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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


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


Score: 9.051 (scored by 12317 users)
Ranked: #72
Popularity: #702
Members: 40,206
Favorites: 3,547
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drama sci-fi space opera


For decades, the Galactic Empire has been locked in an interstellar war with the Free Planets Alliance, a conflict that involves thousands of spaceships and millions of soldiers on both sides. Two new commanders enter the conflict with great hopes: Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm and the FPA's Yang Wen-Li. As they deal with superiors and subordinates, maneuver through complicated political arrangements, plot strategies, and win battles, each will be tested, and ultimately, changed, by the reality of war.

(Source: ANN)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu, Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu
Prequel: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Waga Yuku wa Hoshi no Taikai, Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden: Ougon no Tsubasa, Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Arata Naru Tatakai no Overture, Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden: Senoku no Hoshi, Senoku no Hikari, Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden: Rasen Meikyuu

Characters & Voice Actors

Greenhill, Frederica
Greenhill, Frederica
Sakakibara, Yoshiko
Sakakibara, Yoshiko
Kircheis, Siegfried
Kircheis, Siegfried
Hironaka, Masashi
Hironaka, Masashi
Minci, Julian
Minci, Julian
Sasaki, Nozomu
Sasaki, Nozomu
Mittermeyer, Wolfgang
Mittermeyer, Wolfgang
Mori, Katsuji
Mori, Katsuji


Ishiguro, Noboru
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kimura, Shinichiro
Episode Director
Motonaga, Keitarou
Episode Director, Storyboard
Hata, Yoshito
Episode Director

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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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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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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.
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 their circumstances and never being able to fight on an even playing field. One is eccentric, while the other is lazy and has no desire for warfare of any kind--both failing to appeal in terms of social skills (mainly L, although Yang is also clumsy in this regard) / politically.

There are differences, however. DN has Light and L get to know each other up close and personal as their mental battle plays out. LotGH, on the other hand, only has its leads meet ONCE in its 110 episode entirety: Reinhard and Yang battling it out at a distance by commanding space fleets against each other and making assumptions based on what little they know about each other.

The outcome for both L and Yang, with clear indications as to the most intelligent characters in each series, makes for an easy comparison. The mind-games having a third factor - circumstance - that pushes the plots in the required directions is too obvious to ignore. Also: successors continuing the battle.

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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