Ranked #9

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Legend of the Galactic Heroes, LoGH, LotGH, Gin'eiden, GinEiDen, Heldensagen Vom Kosmosinsel
Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説


Type: OVA
Episodes: 110
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 1988 to Mar 17, 1997
Source: Light novel
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 9.091 (scored by 16,233 users)
Ranked: #92
Popularity: #730
Members: 57,883
Favorites: 4,866
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For 150 years the galaxy has been locked in an interstellar war between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance, fighting battles with thousands of spaceships and millions of soldiers on both sides. The crumbling Goldenbaum dynasty rules the Empire while the Alliance is in an increasingly dysfunctional democratic state.

Two new commanders enter the stage: Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm and the FPA's Yang Wen-Li. Reinhard is a talented minor aristocrat given a high station—and a powerful grudge—after the Kaiser took his older sister as a concubine. Wen-Li originally joined the military only to fund his university education, but has become a brilliant though reluctant leader. Each begins to attract a circle of similarly gifted soldiers, generals and thinkers around him, and in time the rivalry between these two very different men will shatter the existing stalemate. As they deal with superiors and subordinates, maneuver through personal and political problems, plot strategies and fight battles, both will bend the course of events to their will and, in turn, be tested and changed by the greatest war in human history!

Legend of the Galactic Heroes is a vast, sentimental and thoughtful military space opera. This 110-episode OVA is the central part of the franchise, and the other connected titles are supplements to it.


Legend of the Galactic heroes was adapted from a series of ten novels, published 1982–87, by Yoshiki Tanaka. The novels won the Seiun Award for the best long-form Japanese science fiction in 1988.

At the start of its production the anime was distributed through a subscription system in which episodes were mailed to existing fans of the novels. It was made in four separate tranches over nearly a decade, with the production of side-stories continuing for several further years. The main series has the largest voice cast of any anime, with well over 300 voice actors, and it is the longest OVA series ever made.

The novels have also been adapted into a manga, a stage musical by the Takarazuka Revue and a number of games.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Yang, Wenli
Yang, Wenli
Tomiyama, Kei
Tomiyama, Kei
von Lohengramm, Reinhard
von Lohengramm, Reinhard
Horikawa, Ryo
Horikawa, Ryo
Narahashi, Miki
Narahashi, Miki
von Reuenthal, Oskar
von Reuenthal, Oskar
Wakamoto, Norio
Wakamoto, Norio
von Oberstein, Paul
von Oberstein, Paul
Shiozawa, Kaneto
Shiozawa, Kaneto


Ishiguro, Noboru
Ishiguro, Noboru
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Motonaga, Keitarou
Motonaga, Keitarou
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kimura, Shinichiro
Kimura, Shinichiro
Episode Director
Yamada, Katsuhisa
Yamada, Katsuhisa
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(110/110)

Episode Title Aired
1 In the Eternal Night
Eien no Yoru no naka de (永遠の夜の中で)
Dec 21, 1988
2 The Battle of Astarte
Asutaate Kaisen (アスターテ会戦)
Dec 28, 1988
3 Birth of the 13th Fleet
Dai Juusan Kantai Tanjou (第十三艦隊誕生)
Jan 10, 1989
4 Empire's Afterglow
Teikoku no Zanshou (帝国の残照)
Jan 17, 1989
5 The Kastrop Rebellion
Kastrop Douran (カストロプ動乱)
Jan 24, 1989

Opening Theme

#1: "Skies of Love" by Michiru Akiyoshi (eps 1-22,24-26)
#2: "I am waiting for you" by Michiru Akiyoshi (eps 27-30,32,34-35,37-38,40,43,45,49,51-52)
#3: "Sea of the Stars" by LISA (eps 55-81,86)
#4: "Must Be Something" by Hitomi Konno (eps 87-106,108-110)

Ending Theme

#1: "Hikari no Hashi wo koete" by Kei Ogura (eps 1-5,7-13,16-17,19-21,24-26,84)
#2: "Tabidachi no Jyokyoku" by Kei Ogura (eps 27-30,32,35,37-38,40,42-43,45,49,51)
#3: "Kansou no Uta" by Kei Ogura (eps 55-56,58-69,71-81,83,85)
#4: "Uchuu no Kakehashi" by Kei Ogura (eps 87-106,108-110)

