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Legend of Galactic Heroes Gaiden (Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説外伝, Ginga Eiyū Densetsu Gaiden) is the fifth animated adaptation (counting films) of Tanaka Yoshiki's Legend of Galactic Heroes series of novels. The series was originally released in Japan between February 1998 and July 2000.

Series 1Edit

The Gaiden Series 1 (Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説 外伝1), released in February 1998, is the first animated adaptation of the Legend of Galactic Heroes Gaiden, or side stories, series of novels, comprising of adaptations of the short stories Silver-White Valley, Dreams of the Morning, Songs of the Night, Dishonour and the novel A Hundred Billion Stars, a Hundred Billion Lights.

The Silver-White ValleyEdit

The Silver-White Valley (Japanese: 白銀の谷) is the first arc of the first Gaiden series. It covers the first military assignment of Reinhard von Lohengramm (then Müsel) and Siegfried Kircheis in the frontier planet of Kapche-Lanka upon their graduation from an Imperial military preparatory school.

# English title Japanese title release date
01 Chapter I 1998/01/01
02 Chapter II 1998/01/01
03 Chapter III 1998/01/01
04 Chapter IV 1998/01/01

Dreams of the Morning, Songs of the NightEdit

Dreams of the Morning, Songs of the Night (Japanese: 朝の夢、夜の歌) is the second arc of the first Gaiden series. It covers the short stint of Reinhard von Müsel and Siegfried Kircheis in the Military Police where they were tasked to investigate a murder case that occurred in their alma mater.

# English title Japanese title release date
05 Chapter I 1998/01/01
06 Chapter II 1998/01/01
07 Chapter III 1998/01/01
08 Chapter IV 1998/01/01

DishonourEdit

Dishonour (Japanese: 汚名) is the third arc of the first Gaiden series. It covers a vacation Siegfried Kircheis took in the artificial resort satellite Kreuznach III prior to the Battle of Astarte, where he found himself unexpectedly involved in a drug trafficking case and was requested by the local police to assist in cracking the case.

# English title Japanese title release date
09 Chapter I 1998/01/01
10 Chapter II 1998/01/01
11 Chapter III 1998/01/01
12 Chapter IV 1998/01/01

A Hundred Billion Stars, a Hundred Billion LightsEdit

A Hundred Billion Stars, a Hundred Billion Lights (Japanese: 千億の星、千億の光) is the fourth and longest arc of the first Gaiden series. It mainly covers the continued ascendancy of Reinhard von Müsel's military career, as well as revealing more about the background of the famed Alliance special infantry regiment Rosen Ritter, and the one man that crossed the paths of both of these actors.

# English title Japanese title release date
13 The Battle of Van-Fleet Starzone ヴァンフリート星域の会戦 1998/01/01
14 Drei Rot 三つの赤(ドライ・ロット) 1998/01/01
15 Those Who Defected 亡命者たち 1998/01/01
16 Bloodshed in April 染血の四月 1998/01/01
17 A Dangerous Man 危険な男 1998/01/01
18 Chronicle of the Aftermath of the Chaotic War 混戦始末記 1998/01/01
19 The Hard Wind of Early Summer 初夏、風強し 1998/01/01
20 Candidate for Succeeding a Count's Family 伯爵家後継候補 1998/01/01
21 The Night of the Party パーティーの夜 1998/01/01
22 Truth Is the Daughter of Time 真実は時の娘 1998/01/01
23 The Sixth Battle of Iserlohn 第六次イゼルローン攻防戦 1998/01/01
24 A Hundred Billion Stars, One Ambition 千億の星、ひとつの野心 1998/01/01

Series 2Edit

The Gaiden Series 2 (Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説 外伝2), released between December 1999 and July 2000, is the second animated adaptation of the side stories from the Legend of Galactic Heroes series of novels, comprising of the adaptations of the novels Spiral Labyrinth and part of Star Crusher (adapted as The Third Battle of Tiamat), as well as the original stories The Mutineer, The Duellist and The Retriever.

Spiral LabyrinthEdit

Spiral Labyrinth (Japanese: 螺旋迷宮) is the first arc of the second Gaiden series. It covers the early military career of Yang Wen-li, including his famous evacuation of the civilians in El Facil. It also introduced Bruce Ashbey, the greatest military commander in Alliance history prior to Yang, and his exploits via Yang's research.

