Legend of the Galactic Heroes (also known as Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu in Japanese) is a science fiction anime television series which is based on a series of science fiction novels of the same name. Written by Yoshiki Tanaka and illustrated by Naoyuki Kato and Yukihisa Kamoshita, the novel series was published decades back, with 10 volumes being released between 1982 and 1987. Almost simultaneously, between 1984 and 1989, a separate novel series titled Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Side Stories, also written by Yoshiki Tanaka, was published.
As the series’ popularity soared, it spawned a bunch of manga adaptations, both old and recent, and was adapted into several anime films and original video animation (OVA) series. The most recent anime adaptation titled Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Kaikou, was produced by famed Japanese animation studio Production I.G. and Season 1 of the show made its way to viewers’ screens on April 3, 2018. It became quite popular among fans of the source material as well as new viewers, and since the conclusion of Season 1, fans have been waiting to hear news on a second season. Here’s everything we know about the prospects of Season 2 thus far.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes Season 2: When will it premiere?
Legend of the Galactic Heroes season 1, consisting of 12 episodes, premiered on April 3, 2018 and ran till June 26 of the same year. Almost a year after the release of Season 1, Production I.G. announced that it would be making a second season, albeit in a different format.
Whereas Season 1 had 12 separate episodes which were aired on television, Legend of the Galactic Heroes Season 2 will be released in the form of a film trilogy titled Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Seiran, which will consist of three films of four episodes each. Fans will also be delighted to know that Production I.G. has also announced the release date of three films – the first movie is slated to premiere on September 27, 2019 while the second and third movies will be released on October 25, 2019 and November 29, 2019 respectively.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes Dub:
Although Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These These Kaikou was initially released on in Japanese, Funimation licensed an English dub of the show keeping in mind its international following. If you want to watch the show in English, you can find dubbed episodes on Funimation and Crunchyroll.
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes Plot:
The show is set in a distant future, in the 35th century to be precise, and the events in the show take place within our Milky Way Galaxy.
However, unlike most space-based science fiction shows, there are no aliens in Legend of the Galactic Heroes, and instead, many planets in the galaxy have been terraformed to suit human life. With interstellar human beings spread out through the galaxy, peace does not last long and two factions – the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance – start warring with each other. These wars are intermittent, with brief periods of peace in between them, but they throw the entire galaxy into chaos. In this backdrop, the show follows two separate heroes.
On one hand, the Galactic Empire witnesses the meteoric rise of a military genius named Reinhard von Müsel. Driven by the desire to free his sister from being the Kaiser’s concubine, Reinhard’s ambitions soar with his rising popularity and status, and he eventually conspires to put an end to the corrupt Goldenbaum dynasty, defeat the Free Planets Alliance, and unite the galaxy under one rule.
On the other hand, another genius named Yang Wen-li surfaces in the Free Planets Alliance. With dreams of becoming a historian, Yang is forced to join the military to earn money and fund his studies. However, after joining the military, Yang finds that he has a natural inclination for military strategy and Yang’s exploits in the military quickly sees him rise to the rank of an admiral.
With the two heroes carving out reputations for themselves, they quickly become archrivals. The show not only follows their exploits and their lives, but also presents to viewers the intricate politics of the human settlements in the Milky Way in the 35th century. If you’re a fan of grand adventures and epic stories, Legend of the Galactic Heroes is bound to leave you spellbound.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes Characters:
As is evident from the preceding discussion, there are only two main characters in the show. Below, we’ve provided you with brief backgrounds on them.
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Reinhard von Müsel: One of the two main characters in the show, Reinhard was born to an impoverished aristocratic family. Following the premature death of his mother and his father’s mental breakdown, Reinhard’s older sister, Annerose brought him up. Things improved for Reinhard as he grew older, but his happiness was short-lived. When Reinhard was an pre-teen, the Kaiser of the Galactic Empire, Friedrich IV, took a liking to Annerose and took her as his concubine. Enraged at the Kaiser’s actions, Reinhard swore vengeance not just against the Kaiser, but the entire corrupt Goldenbaum dynasty and the oppressive nobility of the Galactic Empire. To take his dreams of exacting vengeance forward, Reinhard then joined the military and quickly rose through the ranks due to his prowess in battle and his knack for military strategy. After reaching the rank of admiral and proving his worth in the military, Reinhard gets command of the prototype battleship Brünhild, which becomes his flagship.
Yang Wen-li: The second main character in the show, Yang was born to a merchant family and is a pacifist at heart. Having never wanted to be part of the bloody battles between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance, Yang grew up wanting to become a historian. However, he did not have money to pay for his tuition and ended up joining the military with the hopes of getting a scholarship. Soon after graduation, Yang was forced to partake in a battle owing to the incompetence of his superiors, and thereon began his meteoric rise. Yang quickly gained a reputation of being a fearsome and unparalleled military strategist and before long, he rose to the rank of an admiral. After becoming an admiral, Yang is given command of a battleship named Hyperion, and this becomes his flagship.
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