Aloha and welcome back to Anime Parlay. I’m the Captain and I have an affinity for posts with long titles. I also have the softest of spots for intergalactic space dramas with handsome men. Can you blame me? I have been a huge fan of the original Legend of the Galactic Heroes for a long time. When I heard they were rebooting the franchise, I got pretty stoked just to see a re-imagining of the series. If there is one thing you should know about me, I usually like the unpopular opinion when it comes to stories, reboots, or pop-culture in general. So how would this show shake out once it got released? I had to find out.
Luckily for me I was looking for something to get posted here to the blog that would mix up my re-watch of Trigun. Enter The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These (which translates to “The New Thesis”, thanks Google). Two birds, one stone, and one hell-of-a good aim! I was ready to jump into this re-adaptation and see what I could farm out of it.
Heads up, probably more than likely SPOILERS AHEAD. Who knows, I like to rant. Second, these are my opinions and are forged through my experiences. They may not reflect your thoughts and that’s all good. We don’t have to see eye-to-eye to enjoy/dispute anything. We’ve got the “LeVar Burton Promise” here so you don’t have to take my word for it. Watch it for yourself and make up your own mind. Let’s jump into it!
Dynamic Storytelling is upon us!
The reason that I decided to discuss the first 2 episodes of the Galactic Heroes reboot is because how well the stories and events of the two episode tie into one another. Something that really breaks the staleness of episode-by-episode viewing is retelling an important story event from the eyes of another character. Mastercraft is the best way I can describe these first two episodes.
The first episode does a great job of setting up the first protagonist, Reinhard von Lohengramm, and his fleet flying under the banner of the Galactic Empire. The cocky but assured Lohengramm spends the first part of the episode explaining a plan to destroy an advancing Free Planets Alliance fleet. The Alliance fleet has already broken from a large strike force into 3 separate groups in an attempt to flank the Imperial fleet. Lohengramm sees the tactics from a mile away and mentions a very similar situation happening a past skirmish in their history.
Against his staff’s advisement, Lohengramm decided to charge head-first into the forward Alliance fleet catching them off-guard. The Alliance looses a 3rd of their numbers before Lohengramm advanced to one of the other alliance fleets. By the time the arrogant bastard was done wiping droves of humanity from existance, only 1 more fleet of Alliance ships remain. As Lohengramm goes after the last fleet to complete his hat trick, a voice interrupts all communications in the area. The voice appears to be coming from an Alliance ship and requests that if the other ships still afloat want to stay alive, follow his orders and keep up.
Lohengramm becomes confused but presses on with the attack. Before he realizes his strategy may have been a little too aggressive, the alliance ships pull an unexpected maneuver and manage to escape immediate death. Lohengramm is dumbfounded. The episode ends. WAIT! WHAT?!
Seriously, I felt like I was watching Battlestar Galactica again with the amount of drama building. Then Episode really takes off when it started the same events of the first episode from the Alliance side. It’s here we meet Yang Wen-Li, the eventual voice we mysteriously heard in the first episode. However, Yang has to be told by his superior officers that his battle reports are too passive and his strategies are worthless on a military level. Multiple times Yang gets told his plans are crap. Yet at the end of the day, it was his plan that minimized casualties. On both sides if you’re keeping track at home. Still, there was enough military jargon and laser fire to keep me interested the entire time.
Imperialism Versus Democracy
I love stories that have stakes to them. Not to say something like the “Slice-of-life” genre or a similar genre couldn’t have stakes to them. I love when a world/universe is so well crafted that it already has it’s own history to stand on. There may be geo-political conflicts or issues that have plagues nations for years. Maybe the socio-economic factors have given rise to a powerhouse while others are out-classed or out-gunned. Ideally, it reflects the problems facing society and crafts it into clever story telling. It has yet to be seen in the reboot of Galactic Heroes but damn it, I am desperate to see what makes each side tick.
From the sound of it, you have the old-school, traditionalist Galactic Empire on one side and a democratic, possibly separatist, members of the Free Planets Alliance. Will this show make comments about these styles of government? I mean, what is the over-all conflict about? I have to know!
War and Morality
The way that the story is being told is very much indifferent to each side in this fictitious war. Impartiality is very important when it comes to telling stories involving combat. That’s just my take on it. If you can easily point out the “good guys” and “bad guys”, it’s going to be pretty one-sided in who the storyteller is going to favor. With Galactic Heroes, you’re given both sides of the story in order to form your own un-biased opinion. You decide which side aligns more with you. You’re not forced to choose one side over the other which is going to lead to the story being more gray than black and white. I am ready!
That’s all I have for today. I didn’t think I would be covering such a new show but that’s just how it is. Believe it or not, I was going to write about something else but I couldn’t quite get the words right. In due time. When I get blocked up creatively, I just watch some episodes of something and bring you what I find. Thanks for reading! Adios!