Legend of the Galactic Heroes @ Takarazuka
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English Title: Legend of the Galactic Heroes @ Takarazuka
Japanese Title: 銀河英雄伝説＠TAKARAZUKA
Romanized Title: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu @ Takarazuka
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 08/31 - 10/08; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 10/19 - 11/18
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 09/25; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 11/01
Based On: the science fiction novel series Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu by Tanaka Yoshiki
Author / Director: Koike Shuuichirou
Composer: Oota Takeshi, Takahashi Megumi
Choreographer: Miori Yumino, Wakao Risa, Sakuragi Ryousuke, SHUN
Conductor (Takarazuka): Sasada Aiichirou
Conductor (Tokyo): Shiota Akihiro
Shinjin Kouen Director: Kodama Akiko
Available on DVD: Yes (release date 11/10/2012)
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: No
|Reinhard von Lohengramm (Officer in the Galactic Fleet)
|Hildegard von Mariendorf (Officer in the Galactic Fleet)
|Duke Otto von Braunschweig (son-in-law to the emperor)
|Duke Klaus von Lichtenlade (premier of the empire)
|Kaiser Friedrich von Goldenbaum IV (emperor)
|Duchess Amalie von Braunschweig (Braunschweig's wife, the kaiser's daughter)
|Lady Susanna von Benemünde (imperial consort)
|Paul von Oberstein (Reinhard's advisor and later Chief of Staff)
|Siegfried Kircheis (Reinhard's friend and advisor, an officer in the Galactic Fleet)
|Oskar von Reuenthal (Officer in the Galactic Fleet)
|Ansbach (Officer in the Galactic Fleet)
|Annerose von Grünewald (Reinhard's older sister)
|Wolfgang Mittermeyer (Officer in the Galactic Fleet)
|Christine von Littenheim (the kaiser's daughter, Littenheim's wife)
|Marquis Wilhelm von Littenheim III (son-in-law to the emperor)
|Count Franz von Mariendorf (Hildegard's father)
|Sabine von Littenheim (Littenheim's daughter)
|High Admiral Fritz Josef Bittenfeld
|Elisabeth von Braunschweig (Braunschweig's daughter)
|Flegel (Braunschweig's nephew)
|High Admiral Cornelius Lutz
|Gläser (imperial physician)
|High Admiral August Samuel Wahlen
|Annerose (as a young girl)
|Admiral Karl Gustav Kempff
|Baroness Magdalena von Westfalen (Annerose's friend)
|Reinhard (as a young boy)
|Kircheis (as a young boy)
Free Planets Alliance
|Vice Admiral Moore
|Greenhill (Frederica Greenhill's father)
|Yang Wen-li (officer in the Free Planets Defence Force)
|Commander Jean Robert Lapp (officer in the Free Planets Defence Force)
|Commander Lao (officer in the Free Planets Defence Force)
|Fleet Admiral Sidney Sithole (Wen-li's mentor)
|Frederica Greenhill (Wen-li's wife)
|Job Trunicht (chairman of national defence, head of the Patriotic Knight Corps)
|Julian Mintz (Wen-li's ward)
|Dominique Saint-Pierré (singer and dancer)
|Adrian Rubinsky (governor-general)
Other Cast: Hanasaki Airi, Sakurane Rei, Aisaki Maria, Sakihana Riho, Suzuka Maya, Miou Erina, Kano Maria, Risaki Shigure, Yume Natsuki, Hanabishi Rizu, Mizuka Ichi, Asahina Aoi
Other Cast (98th Class Group D): Koharuno Sayo, Rukaze Hikaru, Seina Nozomi, Minato Rihi, Arisa Hitomi, Nanaki Kaoru, Amaki Homare, Otokaze Seiya, Marei Sayana, Sumizuki Naoto
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Legend of the Galactic Heroes @ Takarazuka
The first installment of Tanaka Yoshiki's Legend of the Galactic Heroes was published in November 1982, and since then approximately 1.5 billion copies have been sold of his best-selling series of science fiction novels. Even now SF fans are still talking about his works, which have captured the hearts of many people.
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It's the middle of the 21st century, and humans have abandoned the Earth after it was contaminated from a nuclear war. They fly away in spaceships and eventually establish the Galactic Federation in AD 2801. Three hundred years later, a soldier by the name of Rudolf von Goldenbaum seizes power. As Emperor of the Galactic Empire, he reigns supreme and instigates a sweeping purge of the weakest members of society as he rules his autocracy. Those who have fled the repression of freedom have left the empire and created the "Free Planets Alliance." Furthermore, those in the Galaxy, who have become split between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance, become embroiled in a cosmic war with no end in sight.
The Galactic Empire and Free Planets Alliance launch a new war in the stellar region of Astarte. The commander of the Galactic Empire's fleet is Reinhard von Lohengramm, who has blond hair and ice-blue eyes. He is also a genius in the art of war who can boast of being undefeated. Confronting him in the Free Planets Alliance is Commodore Yang Wen-li, called the wizard of invincibility.
The Free Planets Alliance claims an overwhelming numerical superiority, but Reinhard presses his advantage through a strategy that exploits a chink in the armor of the enemy fleet formations. Ultimate victory rests in his hands. But what saves the Free Planets Alliance in a hair's breath from annihilation is Yang, who has taken over command of the Alliance's entire spacecraft fleet from his injured commander.
Recognized for his deeds at the engagement in Astarte, Reinhard is appointed Marshal, even though he is from a lower-ranking family of aristocrats. At the ceremony marking the appointment, Reinhard meets Hildegard von Mariendorf (Hilda). The daughter of a Count, Hilda has long held a critical view of societies where power is perpetually in the hands of the highest-ranking members of the aristocracy. Now she sense the need for a new and strong leader. She believes the Reinhard would be right for this position. The comments of Hilda - of her passion for some day pouring all of her efforts into the reconstruction of the state under his guidance - deeply resonate with Reinhard.
After the ceremony, Reinhard, together with Kircheis, his subordinate and confidante, visits the mansion of Reinhard's elder sister Annerose, who has become a mistress of the Emperor. The three, whose hearts are warmed by this first reunion in a long while, reminiscence about their childhood. When children, Reinhard and Kircheis were constant companions, while Annerose kindly watched over them. But then one day Annerose was abducted by the imperial household officials to Fredrich IV's inner palace. With his beloved sister taken from him, Reinhard firmly vowed that one day he would bring down the palace and take back Annerose. Reinhard goes on to distinguish himself in many different battles, eventually opening the Supreme Military Council after reining in the generals. Having appointed his staff officer Oberstein and some rising young officers, he embarks on a new course toward a realization of his old vow. However, the high-ranking aristocracy is grouped tightly around the palace and its power. Meanwhile, awaiting Reinhard is a battle without end against the Free Planets Alliance and its extraordinary commander Yang, whose genius Reinhard acknowledges.
- Top debut performance for Ouki Kaname and Misaki Rion.
- First performance for Ozuki Tooma and Asaka Manato as members of Cosmos Troupe.
- Final performance for Tsukie Juma and Yukino Kokomi.
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