The 1988 Movie & OVA are one of the best hidden gems in anime that were really hard to get until they were finally licensed in 2015 for North America. To be honest, I haven"t watched this series myself and I created this guide after I did lots of research for the best watching order so I can follow it myself. I will update as needed as I watch the series.

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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue TheseTV (12 eps)Production I.G2018

Thousands of years later, humanity has advanced into space. Here it has divided into two countries with two different forms of government: the autocracy of the Galactic Empire, and the democracy of the Free Planets Alliance. These two countries have been at war for 150 years. Near the end of the 8th age of the space calendar, the appearance of two geniuses will change history forever. The unstoppable genius, Reinhard von Lohengramm, and the unbeatable magician, Yang Wen-li. As heads of the Imperial and Alliance armies respectively, the two will face each other in battle over and over again.

TagsDramaSci FiMilitaryOuter SpacePoliticalSpace OperaWarBased on a Novel
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Watch. Recommended For First Time Viewers.This is a new adaptation of the books and not a remake of the 1988 Movie & OVA.

"The two versions are both fantastic adaptations of the book. Even though they cover the same material, they are both drastically different... For those who may be turned off by older animation and prefer a more cinematic presentation, Die Neue These (DNT) is the way to go. For those who like a slower story and a more sophisticated feeling, the 1988 OVA is the way to go..." -u/Jamull2013

"The thing is, the OVA itself was intended as a "rewatch" of sorts for the audience - it was intended for people who had already read the novels in full, after all. This is why the OVA felt free to introduce characters or ideas early, out of (novel) order, and/or with little introduction, especially in the first two episodes.

While a person already familiar with all the material will probably wish DNT introduced more things faster, it is following the novel order almost to a T in introducing the world to a new audience, which still means a lot of new stuff in almost every episode." -Gambio15

Here are more opinions about the DNT vs. 1988 OVA adaptations.


"Legend of the Galactic Heroesis a retelling of Yoshiki Tanaka’s beloved science fiction novels of the same name. While many may remember the anime from the late 80’s-90’s,Die Neue Theseattempts to set itself apart with modern animation and a new format; the bulk of the story will be released in theatres as a film series... By telling both sides of the story, LotGH provides an in-depth study of the different types of characters and scenarios that have influenced the history of war itself. It has the feel of a classic war film and the look of a space opera, but at its heart it is a historical epic.

Yoshiki Tanaka (also the author of The Legend of Arslan)is an avid history wonk. He has a wide-ranging knowledge of conflict across the ages, and he focuses on how poor management influences the course of battle and compounds the tragedies of war. The two protagonists, both genius strategists, take out lesser characters with an ease that can stretch believability; but every battle in the series is inspired by true events, and many of the characters are reimagined generals and conquerors. Like any war film, a good amount of time is devoted to battle and strategy, which can be a bit of a slog for anyone not interested in great military endeavors. However, an equal portion of the series is focused on political maneuvers and character development. This combination leads to a somber look at human affairs with little to no humor or unnecessary feels.

Absolutely no expense was spared in the making of this series, and that includes hiring an all-star cast of well-known seiyuu. Reinhard, the protagonist most closely resembling Alexander the Great, is voiced by Mamoru Miyano (Light from Death Noteand Tamaki from Ouran), while his counterpart Wen-Li Yang isKenichi Suzumura(LavifromD.Gray-man, andSougofromGintama). The rest of the cast is no less impressive, as most of them have extensive credits to their name..." -MyOwnAlarum

I"ll have to add that English cast is equally good with Aaron DismukeasReinhard(Alphonse&Van HohenheimfromFullmetal AlchemistandSenkuufromDr. Stone) andIan SinclairasWen-Li Yang(BrookfromOne Piece,DaikokufromNoragamiandYu KANDAfromD.Gray-man).

"What It Brings to the Conversation

If you don’t like shows that are dialogue-driven, this may not be the show for you. But if you enjoy long and eloquent talks about religion, politics, philosophy, nations as tools to be used instead of inviolable and impermeable institutions, and the role of the military as a tool of control versus a tool of liberation, all while great space battles take place every few episodes, boy isLegend of the Galactic Heroessomething for you.

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What makes this show truly special is the great length it goes to be impartial, and to present as many sides of the argument as possible. You may find yourself leaning more heavily towards one side or the other, and the show may even seem to favor either the Empire or the Alliance a bit more depending on the episode, before the next one shows you the other side of the battle and you suddenly see things from a different perspective and maybe even rooting for the characters you hated only five episodes before. Due to the dialogue-heavy nature of theLegend of the Galactic Heroes, the message and themes of the show are presented via conversation instead of straight preaching to the audience – not only that, but most conversations involve one character offering counterpoints to the other, as to present both viewpoints and let the audience draw their own conclusions.

Legend of the Galactic Heroesis heavily concerned with history and the role people in power play in it. The writing is inspired by the “great man theory” which argues that history can be largely explained by the impact great men or heroes have on society and history at large. Characters are often talking about how history will view their actions and how the rise and fall of nations is but a natural part of human history. The rise and fall of empires, and the cyclic nature of history are at the very core of this show. The more we discover of the history of the show’s universe, one thing becomes clear: war never changes." -Rafael Motamayor