Sunday, March 30, 2014

"Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gaiden"

Oh Kircheis.
I put off watching the last two episodes of "LoGH Gaiden" because I didn't want to end the epic marathoning I've been doing on all things "LoGH."  But I have finally finished watching the main series, the "Gaiden" side stories series, and the movies which are retellings of the main series.  I admit the last season of the main series was a bit slow going, but it was all very satisfying.  I read that there is going to be a remake soon, but I find it hard to believe any animation studio will undertake to adapt the novel series in such a deep and detailed way that the existing 110-plus episodes does.  I hope to watch a "mature" anime like this again.  It's a war story that is sympathetic and critical to each side.  Loyalty and honor exist in the Galactic Empire and the Alliance.  So do corruption and greed.  Heroes Yang and Lohengramm exemplify loyalty and honor, but have opposing views on government.  The existence of this conflict alone makes this an anime of note, but the fantastic art style, classical music soundtrack, and intelligent internal and external dialogue really put this over the top.  Oh yes, and Reinhard von Lohengramm is super fabulous.

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