LOGH: CROSS COUNTER!

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And so I finished watching Legend of Galactic Heroes, after almost a year. Can I say whew? While I love the show to death, I can’t possibly handle another one with such ambition, production values and sprawling cast. And the length. Sometimes wishing for a bit of filler isn’t a bad thing for long shows like these. Kidding. (spoilers after, do not read if you haven’t finished the show)

Anyways, the real deal that sealed LOGH for me was the characters. The plot was great, and had a lot of OH SHI- and FUCK YEAH moments, but I was rooting for people, not for ideologies or armies or sovereigns.

It comes as no surprise that I came to like Yang’s camp more than Reinhard’s. While Reinhard’s band of valiant subordinates are awesome in their own right, they’re still uppity admirals, and I admire them as a distant spectator. Yang’s people are different–they’re less soldiers than the Imperials, but ultimately more human. Everyone has distinguishable flaws of some sort, which makes them easier to empathize with. And I’d rather wear an Alliance uniform.

Let me compile a list of characters I liked, who aren’t the usual suspects (like Yang, Reinhard, Mittermeyer, Reuental or Schenkopp):

Poplin

No surprise here. I love Poplin because he’s an awesome asshole. He’s like Roy Focker minus the tobacco and pineapple salad, plus more drinking, womanizing, and sheer survivability. After everything the show threw at him, he lives, despite having a job with high mortality rate. Die Kaiser!

Mashengo

If this was Romance of Three Kingdoms (and the comparisons are not at all unwarranted), Mashengo would be Dian Wei. Also, hilariously referred to Yang as an object.

Attenborough

Attenborough is strange. He’s almost as good as Yang, but only got to shine near the end. Given that, he’s a master of retreat, which I respect him for. Retreating a large fleet is harder than it sounds, and retreating to bait the enemy is even harder. But Attenborough pulls it off almost effortlessly. Also, he’s Poplin’s best bud, even if he won’t admit it, so he’s win by default. Foppery and whim, etc.

Julian

Jesus Minci was pretty annoying (especially during the Earth arc), but he became an okay guy in the end. Also, there are things that Yang cannot do that he achieved, like making an all-or-nothing push towards the Kaiser in his own ship. Such daring, such strength, such fortitude of will. Also credited with the final shot(s) that ended the fanatical Terrarism cult.

Katerose

Karin-chan so moe~ :3 Will also kick your Valkyrie ass in a Spartanian.

Mrs. Cazellnu

mrs cazellnu

Muller

Muller is hardcore, as shown by his tenacity in the Battle of Vermillion. Ironshield indeed. I guess he has Prevail and Support Defend L4, as well as a ton of tanking seishins. Can’t find a better guy holding your rear.

Lutz

Nurse fetish, last stand. Also a member of Yang Wenli Fools Club, c/o Bagdashu. That bastard.

Kesler

Runaway favorite. His crowning moment in that episode 106 was SO DAMN SWEET. Does his job and gets the girl! Marika ❤

Bittenfeld

Bittenfeld is a lovable bungler. He doesn’t belong in Reinhard’s group of admirals, because he has a big mouth and a short fuse. It’s like you gave a hotblooded grunt the title of an admiral and set him loose. But he’s a blast to watch. Don’t take him to the opera though.

Sorry, I’m still high from the show. Of course, I’ll be writing more about my thoughts as I get to collect them. Stay tuned for more LOGH goes in every field posts!

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8 Responses to LOGH: CROSS COUNTER!

  1. Congratulations! I found the humanity in Reinhard’s camp quite fascinating, precisely because it’s so attenuated. Reinhard’s marriage, for example, is interesting and moving because he and Hilda have to work inside a set of constraints (political intrigue, Reinhard’s own obsession with conquering the galaxy) that don’t confront Yang and Frederica. I won’t deny that the Alliance characters involved me more directly, though.

    I have to agree on Kesler’s crowning moment of awesome. You know a security chief is well-motivated when he’s first into the burning building full of terrorists.

    And Attenborough deserves a mention on the basis of his pirate costume alone.

  2. Baka-Raptor says:

    Let’s not forget Eisenach, the guy who never says anything. We don’t get quality characters like him anymore.

  3. schneider says:

    @ IKnight

    LOGH had some great family themes too, especially marriage. Reinhard and Hilda turned out well despite the circumstances, as you’ve already said. Reinhard really proves that he’s a nice guy at heart! Some day I might write a post on it.

    @ Baka-Raptor

    Fingersnapping is an act of manliness.

  4. jpmeyer says:

    “Also, hilariously referred to Yang as an object.”

    Wait, I thought it was the other way around, which made it even funnier (“WHAT IS THAT?”)

  5. schneider says:

    @ jpmeyer

    It’s supposed to be “referred by”, not “referred to”. I suck at prepositions.

  6. lelangir says:

    >>but I was rooting for people, not for ideologies or armies or sovereigns.

    save for maybe this (which was one of my favorite scenes)

  7. ghostlightning says:

    Poplin

    No surprise here. I love Poplin because he’s an awesome asshole. He’s like Roy Focker minus the tobacco and pineapple salad, plus more drinking, womanizing, and sheer survivability. After everything the show threw at him, he lives, despite having a job with high mortality rate. Die Kaiser!

    RAGE. SACRILEGE. Don’t compare Focker to this schmuck.

    Your hatred for Jesus Minci is not enough. HAET MOAR!

    Attenborough is salvaged by the “Foppery and Whim” quote. I hate him as well.

    Schenkopp is tolerable.

    OBERSTEIN is one of the really really interesting characters I’ve come across in a while.

    BITTENFELD IS LOVE.

    MECKLINGER IS almost LOVE.

    REUENTAL IS LOVE.

    MITTERMEYER IS LOVE.

    KIRCHEIS… T___________T

    MEIN KAISER!!! Oh my good lord MEIN KAISER!!!

  8. schneider says:

    @ ghostlightning

    Meh, Imperial scum. gb2Kaiser

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