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Promotional poster for the 1988 movie My Conquest is the Sea of Stars, a prequel for the main OVA series.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes (Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説, Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu), often abbreviated to LOGH, is a Japanese science-fiction novel series, written by Japanese novelist, Dr. Yoshiki Tanaka. Since its initial publication in 1982, it has been adapted into multiple forms of media, ranging from multiple OVA series, prequel films, various video games and a live-action theatrical adaptation.
Set in the late 36th century, the corrupted, democratic Free Planets Alliance, and the autocratic, monarchy Galactic Empire, ran by a crumbling dynasty, who have been in a never ending, 150 year war. LOGH follows the rise of the two central protagonists, Reinhard von Lohengramm, an admiral in the Galactic Empire, who joined the military in order overthrow the falling Goldenbaum Dynasty, and free his sister from her concubine status. Meanwhile, Yang Wenli is a commodore in the Free Planets Alliance who originally wanted to be a historian, but joined the military due to financial woes, and has become a renowned strategist, but reluctant due to the fame is has brought him. Each leader attracts other brilliant leaders, and strategists, and with this, a new war has begin to unfold.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes was written by Yoshiki Tanaka, and illustrated by Naoyuki Kato for the first five volumes, and later Yukihisa Kamoshita for the last five. The first volume was published in November 30, 1982, and the tenth, and final volume was released in November 15, 1987. The side stories were published in September 1, 1984, lasting up to July 31, 1989. Three manga spinoffs were later released as well: the first was Golden Wings, a "shoujo" prequel exploring the childhood of Reinhard and his best friend, later confidant, Siegfried Kircheis, their initial meeting, and reasons for joining the imperial military. The last two were published from 1989 to 1994, and the third in 2007, and is still ongoing. On February 6, 1988, studios Madhouse, and Artland released the first installment of the LOGH anime series, My Conquest is the Sea of Stars, a prequel that lead up to the main OVA series. In January 8, 1988, Studio Artland and KItty Films released the first episode of the OVA series. The OVA covered the entire, original novel series, and ended on March 17, 1997, with a total of 110 episodes. In 1992, the prequel movie, based on the prequel manga, Golden Wings was released, though reception was lukewarm. One year later, the film, Overture to a New War, was released as way to connect the first film, My Conquest is the Sea of Stars, and the first two episodes of the OVA in a narrative sense. The final animated installment of the series were released as two separate OVA "seasons": A Hundred Billion Stars, A Hundred Billion Lights, and Spiral Labyrinth, with the former being released in October 21, 1998, and the latter in Dec 24, 1999, and each ending in 2000,and 2001 respectively for a total of 52 episodes. On February 12, 2014, it was announced that a new adaptation was in the works , and on August 13, 2015, the new adaptation is now confirmed for a 2017 release, with Production I.G. handling the production.
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The main OVA for Legend of the Galactic Heroes, is wide acclaimed by the anime community for it's maturity, every character that is introduced getting developed, the grey morality, and the themes it explores. It is on many anime databases top anime lists, with it being number nine of all anime on Myanimelist, the top OVA for Myanimelist's OVA section, a rating of 9.45 on AnidDb, 30th on Hummingbird, 53rd on Anime Planet, and 14th on Anime News Network. Its many prequel movies, and gaiden OVA's have gotten praise for expanding on every characters' background. The movie, Golden Wings, is the most panned of the entire series, due to the uncanny character designs, and a plot that does not resemble what LOGH is known for.
On July 3, 2015, Sentai Filmworks acquired the license and plan to release the OVA in America, while VIZ acquired the novels series. On tumblr, the series is tagged under it's English name, Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu (Japanese title), and LOGH. On Youtube, the most popular video is a mod of Super Robot Wars, using LOGH characters instead.
Are You Frustrated?
Are You Frustrated is a photoshop meme in which the subject’s face is elongated using the clone stamp tool in the Adobe Photoshop image editing software. The earliest known instance featured the face of the character Siegfried Kircheis.
If Only Kircheis was Here
In episode 26 of the OVA, Reinahrd von Lohengramm was the target of an assassination attempt, but his subordinate and childhood friend, Siegfried Kircheis, saved him from imminent death, but at the cost of Kircheis's life. After that, many main and supporting characters pondered that if Kircheis was still alive, he would have known what to do in predicaments and later in the series, how to console the new Kaizer, Reinhard von Lohengramm. The catchphrase started being used as a way to state that something would be better if Kircheis was there.
 Anime News Network – Legend of the Galactic Heroes Novels Get New Anime
fn.2 Myanimelist – Top Anime
fn.3 Myanimelist – Top Anime: OVA
fn.4 AniDb – Anime: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu
fn.5 Hummingbird – Anime
fn.6 Anime Planet – Top Anime
fn.7 Anime News Network – Anime Top 50 Best Rated (bayesian estimate)
fn.8 Crunchyroll – Sentai Filmworks
fn.9 Crunchyroll – Viz
fn.10 tumblr – Legend of the Galactic Heroes
fn.11 tumblr – Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu
fn.12 tumblr – LOGH
fn.13 Anime News Network – Anime News Netowork