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Not your parents' Yamato. Better. It's your parents' and yours!

October 1974. A 26-episode anime series entitled Space Battleship Yamato, aired on Yomiuri TV without much fanfare. It told the story of humanity's last-ditch effort to avoid extinction via the irradiation of the planet Earth by a hostile alien race. Its one hope lay in the eponymous battleship Yamato — rebuilt into a warp-capable ship — whose crew would then use it to journey to the far-off planet where salvation was supposed to lay.

The show would eventually become a seminal success, becoming the first anime to win the Seiun Award (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo award), a feat that was not to be repeated until 1985, with Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. For many it marked a paradigm shift in storytelling, and influenced generations of viewers, some of whom (like Hideaki Annonote ) would eventually work in the industry in turn.

For American and some Western viewers, Yamato (via its edited version Starblazers) would be their Gateway Series into anime.

Fast forward to April 2012. After years of legal dispute between the series' co-creators Nishizaki and Matsumoto, the series is given a new breath of life with a remake, the eponymous Space Battleship Yamato 2199. Featuring modern production standards and a vastly-enhanced budget, the new series seeks to retell the classic story for a brand new generation, at the same time giving even long-time fans and veterans of the franchise something to look forward to, as it's not quite the same story they grew up with.

Initially premiered as a theatrical release (with every three or four episodes edited together to make up a movie), then as a direct-to-order Blu-Ray/DVD "OVA", the series finally aired on TV for the Spring 2013 anime season.

Two movies were released for the series. While the first movie was a simple compilation of the series, the second movie, Hoshimeguru no Hakobune, officially translated as Odyssey of the Celestial Ark and sometimes unofficially as Ark of the Stars, features an all-new story, focusing on the legacy of the Akerian civilization, which first seeded the galaxy with humanoid life, and from whom the current factions in the series — the Iscandrians, the Gamilons, and even Humanity — are all descended.

Voyager Entertainment (the licensors for the Star Blazers adaptation of the original series) announced plans to release the series as Star Blazers 2199 in English, and screened a pilot dub of the first episode (produced by Bang Zoom! Entertainment) at the July 2013 Anime Expo and Comic-Con San Diego. They then released limited subtitle-only editions of the series, and while the release of the final two volumes was postponed indefinitely, they promised they would be out in the wild eventually...

...Except Voyager's plans went nowhere. Cut to November 3rd 2017, when Funimation announced their own plans to release the series as Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 as a part of their Fall 2017 SimulDubs. Crunchyroll started showing subtitled episodes on November 8, 2017.

Basically, it's an Anime/Space Opera nerd's wet, wet dream.

A sequel series based off of Space Battleship Yamato 2, titled Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love, had a limited theatrical run, with its first installment released on February 25 2017. It then had a home release the following March and a TV run. Funimation has also picked up 2202 and streamed it as part of their Spring 2018 SimulDubs. A pair of sequel films, Space Battleship Yamato 2205: A New Journey, has been released.

Now has a Character Page for the characters unique to the remake. Still very much a work in progress however.

