The official website for the Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 (Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi or Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love) anime film revealed the title, two staff members, and fall 2020 debut date for the anime’s sequel project on Sunday.
The anime’s new title is Uchū Senkan Yamato 2205: Aratanaru Tabidachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2205: A New Journey). As the title indicates, the story is set three years after the previous anime. Harutoshi Fukui returns to oversee the scripts for the new project. Shoji Nishizaki, the son of Space Battleship Yamato co-creator Yoshinobu Nishizaki, returns as executive producer. While the announcement does not specifically state the new anime’s format, the use of the word jōei (screening) indicates that the anime will have theatrical screenings.
Yamato 2202 is itself a sequel of the Space Battleship Yamato 2199 project. Yamato 2199 is a remake of the original 1974 Space Battleship Yamato series created by Leiji Matsumoto and Yoshinobu Nishizaki. As with Yamato 2202, Yamato 2199 first premiered in Japan as a series of seven movies shown theatrically in Japan from 2012 to 2013, before premiering on Japanese television in April 2013. The Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune anime film then opened in Japan in 2014.
Yamato 2202’s first film, subtitled “Kōshi-hen” (Starting Chapter), premiered in Japan in February 2017. The second film, subtitled “Hasshin-hen” (Departure Chapter), opened in Japan in June 2017. The third film, subtitled “Junai-hen” (Pure Love Chapter), opened in Japan in October 2017. The fourth film, subtitled “Tenmei-hen” (Karma Chapter), opened in Japan in January 2018. The fifth film, subtitled “Rengoku-hen” (Purgatory Chapter), opened in Japan in May 2018. The sixth film, subtitled “Kaisei-hen” (Resurrection Chapter), opened last November. The seventh and final film, “Shinsei-hen” (Nova Chapter), opened on March 1.
Yamato 2202’s television version premiered last October in Japan. Crunchyroll began streaming the anime last May, and Funimation also began streaming an English dub on the same day. Funimation began streaming a simuldub of the second part of the sequel project on February 2.
Thanks to Gwyn Campbell for the news tip