Saturday, February 6, 2016

Space Battleship Yamato (Miyagawa, 1974)


The Television Series
     In 1974, the animated television series "Space Battleship Yamato" (Japanese: 宇宙戦艦ヤマト) premiered in Japan.  Although not an immediate hit, it later became a massive pop culture phenomenon, and a few years later was dubbed in English and programmed in the United States as "Star Blazers" (where it accumulated many more fans, including myself).  The first season of this show portrayed the adventures and struggles of a naval "Star Force" as it traveled to the faraway planet Iscandar, hoping to bring back a cure to a radiation disease which was being visited upon the Earth by hostile aliens, the Gamilas ("Gamilons").  The namesake ship, the "Yamato" (renamed the "Argo" in the English version), was basically a refurbished WWII battleship, retrofitted with alien (Iscandarian) technology in order for it to be able to travel intergalactic distances.  In contrast to previous animated programs, the show was written to appeal to adults as well as children, and featured complex, mature themes as well as more realistic battle scenes.  Perhaps most uniquely to American audiences, it also played out as a serial, with episodes continued on from each other - in other words, a space opera.

The Score Releases
     The music for Space Battleship Yamato was composed by Hiroshi Miyagawa, who started his career gaining notoriety for his jazz and pop-inflected compositional style (an excellent overview can be read at CosmoDNA).  However, his greatest claim to fame is easily his Space Battleship Yamato music, and his music cues here are as instantly recognizable to fans of the show as the music of Star Trek or Star Wars is to fans of those programs.  Essentially consisting of 3 seasons of TV, one telefilm and 2 original film features, Space Battleship Yamato has a long and varied discography, but there have been 3 main "editions" of soundtrack collections in the last 20 years or so.  

     In the mid-1990's, Columbia Japan released a series of CDs basically reproducing LP releases from the previous decade.  These are sometimes referred to as the "BGM" (background music) series.  Consisting of 6 score CDs, these releases gathered a selection of cues from each series or film and often sequenced them by musical themes or moods.  For example, on the "Yamato: New Journey" BGM release, 5 versions of the "Goruba" theme are grouped together, followed by 4 variations of the "Parting" theme.  This created a sense of "musical suites" based on melodic ideas or moods.

     In 2000, a much larger amount of music was released in the form of the "Eternal Edition" series, which spanned 9 discs of film score (now organized in chronological sequence), 2 discs of vocal songs, and 1 orchestral "image" disc (basically a kind of  symphonic "music inspired by").  The only drawback to the Eternal Editions was that most of the cues were often grouped together into single tracks of 2 to 5 cues.  Another unique feature here was that in productions where original score was complemented with tracked music from a previous film or series (such as Eternal Edition 2/3: Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato), unlike most Western soundtracks, these score releases included the previously-released material.  In fact, if a cue was reused in the same film, it would actually be included a 2nd time on the same soundtrack.  One could consider these to be basically a "isolated scores".

     Starting in 2012, the "Sound Almanac" series was begun, and this iteration is probably as comprehensive as Space Battleship Yamato music will ever get.  Ultimately spanning 30 CD releases (and 1 recent triple disc "addendum"), this effort included both expanded film score editions (with essentially all cues individually indexed) as well as symphonic rearrangements, synthesizer arrangements, live concerts and even "story" productions (including dialogue and sound effects).  Cues tracked in from previous productions were not re-included (ie - no repeats), leaving more room for unreleased original score.  This round of releases is also notable for being easily available to residents of the US, since they are all downloadable from the iTunes store for a very reasonable 9.99 per album.

