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銀河英雄伝説 1 黎明篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 1]

(Legend of the Galactic Heroes #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  846 ratings  ·  110 reviews
The story is staged in the distant future within our own Milky Way Galaxy, approximately in the 35th century. Unlike other science fiction stories, there are no alien civilizations. A portion of the galaxy is filled with terraformed worlds inhabited by interstellar traveling human beings. For 150 years two mighty space powers have intermittently warred with each other: the ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published November 1996 by 徳間書店 (first published November 1982)
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Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alright, there's no getting around it: I'm going to be honest and admit that I don't think I would have enjoyed this book as much without the stellar narration of Tim Gerard Reynolds. I was introduced to TGR through his work in reading Pierce Brown's Red Rising trilogy, which fully convinced me that I will listen to just about anything this man reads. He could read me the dictionary and I'd still be there. There's something about his voice and the way he delivers his narration that completely ca ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, war, japan, sci-fi
This is fun!

About 30 years ago, 10 books were published in Japan which took the Prussian Wars and put them into a futuristic space. Since Japan has to milk every cow until it starves to death an anime and several movies were made from the books (with a new movie and anime coming soon). The anime itself is a bit famous in certain places - about 110 episodes with a running time of more than 48 hours, an epic space-saga, source of good memes:

We have two warring empires in space, the democratic Free
Logan Young
Mar 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
I am probably one of the few people who read this book without seeing a single episode of the famous anime that it inspired. From what I have heard about the anime, it is superior to this flat, dated book.

At first I was unsure if the basic and clumsy writing was solely the translator's fault or if the source material was just written that way, but as I got further into the story it became more and more clear Tanaka is not a skilled writer. It felt like I was reading a dumbed down David Weber no
Josephine (biblioseph)

I'll just be waiting for my pre-order to arrive.
Final rating: 4.75/5 stars

"There’s nothing easier than advocating for peace with words.”
There is one thing, thought Yang. Hiding in a safe place and advocating for war.

I have read a lot of books, and i remember only one that i could quote all day long - and it was Every Day. Now i add another one to the collection of amazing quotes: "Dawn" from LOGH series.

Ofc, it has it's issues, but this is also a very, very old book and it's the first in the series, but mostly, it's a masterpiece.

Now here
David Holmes
Oh boy.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes is a lengthy series of Japanese space opera novels dating back to the early '80s, which in turn spawned a multimedia franchise of animation, manga and video games. The west is mostly familiar with the 110-episode animated series, which was unofficially translated into English by fans.

It tells the story of a galactic conflict between two superpowers: the Galactic Empire, an absolute monarchy modeled after 19th-century Prussia that's rotting from the inside out
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mankind has spread out through space, but there's still war, conflicts involving thousands of ships and millions of lives. On one side is the Galactic Empire, an oppressive
regime that is milding in its old age. On the other, is the Free Planets Alliance, which has good intentions but often hampered by bureaucracy and the political machinations of those elected to power. Each side has one genius general, but they must work with what they're given.

This is apparently a rather famous Japanese SF mil
Dave Walsh
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I grew up as the occasional anime viewer. I was a dork, but not a superdork, basically. About two years ago now a friend of mine recommended this series to me. Not only did he recommend it, but he insisted on me watching it. So I did. I'm not sure that even he knew the profound impact that it would have on me.

Fast forward to now and the novels that the series was based off of are finally being translated into English and released to the public. When I found that out I purchased this and devo
M Hamed
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, military-sci-fi
his tactics and fleet maneuvers ,has more in common with WW2 tank battle than space fleet action
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's bad and cheesy. The writing is clunky (I can't tell if it's the translator) and there are whole chapters that read like cliff notes or a history book with dry exposition. Characters are cartoonish, tension in the wholly predictable plot non-existant. What it's got going for it is how ridiculous it is.

The plot boils down to a bunch of plucky rebels from the democratic alliance fighting space Hitler leading the Fourth Reich. Surprisingly little SF in this story, it's mostly about military in
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Oct 27, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
It's... It's finally happening.

It really is the end of days!
Eric Allen
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I was on browsing for something to listen to at work this week, and I saw this book on sale for $4.95 and was like, cheap sci-fi, sweet, I am there. Holy crap, this is like one of the best space operas I've ever read (or listened to). I did a little looking around on the internet about the series, and found that it is often called the Star Wars of Japan, and it is very easy to see why. A huge civil war on a galactic scale, full of political intrigues, both military and civil, mass ...more
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Review also published here

The Legend of the Galactic Heroes signifies a major failure of the publishing world. It is an overwhelming shame that volume one, Dawn , was waiting for a total of 34 years(!) to be officially released in english, translated from the japanese original. The series itself spans ten main novels plus side stories and tie-ins, won awards back in the 80s and received multiple media adaptations, from anime to games. There is even a new anime adaptation scheduled for 2017
Matt Ely
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
{A Public Space}

[Enter Inquisitive Stranger; You close a book.]

STRANGER, I: Oh my, did you just finish that book?

YOU: Oh, hello. Yes, I did, actually.

STRANGER, I: Legend of the Galactic Heroes? So, is this a YA thing?

YOU: Ah, well the title is a bit misleading. It's translated quite literally from the Japanese and sounds dumb in English. I'd rather just call it Dawn.

STRANGER, I: Not really about what you'd rather do, is it? It's in giant letters on the cover.

YOU: I try to pretend otherwise
"I've studied a little history. That's how I learned this: In human society, there are two main schools of thought. One says there are things that are more valuable than life, and the other says that nothing is more important. When people go to war, they use the former as an excuse, and when they stop fighting, they give the latter as the reason."

