Star Blazers 2199 (TV)
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Okita's Battleship (called "Kirishima" in this anime) before commanding the Yamato is named after a Kongo-Class battleship of the old Imperial Japanese Navy.
The battle cruiser Murasame is named after escourt-type vessels currently used by Maritime Self-Defense Force.
The title ship Yamato (大和 or ヤマト) is a modelled after the Imperial Japanese Navy battle ship of the same name that was commissioned in December 1941. It was the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleship ever constructed in the history of the Japanese Navy at the time.
The TV broadcast of 2199 commenced on April 7, the anniversary of the sinking of the real-world battleship Yamato in 1945. If the schedule as is the norm takes a week off for Golden Week in May, Episode 26 will air on October 6, 39 years to the day after the premiere of the first episode of the original series in 1974.
Episode 14 pays heavy homage to RahXephon, Izubuchi's first directorial work. Much of the visuals, its style—down to the score—and the themes depicted throughout can be traced (often directly) back to the series. Izubuchi also storyboarded the episode.
Episode 26's final moments, and to a lesser extant, its first credit roll, pays homage to the finales of another classic in Aim for the Top! Gunbuster, and its sequel, Aim for the Top 2! Diebuster/Gunbuster 2.
In episode 1, at about 19:16, Kodai and Shima are seen observing the new space fighter jet model, Cosmo Zero. The name of the fighter is homage to the Mitsubishi A6M Zero figher aircraft that was used by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service from 1940 to 1945. It was famous for being one of the most lethal aircrafts in the history of World War II and was responsible for countless casualties on the side of the allies.
During the battle in episode 1, Captain Jūzō Okita responds to a Gamilas surrender ultimatum with "Bakame!" ("Idiots!") translated in the English subtitles as "Nuts!" This is an homage to General Anthony McAuliffe saying "Nuts!" in response to the German Army's surrender ultimatum during the Battle of the Bulge, exactly as it was in the original Yamato series as well.
A quote from the twentieth centenary poet "Chuya Nakahara" appears in episode 17, to help the younger Kodai connect with his deceased older brother.
In episode 19, a squad of Gamilas Empire second class citizen (from the conquered planet Zaltz, non members of the Gamlias race) volunteers appears. They mention that they are the 442nd Special Operations platoon, a reference to the US Army's heavily decorated 442nd Infantry Regiment during World War II, composed almost entirely of Japanese-Americans fighting for the country that treated them and their families as second-class citizens and interned them.
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