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Saraba uchû Senkan Yamato: Ai no Senshitachi

Saraba uchû Senkan Yamato: Ai no Senshitachi (1978) Movie Poster
Japan  •    •  151m  •    •  Directed by: Toshio Masuda, Leiji Matsumoto.  •  Starring: Kei Tomiyama, Yôko Asagami, Gorô Naya, Shûsei Nakamura, Takeshi Aono, Ichirô Nagai, Ken'ichi Ogata, Shinji Nomura, Yoshito Yasuhara, Akira Kamiya, Kazuo Hayashi, Kazuyuki Sogabe, Akira Kimura.  •  Music by: Hiroshi Miyagawa.
    Susumu Kodai and Yuki Mori's wedding plans are postponed when the Yamato crew must report to take on another threat from the stars. A new enemy has harnessed a comet and is using its terrible power to unleash destruction upon its rivals and inferiors... which are in fact everyone. The Space Battleship Yamato heads back into action. But this time, it shall not return, and much of the Yamato crew have signed on for their last voyage.

Review:

Image from: Saraba uchû Senkan Yamato: Ai no Senshitachi (1978)
Image from: Saraba uchû Senkan Yamato: Ai no Senshitachi (1978)
Image from: Saraba uchû Senkan Yamato: Ai no Senshitachi (1978)
Image from: Saraba uchû Senkan Yamato: Ai no Senshitachi (1978)
Image from: Saraba uchû Senkan Yamato: Ai no Senshitachi (1978)
Even as a dyed-in-the-wool Star Blazers fan with the Comet Empire series ingrained somewhere in my brain, I still watched this on the edge of my seat. Granted, there are differences--big differences--and those differences alone make it worth watching. I do like the mecha aspect, but it's the human dynamic captured by this film that sets it above all others. All I'm going to say, though, is that if I were Yuki Mori, I would have found another love interest sometime before the film begins. But hey, that's me. It's true that this film aroused such a response in Japan that the Comet Empire series was made to meet audience demand. An issue of the comic (yeah, okay, I'm a real geek) explained the various scenarios depending on what storyline you're following. Thus this film is both the end and an interesting diversion.

Review by Eridanah from the Internet Movie Database.