One of the most beautiful
failed time wraps I’ve ever seen
Good god, I’ve watched this episode three to six since, like, forever, but I was away at my aunt’s place for Christmas and spent my time there playing Togainu no Chi instead… What can I say? Gay porn > mecha porn. Sorry Ono Daisuke, but I’d rather hear Sugita Tomokazu making sex noises instead of writing about your ship… *remembers Sugitan’s bed voice* It was a great Christmas!
Moving On // Skipping episode three to episode four first, but it’s because episode three is connected to five and six, while episode four focuses on something that’s not related to saving humanity: Kodai and the other crews’ swelling emotions. The others will be talked about later, so let’s start with Kodai first. He was sent with Mori to save any survivor of a lost ship in Saturn (Was it Saturn? Or Jupiter? I can’t remember. Someone fix this for me), but alas, nobody survived in that ship. To make things more tragic, the ship belonged to Kodai Susumu’s dead brother, Kodai Mamoru *starts sobbing* Even the proud Mori knows that this is one of Kodai’s painful moments in life. His brother’s ship is there, but his brother isn’t. Not even Mamoru’s dead body remains. Being Susumu is suffering.
Thankfully, Susumu didn’t break down or do anything involved with sobfest and rolling on the ground. He didn’t drop a single tear. Instead, Susumu and Mori created a grave for the Yukikaze crew. It’s sad, it must be painful, but Susumu was – is – still holding on. That doesn’t mean that he forgot about his brother, of course. In fact, Susumu took his brother’s gun and keeps it by his side now. The gun is a reminder of Mamoru’s death, and Susumu realized that his brother won’t be the only dead person if Yamato failed its mission. Just like Captain Okita said, the Yamato crew must set aside all emotional feelings and put the mission as their number one priority. Humanity depends on them.
Great or Terrifying Power? // This is what these episodes are literally all about. Mave Motion Cannon came into being and Captain Okita used it to blow a Gamilan base in Jupiter (The Gamilan transported a piece of island on Jupiter, thus Jupiter was left unharmed). All I did was witness it on my laptop screen, yet the Cannon managed to make me shiver in awe. It was that powerful. Thank goodness it doesn’t exist in real life (Or… Does it? *insert conspiracy theories here*). Like they all said though, great power comes with great responsibility, and Captain Okita knows that. Seeing the horrifying power of the Wave Motion Cannon, Okita knew that this power should be used carefully. Heck, don’t use it at all when it’s not necessarily to. Captain Okita, you are a wise man.
We are the Yamato Crew // It’s not easy to work with a bunch of strangers, and it’s the same with the Yamato crew. Kodai and Shima had a small argument because of their different point of views, and Mori’s proud personality didn’t sit well with Kodai, not to mention that he’s pretty awkward when it comes to women – didn’t. Kodai and Mori get along now, but this sparks jealousy of the Megane-kun whose name I can and will never remember. Unfortunately, this jealousy affects Megane-kun’s professional decision during the meeting for Yamato’s counterattack. Kodai thinks Sanada has no human emotion when he was just conveying them in different ways from normal human. Also, Mori’s feeling for Kodai is starting to show, and this can be seen when she got jealous just because of him talking to another female crew member.
Despite all the heavy drama going on, the Yamato Crew was able to do their counterattack smoothly. Well, not really smoothly. Some bickering here and there, and the crew has little knowledge about the enemy’s base and hidden weapon. And thiissss is where the crew became so damn awesome. Their personal feelings and goals might be different, but they were able to work together overcoming the tactics by the Gamilians. Kodai and the female pilot found the base by accident, but the destruction of it was no mere accident; those who have watched episode six should know that. It took great cooperation among the crew to destroy the base and succeed the mission. The professional attitude of the Yamato Crew is top notch. Even though the crew are still not that close to each other, they’re definitely more than strangers now. They’re the Yamato Crew, and they have a mission to save humanity. If I were a civilian in that world, I couldn’t ask for a better crew. Okita did a great job in picking his subordinates.
ASDFGHJKL THOSE EPISODES WERE SO GREAT I CAN’T EVEN– Goooddd, it was sooo greeeaattttt… All my feels. The animation was so EFFING FABULOUS. Seriously, all those colors; my eyes were blinded by its awesomeness. I’m one of those people who love details, and the details from episode three to six were just so great they made my eyes hurt. The mystery of the time wrap were depicted beautifully with the color combination and the mysterious effects when the time wrap happened (frozen time, transparent clothes). The anime also did a great job at showing the great power of the weapons used in these episodes, starting from the Motion Wave Cannon to the Planet Bomb system, the Gamilians used. The other thing I love from these episodes is the music: powerful and entertaining because of the 90s feeling it gives (duh) along with the professional vibe. They sound so perfect. It really fits the atmosphere of the episodes, and helped at building up the excitement of the audience. I have the soundtrack in loop in my iTouch right now.
Last but not the least is the “drama” in episode four to six. Some relationship drama between Mori and Kodai (although it’s still one-sided), and it seems that everybody is paired off with somebody. Heck, even the nurses are paired with the so-good-looking minor characters. There are also the conflicts because of different ideals the characters hold. Seriously, I’m starting to see that Yamato is pretty dramatic. Surprisingly, I ended up liking all the conflicts among the characters. Dramatic, yes, but it was handled pretty well. It doesn’t feel rushed, and the characters feel natural at handling their own problems. So far, I think the new Yamato is doing a good job at the pacing and the slow character development. I hope it stays this way.
Preview: Yamato is officially out of the Solar System, and the crew takes a final look at Earth.