Starblazers Sound Almanac 1974, Vol. 1: Starblazers BGM Collection
     In the large table below, I analyze the score release for the 1st Space Battleship Yamato series (and probably the most iconic for most fans).  This release (seen above) is listed in the iTunes store as "Starblazers Sound Almanac 1974, Vol. 1: Starblazers BGM Collection (Eternal Edition)".  Featuring the complete 1st series underscore (excepting a few bits of tracked library music), the first 50 tracks are individually indexed music cues, followed by 21 "stingers"/scene-bridging cadences in 4 grouped tracks, and then finally 3 tracks of unused bonus tracks (an edit, an alternate mix, and and an extended loop).  Below are descriptions of the 50 music cues which make up the main fabric of the program and which episode they first occur in.  The titles are mostly English translations of "official" titles, but a few are renamed to better match the cue content or a more meaningful scene.  The first column is the track's number on the Sound Almanac release.  The second column is the track number from the 1995 Space Battleship Yamato BGM Part 1 release (if it was even included on that release).  The bottom 2 entries are the opening and closing theme songs, which are unfortunately not included on the Sound Almanac release, but are included on the 1995 BGM Part 1 release.
Cue Appearances and Episode Cue Programming
     In the research portion of compiling the below table, it was necessary to note down the appearance of each cue in every one of the 26 episodes of the initial TV series.  A nice side result of this effort is a spreadsheet which can be manipulated to produce some useful "bonus tables".


      The Cue Appearances Table displays a list of every episode and scene where a track was used (ie - it lists the first 50 tracks from the Space Battleship Yamato Sound Almanac 1974-1 CD with all of the Season One episodes and sequences where they were each used..  This is nice because when listening to a track, the listener can revisit all of the scenes listed for it and create a kind of "mental montage".  This should make AMVs much easier to create!

