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Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu

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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 9.101 (scored by 15000 users)
Ranked: #82
Popularity: #726
Members: 52,848
Favorites: 4,340
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Synopsis

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 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.

Background

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

Staff

Ishiguro, Noboru
Ishiguro, Noboru
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Ueda, Yoshihiro
Ueda, Yoshihiro
Episode Director
Motonaga, Keitarou
Motonaga, Keitarou
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kimura, Shinichiro
Kimura, Shinichiro
Episode Director

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


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santetjan
May 27, 2008 6:34 PM
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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Beatnik
Mar 8, 2009 8:16 PM
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.

Preferably experienced after watching the prequel movie read more
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Maerthyu
Jul 9, 8:32 PM
There exists a saying: Absolute power corrupts absolutely. I reasoned that the universe creates exceptions to this dogma once every few millennia, and exceptions are rare even in the realm of anime. Upon watching Legend of the Galactic Heroes, I had borne witness to two people who truly were incorruptible, defined by the indomitable spirit that exists within people who have a destiny far beyond the grasp of normal humans. In fact, these very two people were born around the same time; the very same people who, as the stars aligned it to be so, were pitted against each other in the bloodiest fight in read more
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Hanimir
Nov 19, 2014 4:05 AM
What I have just witnessed was history unfolding before my very eyes!

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu, it’s a myth, a myth so old that many of today’s anime enthusiasts wouldn’t dare watch it. People on this site rate this anime so immensely high, that one would eventually come to wonder what that ridiculous score is based on, and give the whole thing a try. Are these people merely the retainers of old, classic shows that have been made in a style that has long since come to an end? I sincerely believe that it’s more than that.

To make one thing very clear, this anime was made before read more
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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 
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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. 
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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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