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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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Legends of the Galactic Heroes

One of my favorite anime series is Legends of the Galactic Heroes, dating from the early 90s. It's a huge, sprawling SF saga of two Great Powers in collision, with great characters, music, and spaceship battles. Especially the spaceship battles. We're talking fleets of 30,000 on each side with discussions of strategy and tactics, displays showing fleet maneuvering, the works. Some people find this boring, but I eat it up like candy.

To date, the series has only been fansubbed, and only the first season and a bit of the second ever completed (42 episodes out of 110). Next year in Japan the entire saga (all four seasons plus 52 side-story episodes plus the three movies) will be released in a gigantic 47 DVD set. The company producing it is willing to do an English subtitled version, but only by subscription only, and only if at least 1500 people sign up. The only problem is that the projected price is 231,000 yen, which works out to $2600 CND. Ouch.

While this is a fantastic show, at that price you're looking at $15 per 25 minute episode. I mean, yow! What I might try to do is form a consortium among my anime friends, get one copy between us, and lend it around. That'll make it a lot easier.