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  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The chase scene in episode 16 has a rather jarring example. Yuria, who is being carried by Analyzer in a CG rendered power suit, is quite obviously also rendered in CG compared to the other crew members (running on foot) who are animated traditionally.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Some plot points are modified to address Fridge Logic issues in the original version. For instance, Iscandar made contact with Earth a year before the series began, and the Yamato was built based on their offer. Sasha was sent with a key piece of Imported Alien Phlebotinum needed for the Wave Motion Engine and the Battle of Pluto at the beginning was deliberately staged as a diversion to cover her arrival. That being said...
  • Adaptation Expansion: This trope kicks into full-gear and manages to expand the roles of what was considered to be one-off features from the old show, alongside fleshing out more of the characters and events to make them feel more believable and realistic to the setting to do away with other aspects of Fridge Logic that had been shown. Such as making the war between Earth and Gamilas not a case of Scary Dogmatic Aliens seeking to eradicate Earth, but rather a case of We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill where Earth shot the first volley at the arriving Gamilas fleet and lied to the public about it afterwards.
  • Affirmative Action Girls: The remake embraces this trope to avoid the extremes of The Smurfette Principle Yuki fell into. 2199 introduces several human and Gamilas Canon Foreigners to its cast, as well as performing a Gender Flip on a few characters.
  • Alien Invasion: Not implicitly. While in the original the Gamilas were intent on turning Earth into their new homeworld, this time around it seems that Earth is being subjected to constant harrassment due to the fact that it resisted assimilation into the Gamilas empire. Some characters on the Gamilas side, like Schultz, comment on this, and say that Earth wouldn't be suffering as much had it just surrendered (such as his own homeworld did many years ago).
  • Appearance Is in the Eye of the Beholder: In full force during the Ark of the Stars movie, and a big clue that things aren't quite what they seem. For example, when Mikage spots a book on a table, she sees a biography of Helen Keller. However, when the Gamilon officer Neredia takes a look at it, she instead sees a children's book about a particular Gamilon fairy tale. The same goes for the "hotel" that they're in: for the Terrans, their surroundings look like a homey hotel that could have existed during the turn of the 20th century, but since the Gamilons have a different idea of what a hotel looks like, what they see is nothing like what the Human crew sees.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The aforementioned Wave Motion technology that the Yamato's warp drive, Wave Motion gun and shields are based on.
  • Apocalypse How: It seems that the standard procedure of the Gamilon Imperial Guard for a planetary rebellion is to visit at least a Planetary Class 2 on the offenders, via orbital bombardment, planet bombs, and old-fashioned strafing runs. The result is very much reminiscent of an Exterminatus.
    • A single shot of a Wave Motion Gun can inflict a Planetary Class 5-6. Iscandarians in the past inflicted Planetary Class X on people who dared to cross them with whole barrages of Wave Motion Gun blasts.
  • Apocalypse Wow: An orbital view of the aftermath shows craters the size of Borneo.
  • Artificial Gravity: Care of the Wave Motion Engine.
  • Atrocious Arthropods: When the crew are investigating a habitable planet in the Beemla System, they are attacked by a giant arthropod. Hieroglyphs in an ancient ruin suggest that it is a feral form of the fallen civilization's livestock.
  • Babies Ever After:While Harada prepares for her marriage to Kato on the finale, she pats her belly and says something about their child.
    • Subverted in the sequel, Yamato 2202, where it is revealed that their child had Planet Bomb Syndrome, the same disease that killed Okita, and may not have much time left.
    • Implied with Starsha, who holds her belly while saying goodbye to Mamoru.
    • The final episode of Yamato 2202 suggests that Yuki may be pregnant, which, if true, would have been really awkward if it had been revealed any sooner, as she had spent the back third of the season without any memory of having even met Kodai, much less sleeping with him.
  • Back from the Dead: Yuki, thanks to Mamoru deciding to start the Cosmo Reverser early just to revive her, after seeing his younger brother Susumu's anguish.
  • The Battlestar: Although the Yamato itself is more of a battleship that brought its (limited) fighter screen with it, only deploying its complement when Gamilas fighters are in evidence.
  • Battle Thralls: The "Second-Class Gamilans" are the inhabitants of other worlds conquered by the Gamilas empire, many of whom serve in their military. They're closest to the Slave Mook subtrope, but some can earn privileges by great acts of service. The reason Earth is being bombed into oblivion in 2199, instead of being conquered like so many other worlds, is as vengeance for a sneak attack made against the Gamilas ships making first contact.
  • Beach Episode: While the Yamato is on dock in Iscandar in episode 24, Harada suggests the crew go for a swim in Iscandar's ocean. Fanservice ensues.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Beemela 4 is home to these, much to the away team's horror (and Yuisha's apparent glee). Apparently they were once domesticated, but went feral when their keepers, the Beemelarians, died off hundreds of years before.
  • BFG:
    • The Wave-Motion Gun.
    • Also, in episode 25, the fighter pilots re-purpose a Cosmo Zero's cannon to fight off boarders.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The second season. The Gatlanteans are stopped once and for all, but a good chunk of the Yamato's crew is dead, a huge chunk of the Navy is dead, the Time Fault is gone, weakening Earth's infrastructure considerably, and it's been revealed that the Gamilas homeworld is dying and they need to find a new world suitable to move everyone to somewhere - and since Dessler had been looking in two galaxies for decades before the series started, such a thing must be hard to find.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Yes, Dessler's gold-plated blaster was yet another thing retained from the original series.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Desler has a squad of these. They accompany him in boarding the Yamato in episode 25.
  • Boring Return Journey: Yamato's journey from Earth to Iscandar takes about 21 episodes. The return trip takes 2 episodes (possibly because most of the people with an interest in slowing them down were blown up on the trip out).
  • The Bridge: The iconic bridge of the battleship makes its glorious return, but this time around, it's not as cramped.
  • Bridge Bunnies: More than the original, and what's more, other female crew filling in for Yuki whenever she's off-duty or otherwise occupied.
  • Broken Pedestal: In episode 23, Dessler shows his true colors by abandoning the Gamilas capital when Yamato attacks and proceeds to bomb his own capital, not caring about the people he had left behind. The Gamilans still on the ground are understandably not very happy about this after the Yamato saves them.
  • Call-Back: In the first episode, while Mori is explaining the history of Earth's war with Gamillas to a group of children, she theorizes that Gamillas is bombarding the Earth in order to terraform its environment to be more suitable for their colonization. This was the reason Gamillas bombarded the Earth in the original series. It even turns out to be true in the second season - Dessler started his expansion policies in the hopes of finding a world that was naturally suitable for relocating their population to.
  • Canon Immigrant: A lot of elements in 2199 are cut materials from the original Yamato series, but there are actually references for Star Blazers:
    • In the Star Blazers dub, some perfectly humanoid alien opponents are called "robots" to minimize the heroes' body-count, In 2199 we have the Gamiloids who are human sized Mecha-Mooks.
    • Star Blazers even has one bizarre Woolseyism in which a funeral for dead crew-members is translated into a funeral for dead enemies, to show the respect that both sides have even as they try to slaughter one another. It would have worked if you wouldn't have been able to see the obviously human bodies inside the caskets. 2199 has three human-looking Zaltsians die on the Yamato, with memorable Villainous Valor.
    • Another Woolseyism in Star Blazers kept here is the reason for Mamoru Kodai/Alex Wildstar's sacrifice in the first episode. Originally, he could not stand the shame of defeat. In Star Blazers, and subsequently in 2199 he acts as a decoy so Okita/Avatar's ship can escape.
  • The Captain: Okita.
  • Casting Gag: This is not the first time (nor the last) Takayuki Sugo (Juzo Okita) has to fight against blue-skinned aliens, except this time, the blue-skinned ones are the bad guys and Okita is one of the heroes, not the other way around.note 
  • Cerebus Retcon: 2199 justifies the fact that the first few Gamilas leaders that appeared had ambiguously human skin-tones instead of the iconic blue skin by establishing that the Solar System occupation force was composed of "Second-Class Gamilans" who were Reassigned to Antarctica.
  • Cheerful Child: Shima accepted his father's belief in a future friendship with aliens with enthusiasm. His brother seems to have the same amount of earnest curiosity and exuberance as he did.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The Yamato's ability to fire both lasers and regular explosive shells from its cannons plays a critical role in the penultimate episode.
    • In episode 25, a brief scene shows a Cosmo Zero's weapons stripped for repair. Later in the same episode one of the cannons makes another appearance...used as an improvised infantry weapon to repel boarders.
  • The Chessmaster: Dessler is even more so in this incarnation. Just to strengthen the impression, he's usually shown playing a Gamilas variation on the game (against an unseen opponent, implied to be Starsha).
  • Closed Circle: What the Terran away party and the Gamilon soldiers are forced to experience in the Ark of the Stars movie: all of them are trapped in a hotel with no viable way out, with limited supplies, and barely simmering hostility just waiting for an excuse to break out.
  • Colony Drop: In an effort to destroy the Yamato, Dessler drops a city sized section of his massive space station on his own capital city.
  • Continuity Reboot: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 retells the story from the beginning with higher production values, a different character designer, and both Adaptation Distillation and Canon Foreigners aplenty.
  • Conlang: Going beyond the original, a language was developed for the Gamilons; complete with alphanumeric characters, a working grammar structure, and a sizable dictionary for the production.
  • Cool Starship: The Yamato obviously, but many of the Gamilas ships also count.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: Episode 2 has the multinational leadership of the United Nations briefing Captain Okida prior to the Yamato's launch; visible are the United States leader, the European Union's leader, as well as those for the Middle East and China, along with a UN Secretary General very clearly inspired by Ghanaian Kofi Annan.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Kiryu and Sawamura run into each other while he's goofing around and she's the closest a space battleship full of adults has to being Late for School. The whole thing is so cliché, Shinohara actually points out the scene was just missing toast in her mouth.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Some of what the Yamato pulled falls under this, like breaking through Deslar's trap of a star before them, an all-devouring thing and a warship before them and nowhere else to go by opening a path in the star's corona with the Wave-Motion Gun and letting the star destroy the chasers, or breaking through Domel's ambush (actually only the first layer, as he had ships in reserve converge on the position just in case) by ramming Domel's flagship and moving her out of the course after blasting her at point blank. Domel's own face after the latter showed he too was thinking this. Let's also not forget the time Yamato charged through half of the entire Gamilan fleet to get to a warp gate after hiding inside Balun to fake being destroyed, then turned around and fired its Wave-Motion Gun at Balun, destroying it and nearly all of the ships there, and stranding all the surviving ships in that sector of space since they can't use the warp gates anymore.
