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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:
Yûsaku Yara ...  Narrator / ... 109 episodes, 1988-1997
Ryô Horikawa ...  Reinhard von Lohengramm 86 episodes, 1988-1997
Katsuji Mori ...  Wolfgang Mittermeyer 64 episodes, 1988-1997
Nozomu Sasaki ...  Julian Mintz 62 episodes, 1989-1997
Kei Tomiyama Kei Tomiyama ...  Yang Wen-li 57 episodes, 1988-1995
Yoshiko Sakakibara ...  Frederica Greenhill / ... 54 episodes, 1989-1997
Norio Wakamoto ...  Oskar von Reuenthal 53 episodes, 1988-1997
Kazuhiko Inoue ...  Dusty Attemborough 51 episodes, 1988-1997
Toshio Furukawa ...  Olivier Poplin 51 episodes, 1988-1997
Michio Hazama ...  Walter von Schönkopf 50 episodes, 1989-1997
Masako Katsuki ...  Hildegard von Mariendorf / ... 48 episodes, 1989-1997
Kaneto Shiozawa ...  Paul von Oberstein 48 episodes, 1988-1997
Keaton Yamada Keaton Yamada ...  Alex Cazerne 44 episodes, 1989-1997


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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Animation | Drama | Sci-Fi | War


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Did You Know?


Yang Wen-li was Kei Tomiyama's final role, although older work has come out posthumously. He died September 25, 1995 of pancreatic cancer, shortly after completing his work on Legend of the Galactic Heroes. See more »


Regardless of the explosions destroying the ships, exposing the ship to space, the crews are shown to be dying like they are on earth. See more »


Yang Wen-Li: Nobody does anything until he gets an opportunity.
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Alternate Versions

Some episodes in the DVD differ to the initial releases (often called the LaserDisc/VHS releases). The DVD releases from 2000s, including the Sentai releases, is drawn slightly differently but frame by frame, both are the same. See more »

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Loved it - What is better, a corrupt Democracy or a Humanitarian Dictatorship.
27 August 2018 | by mayank09876See all my reviews

I started watching this 30 years old anime series after seeing the first season (Ginga Eiyû Densetsu: Die Neue These - Kaikou 2018) of a reboot based on the original. I liked the story so much, didn't have the patience to wait for new seasons to come out and decided to binge watch this ancient animation series.

This is one of the most unique anime series I have watched, it didn't depend on action sequences, heroic fighting, intrigue or showy effects to tell a story as is the style for such animation series, instead it relied on believable strategy's and actual storytelling, it genuinely felt like a good adoption from a Sci-fi novel as is the actual case.

The Sci-fi anime is focused on Space Warfare between two Inter-Galactic Powers, the story is told by showcasing the lives of two geniuses who clash against each other over the years. Their lives are as dissimilar as it can be yet they parallel each other in achievements. This is as much a biography of these two as a military sci-fi. Loved the social commentary and the conflicting questions asked all through the series.

The animation and music are mediocre at best considering its 30 years old but serves the purpose as the focus of this series is the storytelling and it does have an interesting story to tell.

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21 December 1988 (Japan) See more »

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