Legend of the Galactic Heroes – Episodes 42-46 (The Ragnarok Arc PART 1)

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So, for this, since I’m slowly losing material on which to write about, I’m going to simply binge this entire arc and post a full, absolute analysis of everything I can find interesting to talk about. The individual episode posts have become either completely reaching, factually wrong, or plain uninspired, and seeing as this is quite possibly the biggest and most bombastic arc of the show thus far, there will definitely be plenty to talk about for the next 13 episodes. Take note that I’ll be typing many of the paragraphs as I’m watching, so many answers that I’m asking might be answered in later sections of the post.

The Gjallarhorn blows, and Ragnarok begins.

Firstly, since Julian mentioned this in the beginning of the episode, Federica Greenhill might be fully head-over-heels in love with Yang, and if this is the case, it adds further fear into my heart about her wellbeing. Federica has been a figure of comfort and peace for Yang and myself, as a beautiful, pleasant woman who packs a punch of smarts and charisma. While love does bloom on the battlefield, in this one specifically, love tends to be obliterated by lasers, and that’s the main concern that I have. Kircheis seemed unstoppable, yet he perished sloppily and completely out of the blue. I know my two best boys Reinhard and Yang are fine for now, but people like Julian, Federica, and Schenkopp on Yang’s side, and Oberstein (not kidding), Annerose, and Hildegard on Reinhard’s side.

Back to romance, the idea of Yang being with someone in a fulfilling, wholesome relationship seems strange and off-putting. Yang has always seemed above carnal desires (aside from his best friend the alcohol), and not one to reciprocate intense feelings of affection. He’s a slouch, a layoff and a very irresponsible adult in the very mundane connotation of the word. He might lead thousands of ships into victory multiple times, but Julian was the one who fixed him up and pushed him out the door. He might’ve even remained in that state of perpetual laziness were it not for some type of external help. He seems tired of the age in which he was born in, perhaps thinking he was born too late into humanity’s lineage. Perhaps that’s why he wanted to become a historian so much.

After Reuenthal’s fleets try to assault Iserlohn, and ends rather anticlimactically (this is all that happened in episode 43), the Empire’s troops leave Odin and prepare to strike through Phezzan. As they take the planet with as minimal casualties as possible (I believe we saw no more than about 3 or 4 dead, but probably more), Julian plans to escape back to Yang, and Reinhard establishes himself as the Kaiser of the Phezzan, things seeping underground are slowly permeating out into the breathable air, and more and more things are left open-ended and mysterious.

Firstly, let’s talk about the execution of the two Imperial soldiers who mugged and raped a Phezzani woman, and how their deaths may be the start of a much harsher system of law enforcement and oppression. True, the act they committed should be punished accordingly, but personally, I’m still not familiar with the sight of a fully public (and even televised) death penalty, and especially not from a firing squad. In our society, that’s not a thing anymore, but knowing that it is a viable option in the Empire, it scares me to think what other methods of capital punishment there are. Especially knowing that perhaps, lesser crimes might be punished in a way that vastly undermines it’s justification. Will thieves’ hands be cut off when caught? Will adulterers be stoned to death? The Empire seems above this, but this display was a little shocking, if technically morally correct.

As Phezzan gets captured, we then see the sheer insanity and desperation that the politicians are going through thanks to the fall of Phezzan, from the anti-Lohengramm Imperial Prime Minister and his subordinates, to Bucock and the remainder of the Alliance’s fleets, to even Yang and his crew, as they must prepare to act under these dire situations. People are dying from heart attacks and aneurysms, nobody knows what’s going on, and some remain unfazed, perhaps by shock or simply by knowing that this day finally would come.

The Empire have the obvious upper hand ten-fold, and it’s looking more and more like the Alliance is coming to an end sooner than later. Wu Cheng mentioned the possibility of Yang holding up in Iserlohn, and how it’s a bad choice, but will he truly move into the open in order to fight the incoming Empire? They are at their doors, while Yang remains put in Iserlohn. It’s all up to Yang, so hopefully he manages to at least reach a satisfactory stalemate.

And immediately after I wondered this, Yang and all of the soldiers and civilians from Iserlohn escape and return the fortress back to the Empire without much trouble, except perhaps for Lennenkampf. Other than this, this episode served not much else, except some obviously preachy Yang quotes. Been there, done that.

 

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