The similarities between the second volume of The Legend of the Galactic Heroes and the situation we are in as Japanese


Do you know the word “deja vu”?

I’ve heard of the saying, “Facts are stranger than fiction,” but this time things seem to be unfolding just as they did in the novel.

So, déjà vu is the correct word.

The second volume, the equivalent of the second season of The Legend of the Galactic Heroes has finally arrived at my house, and the excitement of seeing Yang Wenli on the cover has been blown away.

As expected of Yoshiki Tanaka, I guess that’s what he’s doing.

I’m sure you’ll be surprised when you watch the second season, which will be aired on TV, but it seems to depict today’s society surprisingly well.

In this article, I would like to talk about the second volume of the Legend of Einsai Eiyu in detail.


Volume 2 is the volume on conspiracy numbers

Now, the science fiction novel, The Legend of the Galactic Heroes, is outlined in the previous entry.

Humanity is divided into two major powers: the Empire and the Alliance. There are only two routes between them, and the most direct one is the Iselorn Corridor. It is narrow enough to be called a corridor, and the Iserlone Fortress (an artificial planet) has been established here.

In the first volume, the Alliance’s Jan Wenley took the Iserlorn Fortress from the Empire. He was then garrisoned by the entire fleet as the fortress commander.

The other route is a significant detour and is called the Featherstone Corridor. It is a self-governing territory that is recognized as autonomous and does not belong to the Empire or the Alliance.

Yet in Volume 2, Fezzan is quiet. It’s the female fan favorite, Lord Reinhardt von Roengram, who uses a number of conspiracy tactics in this volume.

(Incidentally, our lady loves her best friend Kirchice, which is why she demanded that I purchase Volume 2.)

Now, Lord Roengram finally decides to overthrow the Empire’s faction of nobles. However, he doesn’t want the Alliance to intervene, just in case they are fighting within the Empire.

Therefore, he plans to contain the Alliance. Specifically, he wishes the alliance forces to be unable to move.

In order to do so, he plans to make the frontier planets in the alliance in a state of civil war and expeditionary force of the alliance’s main army. At the same time, they also want the alliance to stage a coup d’etat.

Yang Wen Li, who has earned the nickname “The Magician”, sees through this.

“He explained, in a matter-of-fact but detailed manner, his insight into the intentions of the Lohengrum Duke Reinhardt. The coup d’état would have no idea that it was under the control of Lord Roengram. (P41)

Both Duke Roengram, the one who sets it up, and Jan Wenley, the one who is being set up, are a great deal of work. Incidentally, Jan Wenli was asked by Admiral Bewcock about the success rate of the coup de grace, and he explained it this way: “You don’t have to succeed, for Lord Lowengram.

‘It doesn’t have to be a success, for Lord Roengram. For him, splitting up the Alliance is just as important.

And Reinhardt really only sends one messenger. The scenario described by the messenger causes a coup d’état by those who (radically) love the alliance wholeheartedly.

It’s a pretty well-developed plot. It is true that human beings have a tendency not to act when forced by others. But when stimulated by a desire for money or honor, they can be induced to do things as if they had been thinking about it all along.

In a way, lust for power and a sense of mission are also troublesome. Even so, we need food, clothing, and shelter to survive, and we have an ego that wants to be recognized by others. As expected of a novelist, the world as of May 31, 2020 is indeed a similar situation.

Incidentally, Yang Wenli has a dream of becoming a historian, and there are scenes where he thinks like a real historian.

“Behind the Crusades were the maritime merchants of Venice and Genoa who wanted to weaken the power of the pagans and monopolize the trade between East and West. Their ambition, backed by calculation, supported their fanaticism. If this history is to be rewritten, it will be ……. Is there a third force behind it, Featherstone?” (P35)

You will feel as if you are really seeing reality.

Spontaneous and moving people

Once again, I read through a bit of the book and was again impressed by the idea of making people move naturally. (Admittedly, Yang Wenli’s true calling card on the battlefield was to move his enemies to do what he wanted them to do.

The reason I mention this is because I had the opportunity to study the time of the Meiji Restoration. When the Tokugawa Keiki of the Edo shogunate moved to Shizuoka, many of the family members voluntarily moved there.

They moved to Shizuoka knowing that their wealth was dwindling and that they would not be able to make a living in Shizuoka. Incidentally, Shizuoka was not famous for tea at that time.

After rejecting an invitation to become the governor of Kanagawa Prefecture, the Shizuoka family and others led the effort to make Shizuoka a famous tea producer. Of course, we didn’t know if he would succeed, and we couldn’t predict how long it would take.

I really admire this indomitable spirit. At the same time, I also think that if we had made a mistake, we would have been in a terrible situation. Saigo Takamori, for example, died in the end of his life after a rebellion.

It’s not that the samurai of the Meiji Restoration were manipulated by anyone. But even they were at the mercy of the invisible “flow of the times.

Oh no. Come to think of it, there were those who influenced the masses not by their power, but by their oratory.

When you think about it like that, the Legend of the Galactic Heroes has been so popular that a remake of the series has been made, and it’s really good.

Humans are so easily swayed by stress and frustration when it hits that part of us. Aside from the TV shopping advertisements, I am impressed with the car salesman and others.

After all, even my wife was convinced that she wanted a car and worked hard to get her license. Such a natural human psychology has been developed into a story of conspiracy numbers.

The mastermind of the coup depicted in the novel was, to all intents and purposes, an important man with the title of “general”. Even those who have become so great can be swayed when they are squeamish.

Even the protagonist, Yan Wen Li, has moments of regret because of his way of thinking. He reminds himself that if he could have behaved better in the meeting, he might have avoided the futile fight in the first volume in the first place.

But still, the Empire and the Alliance don’t have diplomatic relations because they don’t authorize the other side to exist. I would say that this is somewhat like the relationship between some countries.


And so, this is the Legend of Galactic Hero (Volume 2) that seems to have traced reality quite accurately.

But I don’t like war, so I’m really glad The Legend of Galactic Heroes is a novel. I’m also happy to be able to use the simulated experiences I’ve gained from novels in the real world (even though I’ve always failed in spite of that).

(Though I’ve made a lot of mistakes in spite of that.)

Now, what kind of adults do children who read books like this over and over again really become?

In the meantime, I want you to remember this speech, which is also included in Jan Wenley’s book of quotes.

“The battle is about to begin. It is a noble battle, but it is meaningless if we do not win it. We’ve done the calculations for victory, so don’t take it easy and just go with it. What’s at stake is only the survival of the nation. It’s not worth much compared to the freedoms and rights of the individual: …… Well, let’s get started, shall we?

Yes, what is important to us today is our individual freedom and rights. That’s why The Legend of the Gingaai Heroes is worth reading.

So I’ll leave you with that. I’ll see you soon.

Sei Yotsuba