1Legend of the Galactic Heroes
What is it?
Legend of the Galactic Heroes is another anime based on a Japanese sci-fi novel. If you thought Crest of the Stars/Banner of the Stars, was epic, then you’ll have to hold on to your horses when you start on this series.
Written by Yoshiki Tanaka between 1982 to 1987, Legend of the Galactic Heroes in its original novel form spanned 10 volumes. Considering that Tanaka was a history major, it’s no surprise how long the novel got with its intricate detailing.
What Legend of the Galactic Heroes is though, is an epic space opera. Set in our distant future, sometime around the 36th century, and within the Milky Way galaxy, the story centres around two main characters Reinhard von Müsel and Yang Wen Li. Reinhard is a an ambitious military genius within the Galactic Empire while Wen Li is his archrival in the Free Planets Alliance.
With a galactic war in the background we see the rise of the these two main characters to the top hierarchy of their respective sides, while occasionally encountering each other in battle along the way. That’s not all though, in the series we see the intricacies of their respective empires with a lot more characters populating the stories (so many that the anime has to constantly put their names up to remind you who they are)
Why watch it?
Want a proper space opera? You’ll get it with Legend of the Galactic Heroes. Seriously, we’re not kidding. If you thought 10 volumes for a novel was long, wait till you check out the anime. The anime series spanned four seasons over almost 10 years from 1988 to 1997, with a total of 110 episodes. Add to that a couple of movies, some which are required watching if you really want the full story experience, and you can figure that Legend of the Galactic Heroes is not for the faint of heart.
Length aside, why this anime is a must watch is the characterisations of their Wen Li and Reinhard. This isn’t your bad vs good story, no evil empire vs the rebel army. Both characters are likeable and when you see their stories, you can’t but help to relate to them. It’s not just the main characters, though. With a wealth of great portrayals from the other supporting characters, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, delivers one hell of a good story.
Then there’re the space battles. As dated as the anime is (hey it was made in the 1980s to 1990s), it still manages to convey a sense of epic-ness and when you combine them with the tune of classical music like Bach and Beethoven, you can feel just how major they are. And here’s a bonus. Once you’re finally done watching all the episodes and supporting movies, you’ll have a chance to do it again. Why? Because there’s a reboot of the series planned for 2017, and it’ll be done by Production I.G. Now how’s that for some truly epic news?