Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden (1999)

Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gaiden (1999)

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Synonyms: Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gaiden: Spiral Labyrinth, LoGH Gaiden: Spiral Labyrinth
Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説外伝 螺旋迷宮
English: Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gaiden (1999)
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 28
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 24, 1999 to Jul 21, 2000
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: K-Factory
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, MilitaryMilitary, SpaceSpace
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.061 (scored by 74057,405 users)
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Ranked: #5352
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Popularity: #4724
Members: 19,996
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Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden (1999) is the second of two OVA adaptations of side stories from the Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu novel series. This second adaptation follows the achievements of Yang Wen-li of the Free Planets Alliance before the fateful Battle of Astarte, and continues the tales of Reinhard von Müsel and Siegfried Kircheis of the Galactic Empire.

Spiral Labyrinth
Yang is propelled to the spotlight after his famous evacuation of civilians from El Facil. Following an unofficial double promotion and a flurry of media attention, he chronicles his research of the Year 730 Mafia—a close-knit group of Alliance military officers centered around the famed tactician Bruce Ashbey. He investigates a startling claim by Ashbey's deceased widow that may have enormous political ramifications: that the great war hero was not killed in action but murdered.

The Mutineer
Reinhard and Kircheis are posted on the destroyer Hameln II, docked at Iserlohn Fortress. After gaining the respect of the crew, Reinhard's leadership is tested when the captain is severely wounded and passes command authority to Reinhard, the next-highest ranking officer on deck.

The Duelist
While Reinhard and Kircheis are working in the Imperial capital Odin, Reinhard learns of a mining rights dispute involving Dorothea von Schaffhausen, a friend of his sister Annerose von Grünewald. Upon hearing that Count Herxheimer intends to settle the matter with a duel, Reinhard volunteers to represent the Schaffhausen family.

The Retriever
After falling out of favor with the nobility, Count Herxheimer is trying to escape to the Free Planets Alliance with a stolen Seffle particle generator prototype. Reinhard is tasked with retrieving both the prototype and the defector, but is only assigned the cruiser Hässliche Entlein due to the confidential nature of the mission.

The Third Battle of Tiamat
To commemorate the 30th year of the reign of Kaiser Friedrich IV, the Empire announces a large-scale military campaign against the Free Planets Alliance. In the ensuing clash between the Imperial expeditionary force and three Alliance fleets, Reinhard's timely intervention shapes the tides of war.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Shimizu, Keizou
Aketagawa, Susumu
Sound Director
Abe, Masashi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Okajima, Kunitoshi
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"A Story of Time" by AKEMI

Ending Theme

1: "Our Trail" by Kei Ogura (eps 1-14)
2: "The Promised Future" by Kei Ogura (eps 15-28)


Nov 26, 2010
Spiral Labyrinth is the last release related to Legend of the Galactic heroes, and, like the first prequel gaiden series ('A hundred Billion Lights; Hundred Billion stars'), is made up of various story arcs that flesh out the background of the main characters and some supporting characters of the main series as well.

These ‘side stories’ were conceived in both written and anime form after the main series, and they contain a significant amount of foreshadowing and allusions to future events and important characters from the main series that are only named or shown in passing. These references would likely not be appreciated by those ...
Jun 8, 2023
The fascinating Legend of the Galactic Heroes lore gets expanded upon in this first Gaiden, with five new arcs narrating events not only preceding the events of the main series but also showcasing the history of the conflict between the Free Planets Alliance and the Empire with an in universe historical war chronicle.

This Gaiden is divided into five arcs: a long arc centered on Yang Wenli conducting historical research and giving insight on his early career and four shorter arcs dedicated to Reinhard and Kircheis and their meteroic rise upon ranks of the Galactic Empire.

The Yang focused arc, named Spiral Labyrinth, is a creative narrative ...
Mar 17, 2022
Let me preface this review by stating this is for hardcore fans only. It holds absolute no relevance except to people who want more of the show. To begin with the animation is terrible. The characters are flat and poorly detailed, as are the settings.

Some of the faces are so poorly animated they're repulsive, such as the first officer on Reinhard's first ship assignment.

And this gaiden seems to have no focus. The first one chronicles Reinhard's and Kircheis' rise to power. This one haphazardly switches from Yang to Reinhard and the time changes seem random.

It's actually something I never want to see again while there ...

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