Legend of the GLORIO Heroes Episode 14: The Galaxy-Wide Transmutation Circle

We continue across the sea of stars, where Gee and Iro watch the seminal 1988-1997 Legend of the Galactic Heroes OVA a few episodes at a time. Keep an eye out for this podcast between main installments of The GLORIO Chat as we work our way through the history books.

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Opening Song: Sea of Stars
Ending Song: Crossing the Bridge of Light (Orchestral Version)

Show Notes

This installment covers episodes:

  • 39. A Departure
  • 40. Julian’s Journey – Mankind’s Journey
  • 41. Operation Ragnarok

00:45 – Ace Combat 7 is alright

02:49 – Episode 39

03:47 – Will Yang ever become a dictator?

05:45 – Military Restructuring

07:37 – FPA Hypocrisy

08:46 – Julian’s New Assignment

11:45 – Nothing Lasts Forever

13:32 – What is Phezzan’s endgame?

15:30 – Broadening Horizons

18:34 – Legend of the Galactic Heroes and Impartiality

24:24 – Louis Mashengo baby!

25:30 – Alcohol Is Humanity’s Friend

28:05 – We Love the Yang Squad

29:36 – Is Cazellnu just Prototype Maes Hughes?

30:47 – Julian visits all the NPCs in the first town to receive their items and wisdom

33:17 – Bagdashu’s Advice

35:55 – Straight Man Admiral Murai

38:54 – Gettin’ Paid

40:10 – Oh right also Merkatz…

41:15 – A whole new world for Julian

46:10 – Episode 40

47:05 – History Time and the Layers of Narrative

50:04 – The Golden Age and Following Decline

53:38 – Rising Religious Themes in LoGH

1:00:29 – Goldenbaum’s Rise

1:02:00 – The Air Bud Rule

1:05:55 – Responsibility is Hard but Necessary

1:07:58 – The Inferior Genes Exclusion Law and the Secret Police are bad stuff

1:09:50 – A Million is a Statistic

1:12:24 – Goldenbaum’s Supremacy

1:15:48 – The Beginnings of the FPA

1:19:17 – The Current Status Quo (also Phezzan)

1:20:49 – Historiography

1:23:14 – Episode 41

1:24:14 – Julian visits Bucock

1:26:33 – Reinhard’s Roundtable

1:29:34 – How Will Phezzan Handle This?

1:33:31 – Reinhard Counting his Chickens

1:34:43 – Mittermeyer and Reuenthal are still Those Guys

1:36:38 – Heydrich Lang and the Secret Police

1:40:32 – Reinhard’s Methods and Plans Suck

1:49:20 – The New Kaiserin

1:52:40 – Housekeeping

And don’t forget that Legend of the Galactic Heroes is available for streaming on HIDIVE!

One thought on “Legend of the GLORIO Heroes Episode 14: The Galaxy-Wide Transmutation Circle

  1. The new people in Reinhard’s admiral team are Karl Robert Steinmetz, Helmut Lennenkampf and Ernst von Eisenach.

    Steinmetz was a background character going way back to the pilot episode. He served as captain of Reinhard’s ship and told him blowing up his ship because he was salty Yang took it hostage was dumb. He was with Kircheis with his own fleet during the empire civil war and was the guy that mentioned the rumor of Reinhard and the nukes after Kircheis told him he was getting a promotion for a good job at space navying. He also is on the short side especially when compared to Kircheis. Presumably Reinhard saw the Kircheis letter of recommendation and approved of it without a second thought.

    Lennenkampf or space stalin with how he looks doesn’t get much screen time. I believe all the show says during his intro was that he was Reinhard’s commander at some point in the past.

    Eisenach is the one with the dark red hair. Of the three he definitely has the least screen time.

    I love Heydrich Lang because there aren’t enough slimy Empire folk in Reinhard’s new regime and he’s just so good at making up for lost time. Oberstein doesn’t count because he is a robot.

    Despite his heinous methods, Reinhard has laid a solid foundation for a good invasion which I not like but appreciate especially in contrast to the FPA empire invasion. He has managed to mobilize his people to fight and has the moral high ground by getting the FPA to ally with the old Empire. He’s even attacking from an unconventional route to bypass the double threat of Yang and the fortress as well as sending some fleets to distract and keep Yang occupied. He does have a way of getting people fired up when he speaks and not just the normal people even the Empire admirals like Bittenfield were clamoring to be the first fleet to get thrown in harms way.

    I laughed at the conversation between Reinhard and Oberstein talking about how they were going to screw over Boltik because Reinhard was proactively advocating these plots and Oberstein was like some proud teacher happy that his student has learned his lessons.

    I was initially surprised that Yang was Reinhard’s #1 choice for governor in the maybe soon to be newly conquered FPA but thinking about it that he was the obvious choice. As part of his death wish Reinhard hates blood dynasties and wants a meritocracy so obviously Yang should be rewarded for his efforts. I do note he chose to not tell Oberstein when he asked for a possible governor for FPA territory.

    I loved the space history channel episode and I am glad you guys loved it too. Talking about mysticism/?religion? coming back to prominence as the state grows weak does have merit as the in decline FPA has seen a surge of them presumably helped by Job.

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