     The Episode Cue Programming Table is organized by episode, and every cue used in an episode is listed in chronological order.  In other words, if one wishes to hear the underscore just for Episode 8 in story sequence, this table can be used to create an iTunes playlist for that.  iTunes also has the feature "Add to Up Next", which can be used to create a temporary episode playlist "on the fly".  Personally, this is the only instance where I've found this particular iTunes feature useful.
SABGMCueTitleEpisode of 1st AppearanceMusical Elements
12A-4The Universe Spreading Out into InfinityEp 1: Captain Okita reflects on the Gamilas attacks on Earth (narrated historical montage).  Lush rock ballad (piano, strings, etc).  Outside of the Space Battleship Yamato opening theme song, this beautiful cue (featuring a wordless female vocal) most epitomizes the romance of the Yamato series.
26I-1Woman of IscandarEp 1: On Mars, cadets Kodai and Shima find a beautiful, strange envoy from the planet Iscandar, who has been killed in a spaceship crash.Exotic melody on ethnic winds and vibes
329D-1BSomber YamatoEp 1: Kodai's brother Mamoru refuses Okita's order to retreat from the Gamilas forces at the Battle of Pluto.Sad strings w. Yamato opening theme motif, bass pedal pulse, isolated high piano chords, then low brass accents (often used in many grim situations).
4
A-3BCrossing The Beautiful OceanEp 1: Starsha's message from Iscandar invites the Earth heroes to come pick up the Cosmo DNA, which can save the Earth from the Gamilas radiation poisoning.  The scene visually features a star map over a blue, ocean-like background.Pleasant theme on flute/vibes.  Two other variations of this melody are also used (see trks 36 & 43)
53D-3Yamato Rises!! (Yamato Sleeps in the Setting Sun)Ep 1: As the sun sets, Kodai & Shima discover the rusting hulk of the naval battleship Yamato, half-buried in the desolate landscape (with ending narration).
Anthemic, slow march.  This cue is probably the most stirring of the many military-themed cues, and is derived from the Yamato opening title song.
626A-5Alignment of the CarriersEp 2: Kodai & Shima (joined by Dr Sado and Analyzer) ride an aircar to Earth HQ.  The title comes from the opening of Ep.22, where the Yamato prepares for its greatest battle against the carrier fleet of General Domel at the Rainbow Star Cluster.Funk, first half with active bass line and slow brass swells, second half with sparse bass/drums and electronic sirens
718A-2The Silence of SpaceEp 2: Okita reflects on the history of the battleship Yamato during WWII.  One of this cue's most memorable uses is in the eerily quiet aftermath following the destruction of Gamilas, as Kodai regrets the wastefulness of war.Hesitant melody on synth, flute, vibes, etc…
8
B-4BCraters of the Moon
(with Rhythm)
Ep 2: Flashback: The historical ocean battleship Yamato is deployed on a suicide mission.Rock beat with organ in alternating triplet and duple figures
915D-2Damaged Yamato
(Yamato’s Bolero)
Ep 2: Flashback: As the Yamato sinks, the captain stays with the ship.Funeral march based on Yamato opening theme (often used for grim situations).
1031O-1Procession of Yamato's CrewEp 3: The Yamato crew parade through the streets towards the Yamato launch siteYamato opening theme as mid-tempo march with staccato "B" theme in high strings
11
U-2Organ, Bright, 8-BeatEp 3: When Okita gives Kodai and Shima a tour of the Yamato, they encounter Yuki and Dr Sado.Bright organ-driven funk, often used for scenes of relaxation (or "character" moments).
12
U-1Tour of the YamatoEp 3: Okita gives Kodai and Shima a tour of the Yamato (used in only 1 episode).12-bar blues on bass and hi-hat
1322F-3Suspense BEp 2: Gamilas soldiers plan their attack on the still-grounded Yamato.Low strings/snare, then high piano/vibes pattern and siren sounds, then brass figures.  Used often as suspense underscore.
144F-4Yamato Departs the EarthEp 2: After going up a tilted elevator, Kodai and his friends reach the Yamato bridge and meet Okita and Yuki.  Okita explains Yamato's mission to save the Earth (also used very memorably in Ep. 3 as the Yamato emerges from a massive hyper-missile explosion).Brass, string swells, leading into bright, mid-tempo rock with winds
