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Legend of the Galactic Heroes 

Ginga eiyû densetsu (original title)
Various people, especially two rising commanders, cope with a massive continual space conflict between two interstellar nations.




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Series cast summary:
Tesshô Genda ...
 Karl Gustav Kemp (10 episodes, 1989-1991)
Jôji Nakata ...
 Leopold Schumacher (9 episodes, 1989-1991)
Shô Hayami ...
 Fahrenheit (8 episodes, 1989-1992)
Ryûsei Nakao ...
 Louis Mashengo (8 episodes, 1989-1992)
Kôji Totani ...
 Arthur Von Streit (8 episodes, 1989-1992)
Makio Inoue ...
 Ansbach (7 episodes, 1989)
Osamu Saka ...
 Emperor Friedrich IV / ... (6 episodes, 1988-1991)
Ken'yû Horiuchi ...
 Anton Felner (6 episodes, 1989-1992)
Takaya Hashi ...
 Ernst Mecklinger (6 episodes, 1989-1991)
Shûichi Ikeda ...
 Ulrich Kessler (6 episodes, 1989-1991)
Osamu Kobayashi ...
 Otto Von Braunschweig (6 episodes, 1989)
Iemasa Kayumi ...
 Jeanne Lobello (5 episodes, 1989-1992)
Jûrôta Kosugi ...
 Kasper Lintz (5 episodes, 1989-1992)
 Boris Konev (5 episodes, 1989-1992)
Ken'ichi Ogata ...
 Marinesk (5 episodes, 1989-1991)
Issei Futamata ...
 Flegel (5 episodes, 1989)


A classic SpaceOpera, where 2 major empires fight between them with their own beliefs and ideals. In the imperial side "Reinhard Von Lohengram" a military genius and somehow different to make the change on the core of the corrupt noble elite on the other side in the free Planets coalition is Wen-Li, who joined the military to be an historian, this makes him a well known tactician men with an variety of knowledge in past military tactics, very driven and heroic person which makes his own rights to come to an end, essentially fighting against an corrupted democracy of his country government. The clash of the two main chars is addicted and somehow engaging seeing how two different hero's with different ideals, "power vs will", comes always to the same goal the best for their people. Written by ricardo cardoso

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21 December 1988 (Japan)  »

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There are so many characters that their names are always shown onscreen even if they're main characters. See more »


While set in the future the fleets move about in big blocks as if it was the 1800's even though as firepower gets more devastating soldiers spread out more and more. See more »


Reinhard Von Lohengrim: is this what it's like to wield power? I'm surrounded by rascals trying to take advantage of me.
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THE space opera
5 June 2013 | by (Eastern Europe) – See all my reviews

Yes, folks, this is it. Look no further if you are a science-fiction fan. There is no bigger space opera than this. The whole galaxy is the stage. Though, to be frank, that can sometimes be a drawback, too: the too big ensemble of characters is sometimes an overkill, and the storyline is so long you must spend some 25 episodes (10 hours) just to start appreciating it. However, the setting is thought out down to a T. There are many characters, but I can still name a dozen at the top of my head - Yang Wenli, Reinhard, Hildegard, Julian, Merkatz, Poplan, Schenkopp, Muller, Oberstein, Rubinsky, Siegfried...All of them are just cogs in the big machine called history, but since there are so many possible variations and destinies, it is impossible to predict what will happen next. The outcome can be anything.

This is the main trump card of writer Yoshiki Tanaka: pure, raw inspiration. He did not have a big budget at his disposal at that time, which is why the animation in the first third of the show is dated, the camera work is slightly flawed and the marketing was so scarce that many of you probably never heard of it. You probably heard of The Fast and the Furious, but your intellectual potentials are lost on that one. I for one, though, prefer a technically modest, flawed and unknown presentation of a story - as long as the story itself is worthy to be told. And my God, is this a story to be told. You will never view democracy or autocracy with the same eyes again. You can watch perfectly filmed big budget blockbusters, with perfect editing, lighting and sound, but you know deep in your heart that it lacks soul. I am still at wonder that something like this was ever made, at all. Babylon 5 does not even hold a candle to this. My favorite part has to be the middle, around episode 50, where Kaiser Reinhard and Wenli start an epic space battle at Vermilion - believe me, you will not stay indifferent when Wenli gets Reinherd in the crossfire. If there is one thing I have to object to strongly, though, then it is the sometimes fascist tone in this. Maybe I am just imagining things, but the total authority Reinhard wants over the whole galaxy does tend to turn unbalanced at times - except without the killing of anyone different, but tolerating them. However, you have to see this and make your own mind. Your science-fiction knowledge will not be complete before watching this.

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