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Jul 2, 2015 3:06 PM

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Sentai Filmworks announced at their Anime Expo panel that they have acquired the Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu (Legend of the Galactic Heroes) anime series. It was also announced that Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry) and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (When They Cry 2), as well as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (When They Cry Gratitude) have been licensed.

In addition to the anime, Viz Media's panel announced plans for the release of the first three volumes of Legend of the Galactic Heroes light novels in North America. The first volume is set to hit shelves on March 8, 2016, with the other two coming later in the year.

The original light novel series of the Legend of the Galactic Heroes series, written by Yoshiki Tanaka, follows the rise to fame of two militant rivals, Reinhard von Musel and Yang Wen-Li. In 1988, it won the Seiyun Award for Best Japanese Long Story and received a 110-episode OVA adaptation, animated by Artland and directed by Noboru Ishiguro. The anime series continued its production through 2000.

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Jul 2, 2015 3:10 PM

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As for the novel, I may check it out sometimes since the OVA is too long for me


 
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Jul 2, 2015 3:13 PM
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Excited about this, but I probably won't buy it unless it becomes available in eBook format.
 
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Jul 2, 2015 3:14 PM

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Holy shit, great news for the fans! :D
All credit goes to Sacred.
 
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Jul 2, 2015 3:15 PM

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Jul 2, 2015 3:19 PM

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Not to mention that Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime for this series, among other rescues (like Higurashi)
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Jul 2, 2015 3:23 PM

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How ironic. It was only a couple of days ago that I watched the "My Conquest is the Sea of Stars" movie.

I wasn't planning on watching the entire 110 episode OVA anytime at the moment, but you know what? I'm probably going to purchase those DVDs once they get released.

This is something nobody saw coming!
 
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Jul 2, 2015 3:32 PM

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If anybody would've told me about 4 years ago Legend of the Galactic Heroes (both novels & anime) would be licensed in 2015, I'd think they were joking or either not grasping the concept of business.

What a world. I'm speechless.
 
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Jul 2, 2015 3:33 PM

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OMG, about time this gets licensed. Thank you, Viz Media~~! <3
 
Jul 2, 2015 3:34 PM
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Jul 2, 2015 3:35 PM

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At least it wasn't the shitty anime
 
Jul 2, 2015 3:39 PM

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Oh god now more ppl will get to be special snow flakes
 
Jul 2, 2015 3:44 PM

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Hm, tricky. I feel pretty conflicted about this. I would love to read these but I don't know how I feel about reading the first three volumes and stopping there.
I think it doesn't have enough of a fanbase to make this release a significant success that would prompt them to keep going until the end. I'll still buy these and hope for the best.

Also, seeing this reminded me of that announcement awhile back about a new LotGH show. I haven't heard anything since but somehow connected that to this. As in Viz assuming that the show might become relevant in these following years with the new installment? Perhaps that's just a stupid thought, but oh well.
 
Jul 2, 2015 3:53 PM
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kurosaki_kabuto said:
I would love to read these but I don't know how I feel about reading the first three volumes and stopping there.

I feel the same way. Since the first 3 volumes are on the way, hopefully the rest will become available in the same year. But that might depend on how much it'd sell.
 
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Vindstot said:
kurosaki_kabuto said:
I would love to read these but I don't know how I feel about reading the first three volumes and stopping there.

I feel the same way. Since the first 3 volumes are on the way, hopefully the rest will become available in the same year. But that might depend on how much it'd sell.
That is exactly the case.
"The Legend of the Galactic Heroes will be released from Viz Media's Haikasoru imprint. Haikasoru has the first three volumes scheduled, starting with volume one in spring 2016, and will release more depending on the success of the first three." - Viz.
 
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Oh god now more ppl will get to be special snow flakes

Ikr
 
Jul 2, 2015 3:56 PM

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There's no way they will publish the 14 volumes.
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Jul 2, 2015 4:00 PM

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GET BLOODY HYPED

Anime + novels may empty my wallet, but who cares? This is the good news we all have waited for.
 
Jul 2, 2015 4:13 PM

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Do the novels do a better job of explaining the Sci-fi world?
 
Jul 2, 2015 4:25 PM

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Awesome. Time to rightfully change "Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu" back to Legend of the Galactic Heroes.
 