This little paragraph towards the end of this book sums it up nicely.
This is a story about how humanity can't stop being the way it is. This story star
Shabbeer Hassan
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, science-fiction
"There’s nothing easier than advocating for peace with words.”
There is one thing, thought Yang. Hiding in a safe place and advocating for war.

Tanaka re-imagines the bloody wars which plagued the European continent and much of the world with it, in the 19th-20th century. The action shifts to space, with all the major sci-fi paraphernalia at its display - FTL, photon torpedos, force fields, Dyson spheres, terraforming etc.

What's at the heart of this series, is not fancy gadgetry listed befo
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
There was a lot to like. I started reading expecting the overall style to be different from what I'm used to, since the author is Japanese - and I wasn't disappointed. Half the time when someone spoke, I got two versions: what the person thought, and then what he actually said out loud. (Ok, most of the time he just stayed quiet. Or maybe there'd be a description how he'd completely lose his temper; things like "he couldn't help but raise his eyebrow slightly", or "the curve on the corner of his ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yoshiki Tanaka is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. It is such a shame that he is not more widely read outside East Asia. He truly embodies what a writer shall strive for--using our words to influence and change the community and society around us.

The series has shaped (and educated) a whole generation of young men and women in Asia. The following is an anonymous comment on a internet forum from a Chinese high school boy, 'I have never got a chance to experience what true de
Daniel White
This book had it all. One dimensional characters, military tactics equal to that of third graders and political maneuvering that requires no thought to follow or predict. Some parts were fun at the beginning, but the stupidity of the characters/plot ruined that fun. The book was terribly written and seemed to be aimed at a YA crowd even though it was packed in with the other science fiction books.
Aug 10, 2015 marked it as to-read
In spring 2016 I'll be able to get this on my hands, since it'll be licensed.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is basically a 'What If Star Wars was about Politics and Strategy' novel.
The writing is a hit or miss (especially if we consider it was originally written in Japanese and during 1982), so if you don't like the first pages just quit!
Strongly recommended for lovers of Military Sci-Fi.
Asyraf Kori
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is space opera made right. Simple as that.
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Conocí esta historia por el anime realizado a finales de los 80 hasta mediados (o algo más) de los 90, el cual se compone de un total de 110 episodios y dos películas. A raíz de haber visto el anime, me quedé con ganas de más, con la sensación de que a pesar de ser un anime condenadamente denso, se habían dejado muchas cosas en el tintero, y razón no me faltaba ahora que he podido catar el primer volumen de la historia. Irremediablemente no puedo evitar las comparaciones con el medio ya con
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this after watching the first episode of the new anime that was made from this really good space opera I really loved this book for such an old book it was so well written I liked all of the characters they were also well written. I really liked the characters they were so well written the ones I liked best were Reinhard, Yang Wen Li they were so very interesting I really enjoyed reading about them. I really liked the story even with its long and drawn out explaining of things ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great space opera book, brilliantly narrated by Tim Gerard Reynalds.

The translation is excellent, and the story is particularly relevant in these political times.

I look forward to continuing with the rest of the series.
Bryan Cebulski
It's totally fine. Too much set up, which I guess is to be expected for the first novel in a ten novel series. I didn't mind the info dumps personally--there wasn't much to get too lost in and read like good history. Characters could have used a little more life, but they're promising.
Travis Johnson
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was going to be put off by the stilted translation and by the "He would be known as [INSERT CHEESY NICKNAME HERE], but I wasn't. By the end of the book, I was all about the story, the theme, and the characters.

What seemed like a bog standard military science fiction series, turned out to be a condemnation of the entire military/industrial-political complex. I'm very interested to see where this goes next.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have always been intrigued by this anime/manga/series, because it seemed to be the biggest epic space opera that had never been brought over to US shores. And since it came out back in the '80s, I knew the animation quality of the anime probably wouldn't hold up to modern standards. Therefore when I found out about this new English publication of the novels, I was cautiously excited to find out what all the fuss was about.

If you have read a lot of space opera or military sci-fi, you're either
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Galaksinin Kahramanlarının Efsanesi isimli animeyi dört beş defa seyretmişimdir. 110 bölümlük ana seri 26 bölümlük yan seri ve 3 filmi üstüste koyarsak yaklaşık olarak aralıksız 48 saatlik bir seyir keyfi.
Galaktik Kahramanların Efsanesi Galaksi İmparatorluğu ve Hür Gezegenler Birliği isimli, Samanyolu Galaksisini paylaşan iki Galaktik Devlet arasındaki savaşı konu ediyor. Romanın ilk bölümleri Galaksi imparatorluğunun tarihçesine ayrılmış. Koyu muhafazakâr, megaloman, sorunlu kişilik yapısına s
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Yoshiki Tanaka is a Japanese novelist. He was born in Kumamoto Prefecture and took his doctorate degree in Japanese Language and Literature in the Graduate School of Gakushūin University in Tokyo.

His major works include the fantasy novel series Arslan Senki, also known as The Heroic Legend of Arslan, and the sci-fi space opera novel series entitled Ginga Eiyū Densetsu, also known as Legend of the

Other books in the series

Legend of the Galactic Heroes (10 books)
  • 銀河英雄伝説 2 野望篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 2] (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, #2)
  • 銀河英雄伝説 3 雌伏篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 3] (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, #3)
  • 銀河英雄伝説 4 策謀篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 4] (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, #4)
  • 銀河英雄伝説 5 風雲篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 5] (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, #5)
  • 銀河英雄伝説 6 飛翔篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 6] (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, #6)
  • 銀河英雄伝説 7 怒濤篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 7] (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, #7)
  • 銀河英雄伝説 8 乱離篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 8] (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, #8)
  • 銀河英雄伝説 9 回天篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 9] (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, #9)
  • 銀河英雄伝説 10 落日篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 10] (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, #10)
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