  • Crushing the Populace: This is apparently standard policy for the Gamilas. Episode 15 gives us a rather literal example when an Imperial Guard fleet drops titanic bullet-shaped warheads on a rebelling world, some of which can be seen sticking out of the planet's crust and extending into the atmosphere. It's equal parts awe-inspiring, horrifying, and utterly sickening.
  • Deathbed Promotion: After Schultz and his crew are killed in their attack on the Yamato, Desslar instructs his second in command, Hiss, to give all the soldiers a posthumous 2 rank promotion and to grant them and their families status as honorary Gamilans (the were all Zaltian, whom most Gamilans view as inferior). Ironically, this means that Schultz enters the afterlife with a higher rank than Goer, the incompetent Gamilan commander who had been berating him up to that point.
  • Death by Adaptation: The Beemelarians heve been extinct for over 300 years, unlike the original series, where they were pretty much alive and thriving, albeit living in fear of the Gamilians.
  • Deface of the Moon: The Moon gets clipped by a stray shot in the final battle against the Gatlanteans, and is rather noticeably damaged afterwards.
  • Deflector Shields: The Wave Motion Shield makes an early appearance, drastically increasing the Yamato's defense for a limited time. In return though, the ship is unable to use the Wave Motion Gun while the shield is up.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Dessler turns out to still be alive in season 2, but he never manages to be more than a secondary threat compared to Zwordar.
  • The Dissenter Is Always Right: The crew of the Yamato is being hounded by a dimensional submarine. The enemy sends a decoy to say they've surrendered. Niimi suggests using a dimensional sonar ping to see if they're still there, but Kodai points out that it'll reveal their location. Sanada, the XO, agrees with Niimi, and orders the dimensional sonar array set up. After a speech from Okita to Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!, Kodai commandeers a Seagull recon-plane to drop "dimensional sonar buoys". The ping indeed alerts the enemy, but the buoys that Kodai disperses allow them to intercept the torpedoes. They also allow the Seagull to locate the submarine's periscope, blinding the enemy ship. They're safe in another dimension, but cannot continue their attack. Kodai is let off easily for saving the ship despite breaking orders.
  • Dirty Coward: The Gamilon General Gremto Goer is a glory hound and a useless boob: he derides his underlings, tries to steal credit at every opportunity and destroys a friendly ship that had aided the Yamato for no other reason than their being in his line of fire, even after being told that Melda Ditz (the supreme commander's daughter) was on-board.
    • Field Marshall Herm Zoellik is another Smug Snake, who thought he could outwit Dessler and assassinate him, initiating a coup d'état.
      • The interaction between the two is notable, because Zoellik makes Goer look reasonable: after he seizes control of the fleets and the Yamato shows up out of nowhere, Zoellik orders his ships into dangerous collision courses to destroy it. Goer (who had earlier shot a friendly ship himself) is appalled by this. Later, after Dessler reveals himself to be alive, Goer even shoots Zoellik mid-rant, visibly disgusted at his treason.
    • Serizawa, commander of the UN military. By his orders, Earth attacked the Gamilans without provocation at first contact, and his underlings on the Yamato try a mutiny because he doesn't believe in their possible success.
  • Disney Death: If you're a named member of the Yamato's crew, chances are very likely you won't die, even if it looks like you should've given up the ghost. Ito averts this: when he gets shot on a Gamillan prison planet, he dies. Okita also averts this at the very end of the series. Seriously averted in the second season, where quite a few people die in the final battle.
  • Disobeyed Orders, Not Punished:
    • Kodai disobeys Sanada, the ship's XO, after Okita tells him that sometimes you have to say Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!, and launches a Seagull recon-plane to place dimensional sonar buoys to determine if a dimensional submarine is still in the area. He's too late to stop the Yamato from releasing a dimensional sonar ping that gives away their location, but he is able to track the enemy's torpedos, making it possible to shoot them down before impact, and then cripple their periscope. He submits himself for punishment but is spared severe consequences for saving the ship.
    • During the Battle of the Rainbow Cluster, Domel discovers he's been tricked by Okita into putting his ship too close to a plasma stream. The ship is being destroyed, and can't break free. Domel orders his men to abandon ship, as he prepares to separate the command saucer and use it in a kamikaze attack on the Yamato. None of his men leave their posts, simply smiling at him. His XO lampshades it, smiling as he says, "Looks like we're all getting court-martialed."
  • Disproportionate Retribution: At first contact, the Humans fired on the Gamilans without provocation. They retaliated by wiping out the Earth fleets one after the other, destroying any Human settlement outside of Earth, and hitting Earth with planetary bombs while doing an Hostile Terraforming until Humans surrender or die out, whichever comes first.
  • Double Take: Kodai gets a textbook example when he's about to launch on a recon flight. He checks his instruments, then Yurisha (who is suddenly sitting next to him in the co-pilot's seat) asks him a question. He turns her way briefly, appearing to consider her question, then goes back to his instrument panel, only to finally realize what he just saw one Beat later.
  • Drama Panes:
    • In both versions, Kodai and Okita stare out of the window together as they leave the solar system, vowing to return and save the Earth.
    • Both versions also have a scene at the end where Captain Okita stares from his bed out of the window at the ruins of the once blue Earth as they return from Iscandar. In both versions, he passes, never again setting foot on the planet. However, this is especially poignant in the 2199 version, as Okita's soul and memories of an unmarred Earth are what end up powering the Cosmo Reverse system.
  • Dramatic Space Drifting: The first episode and the aftermath of Second Battle of Mars has spaced out crews floating around the debris of destroyed starships.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: A variant: the Yamato uses a Tsuvalke found in the abandoned Beemela Gate control facility to scout what's waiting for them at the gate terminus. They even go so far as dressing Shinohara, its pilot, with as close as an approximate to a Gamilas flight suit as they could manage, to further the illusion.
    • Later, Gamilas commandos from the planet Salz (those who look just like Earthlings) Board Yamato with Yamato space suits.
  • Dualvertisement: To promote the Yamato 2199 movie, cross-promotion was done for the MMORPG Phantasy Star Online 2, in the form of costumes based on the Yamato crew's uniforms, a weapon skin that resembles Kodai's pistol, an item to turn a player's MAG into Analyzer, and the Yamato, itself, featured in the shopping lobby.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Okita's death in the finale. After the premature activation of the Cosmo Reverser by Mamoru's soul to save Yuki places the future of the Earth into question, Okita's passing allows his soul to reactivate the Reverser and save the Earth.
  • Dying Race: The Jirellians. While the TV airing would make you think that they'd gone extinct, what with the two remaining members dying and all, the Ark of the Stars movie reveals that a small population still exists, having survived the annihilation of their planet because they so happened to be on pilgrimage to the Shambleau.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Too many to count.
    • Several other Earth captains from the Yamato successive seasons and movies make early appearences; for instance, captain Yamanami from Be Forever Yamato commands the Kirishima under Okita (and keeps command after the Yamato leaves), and captain Hijikata from season 2 has an important role in Yuki's backstory.
    • Episode 11 shows a battle between the Gamilons and the Comet Empire.
    • One of the Gamilas named officers is Fraken, a Galmann general from season 3 of the original series.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After almost a year in space, and making numerous sacrifices, the Yamato finally returns to Earth with the Cosmo Reverser to save the dying Earth.
  • Egopolis: Dessler has a penchant to name weapons after himself, as shown by the Dessler Missile (whose warhead has a creature that absorbs any object or energy it touches, as long as it's not a freakin' sun) and the Dessler Cannon.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: What Earth is reduced to survive against the Gamilon's Planet Buster missiles.
  • Enemy Civil War: And a conveniently-timed one too. While discontent was apparently simmering throughout the empire for a while, it only exploded into outright violence when an attempt on Dessler's life apparently succeeds. This prompts an immediate recall of Domel's forces, just as it was about to finish off a damaged Yamato. A proper Civil War sparks when most of the Gamilas military and navy ends up getting fed up and betrayed by their own government; resulting in one of the disgraced Gamilas Admirals managing to reach out to the Yamato for an alliance. An alliance that is honored in Season 2 where Earth and Gamilas are now at peace.
    • The Gamilas National Army will be fighting the Royal Guard in Chapter 6.
  • Enemy Mine: Happens with startling frequency in-series between the crew of the Yamato and isolated Gamilon crews.
  • Ensign Newbie: Kodai and Shima's high positions in the Yamato's chain of command are justified in this version because the Gamilas attack in the second episode destroyed the bunker where most of the previous officer candidates were. (Kodai's brother Mamoru was the first choice as Tactical section leader.) There's some tension because of this.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Domel is first seen inflicting a Curb-Stomp Battle on the Comet Empire and warning one of his subordinates to play for keeps and not underestimate the enemy, playing with an horsewhip all the time.
    • The warden of the prison planet in episode 21 is introduced shooting prisoners for fun. Little else needs to be said about his character.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
  • Evil Is Angular: Gamillan architecture favors pointed designs, regardless of whether the object in question is a spaceship, a building or even just their version of Big Red Button: the most impractical examples of this are probably Desler's golden wine glass that has a pair of spikes protruding upwards from a pair of metal rods at the sides of its base and their version of forks, which also have a second set of tines likewise protruding upwards from where the default set would normally terminate. Gatlanteans aren't much better with similar ship shapes, and they also have a large dagger-like object protruding upwards close to their head on their uniforms which seems to be used as a cape clasp.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Done with the Wave-Motion Gun. The Yamato wasn't aiming at the Gamilas fleet...they were shooting the planet. Which blew up and took most of the fleet with it.
  • Exact Time to Failure ("There are only X days left!")

