Richard Eisenbeis: ''Space Battleship Yamato (Starblazers in the West) is one of the cornerstones of anime. Created by Yoshinobu Nishizaki and the legendary Leiji Matsumoto (Galaxy Express 999, Captain Harlock, Daft Punk's Interstella 5555), it is the original space opera anime and has had a prominent place in Japanese popular culture for nearly 40 years. With the success of the live-action film in 2010, production began on a new Yamato anime series, the first in over 30 years. But Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is not your ordinary anime. Rather, it is a full 26-episode series that is airing first in Japanese theaters and later on TV.
This is far from a regular occurrence. Normally, an anime is produced, aired on Japanese TV, and then released on DVD/Blu-Ray. If it is popular enough, the anime will often get a movie that is either an abridged version of the series or a sequel to it. Yamato 2199 is, for all intents and purposes, the opposite.''