The BEST episodes of Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These

Every episode of Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These!

In humanity's distant future, two interstellar states—the monarchic Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance—are embroiled in a never-ending war. The story focuses on the exploits of rivals Reinhard von Müsel and Yang Wen Li as they rise to power and fame in the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance.

Last Updated: 7/1/2024Network: CrunchyrollStatus: Continuing
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The Verge of Death (Part 2)
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7.90
39 votes

#1 - The Verge of Death (Part 2)

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 6/26/2018

The Free Planets Alliance Navy Expeditionary Fleet is fighting a severe supply shortage, and the supply convoy that was sent to save them has been destroyed by Kircheis in a fierce attack. Without their desperately needed supplies, the disheartened Alliance fleet takes a hard hit from the Imperial Navy. As Reinhard's subordinates take out the Alliance fleets one by one, Yang's 13th Fleet is attacked by the Kempff Fleet.

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Fortress vs. Fortress Akt III: The Return of the Magician
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7.83
12 votes

#2 - Fortress vs. Fortress Akt III: The Return of the Magician

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 6/2/2022

An Alliance relief fleet is finally heading to the Iserlohn Corridor, but combat forces on the battlefield are limited, and a wrong move could turn fatal. Should the Iserlohn garrison fleet be unable to break the blockade imposed by Kempff's ships, the reinforcements from Heinessen would be easily destroyed. On the command bridge of Iserlohn, Caselnes and his officers animatedly discuss the countermeasures, but what sounds like the best plan comes from somebody most unexpected.

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The Capture of Iserlohn (Part 2)
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7.72
39 votes

#3 - The Capture of Iserlohn (Part 2)

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/15/2018

Schönkopf and his subordinates from the Rosen Ritter successfully infiltrate Iserlohn Fortress by disguising themselves as Imperial soldiers on the run from the Alliance. He requests an audience with the fortress's commander, saying he wants to relay some vital information acquired during an espionage mission. The commander, Admiral Stockhausen, gives permission, but the captain of the control room guard grows suspicious...

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In the Eternal Night
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7.67
66 votes

#4 - In the Eternal Night

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/3/2018

The Galactic Imperial Navy, led by High Admiral Reinhardt, launches an attack on the Free Planets Alliance. The latter has surrounded them on three sides with forces that double the Imperial Navy's in number, but it has divided into three fleets for its encirclement, so Reinhard executes a strategy to destroy two of the fleets individually. During the battle, the flagship Brünhild taps the Free Planets Alliance's communications and intercepts a message saying "All that matters is that we win in the end."

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Fortress vs. Fortress Akt II: Fierce Fighting
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7.64
11 votes

#5 - Fortress vs. Fortress Akt II: Fierce Fighting

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/26/2022

The Imperial fleet relentlessly conducts their assault on the Iserlohn Corridor, one blow after another. As Caselnes is still struggling with organizing an effective resistance, Imperial armored infantry units have landed on Iserlohn, and threaten to establish a bridgehead. Then, former Imperial admiral Merkatz, who defected to the Alliance, asks to be assigned temporary command of the garrison fleet.

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The Battle of Astarte
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7.59
54 votes

#6 - The Battle of Astarte

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/10/2018

The Free Planets Alliance counters the Galactic Imperial Navy's advance in the Astarte Starzone, still divided into the 2nd, 4th, and 6th Fleets to surround the latter on three sides. The Alliance top brass are certain that their victory is assured, but 2nd Fleet Deputy Staff Officer Commodore Yang predicts the enemy's attack on their divided forces before their encirclement is complete. He offers Vice Admiral Paetta a plan to counter this possibility, but...

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War Without Weapons
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7.58
12 votes

#7 - War Without Weapons

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/12/2022

When the massive Geiersburg Fortress suddenly materializes in the Iserlohn Corridor, Caselnes immediately forwards a request for reinforcements to Heinessen, but now he must prepare for the imminent Imperial attack. Meanwhile, in Heinessen, Frederica is desperately looking for allies to save Yang.

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Farewell to the Days of Old
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7.55
11 votes

#8 - Farewell to the Days of Old

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/29/2019

The battle against the Lippstadt Nobles Coalition has ended, and a victory celebration and audience with the war prisoners is being held at Geiersburg Fortress. The guards forbid Kircheis from carrying his firearm inside, even though he always had permission to keep his weapons in Reinhard's presence before. As the war prisoners face Reinhard one by one, Braunschweig's adjutant, Ansbach, enters with his leader's body in a coffin...

