Captain of Space Battleship Yamato. Admiral of the combined fleet of UN Space Command, native of Fukushima Prefecture.An expert in astrophysics, his outward calm and composure conceals a tough and unyielding fighting spirit. Also has an abundant knowledge of space, combining the two faces of disciplined soldier and experienced scientist. For this reason, he always wished to visit space not as a military man but as a man of science.
Crazy Awesome: His reaction to getting jumped on by two thousand ships led by Domel? Charge through the enemy fleet, ram Domel's flagship, shoot her at point blank to get her out of the way, and then continue on his course while the enemy ships are too shocked to try and stop him. The only reason it didn't work was that Domel had eight thousand other ships in reserve just in case this happened...
Voiced in Star Blazers by: Kenneth Meseroll (Seasons 1 and 2), John Bellucci (Season 3)
Portrayed by: Takuya Kimura
Tactical Division Officer of Yamato. Leader of Tactical Group, Air Captain First Class. Born in Kanagawa Prefecture.Was a third-class air captain assigned to the 7th strategic space group before boarding Yamato, but was advanced two classes and placed in command of the tactical division after his older brother Mamoru was killed in action. The main and secondary gun batteries, anti-aircraft guns, torpedoes, fighter wing, and wave-motion gun are all under his command. Deck officers are also placed under the tactical division. Graduated as an official cadet from space soldier training academy and was selected as a primary member of the Yamato Plan. (The forerunner of this was the Yayoi Plan, a top secret mission to escape Earth.)
Dawson Casting: Takuya Kimura is old enough to have watched the original. Says it all, really.
On the other hand, Kodai is said to be 37 (Kimura's age at the time of filming) and a retired former soldier in the Live-Action Adaptation.
Death by Origin Story: actually his whole family, but Mamoru Kodai in particular connects him directly with Okita
Number Two: Usually gets promoted to "Acting Captain" to make decisions on Okita's behalf as the Captain's condition worsens through the series.
Tragic Keepsake: In the 2012 reboot he finds Mamoru's gun in the hulk of Yukikaze on Enceladus.
Yuki Mori (Nova Forrester)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yoko Asagami, Noriko Yume (Yamato Rebirth), Houko Kuwashima (2199)
Voiced in Star Blazers by: Amy Howard (Seasons 1 and 2), Corinne Orr (Season 3)
Ship Affairs Division Officer of Yamato.Leader of ship affairs in charge of information, electronics, communications, coding, hull demagnetization. Air Captain First Class in charge of radar and radio communications on the first bridge. Was assigned to jurisdiction of the Far East 9th District Strategy Department before boarding Yamato. The planning division for the Yamato plan originated within 9th District Strategy Department.
Head of Yamato's medical division. Ship's doctor. He is a civilian, but treated as equivalent to Commander (or 2nd-grade Space Colonel). From Niigata Prefecture.One of the few who can speak frankly to Captain Okita. Although he is a heavy drinker and is never parted from a bottle, his medical and technical knowledge are first-class.
Voiced in Star Blazers by: Tom Tweedy (Seasons 1 and 2), Peter Fernandez (Season 3)
Portrayed by: Naoto Ogata
Navigational Division Officer of Yamato. Chief Navigator in charge of navigation, signaling, watch, comprehensive route planning. Air captain first class, born in Okinawa Prefecture.Was a third-class air captain in the 101st regular space division before boarding Yamato, received a two-class promotion to chief navigator when the previous candidate was killed in action in a battle against Gamilas.
Officer of Yamato's technology division. First mate and technical head. His rank is Lieutenant Commander. Born in Nagano Prefecture.Oversees scientific analysis, information analysis, development, and engineering. Other than the technology leader, he also holds the post of first mate to Captain Okita. As a genius who graduated at the top of MIT, his thinking is very logical and his analytical skills are unrivaled at assessing a situation. He advanced to the National Space Defense Academy after graduating from MIT, volunteered for UN Space Command and was assigned to the 9th Strategic Division. He is at the center of the Yamato Plan.
Flanderization: Completely averted with respect to Sanada's artificial limbs. It comes up in one episode and is never referred to again. Also (particularly in the original), although Sanada is highly intelligent and a brilliant inventor, he is not depicted as a Gadgeteer Genius. A large number of his ideas are actually clever uses of existing technology or based on salvaged Iscandarian, Gamilas or Comet Empire technology. He also leaves anything relating to the biological sciences to Dr. Sado.
