Anime Spotlight - The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These

by ANN Staff,
Broadcast starts on April 3th, 2018 (JST)

Key Staff

Director: Shunsuke Tada
(Kuroko's Basketball)
Series Composition: Noboru Takagi
(Durarara!!, Golden Kamuy, Kuroko's Basketball)
Original creator: Yoshiki Tanaka
(Sohryuden - Legend of the Dragon Kings)









Introduction

Legend of the Galactic Heroes is a series of science-fiction novels taking place in space in the distant future. It's the most well-known work of author Hideki Tanaka, who has released a number of popular works throughout the years. Since the first novel was released in 1982, the series has gone on to have a total of ten main series novels and five side story novels, with the series selling a total of over 15 million copies. The series doesn't show any sign of stopping its streak of popularity. 1988 marked the beginning of the novels' anime projects, with 110 main series episodes, 52 side story episodes, and three films. With this large of animated content, the series gained even more fans. The anime casted the most popular voice actors at the time, and is even called "Legend of the Galactic Voice Actors" by fans.

Now, in the present day, the first novel in the series--"Daybreak Arc"--will be adapted again into anime by Production I.G, the makers of Ghost in the Shell and PSYCHO-PASS.

The first season of Legend of the Galactic Heroes Dis Neue These--"Chance Meeting"--will air from April to June 2018, and last for 12 episodes.

Story

A few thousand years in the future, humans have begun to immigrate into space. These space colonies where split into two countries with opposing government organizations called the Galactic Empire--an autocracy--and the Free Galaxy Alliance--a democracy. These two nations fight together in the endless galaxy for over 150 years.

The two nations continue to fight. The Galactic Empire is beginning to crumble due to its society of nobles. On the other hand, the abuse of the democratic system has turned the country's politics into a mobocracy.

At the end of the eighth century in the space calendar, history begins to chance due to the appearance of two people: the invincible genius Reinhard von Lohengramm, and the never-losing magus Yang Wen-Li. With each controlling an opposing force, they find themselves clashing again and again.

Character Names & Descriptions & Seiyuu

Galactic Empire

Reinhard von Lohengramm

Voice: Mamoru Miyano

A young Senior admiral of the Galactic Empire. Having proved his worth through his various deeds, he was able to work his way up to the top. He has a dislike for the society based on the nobles within the Galactic Empire, and hides a certain ambition in his heart.

Siegfried Kircheis

Voice: Yuichiro Umehara

Captain of the Galactic Empire with red hair like fire. He met Reihard when he was just ten years old and they became the best of friends. Since becoming a soldier, he has had Reinhard by his side as his aide and trusted friend. He has the ability to calm down Reinhard when his secret ambitions sometimes bubble to the surface.

Paul von Oberstein

Voice: Junichi Suwabe

Captain of the Galactic Empire. and chief of the armada staffed at the Izelone Fortress. He often gets hated by even allies due to his tendency to scheme.

Wolfgang Mittermeyer

Voice: Daisuke Ono

Vice admiral​ of the Galactic Empire's army. He's known for his bravery and speed, with those around him calling him "Wolf de Schtolm." A man with a fair and flexible attitude, he is Oskar von Reuenthal's best friend.

Oskar von Reuenthal

Voice: Yuichi Nakamura

Vice admiral​ of the Galactic Empire's army. He is a very skilled tactician and leaders. His bravery and knowledge made him an irreplaceable asset to the empire. He has heterochromia.

Free Planets Alliance

Yang Wen-li

Voice: Kenichi Suzumura

Commodore of the Free Planets Alliance. Strangely enough, he never intended to become a soldier. Despite this, he has an excellence sense when it comes to millitary strategies. With it, he was able to save the Free Planets Alliance.

Julian Mintz

Voice: Yuuki Kaji

A 14-year-old war orphan who was adopted by Yang. Accomplished in both the literary and military arts​, he has not just been recognized for his talents multiple times at school, but he also excels at housework. He's a master at making tea.

Alex Cazerne

Voice: Tokuyoshi Kawashima

Rear admiral of the Free Planets Alliance. He's very good and planning and paperwork, and serves as the assistant aide to the chief of the headquarters of joint warfare. Yang's upperclassman from his military academy​ days.

Frederica Greenhill

Voice: Aya Endo

Sublieutenant of the Free Planets Alliance. She has a great memory, and graduated military academy with flying colors. She ends up being assigned as Yang's aide. She has held a great amount of respect for Yang even before becoming his aide due to a certain event in their past.

Walter von Schönkopf

Voice: Shinichiro Miki

Captain of the Free Planets Alliance. A noble who defected from his country, he serves as the captain of the "Rosen Ritter" regiment, a unit of hand-to-hand combat soldiers. He has a bold personality, and has enough power to take on a thousand soldiers by himself.

Cast

Reinhard von Lohengramm
Mamoru Miyano
Yang Wen-li
Kenichi Suzumura
Siegfried Kircheis
Yuichiro Umehara
Julian Mintz
Yuuki Kaji
Paul von Oberstein
Junichi Suwabe
Wolfgang Mittermeyer
Daisuke Ono
Oskar von Reuenthal
Yūichi Nakamura
Alex Cazerne
Tokuyoshi Kawashima
Frederica Greenhill
Aya Endo
Walter von Schönkopf
Shinichiro Miki
Willibard Joachim von Merkatz
Unshō Ishizuka
Staden
Kiyomitsu Mizuuchi
Fogel
Takahiro Fujiwara
Erlache
Naomi Kusumi
Adalbert von Fahrenheit
Ryota Takeuchi
Paetta
Shinya Fukumatsu
Pastolle
Kousuke Meguro
Moore
Tooru Sakurai
Lao
Tasuku Hatanaka
Jean Robert Lapp
Yuuki Ono
Narrator
Yoshimitsu Shimoyama

Staff

Original creator
Yoshiki Tanaka (published by Tokyo Sougensha)
Director
Shunsuke Tada
Assistant Director
Yujiro Moriyama
Series Composition
Noboru Takagi
Character Design
Yoko Kikuchi, Iwao Teraoka, Katsura Tsushima
Chief Animation Director
Takayuki Goto
Special Effects Director
Atsushi Takeuchi
Mechanical Design
Atsushi Takeuchi, Shinji Usui, Shinobu Tsuneki
Original Mechanical Design
Naoyuki Kato
Prop Design
Keiko Ōta
Prop Design/Emblem Design
Hiyori Denford Akishino
3D
I.G3D
3D Director
Sigma Morimoto
Art
Bamboo
Art Director
Yusuke Takeda
Art Setting
Yoshinori Shiozawa, Yoshihiro Sono, Kazushi Fujii
Art Design
Takashi Watabe
Color Setting
Yuka Takeda
Sound Director
Masafumi Mima
Music
Sin Hashimoto (Sin)
Opening Theme Song
"Binary Star" by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Uru
Ending Theme Song
"WISH" by ELISA
Director of Photography
Eiji Arai
Editing
Junichi Uematsu
Production
Production I.G
Supervision
Light Staff
Planning Cooperation
ROOFTOP
Production Cooperation
Tokuma Shoten
Production Assistance
DMM Pictures
Production
Shochiku, Production I.G

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