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  • Face Death with Dignity: A weird subversion: Heydom Gimleh (th Gamilon Heydrich), infamous Imperial Guard leader and sterilizer of planets, just giggled a little as his ship exploded.
    "So that's it??"
  • Faking the Dead: Did you really believe that the assassination attempt on Dessler would work?
  • Fanservice: In addition to having female crew members in Latex Space Suits, the camera seems to focus on framing certain parts of the female anatomy on a number of occasions.
  • Fantastic Racism: Zoellik: "Like I said, no one with a skin color other than blue can be trusted!"
  • Faster-Than-Light Travel: Warp Navigation is facilitated for the Yamato via the Wave Motion engine , and standard for the average Gamilas fleet ship via the equivalent "Gestcham Jump". The Gamilas also have access to an ancient Jirel galaxy-spanning Portal Network that makes warp travel much quicker and much more precise.
  • Fatal Family Photo:
    • Commander Shulz's hologram letter from his daughter, which he views shortly before his ship takes on the Yamato.
    • One Yamato fighter pilot has a photo of him and his girlfriend in his cockpit. He doesn't survive the series. In the second season, a pilot spends the entire season with a photo of his wife and kid in the cockpit, and dies in the final battle.
  • Fixed Forward-Facing Weapon: the Wave-Motion Gun is pointed straight forward.
  • Floating Continent: Trope Namer. There was one floating in Jupiter's atmosphere.
  • Four-Star Badass: Domel. His job before being sent to deal with the Yamato was to inflict Curb Stomp Battles on the Comet Empire, and was rather good at it. With the Yamato... Well, our heroes survived episode 15 only because an Enemy Civil War got him recalled when he was literally at one barrage to victory.
    • Okita too (his rank technically being admiral), to the point that Domel proclaimed him a Worthy Opponent in episode 15. Then Okita decided the best way to break through Domel's fleet was to ram Domel's flagship...
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Quite a few involving the use of English on the Yamato's displays and signage. For a different example of this, in episode 25, freeze-frame the shot of Dessler's crippled flagship just before the explosion and you'll notice the cockpit of the ship being ejected as an escape pod.
  • FTL Test Blunder: The Yamato's first warp test has them come out of warp early due to running afoul of Jupiter's strong gravity well. The drain on the power has the ship tumbling out of control, and only concentrated effort keeps them from crashing. Subsequent use of the warp technology go smoother.
  • Furo Scene: Episode 11 shows Yuki and Akira in the Yamato's bathing facility.
    • Dessler.
  • Gender Flip: Formerly male Akira Yamamoto is now a woman.
  • Good Versus Good: At the start, the conflict is this: the Gamilans' main objective is to unite the Milky Way and its satellite galaxies to defeat the invasion of the Comet Empire, and the only reason they're at war with Earth is because the Human fleet sent to meet their exploratory fleet on the edge of the Solar System opened fire when they came for a peaceful first contact and have not surrendered (something the Gamilan second-class soldiers conducting the bombing of Earth are genuinely puzzled over), while our protagonists are merely trying to recover a device that will restore Earth and stop the invasion of what they see as a monolitic force bent on destroying Earth, and don't know it was Earth that fired first. Then the Gamilan government crosses the line leading to a Civil War breaking out between different factions on Gamilas...
  • Grand Theft Me: Yurisha, who is currently in a coma, "borrows" the use of Misaki Yuria's body, due to the latter's sensitivity to spirits.
  • Great Offscreen War: There have been at least two "Inner Planet Wars" in recent history with at least the second one involving Mars (Rei was born during the second one and was forced to move to Earth where all of them except her and her brother were killed by Gamilan orbital bombardment; her brother was killed later in battle against Gamillas, leaving her the only survivor of her family). Both of them are implied to be Independence movement by Martian colonists based on the Cosmo One's lore.
  • Growling Gut: Something that both Mikage and Sawamura become guilty of in the Ark of the Stars movie.
  • Hand on Womb: Starsha is seen saying farewell to the Yamato with her hands on her abdomen and reminiscing about Mamoru. This is the main reason fans think she's carrying Mamoru's child.
  • Hate Crimes Are a Special Kind of Evil: warden of a Gamillas prison planet viciously beat a Zaltian soldier named Nolan, considered a 2nd class citizen, for merely saying he was a loyal soldier of the Gamillas fleet. He likely would have killed him, but Nolan is spared when Yuki Mori, whom the Gamillans have kidnapped mistaking her for Yurisha of Iscandar, intercedes on his behalf. Also, her intercession kept Wolf Frakken, Nolan's commanding officer, from belting the warden. Frakken is noted for not sharing the racist views of most Gamillans regarding those without blue skin. The warden is never redeemed, and only halted the beating because he believed that Yuki was a superior being.
  • Hearing Voices: Something that happens to both Berger and Mikage in the Ark of the Stars movie. It's actually the mental promptings of Lerelai, a Jirellian who's observing the interactions between the Terran and Gamilon soldiers while they're trapped in the mental prison she's created. Also sets the plot of the second season in motion.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Mamoru Kodai and his ship stayed behind to ensure that Okita escaped safely. Also, the whole Operation M is a giant sacrifice to retrieve the Iscandarian message pod.
    • Subverted by Sanada, who risks being bombarded with lethal neutrons in order to activate a space gate. Fortunately, he figures out a way to survive at the last second.
  • Hidden Depths: Many, many characters exhibit this.
    • Gremto Goer is a wholly reprehensible idiot but you have to respect his unflinching loyalty to Dessler.
    • Sanada was Mamoru Kodai's best friend, and despite his calm, collected facade he's actually torn apart by guilt over not letting him know he was a Sacrificial Lion in a suicidal diversionary attack on Pluto, in which Mamoru ultimately died.
    • Niimi was in love with Mamoru Kodai.
    • Dessler is waging his wars of conquest to "bring peace to the Universe" in a misguided attempt to win Queen Starsha's affections.
    • The Gamilon Prime Minister, Redof Hyss, who before episode 23 seemed like nothing but a spineless, neurotic yes-man, despite being arguably the second most powerful man on Gamilas, actually ends up saving Hilde Shulz during the evacuation of the Imperial Palace, and speaks in favor of the Yamato to Queen Starsha.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Nanbu (Dash in Star Blazers) is in love with Yuki (Nova) early on. Anyone who’s watched the original show knows that Nanbu doesn’t have a chance since Yuki and Susumu Kodai (Derek Wildstar) will get together in the end. And when Yuki hugs Kodai after he returns to the Yamato from Beemela 4, Nanbu just sighs in defeat, recognizing that his chances with Yuki were zero.
  • Hopeless War:
    • Before the Yamato was launched, Earth was fighting one. In the battle in the first episode most of Earth's gunfire literally bounced on the hulls of Gamilan ships, while their guns would destroy most human ships with a single hit, resulting in the remaining fleet being down to just a single heavily-damaged battleship. As the Earth was constantly bombarded with Planet Bombs, the surface has become uninhabitable to the point of humans being forced into the underground. To make matters worse, the Planet Bombs are loaded with an invasive flora that released poisonous spores that penetrated the underground cities that are also suffering from food and energy shortages with only a year to live.
    • The final battle against the Gatlanteans is a seemingly endless meat grinder, with mass-produced clone-crewed Gatlantean ships smashing against Earth ships manned by AI-backed skeleton crews who are told that their duty is not to win, but to live long enough for the Navy to build a replacement ship. Until the Yamato comes up with a strategy to enable an all-or-nothing strike on the main Gamelan base, it was just a battle of endurance to see whose infrastructure choked first.
  • Hope Spot: Yuki wakes up from her coma. Just in time for the happy ending, right? Wrong. She dies soon after miraculously regaining consciousness for a few minutes and doesn't even get her final wish of seeing Kodai for one last time. Ultimately, of course, The happy ending still happens thanks to Mamoru Kodai.
  • Hostile Terraforming: 2199 puts more focus on this aspect of the Gamilas attacks on earth, describing the effects as "pollution" instead of explicit radiation like the original series and live-action movie. The Planet Bombs also seeded poisonous Alien Kudzu that's shown penetrating the underground cities, which is discovered as identical to the plant life on the Floating Continent.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl:One of the more robust pilots aboard the Yamato has a picture of him with his shorter girlfriend shipmate (cosplaying as a catgirl no less) in his cockpit.
  • Human Aliens: The Gamilons look like humans with blue skin. "Second-Class" Gamilions of planet Salz do look like humans, just like the people of Iscandar. Later it's specified Gamilians are just humans with different skin tones, genetically. Lampshaded when the crew of the Yamato are shocked that the Gamilans look so similar to them.
  • Humans Are White: All the named human characters in the show are ethnic Japanese despite the Yamato belonging to the planetwide United Nations Cosmo Navy.
  • Idealist vs. Pragmatist: After seeing the awesome destructive power of the Wave-Motion Gun, Nanbu takes the pragmatic stance that they should use it to wipe out the Gamillon fleet, starting with their forward base on Pluto that has been bombarding Earth with planet bombs. Kodai says that it's too powerful, and would destroy Pluto, ultimately causing more problems for Earth. Okita decides the WMG will only be used for self-defense, that their mission is to reach Iscandar, not pick more fights with the Gamillon. This decision pays off at the end of the series, when Starsha considers not saving humanity, incensed that they used her gift to create the WMG in the first place. But her sister Yurisha points out that they only used it in defense, never to initiate a conflict. And Redof Hyss pointed out that the Yamato saved Gamillon from Dessler's attempted Colony Drop, saving their enemies with the self-same weapon. Okita's adherence to idealism ultimately helps save humanity.
  • Imposter Forgot One Detail:
    • As Zaltz were similar to humans in terms of appearance, a squad of them were sent to infiltrate Yamato in UNCF uniforms during a battle in Episode 20. Their plan was exposed a brief moment after they exited their spacecraft when Hoshina became suspicious about the "unfamiliar" crews.
    • How Berger eventually figures out who's been playing everyone in the Ark to the Stars movie; Neredia not reacting to the fact that Mikage looks exactly like her deceased sister, as well as her not using his first name, were big warning signs.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Mori Yuki's resemblance to the princesses of Iscandar (apart from having darker hair and eye color, she and Yurisha could pass as twins) becomes an actual plot point this time around, rather than an accident of Leiji Matsumoto's signature art style, leading to in-universe Wild Mass Guessing as to why this is so. Episode 18 finally puts all speculation to rest however.
    • Played with later on, when Yuki is paraded by Dessler during Dommel's memorial service. It says a lot when Starsha herself gets confused on why her sister is even on Gamilas.
    • Continued even further when the Yamato delegation finally meets Starsha in person, and she mistakes Yuki again, except this time for her other sister Sasha.
    • Happens again during the Ark of the Stars movie, but this time it's not Yuki whose similarity in appearance to another person becomes another plot point; instead, it's Mikage Kiryu's being a dead-ringer for Fomt Berger's long-deceased fiance Melia Rikke.
  • Interquel: Ark of the Stars takes place towards the end of the series, as the Yamato is on its return voyage with the Cosmo Reverser, but hasn't reached the Balun system yet (where they get ambushed by Goer and Dessler in the final two episodes).
  • Invisibility Cloak: Aside from their Psychic Powers and their Warp Gate system, the Jirellians were apparently masters of this technology, to the point that they could make planet-sized structures virtually invisible to detection, via sight or otherwise. The Shambleau, also known as the World of Tranquility, is one of the latter.

