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Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Alt titles: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu

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The war between the monarchical Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance has raged ceaselessly across the galaxy for over a century, with the fleets of both powers having fought countless battles. Currently the conflict revolves around the strategic Iserlohn Corridor, one of only two passages of space through which the two forces can access each other. Here the Empire has built the nigh-impregnable Iserlohn Fortress, whose deadly weaponry has thwarted repeated efforts by the Alliance to capture her. Phezzan, a neutral mercantile state, controls the other corridor. The long war has resulted in an indecisive stalemate, but there are two men from the two worlds who will change everything: Wen-Li Yang, a gifted strategist from the Alliance who wants nothing more than to retire and be a historian; and Reinhard von Lohengramm, a man from the Empire whose ambition knows no bounds. Their loves, struggles, triumphs and failures play across an interstellar stage of intrigue, war and death.

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Noboru ISHIGURO Director
Yukio KIKUKAWA Producer
Masatoshi TAHARA Producer

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Official Editorial Reviews

Title Author Score Date
Legend of the Galactic Heroes VivisQueen 9.5/10 Jan 8, 2010
Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu VivisQueen 9.5/10 Jan 8, 2010
Legend of the Galactic Heroes valondar 9.7/10 Dec 2, 2008
Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu valondar 9.7/10 Dec 2, 2008

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Legend of the Galactic Heroes Jevinie 9.5/10 Aug 4, 2013
Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Jevinie 9.5/10 Aug 4, 2013
Legend of the Galactic Heroes AnimeCrusader 9.1/10 Jul 31, 2013
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Death Note

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...

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DigitalShinigami

Two titanic intellects, one bent on reshaping the world to their own desire, the other fighting to maintain the status quo. This description fits both of these animes to a tee.

They both tell their respective stories from the perspective of the two main characters. Rather than portray one as the protagonist and the other as the antagonist, they both leave the decision of who's the good guy and who's the bad guy up to the viewer.

I have often heard both of these being referred to as a "thinking mans" anime and require some thought on behalf of the viewer to aperciate. So long as LOGH's archaic animation doesn't bother you then there's no good reason that if you liked one you wouldn't like the other.

sothis

I'm surprised that more people haven't made this recommendation pairing. The lead characters in LOTGH and Death Note calculate their moves carefully and constantly are engaging in battles of wits with each other - though LOTGH is more sci fi and on a far grander scale. If you liked the pacing and psychological elements of one, do check out the other.

Kez

Although both anime have hardly anything in common plot wise they are both 'Thinker's Anime' in meaning that both give the viewer more than a screen of flickering colors and lights but also a deep story based on logic and psychology.

Both anime treat you like a person with a brain, not a retarded chimp that needs every little detail and occurrence explained.

LuluSama

Both animes are very similar to each other. In both animes you óbserve two opposing factions who are trying to outwit the other. The basic idea is the same, whereas the rules and conditions might be a tad different. If you liked one of these, i honestly can not see a reason for you to not like the other.

Solipsism

There are a lot of reasons why you wouldn't think these two anime would go over well with the same people, but when it comes down to it, if you focus on characterization more than on plot and you liked the characters of either LoGH or of Death Note, I expect you will like the other. The presentation of each anime is very different - indeed, LoGH is about 20 years older than Death Note, and the original LoGH novels are even older - and many aspects of the plot of each are totally unrelated, there nevertheless exists a similarity between the main characters (especially in the two main characters of each respective show) and in the ideals and morals that drive each series, particularly the two main concepts in each series: The struggle between the Machiavellian desire to do whatever is necessary to right what is wrong with the world, and the belief that certain methods of achieving victory and peace are unacceptable, no matter the consequences of forgoing them.

chrono9665

On the surface the two animes have little in common, one is a space opera and the other is psychological thriller. Both however have a common but important element. They both involve incredibly intelligent strategists pitting their minds against each other in a struggle of life and death and we the audience get all the benefit.

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Tytania

Tytania

Humanity has stretched its reach into space and has settled onto a number of planets. For the past several hundred years, though, most of man’s territory has been politically and militarily dominated by the Tytania clan. However, their grip of power begins to shake when an admiral from Euria, Fan Hulic, preposterously manages to win a battle against an armada commanded by a Tytanian duke. Now wanted by Tytania, Fan Hulic flees from one planet to another. His travels will lead him to many places and many people, all of whom finally have hope that the hated Tytania can finally be defeated.

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sloggerK

Large  galactice empires with a fair dash of Prussian/Germanic influence, large space battles decided by famous generals, conspiracies, plots, and strange alliances.

