Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden

Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gaiden

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Synonyms: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden: Senoku no Hoshi, Senoku no Hikari, Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gaiden: A Hundred Billion Stars, A Hundred Billion Lights, LoGH Gaiden
Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説外伝/千億の星、千億の光
English: Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gaiden
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 9, 1998 to Sep 26, 1998
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: K-Factory
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MilitaryMilitary, SpaceSpace
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 8.121 (scored by 87888,788 users)
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Ranked: #4572
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Popularity: #4388
Members: 23,766
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Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden is the first of two OVA adaptations of side stories from the Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu novel series. This first adaptation follows the achievements of Reinhard von Müsel and Siegfried Kircheis of the Galactic Empire before the fateful Battle of Astarte.

The Silver-White Valley
Reinhard and Kircheis graduate from their military academy and are immediately sent to the frozen frontier planet Kapche-Lanka. Unbeknownst to them, their new superior schemes to kill Reinhard on behalf of a rival of Reinhard's sister Annerose von Grünewald.

Dreams of the Morning, Songs of the Night
Reinhard and Kircheis are assigned to the Imperial Military Police, where they uncover the corrupt and oppressive practices of the Empire's law enforcement. They are soon ordered to investigate the murder of a student at their alma mater.

As Reinhard awaits the bestowal of his new title of Count von Lohengramm, he sends Kircheis to the artificial resort satellite Kreuznach III for a vacation. Restless from the lack of work, Kircheis assists the local police with a drug trafficking case related to an attack on a disgraced former Vice Admiral.

A Hundred Billion Stars, a Hundred Billion Lights
While Reinhard is still a commodore in charge of only a single squadron, he laments the incompetence of his superiors during a battle against the Free Planets Alliance. Amassing military successes under the direct command of Vice Admiral Richard von Grimmelshausen, Reinhard repeatedly clashes with Hermann von Lüneburg, a commodore and former regimental commander of the Alliance's infamous Rosen Ritter.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Ishiguro, Noboru
Aketagawa, Susumu
Sound Director
Okajima, Kunitoshi
Episode Director
Ueno, Fumihiro
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"Kid" by AKEMI

Ending Theme

1: "Setsumei" by Kei Ogura (eps 1-4)
2: "Nagai Tsukiai" by Kei Ogura (eps 5-8)
3: "Iku Toki, Iwau Toki" by Kei Ogura (eps 9-12)
4: "Aurora no Adagio" by Kei Ogura (eps 13-22,24)


Jun 3, 2023
The feeling of emptiness after finishing the Legend of the Galactic Heroes OVA is definitely rough. Luckily, the prequel side stories have been adapted to anime, being a nice complementary material to the original series with the same care for detail and engaging stories.

This OVA focuses on the beginnings of Reinhard's career in the military, showcasing events such as Reinhard's first frontline expedition and encounters with future allies and foes. Reinhard's loyal best friend and ally Kircheis is also the main protagonist of one of the stories, giving more background to his feelings towards Reinhard and Annerose and his personal thoughts.

The series is divided into ...
Mar 17, 2022
This gaiden was good but not as good as the original series. Even so I think it may be good for someone to watch this prior to the original. It's supposed to be a prequel and might be more exciting to see how the show will develop knowing about the lives of some of the early characters.

The animation is beautiful and seems to be for the most part hand drawn. A lot of detail went into this. During the early episodes you see the OS of the laptops with gothic bolded German letters that the Empire conducts their business on. I thought this was a ...
Mar 29, 2011
These episodes do not cover the beginning; they are side-stories meant to flesh things out. The main series should probably be seen first. That said, this OVA is in no way ‘filler’. It documents important, often-referenced events in the continuity, and shows a relationship between two friends that really is compelling.

A low-level nobleman’s son can claim he’s going to rule the universe, yet no one will care about the ridiculous dreams of a rebellious youth. For every rank that child rises, however, the possibility grows more and more real. Old aristocrats always talked about Reinhard and Kircheis’ swift rise in rank, some crediting his ...

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