    Tropes K-O 
  • Keystone Army: The entire Gatlantean race can apparently be killed by a signal sent from Zwordar's throne.
  • Killed Off for Real: Individual characters aside, don't expect to see the bee people from Beemela this time around, as this apparently happened to them offscreen a few hundred years prior to the Yamato's voyage, due to an unspecified cataclysm.
  • Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: Played with. The Yamato's Type-3 ordnance are heavy battleship artillery shells. They're not as powerful as Shock Cannons and are thus used rarely, but every time to devastating effect: first to destroy attacking ships on the Jovian Floating Continent (while the Wave Motion Engine was shut down for repairs), then to bomb Shultz's Pluto base to ashes from half a dwarf planet away, and finally to blast Dessler's giant ship to little pieces in a subspace corridor where normal beam weapons didn't work. While Dessler was warming up his main gun, the Yamato opened up with the Type-3's and tore his ship to shreds. Needless to say the guy was outraged at such "barbaric" weapons.
    • Played straight in Super Robot Wars V, where the Type-3 Shells actually have more range and firepower than the Shock Cannons.
    • In the battle of Pluto in the first episode, the Gamillas ships were completely impervious to human beam weapons (due to a special coating used on their armor according to supplementary materials), and literally the only casualties they suffered were from the Yukikaze's torpedoes. Why the humans still bothered using those beam cannons is anyone's guess.
    • Justified in that the Type-3 shells are stated as Armor-Piercing Thermonuclear Rounds when the author was interviewed. That said, shells and propellants are NOT something the Yamato can get easily, if at all, given her mission. Energy weapons, conversely, can be fired without such worries.
  • Large Ham: Go on, guess whose character literally chews the scenery when he finally gets his time in the limelight.
  • Latex Space Suit: Both played straight and averted. The normal uniforms used by the crew play it straight, however they do have proper, non-form fitting suits for longer moments of EVA.
    • Played with with field medic Makoto Harada, whose bountiful chest is quite obvious even when she's wearing what would be a non-form fitting suit on most other female crew members.
  • Late to the Tragedy: Captain Yamanami and Commander Hijikata's retrieval of the Space Cavalry Division at the start of the Ark of the Stars Movie, after their ship saw the Yamato off on its journey. By that point, the regiment was reduced to a handful of survivors, and what's worse, had they arrived even five minutes earlier its commanding officer Colonel Kiryu might have survived.
  • Line in the Sand: Kodai gives one to the crew of the Yamato before they start off to Terezard in 2202, as their going without orders is mutiny. Only one member of the crew is shown not coming aboard at the first possible opportunity - Harada, who has to care for her critically ill infant son.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: The Jirellians apparently are really really fond of using this tactic.
    • During the series, the Gamilans attempt to neutralize the crew of the Yamato this way in episode 14, through Jirelian agent Mirenel. It ends with a background applause, and Mirenel very dead.
    • Happens again during the Ark of the Stars movie. This time it's used as a means for the few remaining Jirelian refugees living on the Shambleau to protect themselves, and the illusion is cast on the crew of the Yamato, as well as the Gamilons and Comet Empire forces fighting in the area the Shambleau was passing through.
  • Love Triangle: One between Kodai, Yuki, and Akira, or at least it's what everyone else in the crew assumes is going on. The pilot corps is particularly aware of Akira's simmering frustration to Kodai's seeming obliviousness.
  • Made of Explodium: Most starships bar the titular 'Yamato' tend to explode violently when receiving the slightest amount of damage. Then we realize each of those ships have dozens, if not hundreds of crew on board...
  • Manipulative Bastard: Dessler. His penultimate plan to unite Iscandar and Gamilas involves destroying his capital city. Smooth, Dessler, smooth.
  • Magic from Technology: When dealing with Iscandarian technology, the commonly-accepted laws of physics pretty much go out the window. Sanada even quotes Arthur C. Clarke on the matter.
  • Meaningful Gift: Episode 17:Out of the Forest of Memory; Sanada gives Susumu Kodai a book of poetry written by Chuya Nakahara that had been given to Sanada earlier by Mamoru Kodai, Susumu's late older brother. Susumu had never known before of his brother's love of poetry, and the book is a memento of him.
  • Mexican Standoff: Kodai and Berger get into one during the Ark of the Stars movie. And complete with Gunpoint Banter too!
  • The Mutiny: Happens to the Yamato, as the proponents of the Izumo Plan take advantage of the perceived weakness of the ship's leadership (they timed it to coincide with Captain Okita's collapse) to take over.
  • Mythology Gag: All over the place for old fans to spot.
    • At one point, Yuki asked Kodai if he thought she could ever pilot a fighter like Akira, an idea he quickly shot down. In the 2010 movie, not only is she a fighter pilot, she's a squad leader.
    • In the second season, after Kodai forbids Yuki from joining the Yamato on its second voyage, she stows away anyway and pretends to be a nurse. She was a nurse in the original story.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Many of the more honorable Gamilans like Domel and Frakken don't quite agree with how Dessler is running things, but serve under him anyways because that is their duty.
  • Never Found the Body: Dessler dies three times over the course of the show. The first time it turns out to be a double. The second time the ship he's on successfully jumps before the facility around it explodes. Even the third death, involving being onboard a spaceship as it tears itself apart while inside jump space is implied to have failed to stick. A moment before Dessler's ship blows up, the bridge structure lift off and flies up while everything below it explodes. Dessler got away the third time too! Here's to that sequel!
    • Though it wouldn't be the first time Dessler has got away with that.
    • For the heroes we have Mamoru Kodai who bravely sacrifices himself early on yet somehow keeps popping up in the story long after his "death".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Gamilas fleet initially arrives in peace. However, the UN, fearing that it might be an invasion force, orders their fleet to open fire first. The Gamilas retaliate by dropping planet buster bombs on Earth.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The attempt on Dessler's life forces Gamilas to recall all of its military forces, including Domel's fleet, which is just about to destroy the Yamato.
  • Nuclear Option: The reason why Yamato's kinetic rounds are so deadly: they are Armor-Piercing Thermonuclear Shells. Sucks to be that Gamilas destroyer on the receiving end of such a salvo, I guess.
  • Nuclear Weapons Taboo: The Gamelias have no compunctions with using toxic bombs to poison the Earth's biosphere until it becomes a completely uninhabitable wasteland. By comparison, the Yamato has the Wave-Motion Gun, which is so destructive that after its first use, Admiral Okita mandates that it is only to be used as a last resort, even if it was capable of wiping out the Gamelias navy in a single blast. Starsha, herself, is dismayed to find out that humans weaponized Wave Motion technology and almost refuses to give them the Cosmo Reverser as a result, because she witnessed her own civilization destroyed by the technology's misuse, as well as Desler developing his own Wave Motion Gun to use against humanity.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Averted in the second season, Space Battleship Yamato 2202, after Cosmic Reverser restored life back on Earth. Earth's population is a quarter of its pre-Gamillas war and many areas are shown to be arid even with the Earth's surface becoming habitable. Furthermore, many children— one of whom being Kato's own son—are suffering from Planet Bomb Syndrome congenitally due to their parents' exposure to them in the past despite their resistance. This is not counting many people who were already succumbing to the aforementioned syndrome before Yamato's return.
  • Old School Dog Fight: A fair bit of this between Earth and Gamilas fighters. For the most part, the Earth fighters tend to rely on this to conserve their guided munitions.
  • "On the Next Episode of..." Catch-Phrase: "There are only X days until humanity is extinct."
  • Oh, Crap!: The reaction of the Science crew when the Cosmo Reverser system starts up early, with the Yamato nowhere near Earth yet.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Since the first days of the voyage, rumors circulated on the Yamato that a ghostly presence is aboard, usually centered around the Automated Navigation System responsible for guiding the ship to Iscandar. Most of the crew dismiss this as superstitious nonsense. In truth, the Automated Navigation chamber contained a cryo-pod with the comatose Yurisha, Queen Starsha's sister, whose mind provided the Yamato's long-range guidance. The ghost was likely a projection of her consciousness, and it was even able to seize control of Yuria Misaki several times.
    • Later on, after picking up the Cosmo Reverser on Iscandar, a new ghostly presence took the place of the now-revived Yurisha: Mamoru Kodai. Having been captured after his seeming death the prisoner transport he was on crashed on Iscandar, where he met Queen Starsha. He died before the Yamato's arrival, and Starsha saved his consciousness in order to help power the Cosmo Reverser for the restoration of Earth.

