Space Battleship Yamato 2202 2nd Film's Trailer Streamed

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
2nd film in 7-part project opens on June 24

The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project began streaming a trailer on Friday for the project's second film, subtitled Hasshin-hen (Departure Chapter).

The film will open in Japan on June 24, and will screen in five more theaters than the first film, for a total of 20 theaters. Similar to the first film, the second film will screen in a limited two-week engagement.

As with the first film, theaters that are screening the second film will also sell a limited-edition Blu-ray Disc starting on the day the film opens. The new film will also start streaming online for a fee on the same day the film opens in Japanese theaters. Digital rentals of the new film will start on July 8, and the standard edition Blu-ray Disc and DVD will ship on July 28.

The project is a seven-part theatrical anime project, and the first film, subtitled Kōshi-hen (Starting Chapter), premiered in Japan on February 25.

The anime features the following returning cast from Space Battleship Yamato 2199:

  • Daisuke Ono as Susumu Kodai
  • Houko Kuwashima as Yuki Mori
  • Houchu Ohtsuka as Shiro Sanada
  • Mugihito as Hikozaemon Tokugawa
  • Kenji Akabane as Yasuo Nanbu
  • Masato Kokubun as Yoshikazu Aihara

New cast members include:

  • Kenjiro Tsuda as Isami Enomoto (replacing Keiji Fujiwara)
  • Hiroshi Kamiya as Klaus Keyman
  • Masaki Terasoma as Lauren Barel
  • Hideaki Tezuka as Zordar
  • Sayaka Kanda as the "legendary goddess" Teresa

The anime's story is set in the year 2202, three years after the Yamato's return from the planet Iscandar. The people of Earth restored their planet with the Cosmo Reverse System, and they signed a peace treaty with Garmillas. In addition to reconstruction, Earth developed a new defense fleet that includes the state-of-the-art battleship Andromeda. The Earth goes down a path of military expansion, despite Starsha Iscandar's wishes. The Yamato helps accomplish this so-called peace, but it comes at the price of many invaluable sacrifices. The goddess Teresa, who prays for tranquility in space, calls the Yamato to a new voyage. The threat of Gatlantis is sweeping over the universe and approaching Earth.

Nobuyoshi Habara (Fafner and Fafner EXODUS director, episode director and storyboard writer for Star Blazers 2199) is directing the new anime, and Harutoshi Fukui (Mobile Suit Gundam UC original novel writer, screenplay for Harlock: Space Pirate) is writing and overseeing the scripts. The late Yoshinobu Nishizaki is credited with the original work, and his son Shoji Nishizaki (Star Blazers 2199 planning, producer for Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection) is the executive producer. Additionally, Makoto Kobayashi is serving as assistant director, and Junichiro Tamamori and Yasushi Ishizu are the mechanical designers. Nobuteru Yuki is the character designer, and Akira Miyagawa is composing the music.

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