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Having recently acquired the title of Count, Reinhard von Lohengramm is considered increasingly dangerous by the highest officials of the Galactic Empire. However, they cannot move directly against a man so favoured of the Emperor, and he has proven his capacity in warfare. Thus, they intend to send him into a battle that they will ensure he cannot win. In the Free Planets Alliance, Yang Wen-li's friend Jean Robert Lappe intends to propose marriage to their mutual acquaintance, Jessica Edwards. Yang has only just returned home, but his respite will be all too brief: the Alliance soon hears of the intended Imperial invasion, and Yang once more finds himself in a fleet headed for combat. The battle of Astate is about to commence...
Tada is a young man on the fast track to the Cosmo Academy -- a school which only accepts applicants every three years, and whose entrance rate is under 1%. Having passed all the prior exams, the final test is drawing near: survive for 53 days aboard a derelict spaceship with only 9 other would-be cadets to assist you. But much to the dismay of Tada and his peers, their ship has acquired an eleventh member! Can the crew band together to survive the test? Or will sabotage simply destroy them from within...
Space opera anime films at their finest. Overture to a New War is the preamble to a much larger franchise while They Were Eleven is a standalone work, however both are fine watches for fans of classic space opera (and the Galactic Heroes franchise in total will also give hours of entertainment for such fans).