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Ayaka Hirahara Sings New Yamato 2199 Film's Ending

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Singer's saxophonist father contributed to original Yamato's soundtrack

30-year-old singer Ayaka Hirahara is performing the ending theme song for Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Star-Voyaging Ark), this year's brand-new Yamato 2199 (Star Blazers 2199) film. The song is titled "Great Harmony ~for Yamato 2199."

The movie is part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the space opera franchise, and Hiroshi Miyagawa composed music for both the original television series and the latest incarnation. Miyagawa happens to be an old friend of Ayaka Hirahara's father, saxophonist Makoto Hirahara (Angelic Layer, Detective Conan: Full Score of Fear, Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in The Sky, Infinite Stratos). The elder Hirahara worked on the soundtrack for the first Yamato anime, so the new ending theme song is a second-generation contribution by the Hirahara family. The singer also sang for The Story of Saiunkoku television anime, the You Are Umasou anime film, and the Chō Gekijō-ban Keroro Gunsō Tanjō! Kyūkyoku Keroro Kiseki no Jikūjima de Arimasu!! anime film.

The movie promises to have the "true ending" of the Yamato 21999 story with a three-way battle between Yamato, Gatlantis, and Gamilas:

The anime's website previews the new film's story:

2199 AD. Yamato tried to leave behind the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy, after receiving a "Cosmo Reverse System" at its destination, Iscandar. However, suddenly, it encounters a mysterious group at the edge of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The crew finds out that the group is called the "Gatlantis," and that its leader is the Gutaba expeditionary force commander who calls himself "Goran Dagaamu of Thunder." The commander demands that Yamato be handed over to him. Yamato, wanting to hurry to Earth, escapes the fray. However, Yamato is attacked by a devastating beam weapon called the "Flame Direct Attack Cannon" that can transcend space.

Yamato was able to retreat, but ends up getting lost, and finds itself in a strangely colored irregular dimension. The crew decides to turn off the engine on the ship, and explore a mysterious planet. In order to collect information, Kodai, Kiryū, Sawamura, Niimi, and Aihara land on the planet. What they saw when they arrived was a ship that was not supposed to be there.

Dagaamu chases after the traces of Yamato's warp, and also reaches the strangely colored space. The planet on which Yamato landed was in fact what Dagaamu had been looking for all along.

The cast will feature:

Daisuke Ono as Susumu Kodai
Houko Kuwashima as Yuki Mori
Kenichi Suzumura as Daisuke Shima
Akio Ohtsuka as General Elk Domel
Eriko Nakamura as Mikage Kiryū
Takayuki Sugō as Captain Jūzō Okita

The staff includes:

Chief Director, Screenplay: Yutaka Izubuchi
Chief Director: Makoto Bessho
Character Design: Nobuteru Yuki
Chief Mechanical Director: Masanori Nishii
Mechanical Design: Yasushi Ishizu, Junichirō Tamamori
Set Design: Makoto Kobayashi, Takeshi Takakura
Director of Photography: Takashi Aoki
Art Director: Yoshio Tanioka
Editing: Emi Onodera
Music: Akira Miyagawa, Hiroshi Miyagawa
Sound Director: Chihiro Yoshida
CG Director: Tadasuke Ueji
CG Production Cooperation: Sunrise D.I.D.
Animation Production: XEBEC
Production: Space Battledhip Yamato 2199 Production Committee

The film will open in Japanese theaters on Saturday.

Source: Sports Hochi

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