155U-3Enter DesslarEp 4: On Gamilas, Leader Desslar and his subordinate Hisu discuss the Yamato's progress.Semi-improvised figures on wah guitar, piano, drums, bass.   Used for many Gamilas leadership discussion scenes.
1610L-1Black TigersEp 4: The Yamato's "Black Tiger" fighter squadron engages Gamilas forces.The "main" action cue, based on brass, timpani, vibes, snare, fanfares, rising wind/string patterns, etc…
1728VWarpEp 4: Yamato warps.  This cue was only featured in one actual warp sequence, but was so effective, it is instantly recognizable as "warp" music.Eerie piano/vibes and cymbals in even rhythm with somewhat sinister electric guitar figures
18
B-3Fresh Falling StarsEp 6: Due to a malfunction, the ship's internal gravity is lost.Isolated cymbal rolls over string tremoli with rising/falling piano patterns, ending with harp 
19
U-4Tension (Funk)Ep 1: On Earth, Okita, Kodai, Shima and Yuki wait for translation of the Iscandarian message capsule (the cue title is from its rerecording on the Yamato 2199 OST).Slow funk with organ, bass, drums, guitar
20
B-1Keep Watching the StarsEp 3: On the tour of the Yamato, Okita stops in the muzzle of the Wave Motion Gun and explains what it can do.High, chiming textures, with short brass figures
2121A-1Suspense AEp 4: Science Science Officer Sanada explains how the warp system works. Winds/strings based on 2-chord patterns with bass melody, flute ornaments, etc… (suspense underscore)
22
P-1Suspense (C)Ep 7: On the Gamilas Pluto base, Generals Schultz and Ganz discuss their long-range missiles and the radioactive planet bombs they have been raining down on Earth.  Cymbal rolls, synth/bongo figures with brass accents (suspense underscore, somewhat more alien-sounding).
2312M-1RomanceEp 9: While the Yamato hides in an asteroid field from the Gamilas forces, Sanada works on a new asteroid-based defense design.Melody on flute/oboe/glockenspiel with electric piano chords
24
TM-2Scarlet Scarf (with Rhythm)Ep 6: Kodai reluctantly leaves the discovery of his brother's crash site and the Yamato leaves Saturn's moon, Titan.  Theme from "Scarlet Scarf" (end credit theme song, slow rock) featuring oboe.  Several variations of this song are featured in the underscore.
25
N-1BYamato's Sorrow
(oboe ver.)
Ep 1: At the Battle of Pluto, Kodai's brother's ship is apparently destroyed by the Gamilas fleet.  Forlorn, solo oboe arrangement of Yamato opening theme
2616F-1CGreat River (Saga) -
Yamato Theme
Ep 2: On the Yamato's bridge, Okita vows to complete the mission to save Earth (followed by ending narration).Slow rock with wah guitar and cupped brass, strings, ending in Yamato opening theme with lush strings (and subtle chorus)
27
F-5Solar
Suspense
Ep 5: The Yamato enters Jupiter's thick atmosphere, which hampers radar.  The title comes from Ep.20, where the Yamato is almost crushed by a descending artificial sun.Slow suspense, low brass and snare, Yamato opening theme on synth
2811UNSearch ShipEp 1: Kodai and Shima launch from Mars to join Okita's battleship, which is returning from the lost Pluto battle.Bright funk, brass figures
29
V-BGravitational FieldEp 5: The Yamato shudders and takes engine damage due to influence from Jupiter's gravity field.  The cue title here is my own choice.Even hi-hat/piano rhythm in a 2 chord pattern
30
B-4Craters of the MoonEp 8: On the surface of Pluto, Kodai's team finds the Reflex Gun exhaust port.Organ/glockenspiel/cymbal hits in alternating triplet and duple figures over brass figures
3120C-2Abandoned City
(Empty Streets)
Ep 5: The Yamato tracks Jupiter's floating island, and prepares to destroy it with the Wave Motion Gun.Low piano chords ornamented by xyloph., muted brass, chromatic piano, string tremoli
32
A-4BThe Universe Spreading Out into Infinity (without strings)Ep 13: In a flashback to Earth, Kodai's brother suggests to Kodai that he join the space academy, but Kodai resists.Universe Spreading intp Infinity theme (trk 1) without string background
