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Oh, those silly bandit kids and their heroic antics!

I subscribed to Crunchy Roll when I found out a remake of Legend of the Galactic Heroes was airing weekly, created by Production IG with a soundtrack by Hiroyuki Sawano. Joe and I are big fans of the old anime, and consider it easily the best space opera series told through animation to date. Over the last couple of years, the book series that the original anime was based on has also been getting English translations and is totally worth the time. If you can get over the incredibly corny title (which sounds WAY cooler in Japanese), it’s worth checking out! Unfortunately there’s still no way to actually watch the original series legally (its entire 110 episode run used to be fansubbed on youtube, as well as three movies and a 50 episode prequel series), but hopefully there will be enough interest with a new series that the old will eventually get licensed by, I dunno Funimation, and we can finally get some high quality versions available.

As of two episodes in, the remake looks great visually, but is a little less subtle in its plotting, and lacks some of the characterization of the original (and as much as I love Sawano as a composer, I do miss the epic use of classical compositions as background music). But hot dang, I do love a good scifi space opera, and Legend of the Galactic Heroes is about as quality as the genre gets!

PS. I’m totally aware that you can watch shows on Crunchyroll for free, but the ads suck, and the low quality sucks, and I wanna watch this show on my TV in as high a quality as I can get!

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  • KungFuKlobber

    #INLYOLO

  • Kid Chaos

    Solid guy, that Cho. 😜

    • Hfar

      I see what you did there.

      • Kid Chaos

        Don’t stop not dying, Hfar! 😎

  • LordBolanderFace

    “Why are we even here? Cho could win this war all by himself?”
    “Wait, war? I thought this was the line to the hot dog stand!”
    “Right… it is… and that army over there wants to cut in front of you.”
    “NEVERRRRRR!”

  • Major Tom

    Fumio: “Screw you guys I’m going home.”

  • Hfar

    Here he comes to save the daaay~ Mighty Cho~

  • clogboy

    Oh, the CGI in that remake! Would probably have to get into this.
    Started watching Evangelion which I should’ve done way earlier…

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      The original Eva anime I’m not a particularly big fan of. But I do love the new Evangelion movies. I mean they don’t make any more sense than the show, with all its nonsense Christian-religious-mythology-turned-real, but they are a heck of a great spectacle!

      • clogboy

        I’m just at the point after the main character’s angst and where he really gets into piloting his suit. It’s a bit blatant on the fan service but I like the chemistry between the main characters.

      • clogboy

        Off topic but sort of related, have you ever seen Xenosaga? It was on a continuous Winamp stream about 15 years ago. I like how they take shintoism (like in Spirited Away and Mononoke Hime), but then also include Western mythology like, in this particular case, the Ring of the Nibelung for the naming schematic of their space fortresses, and create their own lore, ruleset and look n feel. It probably all goes back to Gundam (and earlier shows like Godzilla with giant beings stomping around in cities), but each show complements it with their own specific universe. Eva has so many aspects that just ‘feel right’ (from an emotional/political viewpoint), and more than anything it’s a coming-of-age show where the deperation and burden of responsibility are made painfully clear.

        My gateway drug was Kuromukuro, but it got old for me after the first season. I feel Eva is similar fated with me, especially when it will bastardize religious mythology.

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          You’re referring to Xenosaga the game series? I know of them, but I haven’t played them, or Xenogears (isn’t Jesus literally a character in Xenosaga??). I played over 200 hours of Xenoblade Chronicles X, but there wasn’t much depth to the game’s narrative, while the other Xeno game series tend to incorporate a lot of mythology from various religions into their lore.

          I’ll be curious to hear your opinion of Evangelion once you finish it, and I highly recommend the reboot films. Kuromukuro was a fun mech anime with a great premise, but it ultimately didn’t do anything surprising with the genre, and had twists that were more confusing than revealing. Great animation and music, though!