    Tropes P-T 
  • Planet With A Dark Secret: If you thought Gamilias was a home to such a Proud Warrior Race as seen in the franchise, Starsha revealed in episode 24 that the Iscandarians were once such warriors in the past. They invented the Wave Motion Gun for the purpose of conquest and establishing their empire, and ended up going too far (a flashback scene showed several Wave Motion Gun beams shattering a planet, all fired by Iscandarian forces), hence the near extinction of their people. Starsha feared that the Earthlings were going down the same path when the crew of the Yamato made use of the weapon on their way to Iscandar, hence her initial reluctance to give them the Cosmo Reverser.
  • Planet Spaceship: This is what the Shambleau is — a planet-sized artifact ship created by the Akerians. The remaining Jirellians make it their home, as they were apparently there on a pilgrimage when their own homeworld was destroyed.
    • The Comet Empire's citadel is this too, with several planets as it's core and a superstructure that is slightly larger than Saturn.
  • Portal Network: And one that predates the Gamilon empire at that. The empire of course had co-opted its use, and the crew of the Yamato take over and make use of an abandoned node in episodes 17-18.
  • Powered By The Memories Of A Dead Man: The Cosmo Reverse System that the Yamato is after can use the power of the Wave Motion Engine to alter things back to a previous state; the intention is to use it to reverse the damage done to the Earth. The information of said previous state needs to come from something native to the planet however. Queen Starsha provided Mamoru Kodai's stored consciousness for the job, but Mamoru set off the device prematurely to revive Yuki Mori after she was killed in action. Admiral Okita dies shortly afterwards, however, and it's implied that he took Mamoru's place at the heart of the device, powering the restoration of Earth.
    • The Automatic Navigation system, as well: although she wasn't dead, Yurisha Iscandar was comatose when she was made the core of the system, which used her memories to plot the course to Iscandar, since the schematics she was sent with didn't contain the planet's exact location.
  • Power of Trust: Turns out that the thing needed to get the Shambleau started again was this — for the descendants of the Akerian people to put aside their differences and join hands together to work towards a greater goal. Literally. Given that said descendants happen to be Terrans, Gamilons, and Jirellians, and the former two were until recently embroiled in a galaxy-wide war, this was an amazing feat.
  • Precursors: The Ark of the Stars movie introduces the Akerians/Aquarians/Archelias, from whom all humanoid races (which means the Terrans, Gamilons, Jirellians, Zalts etc.) are descended.
  • The Promise: Starsha makes Captain Okita promise that the Wave Motion Drive will never be weaponized again before handing over the Cosmo Reverser. When they get back to Earth, the government immediately states that Okita was not authorized to make such a promise on behalf of Earth, only himself and his crew, and immediately starts building Wave Motion Gun equipped warships. A major conflict in the second season is the Yamato getting into situations that can't be gotten out of without loopholing or outright breaking that promise.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: As shown by the Ark of the Stars movie, the soldiers of Gatlantis are re-imagined to be like this. While in-series we've heard only heard about their "barbarism" second-hand from Gamilons, in the movie this aspect is brought to the fore. Think the Klingons from Star Trek, but with green skin rather than forehead ridges, and it's pretty close.
  • Psychic Powers: The Gamilas use Mirenel Linke's abilities to put the Yamato crew in a trance and sabotage the ship from within. These powers end up getting Celestella killed, as she releases a sympathetic wave the moment she sees Dessler (who she thought dead), which startles him, and he shoots her.
    • Yurisha also has some of these, at the very least she can project herself outside her comatose body, take control of more "sensitive" individuals, and sense people's presences at a distance.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Many of the Gamilas characters are portrayed as perfectly reasonable and sympathetic characters, who only try to hunt down the Yamato because it's their job to. You'll even feel bad when some of them inevitably get killed off.
  • Putting on the Reich: The current Gamilas Empire incarnation, on a level that surprised even long-time fans of the franchise, particularly with the addition of the blue-shipped Imperial Guard.
  • Recoil Boost: How the Yamato escapes the enemy fleet at Balun in episode 18, using the Wave Motion Gun's recoil to boost through the gate to the Large Magellenic Cloud.
  • Red Herring: Throughout the series, there are a number of subtle hints that Yuki might be Yurisha. However, it is later revealed that her resemblance to Yurisha is merely a coincidence, and the real Yurisha is currently sealed in the Yamato's auto-navigation system.
    • It is deliberately employed by General Ryu Hijikata to confuse the Gamilians and Serizawa.
  • Resort to Pouting: Yurisha has expressed a desire, ever since Yuki's capture by the Gamillons, to be part of the rescue team. So, in episode 23, when Okita gives Kodai permission to go rescue Yuki, Yurisha displays the mother of all pouts. Okita smiles and relents, telling Kodai he may take one person with him, which Yurisha instantly leaps at.
  • Revenge Before Reason: While Akira has legitimate beef with the Gamilas, her desperate need to get revenge for her brother's death leads her to instigate a dogfight with Melda Ditz, despite the fact that the Yamato was about to release their guest. Although Akira gets off with a few days in the brig, her little duel cost the Yamato one of its fighter craft.
  • Robo Speak: Analyzer of course.
  • Rock Beats Laser: In the final battle, which takes place in hyperspace, both the Yamato and Dessler's flagship have trouble harming each other because lasers are ineffective in hyperspace. However, regular cannon shells work just fine...
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Every alien race in the series has a body similar to humans, but a different skin color.
    • The extinct Beemelarians seem to be an exception, however, as they were Bee People.
  • Sadistic Choice: Zwordar tells Kodai that he's planted suicide bombers on three ships near his location, one of which Yuki is on, and tells him that Kodai gets to pick which one doesn't blow up. And if he doesn't Zwordar will destroy all three. Yuki forces Kodai to not choose.
  • Saharan Shipwreck: What the audience first sees of Yamato itself, as the facility where the ship was built lies beneath its namesake's remains.
  • A Shared Suffering: Both Susumu and Akira lost their family to the war with the Gamillans: Susumu's family died from planetary bombs, and he lost his brother during Operation M; while Akira's parents died during the Gamillans' attack on Mars, and her brother was a fighter pilot who was shot down.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The number on Okita's ship Kirishima in episode 1 is 555. The station where Susumu Kodai and Daisuke Shima stayed on Mars when they waited for the Iscandar ship is built in the former Arcadia station.
    • Heydom Gymleh's planet-bombing Gamilon State Sec is called The Imperial Guard and we doubt it's a coincidence.
    • There is a Planet Stalag 17 in episode 21.
    • During the first battle in the first episode, Admiral Okita responds to the Gamilans demand for surrender by saying "NUTS!" In much the same way Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe replied to the German's demand for the U.S. 101st Airborne Division to surrender at the Battle Of Bastogne, later immortalized in Band of Brothers.