339G-2The Fleet AssembledEp 2: When attacked by Gamilas forces, Okita orders Kodai & Shima to man the bridge controls.  The Yamato emerges from the rubble and hovers.  The cue title is from its most memorable use in a sequence from Ep. 21, as General Domel assembles his carrier fleet on Gamilas for a final grand battle with the Yamato.Military suspense music with timpani, snare, brass
34
F-1A"Original"
Yamato Theme
Ep 4: Kodai launches with the Black Tigers to provide cover for the Yamato as it prepares for warp.Upbeat Yamato opening theme with galloping guitar intro, typically looped
3523H-1Launch of the Recon ShipEp 1: On Mars, Kodai and Shima go out to intercept a Gamilas spy plane.Tense funk, brass figures
3617A-3Crossing The Beautiful Ocean
(with Rhythm)
Ep 2: The crew celebrate destroying a Gamilas carrier.Ocean theme (trk 4), mid-tempo soft rock arrangement
3719B-5Fields of
Green
Ep 4: The bridge crew nervously prepare for a warp.  Flute melody over slow wah guitar & bass, chimes, then brass.  This cue is often used for fairly "light" scenes.
38
B-2Suspense of the Crimson StarEp 5: On Jupiter, Yamato's engine repairs are completed, as a Gamilas base fires missiles at them.  Like "Solar Suspense", this cue's title comes from its memorable use in Ep.20, where a mobile artificial sun threatens the Yamato.Low brass and strings/hi-hat rolls, building to churning strings and a brass cadence
39
D-1Gamilas Decides WarEp 2: Okita monitors the progress of preparations for the trip to Iscandar.Pulsed piano chords, synth, brass figures, dirge-like
408H-2Sortie of the Enemy FleetEp 8: While submerged under the sea of Pluto, the Yamato destroys approaching Gamilas subs with torpedoes.Action cue with fierce brass, drums, strings, etc
4127P-3A Desperate SituationEp 1: Okita's Earth forces are outgunned by the Gamilas fleet at Pluto. High strings/brass, snare, cymbals, low string figures (often used for grim situations getting worse).
4225N-1Yamato's SorrowEp 1: On Earth, Kodai finds out about the fate of his brother and resents Okita.Sad version of Yamato opening theme on trumpet with vibes, then winds/strings
43
A-3B(2)Crossing The Beautiful Ocean
(lush strings)
Ep 12: On the rear observation deck, Yuki tells Kodai of her secret wish towards the nearby "Prayer Star"  Orion (only used once)."Ocean" theme featured on lush strings
44
J-4Scarlet Scarf (guitar)Ep 10: When Okita allows the crew a final communication to Earth before the Yamato goes out of range, Kato searches for Kodai.  Kodai declines when it is his turn to call Earth (he has no one on Earth to receive his call)."Scarlet Scarf" on acoustic guitar over sustained organ chords
45
J-2Sorrowful BG Ep 14: This cue plays over ending narration with a montage of a desolate Earth and the mention of a new year (2200).Slow rock with melody starting on solo oboe, then flute, then strings and rhythm section, uses partial motifs from Yamato theme.   Gorgeously beautiful.
4613J-2BShocking ScarfEp 6: On Titan, upon finding his brother's crash site, Kodai calls out his brother's name, looking around.Trembling strings on Scarlet Scarf motif
47
D-3BYamato Rises! The Yamato Sleeps Under the Setting Sun (Short)Ep 7: Desslar is informed of the apparent sinking of the Yamato on Pluto (with ending narration).Short version of Yamato Rises! (trk 5)
4814N-3Scarlet Scarf (strings)Ep 4: The crew observe the desolate, irradiated planet Earth from space."Scarlet Scarf" in a lush string arrangement.
497J-2(2)Yamato Returns Home
(Sorrow)
Ep 4: With time running out before a scheduled warp, a damaged Black Tiger has trouble returning to the Yamato landing bay. Another beautiful sad theme, with a winding string melody, eventually joined by a low counter-melody
5024F-1BOriginal Yamato Theme
(alt ending cadence) 
Ep 8: While Kodai's ground team searches for the Reflex Gun on the surface of Pluto, the Yamato surfaces from the sea in order to make the gun fire and give away its position.Upbeat Yamato opening theme with galloping guitar intro (same as trk 34) but with a more final ending cadence

