Earthlings and Gamilans?
Preview: Some issue with the new hostage, it seems.