If action, battles, and looming disaster are your cup of tea, Star Blazers 2199 is perfect for you. The manga focuses on the events surrounding the battleship Yamato – the last hope for humanity. Gamalians, an alien race, have decimated Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere, and almost every inch of habitable space available. The human race has moved underground but has only a limited amount of time – one year—before the radiation makes even the inner bowls of our planet inhabitable. It’s the Yamato’s mission to traverse galaxies to reach a planet named Iscandar. Messengers have been sent from said planet with technical plans to bridge the distances, and the promise of a way to restore Earth to a habitable state.
While the manga tells the tale of the ship, it is told from the character Kodai, who acts as a focal point; a cadet who is thrust into a command position because of a prior battle has killed the majority of Earth’s fleet and fighting personnel. This makes for an interesting story because readers get to see the story from the ship as a whole, but we also see very intimate details about one man’s life, which gives us a great perspective. Sadly, that’s about all the detail I can give without throwing too much of the story to you. Trust me, it’s worth the read.
I absolutely loved this manga (I’ve read so very few in my life to this point) because it starts out with a bang – literally – and just keeps giving. The fact that this is based in a Sci-Fi genre is also wonderful (sci-fi is one of my go-tos for just about anything – books, movies, and writing). The artwork is brilliantly done and does a fantastic job of capturing the emotion of the characters words. You’re not left trying to guess whether the characters are scared or in danger;you can see it and feel it. There are also several pages of diagrams and schematics of the ships mentioned in the storyline, notated with descriptions. This added another dimension to the story simply because I was able to better comprehend the areas that the characters are in. There is also a brief afterword that gives a description of how Star Blazers, Space Battleship Yamato, and their off-shoots started and changed the anime industry – which for an anime-novice like myself, was a wonderful treat as well.
I am going to be waiting in suspense for the next volume to come out; in the meantime, I’m going to be looking into other Sci-Fi titles in an attempt to satisfy my hunger for more.
2199 will be Earth's final year--unless the voyage of space battleship Yamato can succeed! The alien Gamilas have devastated the biosphere, determined to reshape our planet into their own new home. But a third force has intervened, as an emissary from the distant Iscandar has given humanity the plans for a faster-than-light drive. If the Yamato can battle its way through the Gamilas fleet to reach Iscandar, their technology can heal the Earth--but the odds against us are literally astronomical...Add to CartLearn More