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Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gets New Anime Project by Production I.G in 2017

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Yoshiki Tanaka's space opera novel series spawned previous video anime series in 1988-2000

Production I.G opened a website on Thursday to announce that it will produce a new anime project based on Yoshiki Tanaka's The Legend of the Galactic Heroes novels in 2017. The tagline on the official website states, "In 2017, the history of the galaxy will once more..."

Production I.G's website does not confirm if its anime project is the same one announced last year during a stage production of the novels. At that time, Tanaka's secretary Hirofumi Adachi relayed the stage play producer's comments that the new anime would not be a remake of the earlier anime, but another anime adaptation of the original novels with a new staff.

Yoshiki Tanaka's space opera novel series follows the epic 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. The 10 main novel volumes and four side-story volumes in The Legend of the Galactic Heroes saga have sold 15 million copies and earned Tanaka a Seiun Award. 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.

Viz Media's Haikasoru imprint has licensed the original novel series and plans to release the first three novels in spring 2016.

The late director Noboru Ishiguro (Macross, Orguss, Megazone 23) and his Artland anime studio spent more than a decade adapting the novels into a theatrical and video anime franchise, with over 100 installments, from 1988 to 2000. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the video anime series for home video.

Source: MoCa News

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