In humanity's distant future, two interstellar states - the monarchic Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance - are embroiled in a never-ending war. The story focuses on the exploits of rivals Reinhard von Müsel and Yang Wen Li as they rise to power and fame in the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance.
LotGH is originally a novel series written by Yoshiki Tanaka.
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1982-1987, 10 volumes)
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Side Stories (1984-1989, 4 volumes + 5 short stories)
This is the franchise's original canon but due to the novels' obscure nature LotGH is better known for its anime adaptation. This version has minor alterations but true to the story. Still, it could be considered as a separate and more popular "canon" for the franchise.
The anime series consists of:
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest is the Sea of Stars (first movie, 1988)
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes (first OVA series, 1988-1997, 110 episodes)
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Golden Wings (second movie adapting a manga side story, 1992)
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Overture to a New War (third movie, a more novel-accurate retelling of the initial OVA episodes, 1993)
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gaiden: A Hundred Billion Stars, A Hundred Billion Lights (another OVA adaptation based on the side stories, 1998-2000, 24 episodes)
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gaiden: Spiral Labyrinth (another OVA adaptation based on the side stories, 1999-2001, 28 episodes)
Aside from these there are artbooks, databooks, DVD booklets and such sources which can provide further information.
There are also a number of manga adaptations but those aren't part of the anime-canon.
Supporters of the Series
Legend of the Galactic Heroes is quite popular in the OBD, especially amongst the more senior members.
List of Supporters:
- The Immortal WatchDog
Standing in the Battledome
Legend of the Galactic Heroes is a strong universe best known for their massive fleets. An average battle features tens of thousands of ships on each side but the largest engagements include multiple fleets and hundreds of thousands of ships. These ships are decently powerful with each of their multiple beam cannons outputting megatons of energy, tough armors and forcefields which can protect them to some extend. Nukes are also in use and these can be dialed up to gigaton yields. With their massive numbers it isn't surprising that fleets fight each other from great distances, measured in light-seconds. Curiously in the anime the beams traverse these distances under an instant, effectively making them FTL. Speaking of which, LotGH can perform warp jumps which allows them to pass inter-stellar distances in days. Overall the verse relies almost exclusively on conventional technologies albeit there are a few exceptions. One of them the Seffler particles which reacts explosively with intense heat or energy beams, resulting in devestating effects. Other is the liquid metal armor of their space fortresses which can deflect even an entire fleet's firepower. The largest of these fortresses as Geiersburg and Iserlohn possess a massive energy canon which has petatons of firepower and capable of firing quickly, eliminating entire fleets in minutes.
Fleets aside the Alliance and Empire also use similar but scaled down technologies in ground and personal warfare. Albeit the usage of Seffler particle generators often prohibits soldiers to use energy weapons, forcing both armies resorting to brutal hand-to-hand combat. A number of characters were shown to excel in these, performing somewhat superhuman feats in battle. Speaking of characters, another of the verse's strength is the abundance of competent commanders and politicians. When the scenario allows something other than direct combat this should be always considered.
- Reinhard von Lohengramm
- Siegfried Kircheis
- Walter von Shönkopf
- Yang Wen-li
- Free Planets Alliance
- Galactic Empire
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