Star Blazers: The Bolar Wars - Reviews

Alt titles: Space Battleship Yamato: The Bolar Wars, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 3

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JJR1971's avatar
Dec 26, 2015

Definitely the weakest link in the chain.  This version of Star Blazers was only ever shown in certain US test markets and never got the wide release enjoyed by Seasons 1 & 2.  They were unable to get back the original voice cast, so it is rather jarring to transition from Season 2 to 3.  The Earth Defence Force finds itself between a rock and a hard place, having to find a new Earth amidst a galatic war between to alien empires, the Bolars (who are paterned after the USSR) and the reconstituted Galman (e.g. Gamelon) Empire under Leader Desslok.  Desslok has grudging respect for the Star Blazers, i.e. crew of the Argo.  He is sometimes their enemy, sometimes an ally.  Earth is basically trying to stay neutral, but it is a hard path to take.

Despite some ridiculous plot elements and crazy character motivations, this is an enjoyable watch and a fine way to cap off the original franchise.  I wish the original voice cast were able to reprise their roles, but you get used to the new voices over time.

Worth a watch.

7.5/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall
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