Legend of the Galactic Heroes Episode 3: Birth of the 13th Fleet

April 23, 2015 § 2 Comments

Here’s another installment in our episode-to-episode coverage of the SF anime classic, Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

I really do like how small both Jessica Edwards and Secretary of Defense Truniht are, the enormous stage adds to that overwhelming sense of producing, via imaginative and physical labor, the monolithic idea of the nation-state with no actual referent other than the small people who work with and confront each other.

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This image is also pretty gloomy, because it is the second to last shot of the episode before the credits roll. Yang Wen Li becomes the sort of reluctant hero, not just out of survivors guilt but because the category of hero is part of the state propaganda machine that is used by those in charge to get Yang to do what they want him to do, to either die or to do something heroic to increase their popularity.

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End theme: Fortunate Son by Creedance Clearwater Revival

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Legend of the Galactic Heroes episode 2: The Astate Encounter

April 21, 2015 § 2 Comments

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We continue our episode-to-episode coverage of this classic SF anime. This episode continues with the battle where the Free Planets Alliance was getting beat by the smaller, more tactically versatile Imperial Fleet led by Lohengramm (how do you spell his name?)

How will future anime historians view this event?
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