The first season, which is titled The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: The New Thesis: Star-Crossed, will run for 12 episodes. Season two, which is titled Stellar War, will play in theaters as three movies in 2019. Each movie will consist of four episodes, but no TV air date has been announced.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes is being produced by Production I.G.’s Kuroko no Basket staff, which includes director Shunsuke Tada, scriptwriter Noboru Takagi, animation director Takayuki Goto, and character designer Yoko Kikuchi.
Yoshiki Tanaka began writing the 10-volume novel series in 1982 and is credited with renewing Japanese interest in the space opera genre. The sprawling saga features an interstellar war between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance. Its story focuses on the achievements of rivals Reinhard von Lohengramm and Yang Wen-Ii as they rise to military fame in the Galactic Empire and Free Planets Alliance respectively.
A 110 episode OVA series was produced by Artland, which ran from 1987 to 1997. Artland would also produce three movies and a 52 episode OVA series covering side stories.