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Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gets New Stage Play Series Starting in October

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Yoshiki Tanaka's novels previously inspired 11 stage plays in 2011-2015

A website opened on Thursday to announce that Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novel series Legend of the Galactic Heroes is inspiring a new stage play series. The first play in the series will run at Zepp Diver City Tokyo from October 25-28. Michiko Ōiwa is directing the play, Yōko Yonaiyama is writing the script, and screenwriter Noboru Takagi is credited with supervision and organization. The play's title is Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These.

The novels previously inspired 11 stage plays starring Tori Matsuzaka that ran between 2011-2015.

A new 12-episode television anime titled The Legend of the Galactic Heroes Die Neue These Kaikō (The New Thesis: Star-Crossed), will premiere on the Family Gekijo channel on April 3 at 9:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. EDT). The show will then air on Tokyo MX on April 5 at 10:30 p.m., and on MBS and BS11 on April 7 at 26:38 and 25:30 (effectively April 8 morning at 2:38 a.m. and 1:30 a.m.), respectively. Crunchyroll will stream the series with subtitles, and Funimation will stream the series with an English dub.

The second season of the anime, The Legend of the Galactic Heroes Die Neue These Seiran (The New Thesis: Stellar War), will then play in theaters, as three films of four episodes each, in 2019.

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.

Viz Media's Haikasoru imprint is releasing the original novel series.

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: Comic Natalie


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