Various people, especially two rising commanders, cope with a massive continual space conflict between two interstellar nations.




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 Karl Gustav Kemp (10 episodes, 1989-1991)
Jôji Nakata ...
 Leopold Schumacher (9 episodes, 1989-1991)
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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Legend of the Galactic Heroes  »

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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 »


Julian Minci: Admiral, is it true that everyone has a premonition about their own death?
Yang Wen-Li: Julian, how can you take the word of someone who hasn't died yet?
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Epic in Scope - Perfect for the Right Taste
6 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Legend of the Galactic Heroes is one of the most ambitious works I've seen. The setting is the Milky Way Galaxy, with two sides in a great war. The Galactic Empire is a monarchy, where rank is determined by lineage instead of competence. There's class inequality, but young upstart Reinhard von Müsel seeks to take the throne and bring reform. The Free Planets Alliance split off from the Empire to form a democracy. But corruption in the government prevents the people's representation. Yang Wen-li still believes in the system, and becomes Reinhard's respected rival in battle, both masters of military tactics.

LotGH delves deep into politics, character, and military strategy. Its realistic, with few stereotypes in its gigantic cast. Its such a space opera, it even has classical music in its score! But wow do you need to be patient. At 110 episodes, it demands commitment from the viewer. And its slow-paced too. Events rarely unfold in a single episode. Some barely move the plot, and focus on building characters and the universe. There's no immediate pay-off, and you might be underwhelmed by the time the wheels start rolling.

If you are not totally into the show, it can be easy to be blown out, even when you're not halfway in. I kinda broke down by the 80s. But if the concept intrigues you and you don't mind the length and pace, its a sci-fi classic.

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