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Ginga eiyû densetsu 

Various people, especially two rising commanders, cope with a massive continual space conflict between two interstellar nations.
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Series cast summary:
Shô Hayami Shô Hayami ...  Fahrenheit / ... 10 episodes, 1988-1992
Tesshô Genda ...  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
Kei Tomiyama Kei Tomiyama ...  Yang Wen-li / ... 7 episodes, 1988-1995
Makio Inoue ...  Ansbach 7 episodes, 1989
Osamu Saka Osamu Saka ...  Emperor Friedrich IV / ... 6 episodes, 1988-1991
Ken'yû Horiuchi Ken'yû Horiuchi ...  Anton Felner 6 episodes, 1989-1992
Takaya Hashi Takaya Hashi ...  Ernst Mecklinger 6 episodes, 1989-1991
Shûichi Ikeda Shûichi Ikeda ...  Ulrich Kessler 6 episodes, 1989-1991
Osamu Kobayashi Osamu Kobayashi ...  Otto Von Braunschweig 6 episodes, 1989
Iemasa Kayumi Iemasa Kayumi ...  Jeanne Lobello 5 episodes, 1989-1992
Jûrôta Kosugi Jûrôta Kosugi ...  Kasper Lintz 5 episodes, 1989-1992
Yoshito Yasuhara Yoshito Yasuhara ...  Boris Konev 5 episodes, 1989-1992
Ken'ichi Ogata 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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Release Date:

21 December 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Legend of the Galactic Heroes See more »

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Kitty Films See more »
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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 »


Yang Wen-Li: There are no such things as 'wars between absolute good and absolute evil' in human history. Instead, there exist wars between one subjective good and another subjective good, and conflicts between one righteous faith and another righteous faith. In the case of a unilateral war of aggression, the aggressor would believe in its own righteousness. That is why wars have never ceased. As long as humans believe in God and in righteousness, there is no way conflicts would ever disappear.
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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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