Legend of Galactic Heroes
(Heldensagen vom Kosmosinsel)
(Ginga Eiyu Densetsu)
Legend of Galactic Heroes is definitely the best anime space epic ever.
Based on the novel series of the same name by Tanaka Yoshiki (who also
wrote the Arslan novels), LoGH
the anime series brings to the TV screen the grand visions in the novel.
The sheer scale of things in LoGH is truly mind-boggling: Tens of thousands of
battle cruisers flying in formation is a spectacle I've never seen before,
in anime or anywhere else. What's more important, there are no fancy
giant robots or things like that, which adds to the show's realism.
The story is mainly about the struggle between the two superpowers
in the galaxy: On one side is the dignified but decadent
Galactic Empire, led by the confident and determined Reinhard von Lohengramm;
His opponent is the somewhat more modest strategic genius Yang Wen-Li,
one of the millitary leaders of the Free Planets Alliance. And behind them there are
numerous other characters ranging from common soldiers to mighty nobles and rulers,
whose fate and actions are all woven together into a complex tapestry of
future history. The majesty of galactic confrontations combined with
down-to-earth human conflicts makes this a most fascinating show.
Add to this a score made up almost entirely of classical music, and
we have a sure winner.