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The Japanese online game company GameOn announced on Monday that it licensed the global rights to adapt Yoshiki Tanaka's Legend of the Galactic Heroes novel series into a browser-based online game. The space opera epic follows the conflict between the Galactic Empire and Free Planets Alliance, as well as the personal stories of Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm and the Alliance's Yang Wen-Li. GameOn's development and distribution license is worldwide, and the company intends to run the tentatively titled Legend of the Galactic Heroes Online game not only in Japan, but throughout the world.
Since Tanaka launched the series in November of 1982, the 10 main novel volumes and four side-story volumes have sold 15 million copies and earned him a Seiun Award. Director Noboru Ishiguro (Macross, Orguss, Megazone 23) and his Artland anime studio spent over a decade adapting the novels into a theatrical and video anime franchise with over 100 installments. A stage play will open in Tokyo's Aoyama Theatre next January. Besides Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Tanaka also wrote the original novel inspirations for The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Ryoko's Case File, Sohryuden - Legend of the Dragon Kings, and Tytania anime projects.