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.
Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a daring rescue, Albert invites his newfound friend and savior, the Count of Monte Cristo, to his home in Paris. Little does he know what fate has in store for him and his loved ones. Just who is the mysterious Count, and what does he want? As tragedy touches the lives of those around him, can Albert’s only recourse be to wait and hope?
Galactic Heroes and Gankutsuou are set in the distant future and center around political maneuvering, complicated plot lines and characters deep enough to swim in.
Both Legend of the Galactic Heroes and Gankutsuou are space operas with a peculiar anachronism - galactic spanning polities whose visual design and political system is inspired by 18th century and 19th century European countries. Gankutsuou takes its cue from France, while Galactic Heroes does Prussia. Also, each series has an involving, mature plot and the elaborate machinations of some of its characters.
Arslan is the prince of the Palse kingdom, a beautiful country which is located amidst the sand dunes. Peace in the land of Palse is soon disrupted when the Lusitanian army attacks, led by a man known as Silvermask who claims to be the true heir to the throne. After fleeing his home under siege with his only remaining general Daryoon, the young prince travels from kingdom to kingdom, gathering the support and loyalty of new friends, including Gieve the minstrel, Pharangese the warrior priestess, and Narsus the master strategist to help him reclaim his beloved Palse.
Heroic Legend of Arslan has neither the length or the breadth of scope that merits it being considered equal to Galactic Heroes' sheer size of story, but these two anime adaptions of the same author's works have much in common - in either one, there is a young rising star in an imperial nation who has benevolent and wise streaks in him that could make him a very potent adversary indeed. Likewise, both programs feature rather negative depictions of quasi-Christian religious intolerance, grounded largely in the Crusades and medieval depictions of this faith (in either series).
At any rate, if a fan of one anime, the other one is worth investigating.
Both LOTGH and Arslan are based on Yoshiki Tanaka's works. They have a similar epic feel, they are highly political with intense dialogues, but happen to operate in different speculative fiction genres. LOTGH spans a lengthy 110 and successfully wraps up a very complex plot but Arslan is incomplete and barely gets started. The latter is worth checking out, though, if you are happy to watch something great for great's sake.
Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.
If you enjoyed one of these series with their elaborate plot, mature tone, large cast and suprising consistency of excellence throughout their impressively long running time, then it's quite likely you'll enjoy the other - though they come from very different genres. Both also involve a lengthly battle of wits between two figures, and, improbably enough, share an interest in German culture.
This recommendation probably seems strange, and at surface value, it is. I am recommending these series for one another not because of similar genres, settings or themes, but because of the intangible feeling I've had after watching both of them. Both Monster and Legend of Galactic Heroes are both extremely mature and intelligent series they stand apart from the sea of common tropes and stereotypes in anime, and instead focus on telling a story that truly transcends it's medium. I can only wish to stumble upon another series as viscerally satisying as these within my lifetime.
Since General de Jarjayes of France’s Royal Guard always wanted a son, he brings up his only daughter Oscar to dress, fight, and behave like a man. When Oscar’s excellent swordsmanship wins her the honored position as bodyguard to Louis XVI’s new bride, Marie Antoinette, the Jarjayes household believes it can finally be proud. However, what nobody realizes is the pit of thorns the royal court in Versailles has become – with all its excessive opulence, it attracts not just those with status and wealth, but also those with ruthless ambition. To confound matters, Marie Antoinette turns out to be an airhead whose selfish actions are turning the starving population against her. Amidst the sordid schemes and terrible tragedies, and with the tide of history sweeping against the nobles, can Oscar protect her new King and Queen whilst upholding justice for the oppressed peasants of France?
Both Rose of Versailles and LOTGH have tragic, complex political plots with multi-layered characters who are admirable and reprehensible in equal measure. Furthermore, both shows take a broad look at numerous characters over the course of their plot, without diminishing their depth. In terms of differences, LOTGH is a sci-fi, unlike Rose of Versailles, which is a historical show, but they still share an 18th century aesthetic. Not to mention the most obvious similarity - both are old anime which exude that classic feel in style and presentation. If you enjoyed one, you'll enjoy the other, because both are superbly realised.
as u can see both series revolve around political revolution as its the major part of plot. both the series deals with nobels,count,countess,concubines,racism,riots,death,war e.t.c and have superb lead characters with same fates.there are many similarities(except for the era) and both the series are well renowned classic anime titles. hence one cannot miss any of these two.
Yohko is nothing but ordinary. Throughout her life she has been considered an outcast, especially with a hair color not native to many in Japan, bright red. Things change for Yohko when a mysterious man named Keiki arrives and claims that she is his empress. Yohko and two friends are then taken through a vortex, and then abandoned.. in a world of demons and magic.
What does a fantasy series based around a young girl transported to a strange Chinese-style world have in common with an epic space opera about a generational struggle between a democracy and a Germanic empire?
Surprisingly enough, both series have large casts involved in some fairly complicated plotting - far moreso in Legend of the Galactic Heroes where everything is part of its great overarching narrative, although Twelve Kingdoms attempts something similar with its third arc - combined with some serious discussions and analysis of the notion of leadership and statehood.
The two programs, essentially, owe an obvious debt to classic Chinese novels such as Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and consciously aspire to be genre epics that incorporate either the sense of rise and fall of nations (in Galactic Heroes' case) and the Chinese philosophy of governance (the example of Twelve Kingdoms).
Neither show can be adequately judged on their opening episode, either; and Twelve Kingdoms doesn't really begin to get going until its second arc... and while Galactic Heroes provides many breathless climaxes, Twelve Kingdoms has but one and then the series concludes abruptly and incommplete.
Both shows have complex characters whose personalities develop along with the storyline. The political intrigue and the problems of bad governments are splendidly portayed by both shows, each with its own flair.
Those who liked LoGH's epic space battles will also enjoy the battles in 12 Kingdoms.
The most attractive part of both shows and what makes them so worthwhile is the realism. While 12K has demons and immortality, the atmosphere and actions of all the characters feel very real. Both shows have an excellent supporting cast, an intelligent and intricate plot.
I wholeheartedly recommend both shows.