In humanity's distant future, two interstellar states—the monarchic Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance—are embroiled in a never-ending war. The story focuses on the exploits of rivals Reinhard von Müsel and Yang Wen Li as they rise to power and fame in the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance.
When I watched the original LoGH I often found myself asking the question "damn, where all the bishies at?" I look no further.
Note: Watching New Thesis without seeing the original LoGH is possible, but not the best idea. The characters' won't come with much depth and especially the lack of introduction in the beginning will make the series seem worse than it is. The pacing is fast and will feel rushed especially for new viewers. If we tolerate with these things, watching New Thesis instead or before LoGH is certainly not the worst idea either. After all, the first 24 episodes of LoGH are
considered very weak, and are exponentially worse than the beginning of New Thesis. Pros and cons are in balance, but personally I will recommend watching the original LoGH before watching New Thesis. That said, let's talk about New Thesis.
The first thing anyone who tries out New Thesis will notice is the art and the production values which have surpassed all expectations. The series looks wonderful from pretty much every aspect. Even the CGI is less awkward than typically. The spaceship designs are awe, the futuristic look that was such a big miss in the original LoGH is this time around rather impressive, and the backdrops of nature and space are quite immersive to look at. Even the space lazers look like they can do some actual damage this time.
The voice acting and the narration are pretty much the same as in the original. What has changed the most is the OST, and for some reason it is ridiculously fitting. Instead of offering flamboyant classic symphonies, we get to hear more atmospheric and generic trailer music type fo flamboyant beats. These do much better job in actually delivering the tension and thriller side of the battles which earlier shared the same atmosphere with snobbish cocktail parties. Splendid indeed, good sire. I have also watched the first episode English dubbed for comparison.... please, just don't, it makes the series seem like Pokemon The Space Opera. Or if that's your thing, then go ahead, I won't judge.
The actual war tactics are pretty hilarious. Basically characters are praised so they would seem smarter and more brilliant than they actually are. Battle outcomes are pretty much keikaku doori tier memes, but these are still entertaining to watch and do rather good job convincing the viewers into thinking something epic and grand scale world-changing is happening. This is, the very least, faithful to its own universe, and nothing of the sort that could ruin the viewing experience.
The characters won't seem very special if we view this as a standalone LoGH adaptation, but since pretty much everyone who is watching this has already seen LoGH, we can only call this a smart choice by not wasting much unneccesary air time in irrelevances. Still, good things exist; Especially Reinhardo's past story is much heavier than in the original and will make just about anyone understand his character. Some of these introductions are still quite shameful, especially Oberstein's who is one of my favorites from the original series. The team tried their best no doubt, but he just quite literally just walks there and says "yeah, my eyes are fucked, did you notice?" This made me laugh. Definitely not among the best scenes.
At this point, I have been enjoying New Thesis more than I ever thought was possible, and I am fairly sure this is a common thought among its viewers. I can recommend it for what it is.
This adaptation has been overlooked and frowned upon by many, but as someone who finished 110 ova (my fault is that i never finished other things in the series) I understand the disapointment other people feel when it comes to their designs, but let me tell you something. As someone who has also read the books - the actual original source, their appearances fit more into those categories. Not to mention most of them look the same age because they are, and there is not much change between 25-35.
Anyway, back to the story. For those who haven't seen first adaptation, you can watch it
without any problems. It takes it's time to introduce characters - just like the novels - unlike OVA who was made for the people who were already familiar with novels and wanted to introduce everyone as soon as possible.
In the first four episodes you can see that already first 3 chapters are adapted, and even while they don't follow word for word either, they are making a really good job at adapting it.
3D designs for the ships are spot on and you quickly get used to it. Battles are made even more interesting with stunning music by Sawano Hiroyuki, known for their many gorgeous instrumental works, and it fits as a good replacement for the classical music that was done in the OVA.
They are introducing characters slowly and steadily, by incorporating them in the flashbacks episodes (For example, Jessica, Jean and Alex (and Frederica) were introduced during the flashback of Yang Wen Li, and it doesn't come as big info dump.)
Once you get past the "kuroko no basket team is producing this" and calling the OVA original source and conveniently forgetting that novels are the material everything is based on, take a look around and try to enjoy this. It's not a remake, and see it for what it is - a completely new adaptation.
TL;DR = for the new commers to the franchise, I strongly recommend it.
To the old fans, consider this a new adaptation. It may not live up to the masterpiece that OVA is or it's popularity, but there is hope that this whole series may end up being excellent.