The official website of the previously announced re-adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka’s Legend of the Galactic Heroes (Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu) light novel series has revealed the first visual for the upcoming 2017 anime series, featuring Reinhard von Lohengramm. The site has also announced that new cast and staff will be working on the anime.
The site has revealed that there will be a brand new main cast and production staff working on the new anime. It also announced an event for September 20, where the new cast members and staff would be unveiled. The event will also reveal the first promotional video for the new anime at Tokyo’s Shinjuku Bunka Center. Tickets for the event retail at ¥5,400 (~ US$47.35).
The site specifically mentions that the voices for main characters Reinhard, Kircheis, and Yang Wen-li will be recast. The event will also see the attendance of Ryo Horikawa (Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z), Masashi Hironaka (Kimihiko Masumi from Kishin Heidan), and Nozomu Sasaki (Yuusuke Urameshi in Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho), who voiced Reinhard von Lohengramm, Siegfried Kircheis, and Julian, respectively, in the original 1988 adaptation.
The new anime will be produced by Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Kuroko’s Basketball).
The anime was first announced in 2014 at the end of a stage play of Legend of the Galactic Heroes and is scheduled for a 2017 broadcast. The secretary of Yoshiki Tanaka, the author of the novels, confirmed that the new anime series will indeed not be a remake of the 1988 anime series, but a brand new adaptation.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes, known in Japan as Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu, is a series of light novels written by Yoshiki Tanaka, with illustrations from various artists. It is a science fiction series that began in 1982, with the original series ending in 1987. A new series titled Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Side Stories was then launched in late 1984 by Tanaka. The series gained popularity, where it won the Seiun Award for Best Novel of the Year in 1989. Since then there has been various adaptations based on Tanaka’s work, the first being a manga one-off called Legend of Galactic Heroes: Golden Wings.
The first animated version of the series was the film My Conquest is the Sea of Stars in early 1988, animated by Artland and Magic Bus. The film was successful and warranted an animated series that aired from late 1998 till 1997. The series wasn’t a standard televised anime, but a long string of OVAs. Since then a slew of animated films were released, and a manga adaptation by Katsumi Michihara that started in 2007. There was also a stage play based on Legend of the Galactic Heroes that started showing in 2011, where a new anime announcement was made at a 2014 showing. Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Kuroko’s Basketball) will be animating the new project, set to air in 2017.
Here is the synopsis for the anime:
For 150 years the galaxy has been locked in an interstellar war between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance, fighting battles with thousands of spaceships and millions of soldiers on both sides. The crumbling Goldenbaum dynasty rules the Empire while the Alliance is an increasingly dysfunctional democratic state.
Two new commanders enter the stage: Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm and the FPA’s Yang Wen-Li. Reinhard is a talented minor aristocrat given a high station—and a powerful grudge—after the Kaiser took his older sister as a concubine. Wen-Li originally joined the military only to fund his university education, but has become a brilliant though reluctant leader. Each begins to attract a circle of similarly gifted soldiers, generals and thinkers around him, and in time the rivalry between these two very different men will shatter the existing stalemate. As they deal with superiors and subordinates, maneuver through personal and political problems, plot strategies and fight battles, both will bend the course of events to their will and, in turn, be tested and changed by the greatest war in human history!
The upcoming new adaptation of Legend of the Galactic Heroes 2017 from Production I.G. is expected to air sometime in 2017. Further details about the new anime, including the new cast, will be announced at the event on September 20.
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