Awesome: Space Battleship Yamato 2199

  • The very first moment of awesome comes in the first episode with this exchange.
    Radio operator of the Kirishima: "The Gamilan fleet is demanding our surrender. What do I tell them?"
    Okita: "Nuts."
    Radio operator of the Kirishima: "What?"
    Okita: "Tell them: nuts!"
  • Mamoru Kodai's Heroic Sacrifice, especially if compared to the original version. In the original he did it out of Honor Before Reason, and only fired a couple missiles before being blown out of the sky. In this version, he not only did it to cover Okita's retreat, but he charged at full speed at the Gamilas fleet firing like a madman, causing the Gamilas ships to hit each other and get out of position to chase Okita before a lucky shot got his ship. Also, he and his crew were singing a cheerful song about reaching Alpha Centauri all the time.
    • And that lucky shot? They got him only because he had slowed down to turn and make another passage.
    • The Gamilans being sore losers, they one-up him in episode 11, when Domel's fleet perform a very similar manouver with an entire naval division of destroyers, heavy cruisers, high speed cruisers and at least one battlecruiser. Needless to say, the poor enemy, a fleet of the Comet Empire, gets annihilated.
  • The Yamato gets jumped by Domel's whole fleet and has to fight its way out. On their route lies Domel's Dreadnought Flagship. Already damaged and low on power, they can't penetrate its armor on normal ranges. They then proceed to ram it, scrape alongside its length, blasting all the while point black with one of the main gun towers. From the look in his face, even Domel considered this as awesome.
    • Also, Domel being there at all. First, he had his men torment the Yamato for a while until she reached a certain place, then forced them to go at warp and, knowing that the Yamato could emerge only in one of five places due a pulsar, he guarded all of them, and as soon as she was in one of five places he had the rest of his ships move in for the kill. Had he been dealing with a lesser enemy, he would have won then and there, and with ease. Even then, he was still about winning (after admitting that the Yamato is a Worthy Opponent, even before the ramming attack), but he was recalled just as he prepared to unleash the coup de grace.
  • The Yamato surviving episode 8. Before them lies a star, behind them, courtesy of Deslar, there's a gaseous thing that will absorb the Yamato if it touches her and Shultz with his battleship (both to deliver Deslar's gift and to make sure the Yamato can't escape), and everywhere else there's an artificial sunstorm that will destroy the ship if they go anywhere else. How do they survive? Easy: flying near the star, to the point of grazing the corona. Thus, the star absorbs the gaseous thing and kills Shultz when he tries to finish the Yamato, and they survive the star's corona by shooting at it with the Wave Motion Gun, thus opening a path in the same plasma tendril that destroyed Shultz's ship. By surviving all of that (and a trap organized by Deslar himself), the Yamato got promoted from "plaything" (in fact Deslar was treating Shultz's transmission as an entertainment) to Worthy Opponent. And got Domel sicked on them.
  • In his first appearance on screen, Domel is seen annihilating a fleet of the Comet Empire. The Casual Danger Dialogue between him and his immediate subordinates implies it's not the first time. You can see it here in all its glory.
  • At the end of episode 16, Yuki, Kodai, Shima and Hoshina are fighting the mutinied security, but even with Itou disarmed and Niimi unwilling to go over the Moral Event Horizon they're outnumbered and outgunned. Things look bleak... Then Okita shows up and calls Itou an idiot, and the mutiny ends that very moment.
  • Episode 19 has not been released yet as this is written, but the next episode trailer for it shows that Domel and the Yamato crew will still have their ultimate Crowning Moment of Awesome the attack of the teleporting starfighters that nearly destroys the Yamato, and the crew not only surviving but annihilating his carriers.
  • Episode 17 has an Heroic Sacrifice for Sanada: to activate the portal that will allow the Yamato to skip 30,000 light years, he needs to stay in a control room that will be saturated with neutrons, killing him... And he does just that. More awesomeness ensues when Sanada subverts it: there was a pool in the room, and, knowing that neutrons have poor penetration in water, dove into it before the room was saturated.
  • Episode 25 sees the return of Wolf Frakken: Coming to arrest Goer (and helping the Yamato) his ship "surfaces" and he proceeds to lecture Goer. Standing on top of the ship, in a space suit, BadassArmFold and all. Because doing it from the bridge was probably not awesome enough for him. His crew promptly comments that he must have a good time doing it.
    • After which he takes on twenty-eight ships and win.
    • But before that we had Goer's awesomeness, for pulling a manouver worth of Domel: he managed to sneak up on the Yamato with thirty ships. Had he been there to destroy it instead of sending her into Dessler's ambush, he would have succeeded. That, and Frakken's intervention didn't prevent him from doing his part in Dessler's plan.
      • Oh and he nearly killed Frakken: his squadron had hit the subdimensional engines of the submarine, and without an emergency repair (performed by former Yamato crewmember Yabu, of all people, they would have remained exposed to the enemy fire.
    • We also have Dessler's plan that cost Goer his life: lure the Yamato in the subspace portal, where radar and normal energy weapon don't work and board it with an army of robot and a detachment of his Amazon Brigade. Could have worked... Except Niimi and Sanada had long prepared a virus to deactivate Gamilas' war robots, and deployed it. Poor Dessler, wounded by Celestela in a failed attempt at Murder-Suicide to boot, found himself forced to run...
  • The Yamato versus Wolf Frakken's space submarine in episode 13.
  • Zoellik's Humiliation Conga in episode 18 is one for everyone involved in delivering. In order, the Yamato interrupts his Rousing Speech to the ten thousand ship that he was trying to have as support for his coup, then in the battle he ruins his image before supposed The Dragon Goer and the fleet, and when the Yamato appears to have been destroyed Deslar reveals he survived his apparent assassination and reveals the culprit was Zoellik himself, at which point Goer gets fed up with him and shoots Zoellik in the back with his own gun. And finally, to ruin even the possible glory of taking down the undefeatable battleship that not even Domel had been able to destroy, the Yamato re-emerges from Balan's atmosphere (where they had hid) and wrecks the planet and the Gamilas' Portal Network with the Wave Motion Gun.
    • This is one especially for the Yamato, that has just taken on ten thousand warships and won. And left the bulk of Gamilas' fleet unable to give chase. Of course, that gets Domel sicked back on them with orders to destroy the Yamato or die trying...
  • Episode 21 starts with Yuki, prisoner of the Gamilans and depressed in the belief the Yamato has been destroyed at the Rainbow Cluster, using the fact she's been mistaken for Yurisha to verbally bitchslap the governor of a prison planet who was beating and insulting Nolan for being a Zaltian who dares calling himself a Gamilan citizen and soldier. Even Wolf Frakken (who was about to punch out the bastard) was impressed.
    • Melda and some of admiral Deitz's loyalists open the cells and leave a few guns around. What do the inmates (mostly Gatlantidean war prisoners, but with at least some Zaltians among them) do? Easy: overpower the garrison and take over the whole planet.
      • Then Deitz (who had been imprisoned on the planet after being framed for treason, hence Melda starting the riot in the first place: it was supposed to be a distraction while she sprung him out) does his thing, and enrolls guards and rioters in his revolution against Desslar. Remember, the Gatlantideans are war prisoners who have joined the commander of the guy who defeated and captured them and killed their friends...
  • Episode 22 ends with the start of the Battle for Iskandar. Dessler's opening shot? The Dessler Cannon.
    Okita: "Prepare the Wave Motion Gun!"