1
Opening theme:
Space Battleship Yamato
(Vocal: Isao Sasaki)
Images of Yamato launching and a shot of the bridge.  This opening sequence can be seen on YouTube:
The 1st 3 episodes feature an acappella male chorus preceding the entrance of the main vocal.  From episode 3 to 20 the acappella intro is replaced with an alternate instrumental intro (used for all of the Star Blazers intros), sometimes with an additional opening chord stinger.  The acappella intro returns in Eps 21-25.  26 has no opening title sequence.

32
Ending theme:
"Scarlet Scarf"
(Vocal: Isao Sasaki)
Montage of spacescapes going away from the irradiated Earth, journeying to Iscandar, and then back to a restored Earth (kind of a spoiler, huh?).

This closing credits sequence can be seen on YouTube here.
Soft pop-rock ballad
Tracks 51-54 are collections of short ending cadences/bridging stingers.
Track 55 is Unused Cues: March of the Yamato's Crew (Short).
Track 56 is Launch of the Recon Ship (B Type) (H-1C).
Track 57 is a Bonus Track: Yamato Arrival (2-chorus version of the original Yamato theme).

     There are still just a few items leftover from the BGM and Eternal Edition releases of Series 1 music which are not included on the Sound Almanac release:
 Additional Tracks
BGM Part 1 1 1:25 Space Battleship Yamato (TV Size Vocal Opening Theme,
instrumental B opening for Ep 4-20)
BGM Part 1
E.E. 1
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15
1:18 Scarlet Scarf (TV Size Vocal Ending Theme)
E.E. 1 1 1:19 Space Battleship Yamato (TV Size Vocal Opening Theme,
acappella A opening for Ep 1-3, 21-25)
 

     The popularity of the TV series gave birth to a "Space Battleship Yamato Symphonic Suite" album as well.  The sequences from the original soundtrack here are typically re-orchestrated when they appear on this album, pretty much to great effect in every single instance.  The sequences are also usually expanded or edited for better dramatic flow.  Some of these tracks would resurface in the soundtracks to the 2nd Yamato film and 2nd series.  Most importantly, this release is in glorious stereo, and practically launched anime soundtrack culture in Japan.

