Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: LoGH, LotGH, Gin'eiden, GinEiDen, Heldensagen Vom Kosmosinsel
Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説
English: Legend of the Galactic Heroes
French: Les Héros de la Galaxie
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 110
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 1988 to Mar 17, 1997
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, MilitaryMilitary, SpaceSpace
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 9.021 (scored by 7953179,531 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #102
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #743
Members: 323,001
Favorites: 16,367

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The 150-year-long stalemate between the two interstellar superpowers, the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance, comes to an end when a new generation of leaders arises: the idealistic military genius Reinhard von Lohengramm, and the FPA's reserved historian, Yang Wenli.

While Reinhard climbs the ranks of the Empire with the aid of his childhood friend, Siegfried Kircheis, he must fight not only the war, but also the remnants of the crumbling Goldenbaum Dynasty in order to free his sister from the Kaiser and unify humanity under one genuine ruler. Meanwhile, on the other side of the galaxy, Yang—a strong supporter of democratic ideals—has to stand firm in his beliefs, despite the struggles of the FPA, and show his pupil, Julian Mintz, that autocracy is not the solution.

As ideologies clash amidst the war's many casualties, the two strategic masterminds must ask themselves what the real reason behind their battle is.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Legend of the Galactic Heroes was adapted from a series of ten novels, published 1982–87, by Yoshiki Tanaka. The novels won the Seiun Award for the best long-form Japanese science fiction in 1988.

At the start of its production the anime was distributed through a subscription system in which episodes were mailed to existing fans of the novels. It was made in four separate tranches over nearly a decade, with the production of side-stories continuing for several further years. The main series has the largest voice cast of any anime, with well over 300 voice actors, and it is the longest OVA series ever made.

The novels have also been adapted into a manga, a stage musical by the Takarazuka Revue and a number of games.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Ishiguro, Noboru
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Aketagawa, Susumu
Sound Director
Motonaga, Keitarou
Episode Director, Storyboard
Shinohara, Toshiya
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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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)


Apr 28, 2024
Maybe the best anime of all time. I'm not sure what the 10-or-so negative reviewers are smoking, but after you've watched a decent amount of shonen, seinen or shoujo anime, LoTGH comes in as a refreshing change of pace, and is extremely easy to binge. For someone like me who often judges too harshly, too quickly, the beginning definitely left me with doubts. But by the end of the series, I was absolutely ruined that it was over, and in love with many of the characters.

The characters are easily the biggest draw to LotGH. If, like myself, you have a particular itch for ...
Feb 6, 2024
Mixed Feelings
This is peak anime, so good it transcends the medium and you forget you're watching an anime. This isn't just a good story with good politics, it's the show that perfectly complements both and gives a satisfying conclusion to everything the series is about. It shows the most idealized version of a monarchy, against the idealized version of someone who believes in democracy, in an era where humans now live in space. The story is so interesting throughout the 110 episodes (minus a few filler episodes in the first season), that if you've watched and liked the first or second episode, you're gonna enjoy the ...
Jun 15, 2021
I have never written a review, but this anime just blew me away so much, I think it's finally time.

TL;DR It was bad.

It was in fact so bad, it almost cured my crippling anime addiction.

I, like many others, was drawn to this anime due to its high rating, and equally high praise. I was in the mood for something a bit more serious, with clever writing, smart characters, political intrigues and conspiracies. I was disappointed in every aspect.

Obligatory "no, it did not get better after 20/60/109 episodes".

At the risk of beating a dead horse, The first sign that something is off was that the battles ...

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