Official name: R-9 Autonomous Type Shipborne Analysis Unit. An improvement over the conventional AU-08, boards Yamato as "crew in charge of analysis" to act as a subframe robot in support of the mainframe.A quantum computer with autonomous thinking and behavior that allows him to act as a general-purpose class system node analysis terminal. Equipped with an AI system installed with BIOS judgement rather than a simulated personality. Hates to be referred to by number, refers to self as "Analyzer."
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: usually played for laughs due him asking Sado for how to become more human (once resulting in him going in mission DRUNK), but there's a very sad episode showing the contrast between his robotic body and his very human feelings for Yuki.
Also heavily discussed in episode 9 of the 2199 remake.
Captain of Space Destroyer Yukikaze. Rank: Space Lieutenant Commander, 3rd class. From Kanagawa Prefecture.Officer in the UN Cosmo Navy. Susumu Kodai's older brother. When he graduated from the Space Soldier Academy, the war situation was worsening and talented people were being lost one after another. He was made the young captain of a destroyer. He lost his parents in a planet bomb attack, and his only remaining blood relative is his younger brother.
Babies Ever After: Has a daughter, Sasha Kodai with Starsha. She later also serves on the Yamato.
Voiced in Star Blazers by: Eddie Allen (Seasons 1 and 2)
The Great Emperor of Planet Gamilas. He is the equivalent of 32 Earth years of age.Leader of the Imperial Planet Gamilas' interstellar military nation, which expands his galactic territory. Although he is a young and arrogant dictator, he has awoken to the needs of his people. As head of state, he is the supreme commander of the Gamilas military and directs strategic operations at his whim, enjoying it as a game.
The Dreaded: Becomes one in the second season. His message congratulating the Yamato for annihilating a small Comet Empire fleet caused the crew a massive Oh, Crap moment.
Captain Ersatz: The prototype of most Anime alien leaders and enemy aces, Dessler is created form the images of Roman nobles. He's also modeled after Adolf Hitler, especially in 2199.
Death by Adaptation: Unlike in the original series, Dessler is apparently killed off in 2199. Emphasis on apparently, because a freeze-frame shot of his ship before it blows up might tell you an entirely different story...
In 2199 his goal is to establish eternal peace in the galaxy, and to reach this goal he conquered the two Magellanic Clouds and is expanding in the Milky Way (the current war in the Small Magellanic Cloud isn't part of this as Gamilas is the defending side).
Military defense commander of the Great Gamilas Empire, Small Magellanic Cloud. Rank is Lieutenant General. The equivalent of 38 Earth years of age.A famous general of Gamilas admired by enemy and ally alike as "The Wolf of Space." He is dispatched from the Small Magellanic Cloud as a measure against the barbarians which repeatedly invade the imperial domain. While commanding the forces of the Small Magellanic Cloud, he takes up the defense of the front lines.His 6th Space Armored Division is called the "Domel Army Corps," whose mobility gives them a striking power like a blast of wind. Their unity is said to be the best in all of Gamilas. Rather than striking directly at an enemy, they divide them and force a surrender, making full use of driving tactics.Domel is adored by his subordinates and has a noble-minded personality. He holds ability in high regard and does not discriminate against those he conquers. He has the chivalrous soul of a knight and honors an opponent who does their best. Domel's main duty is that of a military officer, and though he keeps his distance from politics, he is a close associate of Dessler and enjoys national popularity. There are also many who do not admire him.
Hero of Another Story: a curious villain example. When he first appears, he just returned from the front against another unidentified enemy (revealed to be the Comet empire in 2199), and apparently defeated it so completely he's being hailed as an hero by the Gamilas people and Deslar himself. From the Gamilas point of view, HE is the hero.
Senseless Sacrifice: He tries it to give a sense to the sacrifice of his men, died in the attempt to destroy the Yamato... But the Yamato survives again.
Voiced in Japanese by: Michiko Hirai (Season 1), Miyuki Ueda (New Voyage and Be Forever), Kikuko Inoue (2199)
Voiced in Star Blazers by: Lydia Leeds
Queen of Planet Iscandar. Holds out a helping hand to Earth, which has been driven to the verge of extinction by Gamilas. Entrusted her younger sister Ulyssia with a message to deliver to Earth one year ago; the plan for the Wave-Motion Engine. Her sister Sasha delivered the next message.