The Darkness Before Dawn (episode)

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'The Darkness Before Dawn'
LOGH: series 2, episode 23
released 1991/??/??
Heinessen statue night.jpg
February 799 UC (1 NIC / 490 IC / 3599 CE)
49th of 110 released in LOGH
50th of 213 released in all

The Darkness Before Dawn (Japanese: 闇が深くなるのは) is the 49th episode of the Legend of Galactic Heroes OVA.



Yang Wen-li is promoted to the rank of Fleet Admiral as he lands on Heinessen, breaking the record as the Free Planets Alliance's youngest Fleet Admiral at the age of 32. Afterwards, Yang is summoned by the Secretary of Defence Walter Islands to a meeting during which he explains his war plan to Islands. The plan is to harass the stretched out Imperial forces and hopefully lure out Reinhard von Lohengramm. If Reinhard is killed in battle, his subordinates will lose their unifying force, potentially causing infighting. Julian Mintz and Yang go to a restaurant for dinner and catch up on with the events that had happened during the last few months. Willibald Joachim von Merkatz decides to return to the Yang Fleet, bringing along with him the few military personnel still loyal to the Imperial government-in-exile. Reinhard is bedridden with a fever and reminisces about the past. At the end of February 799 UC (1 NIC / 490 IC / 3599 CE), the Yang Fleet, together with the surviving forces from the Battle of Rantemario, launches from Heinessen.


Memorable quotes

"Julian, please do not fight without thinking about the enemy's civilians."
"I am sorry."
"Well, there's no reason to apologise. It's just that your vision narrows when you think only in national terms. I've said this earlier, but 'nations' are only for our convenience. So I want you to think without making that distinction."
"Okay. I will try to learn to think like that."

Yang Wen-li and Julian Mintz

"That's the story, but no one really knows the truth. Any revolutionary or political leader could have said that. But if it was said by founding father Arle Heinessen, people will appreciate it more than if it was said by a nobody. True or false, it was not what Arle Heinessen would have wanted."

Yang Wen-li, to Julian Mintz, after the latter referenced a quote attributed to Arle Heinessen



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