Alright, I just finished watching episode one of LotGH. And I realized something. I was under the misapprehension that this was an anime about war. It is not. It is a human drama, though the first episode didn't cover much of that. Because if it was based on a war that has lasted 150 years, there is NO POSSIBLE WAY a person could be that stupid. He wouldn't have graduated any sort of military academy... Unless we are assuming that both empires have been complete idiots for 150 years.
There is only one reason to split your forces in a battle involving no cover (as nearly all space battles are) and no stealth (as their communications systems saw each other). A pincer attack. Repeat: A pincer ATTACK. If he arrayed his forces in that manner, the two flanking forces should have closed in immediately for the attack. You do NOT give your opponent time to think. Then as they start to turn to face them, the third force engages as well. A crushing victory ensues. EXTREMELY SIMPLE TACTICS!!!!! This is assuming the enemy does not have a reserve (which neither force had). As nearly every strategist over the course of history has said to have...
Argh! There are too many unknown factors. What is the objective of the battle? Who was attacking who? Whose territory were they in? Was there a planet or station nearby? If not, how, in the frickin' huge universe, did they meet each other in the first place? Does one side have better sensors to intercept like that? But, no that side would have won already if that was the case. There technology levels have to be the same, if the war is 150 years old. How does either economy hold up to that kind of expense over such a long period of time? How has another empire not come in and conquered both in one of their many moments of weakness over the past 150 years? Yes, these are details I expect in a 110 episode series. If it was 13 or 26 episodes I could probably forgive the lack of some detail.
In closing, do not try to make a military story without studying strategy and tactics at least a tiny bit first. This has to be the fourth most overrated show, behind the shounen trio. If it's about war, that is. I'll give it a few more episodes, but it's hard to take anything seriously now. And this is definitely a serious anime.
Edit: OMG, normally, I don't try to pick apart an anime like this, but this is absurd. I'm currently re-watching the first episode to make some sense of it. And there is no way a single neutral planet would be left, if there is really only two massive empires and Phezzan, a single system government. They would've been eaten alive by the first empire to reach them just for the resources. Much less the fact that it's mentioned that it's a rich world...
And I was reviewing the force layout. It looked like this:
Assuming that attack was not the goal of forces 1, 2, and 3 (which it wasn't, considering they weren't already attacking), of course force X is going to close and attack one of them. Tho, I would have chosen either 2 or 3 rather than 1. That would have put more distance between one of the forces making it harder for them to regroup and attack. In this case, 1 should have retreated, drawing X out, while 2 and 3 attacked from behind. Once again, simple reactionary tactics.
And on sight of the enemy, any decent military goes to battle stations. There are no more conference rooms nor restaurants with wine. Nor does any member of personnel go back to their quarters. *sigh*
Edit 2: Well, since all force 2 and 3 did was watch while 1 was annihilated, there's no way the kid's plan will work, considering the speed at which force 1 was destroyed. Force X will immediately hit either force 2 or 3 (since neither of them even moved the whole time) and the other won't have time to come to their aid. I'm going to stop watching now. I can't handle the incompetence of the writers.
Edit 3: Episode 2... didn't really answer much. And the battle ended. There is no objective to the battle it seems... They just happen to meet... That's like 2 people with BB guns standing 50m apart, spinning around, and then trying to aim for the BB the other person shoots while blindfolded. Even in the thin corridor of travel, it would be impossible to meet each other. It's only small on a galactic scale. Still many (maybe hundreds) light-years wide. I suppose they could have some miracle sensor system. But, if so, I wish they'd describe it. The details are everything in a sci-fi war epic. You have to explain (or at least imply) every aspect or it's just a kid's show. Read David Weber's Honor Harrington series. That really gives a good perspective on what interstellar war should be like. After reading that, this seems so idiotic...
I loved the stupid tactics in this episode. Do they not realize that there is no significant gravity in space? Which means that goofy "split up and regroup behind" tactic would never have worked. They would've just spun the ships and kept firing all the way around. Of course, the "Empire" commander (blond kid) didn't realize this either. They're both morons. And the cute little "two snakes eating each other" routine was funny as well. There are 3 dimensions and no gravity in space, folks. If you don't know the terrain, you're going to lose. No matter what forces you command. That's why it was a stalemate. They were both idiots. I realize that's redundant, but I can't say it enough.
Oh, and the dude commanding force 1 was not a hero. He was stupid and a coward. He thought his pride was of greater importance than his people's lives and the victory at hand. "I will not retreat! I am not a coward!" Once you take command of any sort of force, there are no such things as heroics or cowardice. There is only victory or defeat. Life or death. He should have saved his people by retreating and letting forces 2 and 3 clean force X up.
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