    • Late in the show, Yuki sits at her station and the monitor displays the message from the end of Gunbuster.note  The final character then promptly flips to its proper orientation.
    • In Clockwork Prisoner, just after the XO made an argument about whether robots can have feelings that takes the opposite stance as another well known spaceship XO, we get a close-up of the robot crawling with its red activity light oscillating from left to right and back like a Cylon's.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Many of the Japanese Cosmo Forces brass are named after Shinsengumi captains.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: It's fairly obvious that Starsha is pregnant with Mamoru's child by the end of episode 24.
  • Space Clothes: Played with — Earth's space navy generally wears traditional naval uniforms, with the iconic Latex Space Suits being specifically developed and assigned for Yamato use only.
  • Space Elves: Aesthetically, the Jirel species are these. They're the builders of the Warp Gate network that Gamilas uses to quickly traverse their holdings. They're also mostly extinct; Celestella and Linke are the last ones left, as far as they know. Turns out they were wrong; while Mirenel dies in Episode 14, and Celestella dies close to the series' end, the second movie Ark of the Stars reveals that a small population of Jirelians continue to survive on the Shambleau, where the majority of the second movie is set.
  • Space Fighter: Both sides have these. For the Yamato, it has a pair of Type-52 Cosmo Zeroes and a squadron of Type-99 Cosmo Falcons (the Zero needs no introduction, and the Falcon (Hayabusa) was the Imperial Japanese Army's equivalent of the Zero); for the Gamilas fleet, it's the DDG110 Zedora-II and the DWG262 Tsvuelke. (Their names are shout-outs to the World War II era Messerschmitt Bf-110 heavy fighter and the legendary Messerchmitt Me-262, the world's first jet fighter to see combat.)
    • Crazily enough, the Gamilon space fighters include torpedo bombers and even a somewhat recognizable dive bomber, appropriately called the dmb87 as a Shout-Out to the infamous Junkers Ju-87 Stuka.
  • Space Is an Ocean / Space Sailing: Refurbished wet navy ships, complete with anchors and anti-fouling paint below the "waterline". Though it's a bit jarring to see a ship in the first episodenote  "sinking" into the distance well before the obligatory explosion.
    • Justified by the fact the ships are expected to land in and operate on water as well as space, and the fact that the titular ship is a wet-navy ship in the first place.
    • Cosmo Force personnel use naval terminology constantly — orbitals are the "shores" of a planet, further out are the "seas" around it, and so forth.
    • The Dimensional Submarine, UX-01, takes the cake: Looks like a U-Boat, acts like a U-Boat, fights like a U-Boat, and it even has a periscope. And just like the submariners of old, the UX-01's crew backgrounds are a bit... unusual.
    • And then there's the courtesy of Gamilon space pilots to nearly always attack Yamato from the directions they could've attacked a seagoing ship from, which is also the where all of Yamato's flak guns are pointing. What doesn't help the Gamilons is that Yamato was sailing just barely ABOVE an active ion storm (the celestial equivalent of stormy seas), which heavily damages the controls of any space craft foolish enough to get steered into it.
    • Those few unsporting Gamilons (such as the aforementioned Dimensional Submarine) fared a lot better than the planes by attacking Yamato's nearly Point Defenseless keel.
  • Spell My Name With An S: A common problem with the names of the Gamilas segment of the cast. Not helped by the official romanizations used, many of which read nothing like how the names are supposed to sound, which is to say vaguely Germanic.
  • Standard Starship Scuffle: Unavoidable, given the Space Is an Ocean setting. The battle near Pluto in the very first episode especially stands out as an example.
  • Standard Sci-Fi Fleet: space fighters, Destroyers, Carriers, Battleships, and even a space submarine that "dives" into a dimensional rift.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Kodai and Yuki have a lot of obstacles they have to get through to end up together. Over the course of two seasons, Yuki is held hostage by people thinking she's Iscandarian, kidnapped by people thinking she's Iscandarian, killed, resurrected, breaks up with Kodai over him not wanting her to go on a mission for fear of her getting hurt, nearly blown up, jumped off a spaceship in low orbit, regains all her old memories at the cost of all her new ones (which include all of her memories of Kodai), and finally trapped in a higher dimension.
  • Stealth in Space: Wolf Frakken's space-submarine can achieve this by hiding in subspace.
  • Taking You with Me: Tried unsuccessfully by General Domel.
  • Telepathic Spacemen: The Jirel and the Iscandarias.
  • Theme Naming: The names of Gamilas' flagships tend to include their admiral's name, as shown by the Domelaze III (Domel's flagship), the Goergametsch (Goer's) and the Zoelguut (Zoellik's). Subverted by Dessler's flagships, both named Deusura.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Done accidentally when they test fire the Wave Motion Gun on a Gamilon base situated on the floating continent base in Jupiter. However, instead of destroying the base, the beam just straight up destroys the entire continent. Oh, and did we mention that the continent was roughly the size of Australia? This later causes them to not use the Wave Motion Gun on the Gamilon base on Pluto, as they fear they might obliterate the planet by mistake.
    • Later tried on purpose and Subverted when the Yamato blew up the planet Balan with the Wave Motion Gun. Why is subverted? For three reasons: one, it was the only way to prevent the enemy fleet from giving chase through the portal, and would cripple the network; two, given it was ten thousand ships and three thousand survived, there wasn't enough firepower involved; three, Balan survived.
    • Heydom Gimleh's solution to putting down a planetary rebellion is to simply drop planet buster bombs on them and orbitally bombard whatever is left.
    • Gamilas has a whole class of warships designed specifically for this: the Zoelguut-class battleship, the largest ship in space with enough huge cannons to outgun both Dessler's flagship and the Yamato (as long as we don't include Wave Motion Guns in the count).
      • And, in a contest of who has the largest dick, Dessler's second flagship comes with a Wave Motion Gun, rechristened the Dessler Cannon, used to fire at a single ship. Whoa!
  • Translation Nod: In the original series' English dub, some soldiers killed in the attack on the Pluto base were referred to as robots. Decades later, this reboot actually has the Gamillons using robotic foot soldiers.
  • Trap Door: In a hilarious holdover from the original, apparently Dessler's command throne still retains the function to open one up, as one unlucky Gamilon general, Dotem Gelhen, soon found out.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Yuki can barely remember anything past a year ago. This was because she was injured in the same terror attack that put Yurisha in a coma. She eventually gets her old memories back, but ends up losing all her new ones in the process. It's implied she finally gets all her memories back at the end of the second season.
  • Turncoat: Yabu, one of the engineering crew on the Yamato (albeit one who had participated in the mutiny and a later attempted hijacking, and thus might not have been welcomed back), is shown to have joined the crew of Frakken's space-submarine in the penultimate episode.
  • Twin Switch: An accidental version. Yuki is kidnapped by Gamilans who think she's Yurisha, and is forced to play along with the role. Dessler eventually figures it out, but decides it doesn't matter: so long as the public believes that Yurisha, and by extension Iscandar, is standing by him in support of his policies, it doesn't matter whether or not it's the truth.

