Never Underestimate the Power of Hard Work
- Episodes: 12
- Genre: Action, Drama, Military, Sci-Fi, Space
- Airing Date: Apr 3, 2018 – Jun 26, 2018
- Studio: Production I.G
Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These – Kaikou Preview (No Spoilers)
Die Neue These re-introduces the story of the 150-year war between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance. Through the Galactic Empire, we see the story of Count Reinhard, and with the Free Planets Alliance, viewers are given the point of view of the young strategist, Yang Wen-Li. Despite their respective accomplishments and positions, not only do they have to face each other in battle, they also have to face the establishment of their respective nations.
Yang Wen-Li Highlights (Spoilers Beyond this Point)
1. He’s An Amazing Strategist
For starters, Wen-Li is probably the best tactician is anime history. He came to fame when he successfully evacuated 3 million civilians on El Facil after his superiors abandoned the planet upon news of an invasion by the Empire. If anything, he is so great to the point that the US Joints Chiefs of Staff would want him to figure out how to deal with certain real-life issues like Syria. Every time he’s been put on the front lines as the man in charge, he has never lost. Every losing battle he’s been involved in, it was because he wasn’t in charge and his superiors didn’t listen to his accurate advice.
2. He’s Well Educated
Whenever he’s asked how he became such a great strategist, all he just simply said was he learned from the history of previous battles. While his mediocre grades at the academy’s strategic classes don’t reflect his battlefield achievements, his hobby of history passed down to him from his father gave him the insights necessary to understand the mistakes of his predecessors. Wen-Li is a living embodiment of history being doomed to repeat itself if we don’t learn from it, and the fact that he goes undefeated in his deployments shows he’s always ready.
3. He is Not a Sheep
Despite his position as a highly respected ranking officer within the Alliance, by no means is he a sheep to the establishment. When he attended a speech of the Defense Secretary, he chose not to applaud him knowing that the deaths of a recent battle they were paying memorial to were only being used to advance his agenda. Instead, he chose to support an old friend of his who was protesting the war due to the loss of her fiancee, who was also a friend of Wen-Li’s. It wasn’t only about supporting his friend but also supporting freedom of speech. Not only does he become an enemy of the Empire, but also an enemy to the establishment of the Alliance as his career advances.
4. He Has a Good Son
Just like Bruce Wayne, he takes in a ward, Julian Mintz. After much persuasion from a government official on the financial benefits he would get from taking in a war orphan, he chooses to adopt Julian as his ward. Julian is always there to make him tea, breakfast, wake him up and keep the house clean. Anyone who is never home to have it taken care would be thankful to have someone like Julian to keep things steady while out on the job for months at a time.
5. He’s Just Like Real Life Service Members
Just like a lot of real-life service members like in the US, his motivation for joining the military was to get a free education. Wen-Li enrolled in an academy that is the equivalent to West Point and/or Annapolis, and just like real life military academies, they are free but cadets must commit to a number of years of service upon graduation. While these benefits are not limited to academy attendees in the US, those already in the military can also get an education through the GI bill, and a good percentage join the service for such benefits and Wen-Li’s motivations in regards to that makes him relatable.
When audiences look at Wen-Li’s casual personality, it is very difficult to believe that he is a successful general. He’s just simply someone who knows how to apply what he has studied both at school and as a hobby. If some over ambitious political hack tried to suggest a battle plan that reminds him of Waterloo or the Bay of Pigs, Wen-Li will be the first to exploit that and suggest alternatives in making those strategies a success. In some instances, he will succeed when he’s the man in charge, but if he’s not the man in charge, he’s the type to say he told you so once things go south.