Episode 24 of the original Space Battleship Yamato was an episode that left it’s impact on me the first time I saw it. Perhaps the most powerful episode of the total 26? The Yamato and her crew made it all the way to the planet Gamilus where they faced off against the oppressive Gamilan Empire. Together our heroes triumphed over these obstacles thus opening the way to freely get to Iscandar to receive the Cosmo Cleaner/Cosmo DNA to revive the war torn Earth. After the battle a quiet pause occurred where we meet up with our protagonist Susumu Kodai. Below is the translated text from the fansub of the climactic scene after the Yamato’s ‘victory’…
Narrator: There was no city left, only the ruins. After such total destruction, nothing made a sound. Nothing moved. Kodai realized that one of the planets in space just died.
Yuki: What have we done? I can’t face God.
Kodai: We’ve been told to compete and win since childhood. During school or at work, we’re expected to compete and win. But there are losers behind the winners. What happens to the losers? The losers don’t have the right to be happy? I never thought about that, until now. I’m sad, and frustrated to realize it so late. The people of Gamilus wanted to immigrate. This planet would’ve dies anyway. There’s no difference between the people of Earth or Gamilus in hoping for happiness. But we fought. We weren’t meant to fight… …we were meant to love each other. Victory…? Bullshit!
No one wins when we lose our humanity in the face of violence.