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On "Legend of the Galactic Heroes": I had a vague desire to try writing something like the various "space operas" that I read when I was a kid. In 1978, when I received Phantasmagoria's (Phantasmagoria Co., Ltd. 1975-1979) rookie of the year award, some of the authors who got their start with Phantasmagoria were gathered and a long-fiction commission competition was planned. At that time, I said ...
Tanaka is an avid fan of Chinese history and many of his stories are set in China.
His stories are generally alternate reality tales based on historical events/figures.