Legend of the GLORIO Heroes Episode 25: Cool Stuff and Sad Stuff

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
Interlude Song: Fourth Battle of Tiamat (Bolero composed by Maurice Ravel)
Ending Song: Crossing the Bridge of Light (Orchestral Version)

Show Notes

This installment covers episodes:

        • 70. The Prodigal Sons Return
        • 71. The Battle of Mar-Adetta Starzone – Part I
        • 72. The Battle of Mar-Adetta Starzone – Part II

01:40 – Corrections

04:20 – Episode 70

06:00 – Poplan also a great life counselor

08:30 – Bagdashu Bamboozling Lutz

15:15 – Effective Espionage

17:45 – Shout outs to Juan Pujol García AKA Garbo

27:11 – Back to the axe murder!

29:15 – Mashengo is a fucking badass

32:15 – Iserlohn recaptured

35:40 – Episode 71

38:30 – Reuenthal and Mittermeyer are still fun

42:20 – The battle begins

44:30 – Mittermeyer is so thoughtful

45:15 – Battle continues

46:27 – Shout outs to Diomedes the secret best Greek hero

55:15 – Back to actual LoGH

57:30 – Tactics & Strategy

1:03:54 – Episode 72

1:05:10 – Black Lancers are here

1:06:08 – RIP Carlsen

1:08:00 – Bucock’s final declaration (Master-Servant relationships)

1:13:55 – RIP FPA Fleet

1:17:30 – Aftermath (Hilda still hella smart)

1:24:45 – Desperate Charges

1:30:00 – The fate of the FPA and things moving forward

1:35:00 – Housekeeping

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One thought on “Legend of the GLORIO Heroes Episode 25: Cool Stuff and Sad Stuff

  1. My favorite bits about the Iserlohn episode would be Merkatz just drinking from the bottle in front of the fleet and the ending. The usual sad song is played while the crew walkalator their way to the main control room to formally transfer control and we get shots of the dead and there’s even a Rossenritter or Yang fleet volunteer decapitated. To top it all off when they get to the bridge the Lutz sub commander that surrendered killed himself but he placed a sheet over the commander’s table so the blood doesn’t dirty things.

    I really can’t get over the fact that the commander was like “Welp now that the battle is over and I have shamefully surrendered to spare my men, I have to atone for losing this battle. Ah but wait it might cause a mess so let us put some sheets over my suicide spot so the Yang crew can have an easier time cleaning things.”

    Shout out to the battle itself with the Yang fleet just crashing their way into the fortress, some of the empire troops didn’t even have time to cover their heads and everyone immediately just ax and crossbow fighting. Because of the picture you guys used I think you guys were right and Mashengo actually used his power armored hands to punch that pillar off. His hands looked damaged and dirty but not bloody and the pillar end isn’t crisp enough to look like it was just cut with a HF ax.

    There’s not much to comment about the FPA’s last battle other than what you’ve said except that Bittenfield being late to the party means he managed to technically participate and even if it looked like the empire was going to win at that point he recreated the previous battle with Bucock with him doing a final charge against Bucocks fleet.

    I do find it interesting that the show does give valid reasons to fight this battle as a means to get the population of the FPA to accept defeat. Taken to its natural conclusion this means that beating Yang in a fleet battle IS an actual thing Reinhard needs to do to crush any final hope. The idea always seems to me to have some merit but is mostly a cover for someone warlike to justify a battle when more logical or dare I say it dispassionate reasons fail to materialize which fits Reinhard perfectly.

    I loved Bucocks final words. I agree that not only did it give a reason to defend democracy from a normal person perspective in contrast to Yang’s more philosophical position but it really hit Reinhard even more than his talk with Yang. In the Yang talk Reinhard only agreed that in principle democracy was a novel idea but the Bucock talk was practically a tailor made speech that struck Reinhard deeply. There was no sequence where Reinhard and Kircheis flying in the air together before being separated forever by tragedy in the Yang talk.

    A Reinhard now that regrets losing his one and only friend every day would be deeply affected by an ideology that promises zero hierarchies that exalts peace and brotherhood between all.

    Of the many times what would Kircheis do was invoked in this episode and in the series in general, the silent one Reinhard had when he clutched his locket before he gives the silent orders to fire was the most interesting so far.

    Most of the time it was just used because Kircheis is believed to be that good morally and as an officer to prevent the BAD thing they are lamenting against which is hard to argue against because we’ve had time to get realize Kircheis does match the hype generated by these prayers but this time its what to do about Bucock after the battle. They got him surrounded but he refuses to surrender singularly determined to martyr himself. What would Kircheis have done if he was the commander? It reminds me of Oberstein saying to Kircheis who has a gun pointed at him that he won’t shoot at someone unarmed which was right, this time its different in that they just fought and these are still warships but in a way its the same because the remaining FPA ships just stood there awaiting death.

    Because of this podcast it made me pay attention to the dates so much I just realized that aside from Lennenkampf being so bad at ruling he didn’t last a hundred days. This meant that the FPA establishment is so corrupt and in a death spiral that it corrupted and burnt out Lebello in that same time too.

    I’ll share the full logh drinking game after you guys are done watching so you can enhance your rewatches but yes one of them is to drink a full glass when Chung gives his final words. I think you guys will really enjoy the remaining episodes for this season, a big chunk of it is my favorite.

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