If you’ve been wanting to take some time and finally tackle one of the most frightening classic anime in your backlog, I’ve got some bad news for you: Legend of the Galactic Heroes was delisted from Hidive’s anime streaming service.
Yesterday, Twitter user Kirby Noodle remarked Legend of the Galactic Heroes was missing from her list of favorites on Hidive. A search on the history tab showed a message saying the anime is no longer available in the United States. According to the screenshot her subsequent email correspondence with Hidive, the removal of the anime was not a technical or service error; Legend of the Galactic Heroes is actually “currently unavailable” on Hidive.
“Our content consists of proprietary and licensed programs. In the case of licensed programming, sometimes this content is temporarily unavailable,” the Hidive support letter says. “At the moment we don’t have a time frame for when the title you mentioned will return.
Kotaku reached out to Hidive for a comment.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes is a series of OVAs (original video animations) from the 80s and 90s, adapted by the author Yoshiki Tanakaspace opera novel Ginga Eyu Densetsu in an anime of epic proportions. Its 110 episodes feature a galactic-scale clash between a charismatic military tactician Reinhard von Lohengramm and his brilliant rival Yang Wen-li when they rise to power during a 150 year stalemate between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance.
Although the anime received a remake in the form of 2018 Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These (otherwise New thesis – Meeting) on Crunchyroll, fans like Kirby Noodle do not see it as a replacement for the classic OVA.
“LoGH has a legendary status in the anime community for good reason.” — Jeff Tew, self-proclaimed “anime dad” and creator of the anime YouTube channel. mother’s basementsaid Kotaku. “It’s one of the biggest and most intense stories in all of anime, and thanks to the way it’s been adapted from the original novels, it’s also one of the most visually impressive anime of its era.”
Unlike TV anime, Tew said Kotaku who like OVA LoGH, which were sold in stores on videocassettes or laserdiscs, had the advantage of not being tied to television programs. Because of this business model, the production quality of OVA anime is like LoGH dominated the mass market.
“They really, really don’t make them like that anymore, and it’s a real shame that the format’s prime example is once again out of reach for the average anime fan,” Tew said.
At the end of their email, Hidive support recommended Kirby Noodle to watch his current top shows instead: I drop heroism, The executioner and her lifestyle, I’m Boy Kongimin! as well as Gates.
Out of curiosity, I watched the first episode Gates…and I can’t say it’s a good recommendation for fans Legend of the Galactic Heroes‘ said Kirby Noodle. Kotaku.
Another Twitter user agreed with her opinion. Gatessaying that it wasa little insulting” from Hidiv to recommend the series.
Word Legend of the Galactic HeroesThe removal from the list prompted fans to look for other anime that were delisted from Hidive over time, and they so far I’ve made quite a list.
If you’re wondering if there are any other OVAs on Hidive that are more tailored to LoGH‘s vibe, Tew recommends people check Patlabor: mobile police, VOTOM armored personnel carriers, Evil cityas well as Demon City Shinjuku. If you need a more up-to-date recommendation, Tew suggests Made in the abyss, Kaiji: Ultimate Survivorand supported Hidive’s recommendation for I’m Boy Kongmingadding that it is “actually one of the best and most original shows this year.”
Although the news about LoGHHaving delisted Kirby Noodle’s ruined day, she’s still holding on to space anime to one day return to the anime streaming platform.
“I hope Hidive listens to their subscribers and tries to bring one of their flagship series (no pun intended) back to the platform,” she said.