The story of two mighty space empires is told from the viewpoint of two 'heroes': Rheinhardt Von Museal, Admiral of the Galactic Empire, and Yang Wenli, Admiral from the Alliance of Free Planets. Both men are military and tactical geniuses and are born survivors. The ambitious Rheinhart has the goal of getting enough power to be able to free his sister from her obligation as one of the Emperor's Court ladies. He is fairly ruthless in this which is tempered only by his aide: Siegfried Kircheis. Yang is a pacifistic man who, when necessary, will do his duty even if it means fighting against an enemy fleet (since he is a soldier, after all). The drama between these 2 men is played out against a backdrop of great space battles, inept commanders, frightened soldiers, personal relationships, corrupt politicians and the workings of two space empires at war with each other. This is a space opera on a very grand scale. Note that there is a very heavy Prussian influence on the series, especially present in the Imperial uniforms...
At first viewing of this series, it seems ridiculous. But once you watch a dozen episodes, (so I have no life, Iím a Fanboy!) you realize the depth of the story rivals even Gundam. The characterization is vast, and though the art may be under par for todayís anime, itís worth checking out at least once. Be warned, however, that the names of the respective characters seem to show up onscreen often just to remind you of who everybody is. It can be annoying and funny...oh, and donít expect to ever see the end of this series, considering that the "end" is thought of as a gag joke; theyíve been making the series for YEARS.
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