Space Battleship Yamato:
Symphonic Suite
Trk Title Dur Music Sequences/Sub-Timings
SBY-SS 1 Overture 5:27 0:00: Suspense A
1:00: The Universe Spreading To Infinity (w female vocal)
2:39: Overture (based on Yamato title and Universe Spreading themes)
SBY-SS 2 The Birth 4:33 0:00: Somber Yamato
0:50: The Silence of Space
1:25: March transition (Earth Defense Force fanfare)
2:00: Variations on Yamato and Great River Saga themes
3:02: Yamato Main theme
SBY-SS 3 Sashia 1:43 0:00: Woman of Iscandar (expanded with strings, winds)
SBY-SS 4 Trial 2:44 0:00: Suspense B
0:50: Search Ship
1:25: Suspense B reprise
1:35: Damaged Yamato (Yamato’s Bolero)
SBY-SS 5 Take Off 3:00  0:00: The Yamato Departs the Earth (short version)
SBY-SS 6 Reminiscence 2:16 0:00: Yamato’s Sorrow with guitar replacing trumpet
0:27: Orchestra enters 
SBY-SS 7 Scarlet Scarf 4:32 0:00: Scarlet Scarf (strings)
0:48: Uptempo arr
1:45: Ballad, ending in trumpet cadenza
3:40: Uptempo arr reprise, ending in guitar solo
SBY-SS 8 Decisive Battle 4:40 0:00: CHALLENGE: Launch of the Recon Ship
0:32: SALLY: Sortie of the Enemy Fleet
1:41: Black Tigers
3:11: VICTORY: Great River (Saga)
SBY-SS 9 Iscandar 3:37 0:00: Crossing The Beautiful Ocean
0:49: Crossing The Beautiful Ocean (with Rhythm)
SBY-SS 10 Recollection 3:22 0:00: Shocking Scarf (intro)
0:24: Yamato Returns Home (Sorrow) (guitar solo)
1:15: Yamato Returns Home (Sorrow) (viola solo)
1:59: Yamato Returns Home (Sorrow)
SBY-SS 11 Hope For Tomorrow 5:14 0:00: DREAM: The Universe Spreading To Infinity (w female vocal)
1:31: Transition
1:51: ROMANCE (w male and female chorus)
3:59: ADVENTURE: The Universe Spreading To Infinity/Yamato (variation w mixed chorus)
SBY-SS 12 Starsha 3:15 0:00: Starsha (orchestral soft rock)



     Below is a listing of how the Series One cues were used in the Space Battleship Yamato compilation movie which truly launched the franchise. It's interesting to see how certain scenes work (for better or worse) when paired with different music cues than what was originally used in the TV series.
Space Battleship Yamato Film Sequence
Trk Title Sequence
Space Battleship Yamato
(Opening  Title)
Black screen
1
 The Universe Spreading Out into Infinity
Captain Okita reflects on the Gamilas attacks on Earth (narrated historical montage).  
16
 Black Tigers
Okita's Earth forces are outgunned by the Gamilas fleet at Pluto
3
 Somber Yamato
Kodai's brother (Mamoru Kodai) refuses Okita's order to withdraw.  His ship is apparently destroyed by the Gamilas fleet
2
 Woman of Iscandar
On Mars, Kodai and Shima find a beautiful, strange envoy from planet Iscandar, who has been killed in a crash
42
 Yamato's Sorrow
Okita's ship lands on a reddened Earth with Kodai and Shima.  The cadets report to Earth HQ with the alien's message capsule.
4
 Crossing The Beautiful Ocean
Starsha's message invites the Earth heroes to come to Iscandar to pick up the Cosmo DNA, which will save the Earth from the Gamilas radiation poisoning
35
 Launch of the Recon Ship
Kodai and Shima go out to intercept a Gamilas spy ship
40
 Sortie of the Enemy Fleet
Kodai and Shima engage the spy ship.
5
 Yamato Rises!!
(Yamato Sleeps in the Setting Sun)
Kodai & Shima discover the battleship Yamato half-buried in the desolate landscape/Narrator describes the mofications underground.
9
 Damaged Yamato
(Yamato’s Bolero)
(ending edit)
Okita acknowledges that this may be his last mission/Okita addresses the crew.
10
 Procession of Yamato's Crew
The Yamato crew parade through the streets towards the Yamato launch site, meanwhile a hyper missile approaches
14
 Yamato Departs the Earth
The Yamato emerges from the rubble, flies into the air and fires at the giant missile.  After a massive explosion, it emerges from the mushroom cloud unharmed
 (patriotic march music)
In a montage, the historical Yamato is deployed on a suicide mission
36
 Crossing The Beautiful Ocean (with Rhythm)
(slightly slower tempo, maybe unreleased)
The historical Yamato is sunk.  As the Yamato goes down, the captain stays with the ship
50
 Original Yamato Theme
(alt ending cadence) 
Back to the present, the narrator reviews Yamato's mission to Iscandar, and the Yamato leaves Earth's atmosphere.
16
 Black Tigers
Kodai launches with the Black Tigers to defend the Yamato against Gamilas fighters as it prepares for warp
17
 Warp
Yamato warps
20
 Keep Watching the Stars
The Yamato emerges near Mars, warp successful
33
 The Fleet Assembled
Montage of scenes as Yamato briefly visits Mars and then crash lands on Jupiter's floating island.
16
 Black Tigers
Kodai engages and destroys a Gamilas spy plane on Jupiter.
35
 Launch of the Recon Ship
The Pluto base fires its Reflex Gun at the Yamato as the Yamato attempts to evade.  While the Yamato is submerged in the sea, Kodai leads a ground assault team against the base.
39
 Gamilas Decides War
The destruction of the Reflex Gun also destroys the Pluto base.  The remainder of the Pluto forces are destroyed in a space battle in the nearby asteroid belt.
48
 Scarlet Scarf (strings)
The bridge crew sees a transmission from the ailing Earth

