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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
Producers: Artland, Kitty Films
Duration: 26 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 9.121 (scored by 13760 users)
Ranked: #82
Popularity: #724
Members: 48,154
Favorites: 4,005
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

drama sci-fi space opera

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 Müsel 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.

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
Main
Sakakibara, Yoshiko
Japanese
Sakakibara, Yoshiko
Kircheis, Siegfried
Kircheis, Siegfried
Main
Hironaka, Masashi
Japanese
Hironaka, Masashi
Minci, Julian
Minci, Julian
Main
Sasaki, Nozomu
Japanese
Sasaki, Nozomu
Mittermeyer, Wolfgang
Mittermeyer, Wolfgang
Main
Mori, Katsuji
Japanese
Mori, Katsuji

Staff

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



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May 27, 2008
santetjan
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
Beatnik
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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Nov 18, 2014
TheDeedsOfMen
This is not a show; this is a world. It is a world where people are born, live, and die, with their own dreams and grudges. Battles are fought with millions on each side, with both the pen and the sword. Nations are built and crumble to dust, and it is asked whether they had any worth to begin with. Events turn into history, to be told in documentaries.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes is a collection of believable human characters who live in believable societies. The events feel like a natural product of the individual desires of the characters that intertwine to produce the narrative. read more
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Aug 7, 2010
martin03345
History is not just the study of the past, but the events that occur throughout history hold a different meaning for different people. These past events encompass the overall thoughts, beliefs, ideas, and conceptions of all those who lived throughout it. When a war between two different states and political ideologies breaks out with both states claiming to be fighting on the side of righteousness, which side is truly the right one? This is the overarching theme of of the epic 110 episode OVA space opera, Legend of the Galactic Heroes. Adapted from the science fiction novel series by Yoshiki Tanaka and directed read more
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Recommendations

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.
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.
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 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.
Both space operas with lots of politics.
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.
Both shows have an epic scope, with many characters. Whereas Monster has tons of suspense, Legend of the Galactic Heroes has military intrigue.
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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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