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EP. REVIEW: Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Second

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:37 pm Reply with quote
Great episode, but they should have presented the military coup's point of view better. In the original OVA, the military was explicitly ordered to disperse the protesters peacefully. The officers sent in to suppress the protest were pissed off that they were dying in battle but the civilians at home weren't willing to risk their lives to do the same.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:50 pm Reply with quote
They should have been pissed off at the politicians. Besides Captain Christian was clearly unhinged to the point of becoming a stupid bloodthirsty sociopath who could only use violence.

The lesson of this episode is that the military should never be given political powers, nor responsibilities such as law enforcement. Tanaka grew up at a time when the horrors and hardship of WWII was still a recent memory in Japan (his home prefecture is located close to Nagasaki). So his aversion to nationalism and militarism is well-founded.

spoiler[ It's not shown in the anime, but the original novels mention how the junta was incapable of governing once in power to the point of causing rampant economic hardship (such as food shortages) to the whole planet. Even when they were given good advice of how to manage an economy they refused to heed it out of self-righteous arrogance.]
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:30 pm Reply with quote
For those who may be interested, the last English-translated volume of the 10-book original series will be released on Nov 19, 2019. The differences between the anime and the novels are interesting and more than trivial, but the anime sticks pretty close when possible.
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