          • clogboy

            I’m talking about the Xenosaga anime.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E18xoJu7mK0

          • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

            Oh, haha, I forgot the games got an anime! Never watched it, though. Maybe I should…

            Actually, looking at the opening, I think I DID watch it, but it was so many years ago I don’t remember anything about it.

          • clogboy

            Rewatching it as we speak. Because I’ve seen so many fragments of it, and not in the right order, I must remember it better since I’ve rewatched the live stream like a dozen times in hope of catching a new episode.

      • vancho1

        That’s funny – I actually prefer the original Evangelion, especially the ending! It’s a lot more coherent as a story, and in the end (Spoiler alert!) I think Shinji’s character arc and final realization makes a lot more sense than, say, End of Eva. And Rebuild is just a complete mess of fanservice, tbh – I don’t think Anno is really passionate about creating it, considering that he’s delayed the last movie pretty much indefinitely.

        But I am excited for the new LOGH! So far I love the new visual effects, and am ambivalent on the character designs. I also didn’t really get the pacing on the Battle of Astarte in the first two episodes. It was interesting choice, to be sure, to split up the Alliance and Empire sides of the battle into two episodes, but it really makes a more coherent story if you see them in parallel.

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          I understand (to some degree) what makes the original eva special, but I’ve just found it generally frustrating and incoherent, even upon multiple viewings. I thinks it’s too heady and metaphorical to really enjoy on a personal level, and although I agree with you that Anno probably is not passionate about the new films, my guess is everyone else who works on them is VERY passionate because they are some great looking films with incredible animation.

          I also think Shinji’s character arc in the films (at least the first two, the third is a real narrative mess) is much more streamlined and enjoyable to watch. But that’s really just my preference, I love spectacle in animation, and solid character arcs that hit strong emotional beats at an efficient pace. Shinji spends way too much time being miserable to watch for me in the original.

        • jwkovell

          I’m both thrilled and disappointed with Yang’s reveal in the remake.

          The disembodied voice of a mysterious alliance savior is pretty badass. It makes the reveal of Yang’s normal laid back attitude all the more endearing.

          Unfortunately, it made the first half of the second episode pretty redundant and robbed Yang of a little of his magic. This was somewhat mitigated by their decision to pull an awesome plot point from the original book – Yang’s plan to encode his fleet commands before the final confrontation.

          I hope Iserlohn’s design is more like the original anime than the book.

  • Rob Tibke

    So you can watch the original series legally in the states through the site hidive a newer streaming service that I found out about recently. link here: https://www.hidive.com/tv/legend-of-the-galactic-heroes

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Wow, thanks for pointing that out! I figured the take down on youtube likely meant it would be added to a streaming site officially, although I’d assumed Crunchyroll (I don’t want to have to subscribe to ANOTHER anime streaming service!). Also, neat that hidive linked to a limited edition bluray western release of the series! $800 is a pretty steep price, though, even for someone who loves the series as much as I do… Hopefully in the not too distant future I’ll be able to just buy the show on amazon or something.

      https://shop.sentaifilmworks.com/products/legend-of-the-galactic-heroes-premium-box-set

      • jwkovell

        I couldn’t resist and bought it… but now I’ll have to struggle over whether I’ll ever open it…

    • Thomas

      Thanks for the alert. Besides having access through XBOX, various TVs, and apps for iOS and Android, it seems that sometime in 2018 HIDIVE will be available via Roku.

  • Ladon

    I think that in this instance, you should be thanking the TAO for the reckless hero type.

    • Ocean Burning.

      The Tao wills that you may continue in your current incarnation at this time.

      • purplelibraryguy

        That one time with Cho, the guy trying to pass him, and the will of the Tao is probably still my all time favourite sound effect.

  • Arkone Axon

    Put. On. Your. Helmet.

    Seriously, those things save lives. Like your own. @.@

  • Purphoros

    Panel 2 could be a full strip in a gag-a-day comic…
    What would be the best object to print that on?

  • Warcodered

    Oh good we’ll just let the blind guy do the fighting for us.

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