MagicianYang

The characters are fairly similar.  Both of these have a somewhat disinterested yet extremely talented main character as well as equally brilliant counterparts in the opposing factions.  They are both done in space opera style and feature massive space battles and political intrigue.

chii

Both series are basically the same, there are some small differences between the 2 but if you are a fan of space opera's look no further than these 2 awesome titles.

tekgen

Tytania is a newer, better animated yet shorter version of what is essentially Legend of the Galactic Heroes. If you have watched LotGH, then Tytania is good to watch as it is different enough to be 'fresh'. If you have seen Tytania, and enjoyed it, then you should get immersed in the the long (albeit older) space opera of epic proportion that is LotGH.

KittyEmperor

These two series are as close to similar as you are going to get.  Though are differences between the two.  For example in Tytania, Tytania is pretty much the dominated power and the forces they fight against are relatively small incomparision.  Which is different from Legend of the Galactic Heroes where the two opposing sides are somewhat equal.  Still if your a fan of space opera then look no further than these two titles.

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Crest of the Stars

Crest of the Stars

In the distant future, mankind has mastered space and spread empires across the galaxy. While many choose to colonize distant planets, others choose to remain amidst the stars, ultimately giving rise to a new brand of humanity known as the Abh. Both genetically and culturally different from their Earth-dwelling peers, the Abh soon find themselves engaged in a bloody war that rages across hundreds of planets and set out to restore peace by means of conquest. Enter Jinto, a nobleman and ambassador of the recently acquired Hyde system whose duty is to represent his peoples' interests and rule on the Abh's behalf. In order to be officially coronated to this position, a cold-but-beautiful Abh princess named Lafiel arrives at Hyde to escort him back to the empire's capital. When they are suddenly attacked by an anti-Abh liberation front, however, the festivities are cut short, and the two must flee for their lives against all odds.

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snowcrash
LotGH and the CotS series are both Science Fiction anime of the Space Epic variant. You have your sprawling intergalactic empires, massive space fleets, equally massive space battles and a storytelling scope that is truly, well, *epic* in both these shows.
mohammedabbas

Both Legend of Galactic Heroes and Seikai no Monshou are great shows. If you like one, you should give the other a look. Legend is a bit more mature and political. Seikai is a little more for the dreamers.

NemesisFated

If you enjoyed the long and dramatic Space Opera that LoGH offers, Than you would also enjoy the Storyline of the Crest of the stars. Also being a lengthy Space Opera, Unlike LoGH the Crest takes the point of view of 2 childhood friends of different races thru the years, fighting an enemy empire known as the United Mankind who remains mostly mysterious to the viewer. LoGH on the other hand takes this point, as well as the point of view of the oposing Admiral, showing the lives on both sides of the field, the difference in government, and how war can affect them behind the lines.

Irresponsible Captain Tylor

Irresponsible Captain Tylor

The future of humanity is in peril, as they are confronted with the threat of an intergalactic clash with a warrior-like alien race, and the only one who can save them is... Captain Tylor?! Join a crew of misfits and rejects including an alcoholic doctor, a gorgeous nurse, an anal-retentive commander and a bunch of really stupid marines as they try to make it out in space and to discover whether their captain is a misunderstood genius or a total moron like he seems to be.

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kenikki

These are very different shows with Tylor being a silly comedy and LOTGH being a serious political war drama in space, but both of them deal with viewing how both sides see and think of the war at hand. We get to experiance their different attitudes, tactics, chain of commands and general lifestyles. Yang Wen-Li and Tylor also have some similar carefree traits.

tekgen

These series are both set in space and are about challenges faced during war.If you enjoyed the gallivanting ways of Captain Tylor, you will probably identify with Yang Wenli (or vice versa). Both protagonists are off-beat quirky heroes that are enjoyable from beginning to finish. Captain Tylor is on the comedic side, whereas Legend of the Galactic Heroes takes a more serious note.

chii

Both titles are space adventures following 2 conflicting sides. LotGH is WAY more serious than Irresponsible Captain Tylor but Tylor is like Yang's younger clueless brother. Both seem to get out of hairy situations with ease yet Yang uses his brain where Tylor uses sheer luck mostly. Check out one if you liked the other.

Berserk

Berserk

Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawks. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the group, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?

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valondar

The animation isn't great in either, but looking past that one finds exceptionally rich writing for an anime; featuring strong characterisation - particularly of a beautifully bishonen male who seeks after power who has a complicated relationship with another prominent character - and an epic, multi-faceted plot. Admittedly Berserk ends far too soon, the scope of its sweeping epic cut painfully short - while Galactic Heroes marches through a staggering number of episodes to a masterful conclusion - but fans of one should by all means try the other as well.

AtticWindow

Both of these anime feature an epic and dramatic story centered around two deep and well developed characters. Among these characters I found Griffith from Berserk and Reinhard from LOTGH to be very similar, both being young feminine looking men with dangerously grand ambitions, strategic genius, and subversive ideas. They also each share a distinct tone in their storytelling which can best be described as poetic. This poetic aspect overlays the constant brutal battles that drive each of these anime and creates an unsettling but engaging contrast. I think that anyone who is willing to overlook the shift in scenery and time period will appreciate one series if they did the other.