Part of my daily routine after I wake up is to scan the news wires and see what kinds of things within the anime world Japan is talking about the most. Some days, you get a scattered variety of things, and sometimes, like Monday, September 14th, you get loud booming voices screaming at you in unison.
In an announcement video that went live on YouTube and in an update to the official website, it was revealed that the latest chapter in The Legend of the Galactic Heroes franchise isn’t quite over yet! In the announcement, the staff revealed that Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These would get a 24-episode television sequel series, which will air at a yet unknown later date.
If you’re a fan of sprawling, epic sci-fi stories, you probably already know about The Legend of Galactic Heroes and don’t need me to spend the next 600 words summing up the 40-year history of the entire franchise, so I’ll focus on this one small part of it instead.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These is the first new anime for the massive sci-fi epic since 2001. Originally announced in 2017, the first 24-episode season premiered in 2018. This was followed by a three-movie sequel “series” with each movie being the length of four episodes. There were released to Japanese theaters in 2019 on September 27th, October 25th, and November 29th.
Crunchyroll is streaming both seasons of the series and describes the story as:
Thousands of years into the future, humanity has advanced into space. Here it has divided into two countries and two different forms of government: the autocracy of the Galactic Empire, and the democracy of the Free Planets Alliance. The countries have been at war for 150 years. Near the end of the 8th age of the space calendar, the appearance of two geniuses will change history forever. The unstoppable genius, Reinhard von Lohengramm, and the unbeatable magician, Yang Wen-li. As heads of the Imperial and Alliance armies respectively, the two will face each other in battle over and over again.