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The Castrop Rebellion
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7.50
40 votes

#9 - The Castrop Rebellion

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/22/2018

Kircheis suppresses the Castrop Rebellion in only two days of combat, earning a promotion to vice admiral. Meanwhile, Captain Oberstein, having abandoned the commanders at Iserlohn to flee on his own, seeks an audience with Reinhard. Despite Kircheis's misgivings, Reinhard recognizes Obersteins talent as a tactician and takes him on as a subordinate.

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The Capture of Iserlohn (Part 1)
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7.46
41 votes

#10 - The Capture of Iserlohn (Part 1)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/8/2018

Sub-lieutenant Greenhill, a woman with an unusually keen memory, is added to the crew of the 13th Fleet along with several other highly well-regarded officers. Captain Schönkopf and some members of his regiment, the Rosen Ritter, board a previously captured Imperial cruiser as part of Yang's plan to infiltrate and capture Iserlohn Fortress, disguising themselves as Imperial soldiers being pursued by the Alliance.

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The Legitimate Galactic Empire Government
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7.44
9 votes

#11 - The Legitimate Galactic Empire Government

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/3/2022

In a sudden public speech from Heinessen directed to all citizens, Chairman Trunicht announces that epoch-changing events are occurring as a most unexpected defector has arrived seeking protection under the ideals of freedom and democracy in the Alliance. Everyone on Iserlohn is puzzled, but Yang has a hunch that makes him feel aggravated. Then, news from Odin casts an ominous shadow across the entire galaxy.

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Declaration of War
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7.44
9 votes

#12 - Declaration of War

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/10/2022

Reinhard's speech has thrown the whole High Council of the Free Planets Alliance into complete chaos. Public opinion is polarized between disapproval of a folly populist decision, and support for a resolution that honors the core values of the Alliance. For Trunicht, there couldn't be better opportunity to further strengthen his influence over the military. As the future of the galaxy seems to hinge upon a bratty seven-year-old, Julian is appointed with a new assignment that would take him right to the eye of the growing storm.

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The Yang Fleet Mobilizes
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7.42
12 votes

#13 - The Yang Fleet Mobilizes

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/25/2019

Only a short time has passed since the Alliance's failed invasion of the Empire, and an assassination attempt on Admiral Cubersly, a key figure in the Alliance Navy, further deepens the people's anxiety. On top of that, an accidental explosion the following day takes fourteen young soldiers' lives. Growing discontent has caused revolts to break out on several planets within the Alliance. Bewcock orders Yang to put down these revolts, but before Yang has a chance to deploy, a coup d'état is executed on the capital planet Heinessen.

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Each Person's Star
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7.41
39 votes

#14 - Each Person's Star

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/5/2018

A High Council vote determines that the Free Planets Alliance will invade the Galactic Empire. Meanwhile Yang, after having his resignation rejected by Chief Sithole, visits a restaurant with Julian for dinner and runs in to Frederica Greenhill, who was there with her father. The four of them dine together. On the way home afterward, Yang learns that Jessica, the fiancée of his fallen comrade Lapp, has decided to go into politics.

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Fortress vs. Fortress Akt I: Cannon Fire
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7.38
13 votes

#15 - Fortress vs. Fortress Akt I: Cannon Fire

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/19/2022

Admiral Kempff, Commander-in-Chief of the Geiersburg Imperial expeditionary force, sends a peremptory declaration of war to the Alliance garrison of Iserlohn. Then Geiersburg's main gun suddenly opens fire with devastating results. On Iserlohn, a confused Caselnes and his officers do not seem to agree on the best strategy to take...

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Interlude
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7.37
41 votes

#16 - Interlude

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/12/2018

A meeting is underway at the Free Planets Alliance Navy Integrated Tactical Operations Center to plan the Alliance's large-scale invasion into Imperial territory. Commodore Falk, an operations staff officer, proposes a plan, but Vice Admirals Bewcock and Yang raise concerns about the dangers of invading with widely separated forces and an excessively long supply line. Meanwhile, Reinhard is concocting a plan to draw the Alliance Navy deep into Imperial territory and destroy them in one fell swoop.

