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Book Review: Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 1: Dawn

Space: the eternal frontier. This is the story of admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm. His mission: to unite the war-torn galaxy under his rule, to reform the decaying Galactic Empire, to conquer what so many men dreamed of conquering before. Do you believe I can seize this universe and make it my own? More than 33 years have passed since Yoshiki Tanaka published the first volume of Ginga Eiyū Densetsu, or Legend of the Galactic Heroes. After its completion in 1987,… Continue Reading →

Perfect Anime Endings (2/2)

Part 2 of my list of perfect anime endings. (Read part 1 here.) 5. Legend of the Galactic Heroes (OVA): The Legend Ends, and History Begins Building up a perfect ending over the course of twenty-something episodes requires considerable talent and effort. Delivering such an ending after 110 episodes, which aired over the course of just a little under 10 years, is something else entirely. Yoshiki Tanaka and Noburo Ishiguro’s monumental epos succeeds at doing just that. Legend of the… Continue Reading →

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