I promised to write this article a long time ago, and I’m very happy to see it published. Legend of Galactic Heroes has garnered many fans throughout its three decades of existence. (The OVA itself needed nearly a decade to complete: 1988-1997.) Part of the charm of this series is that it asks an eternal question: what is the best form of government? Monarchy, aristocracy, or democracy? The dress and cultures of our heroes reminds us of the First World War, and we recall that great cataclysm in the obscene casualty levels of each interstellar battle. Yet, does the Empire really represent the Second Reich and the Free Planets Alliance the Allies?
The question on the best form of government has its antecedent far before World War I: Herodotus’ Histories contains a scene where Persians debate over the best form of government for themselves. In the end, they decide on monarchy, since they argue that aristocracy and democracy are too unstable. They say that the natural course of affairs is for one person to gain all political power anyway; so, they might as well establish a monarchy!
Bon soir, mes chers lecteurs! Since these posts tend to run a bit long, my introduction shall be brief–or rather, not an introduction at all. It’s come to my attention that I have watched 381 anime as of this moment. So, a Ten Movie Countdown to 400 is imminent–just like I had a Ten Movie Countdown to 300 back in February 2014. This should be fun, and–like the last time–I intend my dear readers to have a say in which films I should watch. If you have any suggestions for me, please peruse my Anime-Planet Profile, and comment below or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rose of Versailles ★★★★1/2
After Captain Harlock, this stands as the best anime classic I’ve watched recently. Viewing this show felt like reading The Three Musketeers or another Alexandre Dumas novel, except with more tragedy. The sad occurrences in a Dumas novel tend to be offset by the universal hope in salvation, but not so much in The Rose of Versailles. Actually, it does exist in The Rose of Versailles, but mostly for the pure of heart rather than all except the decidedly reprobate, i.e. Milady de Winter.