Space Battleship Yamato 2199
This upcoming series looks like it’s going to be top-quality and one of the reasons I hardly ever talk it is because its Leijilessness just makes me sad.
The other reason is that as the title suggests, they’ve decided to remake the original rather than do something totally new. I always prefer new material.
I’m not a big Yamato franchise fan anyway, and I know many of the big fans would probably prefer to see a remake of Season 1 over anything else, so there hasn’t been any reason for me to publicly discuss or gripe about this BUT now there is!
We get word that none other than Hideki Anno (Gunbuster, Neon Genesis Evangelion) is storyboarding the OP. Now, as I wrote in my Gunbuster post series the Yamato series is an important one for Anno and so I guess it must be pretty rewarding for him to work on this project.
However, isn’t this a little sad? They get Anno on board…..to do the OP?! I get that this is done to promote sales and all, but it just makes me suffer considering what could have been. Imagine Anno working on actual episodes of this thing. Wouldn’t it be great!! But oh wait, this is a remake. Right. Anno wouldn’t be that interested in being creatively restricted like that. Hmm.
P.S. In related news, and to be fair and balanced, I am currently reading Leiji’s Great Yamato manga, which takes place in 3199. Gee, 2199 is so last millennium~