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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
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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 »


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 »


Flegel: Don't be arrogant, kid
Reinhard Von Lohengrim: I'm not being arrogant. It's just that after being barked at by so many ill-bred dogs, every now and then I take a kick at one for the dog's own good.
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Followed by Legend of Galactic Heroes Gaiden (1998) See more »

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THE Space Opera.
1 August 2013 | by stefanostsougranisSee all my reviews

"In every age, in every place, the deeds of men remain the same".

Haven't you always wanted to find an anime that is equal to a great book, an anime that you'll hold dear as you will age through time? Then search no further, cause this anime alone is sufficient to satisfy your hunger.

Story : 8.7 / 10 "Great"

Legend of the Galactic Heroes (LOGH for short) is a space opera taking place on a small amount of planets in our Milky Way Galaxy, with a greater and noble main purpose : To teach you about the political and war schemes of men. In this Galaxy, there are three separate sides : The autocratic Galactic Empire, the democratic Free Planets Alliance and the politically neutral planet and product trading center, Phezzan. The plot is mainly centered around the political and war games between the first two, but also around the political importance of Phezzan in forming the shape of this great war. The plot thickens when Reinhard Von Lohengramm, a military genius from the side of the Galactic Empire who constantly rises in the military ranks and begins to change the autocratic government from it's foundations, clashes with another military genius from the side of Free Planets Alliance, Yang Wenli, who wants democracy to prevail as the best out of the existing government types and, ultimately, to end this futile war. Empires rise and fall and democracies turn into military-driven governments as the series progress and our characters shape their opinions on human ideals and mature in the most logical way possible out of the results of this endless and brutal war.

Art : 7.4 / 10 "Good"

The art of LOGH could be seen as it's most vulnerable side. It has many still scenes, many sloppily re-drawn scenes and maintains a mediocre facial consistency till the end. However, the art is improved through the years and could be recognized as something unique, artsy and very fitting to the mood and themes of the series.

Sound : 8.8 / 10 "Great"

The works of the big classical composers such as Brahms, Strauss and Tchaikovsky are worldwide known as masterpieces. Thus, I will not further analyze the importance they hold, not only in the classical music section, but to the whole world of music. However, when used properly, they instantly turn a show into a majestic one, with LOGH being the most obvious and well-refined example.

Characters : 8.1 / 10 "Very Good"

There are lot of characters who have significant value in forming the elaborate plot of LOGH and all are three-dimensional, but two of them shine the most: Reinhard and Yang. Reinhard Von Lohengramm is a poor noble from the Galactic Empire side who, along with his best friend Siegfried Kircheis, want to overpower the Kaiser (emperor) , rescue his sister from Kaiser's hands and then unify and rule the whole known universe. An interesting character full of ambition, born to be a wise and thoughtful leader and showing the utmost respect to his citizens, soldiers and subordinates. Yang Wenli is a stoic, sarcastic and witty character, a rising star in the military section of Free Planets Alliance, who, along with his son Julian, wants to contribute the most into ending this endless war between Galactic Empire and Free Planets Alliance and give an end to the unlimited numbers of dead soldiers. Also an interesting character, who is more interested in history lessons than going into battle, and feels the weight of the dead soldiers keep growing on his shoulders, as a respectful and wise military commander should do. The other members of the cast are, if not equally, rather interesting because of their contribution to the plot, their three- dimensional and believable aspects and their redeeming qualities.

Verdict : 8.4 / 10 "Very Good"

There is no other show like it. It have some cons, but they are completely surpassed by it's magnitude of feelings and emotions, giving maybe the most powerful anti-war message of our recent times, and most meaningful political analysis on the schemes of men.

A review ends, an amazing experience begins.

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21 December 1988 (Japan) See more »

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