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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.
Nana Toshi Monogatari is basically a post-apocalyptic equivalent of Legend of the Galactic Heroes, another (and much longer, and much better) OVA series based on novels by the same author. Both involve wars waged by different states which test the mettle of Men of Ability who are often at odds with the Political Elite, and who Employ Clever Strategies and by the way One Of Them Is Blonde. Nana Toshi Monogatari never gets the time to craft the kind of elaborate, labyrinthine storytelling that LOGH's so justly liked for, but if you enjoyed this two-part OVA and haven't seen LOGH, definitely consider trying it.
Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Musell is an ambitious, aspiring young admiral within the Galactic Empire, who has earned the animosity of his peers; they believe that he has reached his position only due to his sister’s influence with Kaiser Goldenbaum, earning him the nickname of "the Admiral under the skirt." Meanwhile, Alliance Commodore Wen-Li Yang, fresh from his heroic victory against overwhelming odds at El Facil, has just been given the unenviable assignment of military advisor to a self-assured superior officer. Both of these Galactic Heroes, on opposite sides of the conflict, face the same task of having to overcome their superiors’ suspicions and win the day at "the 4th Tiamat Battle" of a 150-year-long war.
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.
In a sci-fi future, political conflict results in war where excellent generals struggle to outwit each other and deal also with the incompetence and pettiness of their native bureaucracy. Also, some wealthy people have created some replicas of 19th century European practices, fond of sipping tea from fine china or sitting in stately villas. If you look off to the corner, there are women tending gardens, and both titles feel very incomplete, awaiting continuations that never came.
Much of the same feel of these two works comes from the fact they're both from Yoshii Tanaka novels, and as second-tier anime works from him - lacking depth and not really getting to flesh out their sci-fi worlds as well as they might have done - they seem vaguely complementory.