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Nov 26, 2015
Legend of the Galactic Heroes can be described in one word, scale. The scale in this anime is massive! It takes place across a universe in an epic battle between the Galactic Empire (dictatorship) and the Free Planet Alliance (democracy). This anime is a 110 episode OVA series taking place over 9 years (1988-1997). Think about it. If somebody wanted to keep up with this anime, they had to buy one VHS tape and then wait for the next one to come out periodically. It was made by Studio Artland (Megazone 23) and the director was Noboru Ishiguro (Megazone 23, Yamato, Macross). Needless to say, read more
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May 27, 2008
This series is overrated on this site. That is to say, with 110 episodes, your vote only counts after you've seen 22 episodes, almost a full season, and those who don't like this show probably won't wait for 22 episodes to decide.
Which is a shame, as it's only after about 20 episodes that this series progresses from something that is slow, somewhat overly bombastic, and hinting at more to come to show itself to be one of the most intelligent pieces of anime that's been made to date.

When I say 'intelligent', I don't mean it to be cunning, surprising the viewer with unsuspected plot read more
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May 21, 2015

It finally happened. I'm finally going to review what is probably the most beloved anime on all of MAL. An anime so sacred that even trolls on 4chan don't dare to insult it and sully its glorious name! I'm sure everyone reading this review is already quite aware how amazing this anime is, so I am going to talk about WHY it's so good, why you should watch it, and even discuss some minor imperfections (gasp). I'm finally on Summer break from medical school, so I can afford to write a long review! I picked the right series for this!

Legend of the Galactic Heroes is read more
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Mar 8, 2009
This is Star Wars. Lucas's franchise should be renamed to something else.

If any work of entertainment in our history deserves the title of 'Star Wars' then it is this anime, and not George Lucas's franchise. This is more star wars than Star Wars ever was, is, or will be. This is star wars. Epic wars among the stars, grand vision with something to say, something to show, all the while consistent narratively, thematically and audially, never pandering to a clamouring fan base, this is 110 episodes of pure sci-fi operatic drama of the highest quality. This is star wars.

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Anime: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
Imagine Code Geass without "magical eyes", mechs, ideas like "the one who yells louder wins", immortal women and stupid idealism (hi Suzaku). You with me so far? Now, imagine Code Geass where there are dozens of great commanders like Lelouch on both sides, where political intrigues, plots and schemes are far from uncommon. Imagine battles of epic proportions and war on the galactic scale, where winning side is decided only by commanders intelligence, number of troops, their morale and available resources, not superunits like Lancelot. Do this and you've invented LoGH.
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Exposition-heavy dystopian societies who share common themes of discrimination, ethics that are subject of change as regimes pass, political intrigue and a large support cast of varied characters define both of these Sci-fi shows.  
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Anime: Death Note
There are definitely parallels between the main four geniuses that become engaged in mind-game warfare in Death Note and Legend of the Galactic Heroes; to such an extent that it's very possible for LotGH to have been an inspirational factor for DN's author.

On one side you have pampered pretty boys (Light and Reinhard) that ALWAYS seem to hold all the cards and have events play out in their favour. Their handsome appearances and manipulative abilities are used to their advantage.
On the other, you have pure geniuses (L and Yang) that have to contend with never having the advantage due to  read more 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Anime: Seikai no Monshou
Both space operas with lots of politics. 
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Anime: Tytania
It is made by the same author and some of the same people worked on both.

Both are space operas with empires fighting against rebel fleets and both have the same atmosphere as of the first episode. Its kind of early in the series to say they are the same but I can safely say that both Tytania and LOGH have the same feel. Battles in both emphasize tactics and fleet movements in three-dimensional space.

Tytania is a bit more modernized including communications networks obviously descended from the Internet and other such ideas. 
reportRecommended by Alexeon
Anime: Monster
Both shows have an epic scope, with many characters. Whereas Monster has tons of suspense, Legend of the Galactic Heroes has military intrigue. 
reportRecommended by Reki

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