It was recently announced at the Legend of the Galactic Heroes stage production that there would be a remake/re-imagining/re-something of the classic anime. Now anyone who knows their shit about anime, or at least wants to pretend they know their shit about anime, knows that Galactic Heroes is one of the greatest anime of all time. A timeless classic of large scale political intrigue. But that doesn’t mean it was perfect. Far from it. There were plenty of dodgy things about the original that a remake could potentially clear up. If Yamato 2199 can revamp their timeless classic with big significant changes that still keep the core of the story intact and please both fans of the original and newbies to the franchise, then there’s no reason LoGH can’t do the same.
1: Add some female characters worth a damn
Getting the first and obvious one out of the way. There are, by my estimation, 200 characters with names and personalities in LoGH. Of these, 4 of them are ladies. And my fourth one is the lover of the weird religious cult leader, and even including her is a stretch. Add some female characters worth a damn would be a pretty big step forward. It could mean genderswapping some older characters (oh please genderswap Kircheis because that would make fujoshi so mad), or it could mean adding a few more in. Don’t see why Yang Wenli’s gang couldn’t do with another character or two, nor another one of Reinhard’s generals be a woman. Yamato 2199 did it and it worked great. No reason LoGH can’t follow suit.
2: More Katerose screentime
Connecting to point #1 and a slightly selfish desire, but come on! Katerose was probably my second favourite character after Yang…well, third favourite after Oberstein…well, fourth after Schenkopp…look, she was a great character who got way too little screentime. She only appeared right at the end of the series and lit up the stage everytime she came on. She was a kickass teenage fighter pilot with a red-head’s temper and had a little thing going with Julian. She broke up the penis-fest that was Yang’s little troupe and brought a really interesting dynamic to their group. Introduce her earlier into the series. Preferably before episode 80 or whenever the fuck it was you waited to introduce one of the best characters in the series.
3: Make the space battles more visually interesting
I’ve heard people say they find the LoGH battles to be the most exciting and enthralling battles in anime, which I can understand. Following the tactics and flow of the battle is fascinating. Where they’re not getting this excitement from is what’s actually happening on screen though, because every single battle is the same repeated animation of a line of ships going pew pew pew. Every single one. It could be the most dramatic, galaxy defining battle in the history of the universe and it would still just be a load of ships lined up going pew pew pew. Yamato 2199 might have suffered a little from its ships looking like they came out of Futurama, but the battles actually had things going on in them.
4: Stop the narrator from spoiling all the major plot events
There are a couple of ways you can build tension. The combination of music, upping the stakes, having all the characters congregate in one spot, quickening and slowing the space carefully to build that emotion. What you don’t do is have a narrator go “AND THEN THE EVENT ON SEPTEMBER 21 HAPPENED”. I know your story is difficult to follow LoGH with so much going on, but never once was that narrator actually helpful. Actually I can think of one time. It was when Julian was reading that history book about the fat strippers. Even that could have been read aloud by Julian himself. No reason to have that narrator.
5: Have an OP that lists the character’s names
I know people have a thing for the original LoGH OPs. I think they’re crazy people. It’s a load of rather badly sung opera. What they could do instead is follow the suit of Baccano and Durarara and have an OP that goes through all the characters in the series. Now I don’t expect them to have some kick-ass jazz OP. That wouldn’t suit the series. You can keep your crappy opera music. But what Baccano and Durarara did by flashing all the names up helped me keep up with the characters’ names massively. All anime casts ultimately pale in comparison to that in LoGH, but a nice checklist of all their names in the OP would be a huge help. That way you wouldn’t have to rely on silly nicknames.