I love Legend of the Galactic Heroes. It is easily my favourite anime, but more than that, it stands out as the most complex and compelling story I have ever experienced. It charts the rise and fall of two diametrically opposed rivals: Yang Wen-li of the Free Planets Alliance, a democracy; and Reinhard von Lohengramm of the Galactic Empire, a dictatorship. Essentially a political drama, it is a vast and fascinating exploration of war, fascism, and the way history repeats itself. Perhaps most commendable is its handling of a colossal cast of characters, though you will absolutely be punished for getting attached to any of them…
After I watched the anime, Viz Media announced that they had licensed the original novels under their Haikasoru imprint. Of course, I pre-ordered as soon as I could, but I also entered their competition. To wit: write an essay or a poem about the series for a chance to win a copy of the first volume. Needless to say, I was inspired, and after an hour or so of tinkering, I sent in my poem. Not only that, I was one of the winners! In a cruel twist of fate, however, Viz appear to have moved their links around so much that it has become quite hard to find my poem. Thankfully, the Wayback Machine saved it. To make things easier (and for posterity), I am going to post it here in full as well.
Two stars shone brightly in a dark sky. One flickered and flared; One burned with red flames close by. No matter which one, People stopped and they stared, Agape and unbelieving, At the history repeating, Wholly unprepared. One star – Uncertain but loved – Drew friends and fans and foes. The other had but one. One star grew strong and scorched the skies. The other’s light grew dim but once, And all stars then held close those cries. They wept. Two stars shine brightly in a dark sky, Both feeling love, joy, hope and pain. And despite how it may seem, To those who love this epic dream, All this will happen once again. As in the historian’s old refrain: In every age, In every place, The deeds of men remain the same.
Please bear in mind that I wrote that over five years ago! I am proud of it, though. Thank you for reading and please, watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes.