Check out my Legend of the Galactic Heroes book summary and review  that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. Legend of the Galactic Heroes (銀河英雄伝説 Ginga Eiyū Densetsu?) or Heldensagen vom Kosmosinsel by its official on-screen titles, is a series of science fiction novels written by Yoshiki Tanaka and illustrated by Naoyuki Kato (volumes one through five) and Yukihisa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Legend of the Galactic Heroes book

 

   Kamoshita (from the sixth to the last volume). An anime adaptation of the novels was made that ran from 1988 to 2000, as well as a manga based on the novels, with art by Katsumi Michinara. There are also quite a few video game adaptations, the most recent being made in 2008 and being a real-time simulation.


Set somewhere far out in space, around the 35th century (the eighth century of the "Space Age"), Legend of the Galactic Heroes is the story of an epic struggle between the totalitarian Galactic Empire and the democratic Alliance of Free Planets.

The original Japanese title translates literally as "The Legend of the Galactic Heroes", although the Spanish series is usually translated as "The Legend of the Heroes of the Galaxy", it is usually abbreviated as Gin'eiden (銀英伝?) Gin Eiden in Japanese, while in English it is often abbreviated as LOGH in English.

 The presentation of the series presents the official title "Heldensagen vom Kosmosinsel", which is a version of the German under the interpretation of the producers and whose translation would be "Legends of the heroes of the cosmic island", since "Heldensagen" (legends of heroes) and "Kosmosinsel" (cosmic island/galaxy) are words invented by the series and therefore do not have an exact translation

Legend of the Galactic Heroes book summary

The story takes place in the distant future of our own Galaxy, the Milky Way, approximately in the 35th century. Unlike many other science fiction stories, there are no extraterrestrial civilizations. A part of the galaxy is full of terraformed worlds inhabited by humans traveling interstellarly. For 150 years, two incredible space forces have been fighting each other on and off: the Galactic Empire and the Alliance of Free Planets.

Within the Galactic Empire, based on 19th century Prussia, an ambitious military genius, Reinhard von Lohengramm (previously nicknamed Müsel), rises to power.

His goal is the desire to free his sister Annerose, who was taken by the Kaiser as his concubine. Later, he not only wants to end the corrupt Goldenbaum dynasty that rules in the Empire, but also defeat the Alliance of Free Planets and unify the entire galaxy under his control.

In the Free Planets Alliance Starfleet there is another genius, Yang Wen-li. He originally aspired to become a historian through military academy and joined the tactical division just to get the tuition money. He was quickly promoted to admiral thanks to his proven worth as a military strategist in numerous decisive battles and conflicts. He becomes Reinhard's arch-rival,

 though they both greatly respect each other. Unlike Reinhard, he is known for his defenseless victories and his ability to achieve seemingly impossible goals and mitigate the casualties and damage caused by military operations.

As a historian, Yang often makes accurate predictions and narrates the rich history of the world and comments on it. One of his famous phrases is: "There are few wars between good and evil, most are between one good and another good."

In addition to the two main heroes, the story is full of intense characters and intricate political plots. All kinds of characters, from high nobility, admirals and politicians, to common soldiers and farmers, are intertwined in the story. The story often jumps from the main heroes to unknown soldiers fighting for their lives on the battlefield.

There is a third neutral force normally allied to the Galactic Empire known as the Dominion of Phezzan, a planetary state (city-state on a galactic scale), which trades with both warring forces. There is also a Terraismic cult, which claims that humans should return to Earth, and it is gaining strength across the galaxy.

 Throughout history, the political figures of Phezzan, in concert with the higher hierarchy of the Terraismic Cult, orchestrate a series of conspiracies to turn the tide of galactic warfare in favor of their own goals.

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