 Scarlet Scarf (song)
Montage of crew, watching the Solar System recede.
15
 Enter Desslar
On Gamilas, Desslar explains his plan to use a dissolving gas on the Yamato.  The gas approaches the Yamato and begins to corrode it.
4
 Crossing The Beautiful Ocean
Okita collapses from the heat as the ship approaches a star's corona in order to escape the gas.  Sado rushes to the bridge and attends to him.
14
 Yamato Departs the Earth
The Yamato dives through the Prayer Star, dodging solar prominences.  The Desslar dissolving gas cloud is consumed by a solar flare.  Meanwhile, the Yamato is faced with an unavoidable giant flare of its own.  Okita orders Kodai to fire the Wave Motion Gun.
33
 The Fleet Assembled
Domel rides through the streets with the crowds chanting his name.  While being given a medal by Desslar, he offers to handle the Yamato.
26
 Great River (Saga)
 - Yamato Theme
Suffering from radiation poisoning, Okita makes Kodai acting captain.  Shima expresses his relief at finally reaching Balan, the halfway point.
33
 The Fleet Assembled
3 Gamilas space carriers land and assemble on Gamilas to support Domel's operation.  Both Domel and Okita make plans for the engagement.
5
 Yamato Rises!!
(Yamato Sleeps in the Setting Sun)
Okita gathers the entire crew for a (water) toast and wishes them good luck.  The Yamato approaches the Rainbow Star Cluster.
34
 Original Yamato Theme
As Gamilas fighters from Carrier group 1 are detected, Kodai and the Black Tigers launch and engage them. 
35
 Launch of the Recon Ship
Domel begins teleporting Carrier 3's torpedo boats to Yamato's unguarded flank
41
 A Desperate Situation
(edit)
Domel's Drill Missile appears at the bow of the Yamato and is launched directly into the muzzle of the Wave Motion Gun.
39
 Gamilas Decides War
Domel and his carriers move in for the kill, and begin firing long-range cannons.  Sanada is eventually able to reverse the Drill Missile. 
40
 Sortie of the Enemy Fleet
Domel decides to self-destruct his ship in order to take out the Yamato.  He flies under and attaches to the bottom of the Yamato.
1
 The Universe Spreading Out into Infinity
The Yamato survives the explosion but is severely damaged.  A ceremony is held on the deck of the Yamato for the casualties.  Coffins float away behind the Yamato.
4
 Crossing The Beautiful Ocean
The Yamato receives a transmission from Starsha.  
37
 Fields of Green
Yuki flirts with Kodai on the rear observation deck.  
38
 Suspense of the Crimson Star
Shima reports to Kodai that Gamilas is next to Iscandar.
15
 Enter Desslar
Desslar describes to his generals the acidic/volcanic make up of Gamilas' interior, and his plan to sink the Yamato with it
Scarlet Scarf 
(end credit instrumental arrangement, 
found on FSBY 41/
COCX-37386)
Magnetic force beams draw the Yamato down into Gamilas' interior, below the outer crust
3
 Somber Yamato
While floating on the sea of Gamilas, Analyzer reports that it is acidic.  The Yamato immediately launches, but the 3rd bridge falls off, corroded.  The Yamato is then hit with falling bombs (depth charges).
7
 The Silence of Space
Desslar orders all forces to be levelled at the Yamato.
14
 Yamato Departs the Earth
Taking Okita's advice, Kodai orders the Yamato to submerge so Analyzer can scan for an underground volcanic stream to ignite with the Wave Motion Gun
1
 The Universe Spreading Out into Infinity
After firing the WMG, volcanoes erupt all over Gamilas, destroying many cities.  Desslar, at first stunned, begins laughing madly.
34
 Original Yamato Theme
The Yamato ascends from the acid sea.  Desslar orders missiles to be launched at it from the roof cities.
40
 Sortie of the Enemy Fleet
The roof missiles home in on the Yamato and cause more damage.  Kodai orders Shima to fly the Yamato to the center of the Gamilas capital
41
 A Desperate Situation
Between the roof missiles and the Yamato's shock cannons, more volcanoes erupt, the roof begins collapsing and roof cities begin falling.  Desslar is seemingly crushed beneath rocks.
7
 The Silence of Space
Later, everything is silent, as Gamilas lies in ruins.  Kodai and Yuki realize that a planet has just died.
42
 Yamato's Sorrow
Kodai expresses profound regret at the conflict, and tells Yuki that all they can do is to continue on to Iscandar.
5
 Yamato Rises!!
(Yamato Sleeps in the Setting Sun)
The Yamato leaves Gamilas.  At the sight of Iscandar, Okita thanks the crew from his bed.
36
 Crossing The Beautiful Ocean (with Rhythm)
Starsha calls to welcome the Yamato and give landing instructions.  The Yamato descends to the sea.
2
 Woman of Iscandar
Kodai, Yuki and others go out to meet Starsha, who stands on a hill.
42
 Yamato's Sorrow
Kodai explains to Starsha that her sister, Sasha, died on Mars during her mission to Earth.  The Yamato loads the CosmoDNA.
44
 Scarlet Scarf (guitar)
Starsha reunites Kodai with his brother, Mamoru
45
 Sorrowful BG (edit)
After leaving in an upset state, Starsha explains to Yuki how she saved Mamoru from the Gamilas, but is sad that he must leave
49
 Yamato Returns Home (Sorrow)
As Mamoru and the Yamato crew prepare to depart for Earth, Yuki urges Starsha to tell Mamoru about her feelings.
46
 Shocking Scarf
After Starsha tells Mamoru that she loves him and runs away, Mamoru decides to stay on Iscandar and runs after her.
50
 Original Yamato Theme
(alt ending cadence) 
The Yamato launches from Iscandar, and departs for home.  
42
Yamato's Sorrow
On Yamato's bridge, the crew eagerly look forward to returning home.  Kodai reports to Earth HQ that Okita is very sick.
5
 Yamato Rises!!
(Yamato Sleeps in the Setting Sun)
A test of the CosmoDNA is successful.  As the Yamato nears Earth, the crew rush to the upper decks to get a view.  
 Scarlet Scarf (song)
The crew stare at the reddened Earth out of the Yamato viewports.
46
 Shocking Scarf 
(edit)
On his deathbed, Okita thanks Sado, and after a final look at a picture of his son and family, passes on. 
 Space Battleship Yamato
Opening  Title
(edit)
The Yamato flies towards the reddened Earth.  Under the credits, Earth is transformed back into blue.
 

Other Resources/Links
     For more detail (and I mean MUCH more) on the music of Yamato, it's highly recommended to check out CosmoDNA, far and away the best website and news source on all things Space Battleship Yamato.  On one of my other blogs (Ed Quits Smoking), I also have a complete synopsis guide to the various Space Battleship Yamato TV series and films.  The following entries in this blog's  "Music of Space Battleship Yamato" series are:
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