# English title Japanese title release date
01 The Hero of El Facil エル・ファシルの英雄 1999/12/??
02 The Hero's New Assignment 英雄の新しい仕事 1999/12/??
03 A Profile of Heroes 英雄たちの横顔プロフィール 1999/12/??
04 A Short Trip to the Past 過去へのささやかな旅 2000/??/??
05 The Man Loved by the Goddess of Time: Chronicle of the Second Battle of Tiamat, Part I 時の女神に愛された男 〜第二次ティアマト会戦記I〜 2000/??/??
06 The Death of a Hero: Chronicle of the Second Battle of Tiamat, Part II 英雄の死 〜第二次ティアマト会戦記II〜 2000/??/??
07 Between the Mourning Dress and Military Uniform 喪服と軍服の間 2000/??/??
08 Planet POW Camp 収容所惑星 2000/??/??
09 Prisoners and Hostages 捕虜と人質 2000/??/??
10 A Rebellion of Microscopic Size 顕微鏡サイズの反乱 2000/??/??
11 The Hero of Econia エコニアの英雄 2000/??/??
12 A Thread from the Past 過去からの糸 2000/??/??
13 The End of One Journey ひとつの旅の終わり 2000/??/??
14 The Journey in Search of the Exit 出口をさがす旅 2000/??/??

The MutineerEdit

The Mutineer (Japanese: 叛乱者) is the second arc of the second Gaiden series. It covers the first assignment of Reinhard von Müsel and Siegfried Kircheis in the Imperial Fleet, where they were assigned as Chief Navigator and Security Officer respectively aboard the destroyer Hameln II and were caught in a critical situation during one of their routine patrols.

# English title Japanese title release date
15 Chapter I 2000/??/??
16 Chapter II 2000/??/??
17 Chapter III 2000/??/??
18 Chapter IV 2000/??/??

The DuellistEdit

The Duellist (Japanese: 決闘者) is the third arc of the second Gaiden series. It covers the events after the Mutineer arc, where Reinhard found himself involved in Imperial power politics as he volunteered to duel on behalf of Viscountess Dorothea von Schafhausen, a friend of his sister Annerose von Grünewald, to settle a dispute over mining rights.

# English title Japanese title release date
19 Chapter I 2000/??/??
20 Chapter II 2000/??/??
21 Chapter III 2000/??/??
22 Chapter IV 2000/??/??

The RetrieverEdit

The Retriever (Japanese: 奪還者) is the fourth arc of the second Gaiden series. It covers a secret mission entrusted to Reinhard von Müsel by military intelligence to infiltrate Alliance space with only the cruiser which he was captain of to apprehend a defecting noble and to retrieve a top secret military device that the defector had stolen prior to his escape.

# English title Japanese title release date
23 Chapter I 2000/??/??
24 Chapter II 2000/??/??
25 Chapter III 2000/??/??
26 Chapter IV 2000/??/??

The Third Battle of TiamatEdit

The Third Battle of Tiamat (Japanese: 第三次ティアマト会戦) is the fifth and final arc of the second Gaiden series. In two episodes, it covers a battle between an Imperial expeditionary force and three Alliance fleets, which initially favours the Alliance but which turns into a decisive Imperial victory through the timely intervention of Reinhard von Müsel's fleet. It also touches on Spiral Labyrinth's recurring theme of Bruce Ashbey's legacy, and how it impacts both sides in the ongoing war.

# English title Japanese title release date
27 Part One 前篇 2000/??/??
28 Part Two 後篇 2000/??/??

Theme songsEdit

Opening themesEdit

  • Kid (Series 1)
    • Performance: AKEMI
    • Lyrics and composition: Himeno Shinya (credited as David Himeno)
    • Arrangement: Kawabe Shin (credited as Kazato Shinsuke)
  • Story of Time (Series 2)
    • Performance: AKEMI
    • Lyrics and composition: Himeno Shinya (credited as David Himeno)
    • Arrangement: Kawabe Shin (credited as Kazato Shinsuke)

Ending themesEdit

  • Setsumei (説明 Explanations) (The Silver-White Valley)
  • Nagai Tsukiai (永い付き合い Long Relationships) (Dreams of the Morning, Songs of the Night)
    • Performance and lyrics: Ogura Kei
    • Composition: Kakizaki Hiroshi
    • Arrangement: Takezawa Yutaka
  • Yuku Toki, Iwau Toki (逝くとき、祝うとき Time to Mourn, Time to Celebrate) (Dishonour)
    • Performance and lyrics: Ogura Kei
    • Composition: Kanou Masaaki
    • Arrangement: Takezawa Yutaka
  • Aurora no Adagio (オーロラのアダージョ Aurora's Adagio) (A Hundred Billion Stars, a Hundred Billion Lights)
  • Bokutachi no Kouseki (僕たちの航跡 Our Trail) (Spiral Labyrinth)
    • Performance, lyrics and composition: Ogura Kei
    • Arrangement: Kawabe Shin (credited as Kazato Shinsuke)
  • Yakusokusareta Mirai (約束された未来 The Promised Future) (Series 2 Episodes 15-28)
    • Performance, lyrics and composition: Ogura Kei
    • Arrangement: Kawabe Shin (credited as Kazato Shinsuke)

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