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  • UN Is A Superpower: 2199 makes conspicuous use of the United Nations' emblem as a military banner, both on bases and in the Yamato itself.
  • Vichy Earth: Zalts is basically one, and Shultz asks himself why Earth can't became one.
  • Villain Ball: Zwordar probably could have steamrollered over both Earth and Gamilas in five episodes if it wasn't for his sadistic need to make people contribute in their own destruction in order to validate his belief that Love Makes You Stupid.
  • "The Villain Knows" Moment:
    • Desslar has a hotline to Starsha of Iscandar. One conversation he has with her early on has him reveal to her, without saying it out loud, that he knows she's the ones who provided Earth with the plans for the Wave Motion Engine, and, in turn, allowed them to make a Wave-Motion Gun. He's fully aware of their final destination, the planet Iscandar, which he can literally see from his bedroom window.
    • Nolan is escorting Yuki Mori, whom everyone has mistaken for Yurisha of Iscandar, around the capital of Gamilus. She makes the mistake of asking him about the beautiful moon in the sky, which he then tells her is Iscandar, which she would have known as Yurisha. She asks him how long he's known. He says he wasn't certain until that moment. She then asks what he plans to do. He tells her his duty is to protect her, and that hasn't changed.
    • Celestra and Desslar tip to the fact that Yuki is not Yurisha fairly quickly, but Desslar tells his people that doesn't matter. So long as the citizens of Gamilus believe that it is Yurisha, it will be all he needs to cement his plans in place.
  • Villainous Valor / Worthy Opponent: This trope is central to the whole series, along with the notion that peace is ultimately attainable even if total war seems like the only option. A lot of them on the aliens' side, and many acknowledge the Yamato as a Worthy Opponent themselves:
    • The Zaltsian crew and captain of Gamilon starship EX-178, which cooperated with the Yamato to escape another dimension, even though they had the opportunity to escape and leave the humans to die. They even go so far as to execute a Gamilon intelligence officer on board for trying to subvert this temporary alliance. They get blown out of the sky by Goer for their trouble.
    • General Domel is the Gamilas Erwin Rommel, a brilliant tactician who has a winning strategy every time. Zoellik frames him for Dessler's assassination.
    • Colonel Vuelke Schultz, the commander of the Pluto base, and his underlings Gelf Gantz and Vuol Jaretora: second-class Gamilas citizens from the planet Zalts just trying to prove their loyalty and follow orders, hoping their families will become first-class citizens. They're visibly outclassed and outgunned by the Yamato yet still come up with solid, adaptable strategies (having learned from Domel himself). Schultz even has an adorable daughter back on Gamilon, and is trying to secure a safe future for her as a first-class citizen. Jaretora performs a Heroic Sacrifice to allow him to escape Pluto. In the end, their valor prompts Dessler to make their families honorary citizens.
    • Mirenel plays an applause when Kodai breaks out of the Lotus-Eater Machine sequence.
    • The Yamato is proclaimed this by the Gamilas on multiple occasions. First by Shultz during the battle of Pluto, right before launching the attack that should have annihilated the Yamato (and would have annihilated them had they not figured out what he was doing at the last moment). Second it's by Deslar himself, who, after witnessing the Yamato surviving a trap he had prepared himself, notes down the name of the ship and decides to sick Domel on them. Then we have the commander of a ship in an Enemy Mine situation that, before attempting to engage the Yamato in a duel, tells the crew it would be an honour to fight them. Most recently, Domel admitted their valor when he witnessed the Yamato trying to escape his ambush by breaking through the center of his fleet, and his admiration only increased when they nearly succeeded by ramming his own flagship and scraping the hull, forcing him away from their route.
    • The Zaltian commandos.
    • Wolf Frakken seems to openly enjoy battling the Yamato because it proves a worthy challenge to him. He's also not a big fan of Dessler's policies but is loyal anyways. He remains loyal to the Gamilan government after Dessler's disgrace and removal from office and hunts down officers who refuse to recognize the new government. He even assists the Yamato at one point by killing Goer, who was pursuing them.
  • Visual Pun: Doubles as a Shout-Out to boot. In the Ark of the Stars movie, Kodai and his away party discover the (original, apparently) Yamato beached in the middle of a rain forest. When they go inside, however, they instead discover... a hotel? The Hotel Yamato, if Mikage is to be believed. ("Hotel Yamato" was a derisive nickname that the original ship earned: since she was such a fuel hog, she spent an inordinate amount of her career anchored at port, her movements restricted by Imperial Japan's critical shortage of oil.)
  • Wagon Train to the Stars: Part and parcel for the series.
  • The War of Earthly Aggression: Both the First and Second Inner Planet War, especially the latter, are stated to be conflicts between Earth and Mars over the latter's sovereignty, which one of the starfighter designs was used by Mars' rebels before its adoption by the victorious UNCF.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: The Trope Namer.
    • Gamilas too is working on the very same weapon. In the meantime, many Gamilas ships have weapons that follow the same general idea (big gun with ludicrous firepower that does a helluva lot of damage), but it's less powerful, and before the Yamato Earth ships are implied to have used a predecessor of the shock cannon (the turreted weapons of the Yamato) in a similar way.
    • The Ark of the Stars movie re-introduces a series staple used by the Comet Empire: the Firestorm Direct Strike Cannon (aka the Magna Flame Gun in Star Blazers). Which warps a red-hot stream of fire close to its target.
  • We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill: How the war started: at first contact, before the Humans even knew the name of the Gamilans, commander Serizawa had the Earth fleet open fire, even removing Okita from command for opposing the order. The Gamilans, who had come in peace, took it as leave to annihilate the Earth fleets and bomb Earth until the Humans either died out or surrendered, whichever came first.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?:
    • "A Clockwork Prisoner" explores this at length: when a Gamillan android that had been captured by the Yamato crew begins to exhibit some sentience in its pursuit of the vessel's "goddess", Sanada and Itou debate about whether the android is a living being. Sanada states that there's little difference between the human brain and the android's artificial intelligence, and when Itou sarcastically asks Sanada if he thinks the android has a heart, Sanada straight-up questions whether Itou has a heart.
    • Towards the end of the second season, Dr Sado explicitly treats a damaged Analyzer as a casualty to be medevaced rather than just broken machinery.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After finding out that Iscandar and Gamilas are in the same place, Akira angrily calls out Yurisha for not telling them in advance.
  • Worf Barrage: In season two, the UN Fleet ends up creating hundreds of Wave-Motion Gun capable warships, and in a couple scenes has all of them fire simultaneously. This does nothing against the Gatlantean Ark of Destruction, and only thins the ranks of the conventional Gatlantean fleet a little due to how ridiculously huge it is.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside:
    • As Mikage soon finds out at the end of the Ark of the Stars movie, she and the rest of the away team have been trapped in the illusion for more than a week, and yet barely a day had passed as far as the Yamato was concerned.
    • A side effect of the Cosmo Reverser is the creation of something called the Time Fault, in which time flows at a 10:1 rate compared to the rest of the universe. This allows Earth to rebuild a huge fleet in the three years since the end of the war, since the shipyard in the Time Fault had thirty years to make them.
  • You Do NOT Want To Know: One senior officer's response to a crewman asking how the OMCS (food synthesizer) works. This knowledge may explain why the officer eats very little. Or it might be simply because the said officer is Sanada.
  • Zeerust: Earth Fighters seen, such as the Cosmo Falcon, have a mix of high tech displays inside a Cold War fighter cockpit.


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