Legend of the Galactic Heroes
In light of my last post, I offer some science fiction…because I am just full of contradictions. Legend of the Galactic Heroes is an anime from the 80s that steers away from the usual tech-centric themes, and dives deep into the characters that inhabit its world. Unlike much sci-fi, the galaxy is one of never-ending war and suffering, with many parallels to today. Earth is a relic, and the strongest force in the galaxy is a monarchy. Some of my favorite episodes are those that turn into faux-documentaries that illuminate what happened between our time and theirs. Very little emphasis is placed on action, and much of the show is simply people conversing, and I think that’s why I enjoy it so much more than other anime which focus on giant robots fighting each other. The entire series is available to watch on Youtube…all 110 episodes from its over ten year run.
“There are few wars between good and evil; most are between one good and another good.” -Yang Wenli
“Indeed, a small act of opposition is unable to solve any problem. The society needs a complete revolution. Such unreasonable occurances must be entirely corrected. And we must not wait for others to correct them. We must carry out the revolution with our own hands.” -Reinhard von Lohengramm
“The "freedom not to get involved.” It’s perhaps the most valued freedom we have in this country.“ -Yang Wenli
"Power is the property of one generation. It shouldn’t be transferred. It should be seized.” -Reinhard von Lohengramm
“Humans were drinking alcohol five thousand years ago. And they are still drinking it now. Alcohol is humanity’s friend. Can I abandon a friend?” -Yang Wenli