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The Battle of the Doria Starzone
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7.36
11 votes

#17 - The Battle of the Doria Starzone

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/25/2019

After easily putting down a revolt on the planet Shampool, Yang is approached by Commander Baghdash, a Department of Intelligence official. Baghdash informs Yang that the 11th Fleet has joined the coup d'état and is headed his way. While the Yang Fleet and the 11th Fleet engage in the Battle of the Doria Starzone, the coup d'état faction remains steadfast, intervening with military force at a peaceful protest on the capital planet Heinessen.

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The Fall of Goldenbaum
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7.36
11 votes

#18 - The Fall of Goldenbaum

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/29/2019

Kircheis returns to Reinhard after subjugating a frontier starzone. He wastes no time in asking Reinhard if there's truth in the rumor that he knew of the plans for the nuclear attack on Westerland, but let it happen anyway. With the final battle against the coalition of nobles looming before them, the pair's relationship begins to take a turn like none they have experienced before. Meanwhile, the Lippstadt Nobles Coalition, which had barricaded itself in Geiersburg Fortress, prepares to launch all of its forces in the final battle against Reinhard.

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Fortress vs. Fortress Akt IV: Conclusion
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7.36
11 votes

#19 - Fortress vs. Fortress Akt IV: Conclusion

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/29/2022

With the return of Yang to the battlefield, the Imperial fleet increasingly loses momentum and is now on the verge of collapse. Admiral Kempff has to come to terms with the fact that his forces are no longer capable of holding the front line, and sends an order of general retreat to all ships. But this is not necessarily an admission of defeat, because he has one last card to play.

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Determination and Ambition
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7.36
11 votes

#20 - Determination and Ambition

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/6/2022

The Imperial invasion force returns to the capital Odin, where Reinhard shows very different treatment to the personnel involved in the operation. Meanwhile, dissatisfaction with the new leadership is unexpectedly growing in the heart of one who was once the Empire's most loyal war hero. At Iserlohn Fortress, where peace has temporarily been restored, Yang and Julian have a very frank conversation, and Julian reveals the path he has chosen.

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First Campaign
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7.33
9 votes

#21 - First Campaign

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/17/2022

In the year UC 798, or IC 489, the Iserlohn garrison fleet led by Admiral Attenborough encounters a huge Galactic Empire formation during a patrol mission in the Iserlohn Corridor. The Alliance ships were transporting a large number of new recruits who were supposed to have their space training there. Outnumbered, the Alliance command has no choice but to send out young and still unexperienced conscripts against well-trained Imperial forces. Julian, who was assigned to the flagship of the squadron as a Spartanian pilot, must now face his first real battle.

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The Occupation of Fezzan
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7.33
6 votes

#22 - The Occupation of Fezzan

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/15/2022

The unexpected stalemate at the Iserlohn Corridor urges the Imperial Headquarters to muster a reinforcement fleet to be immediately sent in support of Reuenthal. Or at least this is what the Imperial crews believe... but as the fleet jumps out from subspace, it becomes clear that Iserlohn is not their destination. Then Mittermeyer, commander of the fleet, announces that they are about to turn the page in the book of history. On Fezzan, people are staring overhead with anxiety as the sky is filled with ships.

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Birth of the 13th Fleet
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7.31
42 votes

#23 - Birth of the 13th Fleet

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/1/2018

After its defeat at the Battle of Astarte, the Free Planets Alliance Navy returns to the planet Heinessen, the Alliance's capital. A memorial service is being held for the 1,500,000 Alliance soldiers who died in the battle, but according to Rear Admiral Cazerne, it's nothing but a political show put on by National Defense Committee Chairman Trunicht. Yang reluctantly attends the service, but while there, he encounters an old acquaintance he never expected to see.

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Maze
star
7.30
10 votes

#24 - Maze

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/20/2022

Count Landsberg's family had loyally served the Goldenbaum dynasty for five generations. His ancestors were even involved in the construction of a labyrinthic system of tunnels beneath the Neue Sanssouci Palace, devised to provide a safe escape for the Emperor in case of an emergency. Now this underground maze will prove instrumental in rescuing the Emperor from the usurper.

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Operation: Ragnarök
star
7.29
7 votes

#25 - Operation: Ragnarök

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/1/2022

On his way to Fezzan, Julian spends several days at Heinessen. Here, he pays a visit to Bewcock to hand over a strictly confidential letter from Yang, which exposes his conjectures about the possible move the Imperial forces are likely to make. As Julian finally reaches Fezzan, he is immediately mesmerized by the freedom and affluence that surrounds him, and starts seriously wondering whether he will ever be apt to his new mission.