The 30th episode of Legend of the Galactic Heroes continues on with the three main plot threads that have been introduced this season, Yang’s troubles with his government, Reinhard’s tireless quest to seize the galaxy and Phezzan’s plotting to destroy the Alliance while working the Empire. This episode focuses a lot on family and happiness on the Empire side and judging character on the Alliance side.
The episode begins with a visit to the mansion of Heinrich von Künmel, a cousin of Hilde, by Mecklinger. Hilde’s father was officially the guardian of the sickly Künmel from an early age, and since Hilde had no siblings, she treated him like a brother. However, she had less time to see him since she became Reinhard’s personal secretary. The reason why Mecklinger was along for this trip was because of his reputation as an artistic connoisseur.
Künmel is clearly elated to meet Mecklinger, and is even surprised when the admiral presents him with one of his own paintings. Künmel then states his admiration for those who leave behind proof of their genius and reels off a list of famous writers and artists. Mecklinger is hesitant to be thrown in with a group of people like that, but Künmel lists Mecklinger’s own accomplishments as an artist, poet and musician.
Mecklinger is the great artist of his generation according to Künmel, and his talents even extend to the battlefield. Mecklinger, though, says he was hesitant about becoming a soldier. However, he had no choice because his commoner background meant he could not make a living as an artist. Künmel asks if Mecklinger would quit the military if he could do so, but Mecklinger says he does not plan on quitting for a while. His experience in the fleet has exposed him to more art he can appreciate, that being in the form of one Reinhard von Lohengramm.
Hilde and Mecklinger leave the room and have a brief conversation about Künmel. Hilde had noticed an expression on Mecklinger’s face when he first saw Künmel and wanted to know what he was thinking. It was Mecklinger’s experience that every time he had met a person in a similar state to Künmel, they always had a healthy pet next to them. Hilde understands, but says her cousin doesn’t have an interest in pets, but he does have books to keep him company.
Meanwhile at Geiersburg, testing on the using engines to move the fortress commence. They are successful, which is news that makes Reinhard very pleased. The warp test is still to come, and Hilde remarks that it won’t be very long if that is successful. Reinhard then asks her if she is opposed to what he is doing, and she says she hasn’t said anything either way.
Hilde then states that for a group of people to form, they need an enemy. Reinhard says that takes the form of the Alliance, and that is why he is resuming the war against them. Hilde disagrees and says the real enemy is the Goldenbaum Dynasty. Reinhard says the Kaiser is 7-years-old and has no real power, but Hilde says that is irrelevant since he is the successor to the dynasty and could be used as a symbol to rally those who oppose him. Reinhard says that even if they did group together they would not be able to defeat him, and regardless, he does not want to be known as a child killer. Hilde is pleased with the answer, but he says there is one path he must take as he prominently holds the locket with the picture of himself, Kircheis and Annerose.
On the Alliance side, Yang has been summoned to appear on Heinessen for an inquiry into his actions during the coup. He asks Frederica what this is all about, and she says that no action like this is present in the Alliance constitution or in military law. Yang remarks that the procedure exists above the law then, and Frederica says that since the whole thing is arbitrary there is no legal precedent. Yang, though, says that since the Secretary of Defense ordered it, it must be legal. As a result, he can’t avoid going to Heinessen, the land of vanity and corruption in his words.
On Phezzan, Kesselink informs Adrian Rubinsky about Yang’s recall to Heinessen. Rubinsky is disappointed that it is only an inquiry instead of a court martial. However, Kesselink says that Yang would have a greater amount of legal rights were it to be a court martial. Subjecting him to evidence based on conjecture and suspicions without being able to defend himself works much more effective. Rubinsky remarks that it is typical behavior by those in power in the Alliance. They ignore the laws while extolling the virtues of democracy.
It’s a high-risk strategy because it risks societal decay based on the examples they are setting, but Kesselink says that it is a problem for only the Alliance leaders to figure out. Kesselink then goes on to say that it becomes a trial of who deserves what they have, and that it is not only limited to those who were part of the Goldenbaum Dynasty.
The conversation moves on to the Phezzani plan involving the Empire. Having involved Count Remscheidt in their plan, they are preparing to enact it. However, they need another person to actually carry it out. That is what Kesselink is working on.
Back on Iserlohn, Cazellnu tells Yang to be careful even though he does not want him to go. Schenkopp asks if Yang needs a security detail and if so he will take command, but Yang says that would be overreacting. Yang asks for one person he can trust, and Schenkopp nominates himself because of his superior wisdom and valor. However, Yang says he cannot take the Defense Commander away from the front lines.
Yang also says he cannot bring Julian along either, and he wants to travel with the minimum number of people necessary while using a normal cruiser instead of his Hyperion flagship. Cazellnu asks why Julian cannot go, and Yang says it is because he hasn’t had a chance to make any friends amongst people his own age. Schenkopp then nominates Master Sargeant Louis Mashengo to travel with Yang. Schenkopp says that while he is generally an obedient person, he could defeat an entire platoon single-handedly when angered. Yang asks if that therefore makes Mashengo stronger than Schenkopp, but the response is that he could take out a whole company in the same mood. Schenkopp asks if Yang is also going to bring along Frederica, and Yang sees no reason why he shouldn’t. Schenkopp then sees a situation where Julian would be burning up with jealousy should she travel and he not.
