I would personally like to know just who it was that had the idea to make this show’s first season only 12 episodes so that I can write them a strongly worded letter about how dumb it was.
But I am getting ahead of myself.
I love mech shows so, naturally, I put this show on the to watch list simply because it mentioned the words “space”. I also know what those of you that have seen this show are probably gonna say. “You know it’s more of a space opera, right? That’s kind of the point of it right?” Yes, I know that. Now. But upon initial read the simple fact it was in space spoke to me because my inner mech fan was screaming “WATCH IT”, and I very recently got around to it.
- Number of Episodes: 12
- Movie Sequels to come in 2019
- Original Run Dates: April 2018-June 2018
- Spring 2018
- Source Material: Light Novel
- Studio: Production I.G.
- Staff: Shunsuke Tada (Director), Noboru Takagi (Series Composition), Yoko Kikuchi (Character Design), Iwao Teraoka (Character Design), Touma Amagase (Character Design), Katsura Tsushima (Character Design), Takayuki Goto (Chief Animation Director), Shin Hashimoto (Music)
- English Dub by FUNimation
- Opening: “Binary Star” by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Uru
- Ending: “Wish” by ELISA
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These tells the story of what humanity has going on for itself many, many, many years from now. The human race now lives on many different planets throughout the galaxy, which is separated into three groups. Two of which, the Free Planets Alliance and the Galactic Empire have been at war with one another for quite a while. One follows a more democratic rule while the other follows a monarchical society. Not an original concept, but they are in space and that changes a lot. LoGH follows the Galactic Empire’s Reinhard von Musel and the Free Planets Alliance’s Yang Wen Li as they continue to clash heads in conflicts across the universe.
Something that LoGH has that not many shows like it do, is that it approaches the battle in a way not many others have. Where other shows may choose to focus more on individual pilots in the war, this series looks at those higher up on the command ladder. They spend more time focusing on the politics of going to war over instead of, say, a pilot training to fight in the battle. In fact, they spend a good part of one episode watching the government of the Free Planets Alliance arguing about continuing war. The scariest thing about this show, that is right I said the scariest, is the sheer size of these military forces. In one battle alone, they lost over one million people and the forces that the Free Planets Alliance sends out halfway through has 30 million people comprising it. 30 million! To put that into perspective it took me the population of four U.S. states around where I live to get to 30 million (Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Kentucky for those of you wondering), or twice the population of the state of New York. I know this number is possible because there are multiple planets involved, but that is a lot! It still blows my mind the sheer size of these forces. Aside from that though, the one thing the show does that is a little…interesting is that for the first half of it the show alternated between each side each episode. So, one would have Reinhard as the focus while the next would have Yang. It was nice to see both sides, but it often jumped around so much you were not sure what year it was of whatever was happening. Sometimes the other side would get some screen time in the other side’s episode, but often it was brief. Sometimes one episode had multiple episodes in a row. In the twelve episodes, we have Yang and Reinhard fight…sort of twice. With a show surrounding those two fighting, it was kind of a bummer that so little time was spent on the two of them trying to outsmart each other on the battlefield. Because those moments were some of the best in the show.
Now for the characters, uh where to start. To start with, I think that Yang and Reinhard are perfect leads for this show and the command of their troops and military knowhow was truly something to see. We got to spend time with these two more than anyone else, and as such found out a lot more about them than anyone else. Their motivations, backstories, and relationships were revealed to us and from what I can tell we have only just reached the tip of the iceberg of their stories. The other characters, however, well…
Apart from the true star of this show, Kircheis, we really did not discover a lot about the other characters in this show. No one really had any backstory given to them, and even the introduction of Yang’s adoptive son was just kind of an “oh yeah he’s got a kid now”. A couple had single episodes they played pivotal parts in, but half of the time there was no reason for me to even want them to make it out of the battle. In the opening, there are several people featured that never even spoke in the anime. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen that I spent an absurd amount of time trying to figure out just who a certain character was only to discover he never talked in the show. AND half the reason he was so difficult to find was that they completely changed his character design from the original series so the Wikia was not helpful at all. There is a fighter pilot, I think that’s what he is, who is focused on quite a bit in the last episode does not appear at all until that point. However, he does have his own portion of the opening. The other characters were never given backstories, motivations, or really anything that would make me want to cheer them on. Only the main two characters, and Kircheis, were focused on and with what is apparently a very large cast of characters they really should have maybe done the show differently, so we know more about them. An easy way to start would have been to have it be more than 12 episodes, but that is just what I think.
This show is beautiful. I give credit where credit is due, and this show was just breathtaking to watch. I really do not have a whole lot to say because it was just…beautiful. The scenes with the ships in outer space are just…insane to see. The animation team behind LoGH deserves a pay increase and a good vacation. They outdid themselves with this. The opening song was also beautiful. “Binary Star” is gorgeous to start off with and when the last line starts as the title comes onto the screen…beautiful. It really gets you ready for whatever is coming up next but also soothes you from anything bothering you before it starts. Like I mentioned with the characters, many of those shown in the opening only had brief appearances in the show. In most anime, the characters in the opening are very important to the show as a whole. Being in the opening is a big deal, but with this one, it seems like they just threw in characters to fill time. The ending suffered from the same issue for me. The ending was pretty, not my favorite but not bad, however, some characters are not vital characters to the story. It is also really simple as it just shows the cast passing by in a large group. For a show based on a series from so long ago, I was expecting a lot more out of it.
The biggest take away for me was basically that one of my pet peeves is apparently when characters who are not vital to the story are shown in the opening or ending. Oh, also now when someone else asks what my dream vehicle is my answer is going to be Kircheis’ Barbarossa. Sure, it is a ginormous intergalactic spaceship, but it’s red and whoever is in charge of it gets to sit in a silver throne. Yeah, I am down for that.
In the end, despite how much I did somewhat enjoy this show, I have to give Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These a C. The animation was good and the focus on two characters was well done but setting up this large cast without making them feel like actual people is something that bugs me. Plus, my issues with the opening and ending and my enjoyment factor went down a lot. Is it good? Yes. Should you give it a try? Yes, absolutely. However, there needed to be a lot more of this show to allow the studio to fill out the story and focus more on the conflict between the two leads and their allies. Too much time was spent on just sitting around and talking, without anything really happening.
And yes, I know that there is the original series with its 600+ episodes, but if they wanted more people to get into the franchise I am not convinced that this is necessarily the best way to go about doing that.
Let me know what you guys think though! Have you seen the show? If so, what is your opinion of it? Have you seen the original? Go ahead and put that and anything else you’d like to share down in the comments below!!
See you next time!!
You can watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These:
– Crunchyroll – sub
– Funimation– dub
– VRV’s Funimation (dub) or Crunchyroll (sub)
This was Anime Review Number 48. See the rest here: List of Anime Reviews
Want to contact me about a collaboration or something else? You can contact at:
– Email: email@example.com
– Twitter: @Kachan_Anime