Jul 2, 2015 4:31 PM

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Awesome. Time to rightfully change "Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu" back to Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

lol
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Jul 2, 2015 4:32 PM

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Why would they release this prehistoric anime now, oh wait nvm it's not the anime lol.
 
Jul 2, 2015 4:42 PM

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good news

might consider importing if they release all the novels.
 
Jul 2, 2015 4:47 PM

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And the elitists went wild.
 
Jul 2, 2015 4:50 PM

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Cool, i doubt ill buy this cause as much as I loved this series its not particularly something i plan to be rewatching, but still its good for this to have a official release

And for the love of god tell me the subs will not be in the putrid yellow text, like christ that was so hard to look at for 110 episodes straight

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Jizzy, I know you have no idea how to argue for shit,

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Jizzy as you would call yourself because youre a dick The most butthurt award goes to you And clearly you havent watched that many shows thats why you cant determine if a show is unique or not Or maybe you're just a child who likes common stuffs where hero saves the day and guys gets all the girls. Sad taste you have there kid you came up to me in the first place making you look more like a kid who got slapped without me even knowing it and start crying about it to me

 
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Well this is interesting

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And for the love of god tell me the subs will not be in the putrid yellow text, like christ that was so hard to look at for 110 episodes straight

But it really wasn't though.
 
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And Sentai has the animu. Holy shit.

If only Kircheis were here.
 
Jul 2, 2015 4:58 PM

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I'm not buying the novels until I know all of them are coming out cause if it sells like shit then I'll have an incomplete collection.
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Jul 2, 2015 5:13 PM

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Would be way more excited about the novels if it wasn't Viz

Definitely will buy the show though
 
Jul 2, 2015 5:23 PM

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So now watching Logh won't make you special right?
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Jul 2, 2015 5:26 PM

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Legend of the Gintama Heroes is still a benchmark of taste from the top ten sir
 
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Legend of the Gintama Heroes is still a benchmark of taste from the top ten sir
Dis guy gets it

Immahnoob said:
Jizzy, I know you have no idea how to argue for shit,

tokiyashiro said:

Jizzy as you would call yourself because youre a dick The most butthurt award goes to you And clearly you havent watched that many shows thats why you cant determine if a show is unique or not Or maybe you're just a child who likes common stuffs where hero saves the day and guys gets all the girls. Sad taste you have there kid you came up to me in the first place making you look more like a kid who got slapped without me even knowing it and start crying about it to me

 
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Do the novels do a better job of explaining the Sci-fi world?

Slighty yes,but not much.
Atleast the spoonfeeding isn't as jarring as in the anime.
 
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I think the mal elitists and their sheep herd deserves the credit for hyping this up to this level.
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Jul 2, 2015 6:34 PM
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Great, I've always wanted to read the LN.


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Holy shit, nice!!
 
Jul 2, 2015 8:21 PM

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More Logh circulation in the world and in the US is great news. I guess i'd consider reading them depending on the price, but as others said their is a real chance of the entire series not being translated which is worrisome.

It truly shows you the power of Logh that it can get licensed over 3 decades after it's initial release.
 
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More LOGH = More Happiness to the Human Race
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Jul 2, 2015 10:51 PM

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I might pick up some of these volumes in the future when they are released.
 
Jul 2, 2015 11:10 PM

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Great, although i'm pretty sure this will ravage my wallet ;_;
 
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too long

what are you, 5?
 
Jul 2, 2015 11:56 PM

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Meh, I'm not that into light novel/ novel, I'm still slowly watching this series at a snail pace speed.
 
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This reminds me: what happened to that remake that was supposedly happening?
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SageShinigami said:
This reminds me: what happened to that remake that was supposedly happening?

it's a hoax
Unfortunately there hasn't been an update ever since the announcment.
 
Jul 3, 2015 2:57 AM
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News Update
News updated to include the Legend of the Galactic Heroes and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni anime licenses by Sentai Filmworks.
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Jul 3, 2015 5:41 AM

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I've always wanted to read the novels. Nice.
 
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Awesome, I love both those series although I am dreading the cost to buy all those.

Anime is good, fucking deal with it.
 
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