Later, Schenkopp talks to Julian as he is practicing his shooting. Schenkopp says he knows Frederica is interested in Yang, but asks Julian if Yang feels the same way about Frederica. Julian sees Yang as someone who hates if other people know what he is thinking, but Schenkopp says he is relatively transparent. Yang is a simple person with a good head, who is a bit naive. Julian remarks that people seem to know others more than they do themselves. Schenkopp asks what he means, but Julian is quick to say he has to prepare dinner for Yang.
Back on Odin, Kempf informs Reinhard that Müller is preparing to move toward the scheduled warp experiment at Geiersburg. Reinhard appears happy with the news and tells Kempf to go spend some time with his family since he has just returned from a mission.
At Kempf’s house, he tells his two sons that he is preparing to go on a mission to defeat some bad guys and tells them to protect their mother while he is away. The sons wish for him to come back soon, and the younger one asks for a souvenir when he returns, and is scolded by the older one who says he is going to be working and won’t have time to buy a souvenir. Kempf says the souvenir will have to wait for another time, but he says that they can go see the kids’ grandmother when he returns. Kempf’s wife asks if it is a good idea to make that kind of promise. Kempf dismisses the concern and says he will be able to take a small vacation when the operation succeeds. The promotion he would get would also go a long way in supporting her family. She simply asks for him to return unharmed. He asks her if he has ever not returned from the battlefield.
At the Assiniboiyer Ravine on Phezzan, Leopold Schumacher and the rest of Flegel’s subordinates had fled to start a new life working the land. That was not to last long as Kesselink pays Schumacher a visit. Schumacher asks to just be left alone so he can forget about the past. Kesselink says Schumacher shouldn’t be a person who should end his life covered in dirt and fertilizer and should listen to his ideas about changing the course of the future. Schumacher is dismissive at first, but when Kesselink says Schumacher may have problems selling his crops in the city, Schumacher understands perfectly what he means. It is merely the way things work on Phezzan.
Schumacher asks what Kesselink wants him to do. Assassinate Reinhard perhaps? Kesselink says that Phezzan hates bloodshed and asks him to take a ride back to the city.
Meanwhile, Alfred von Lansberg has one of his manuscripts rejected by a publisher. Kesselink is waiting nearby in the car and asks Lansberg if he is tired of wasting his loyalty on the Goldenbaums and says he should join in Remscheidt’s plan. He introduces Lansberg to Schumacher, who internally expresses doubts over both the plan and the meaning of it since it seems counter to peace and progress.
At the War Ministry, Reuenthal and Mittermeyer discuss the Geiersburg plan. To Reuenthal, it seems like a return to “big ships-big guns” navy doctrine, but Mittermeyer thinks it could work against Iserlohn. The discussion moves on to Reinhard, with Mittermeyer saying he has noticed big changes in Reinhard since Kircheis’ death. Reuenthal says that people have to change when something is lost that shouldn’t be. The two then remember the first time they met Reinhard and Kircheis, four years earlier at the very same place.
At the time, Reuenthal used an analogy about a baby tiger being confused with a cat as they look similar. Mittermeyer asked which one Reinhard is, and Reuenthal says that since the enemy is under no obligation to lose since Reinhard is the brother of the Kaiser’s favorite, he must be a tiger. Reflecting on it now, Mittermeyer says he was right, but Reuenthal says Reinhard was really a lion. However, he never really noticed how great Kircheis’ power was. Mittermeyer says that if Kircheis’ were alive, he would persuade Reinhard from this dispatch.
Later, the warp test is about to commence. Mittermeyer notices that Schaft isn’t there, but Reuenthal tells him he is on Geiersburg with Kempf and Müller, only because Reinhard ordered him to. The test turns out to be a success. With Yang preparing to leave Iserlohn, it appears the attack on the fortress is imminent.
After the test, Reinhard insists on traveling to Geiersburg. Upon arrival, he immediately goes to the chamber where Kircheis died and remembers his final words as he sits next to the blood stain that marks where he died. Reinhard says his world has become cold, and wonders if things had been different 12 years ago, would he things be much happier.
Outside the chamber, Hilde asks if Reinhard will ever open up to someone living. She asks why he is obsessed with conquering space, and thinks that his lonely existence cannot be allowed to go on like this.
Thoughts: Kempf’s never coming back is he?…Julian shooting straight at the heart of the target when he did was pretty clever in my opinion…Schenkopp seems to have an amazing ability to judge others, but is he really just lying to himself like Julian says…Part of me is hoping the attack on Iserlohn is the next episode, but I think Yang has to face his “inquiry” first…Also, I think it is somewhat absurd that there would be no legal precedent for what they are doing in a however many century old democracy that the Alliance is.