After the world is nearly destroyed by a war, a young boy and his friends must fight to save the world from those who seek to conquer what is left of civilization.
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Series cast summary:
Noriko Ohara ...
 Conan (26 episodes, 1978)
Masatô Ibu ...
 Opening Narration (26 episodes, 1978)
Mieko Nobusawa ...
 Lana (25 episodes, 1978)
Kazuyo Aoki ...
 Jimsy (23 episodes, 1978)
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 Captain Dyce (23 episodes, 1978)
Rihoko Yoshida ...
 Monsley (19 episodes, 1978)
Takuzô Kamiyama ...
 Dongoroth / ... (16 episodes, 1978)
Tetsuo Mizutori ...
 Kuzo / ... (15 episodes, 1978)
Masato Yamanouchi ...
 Dr. Bliack Lao - Lana's Grand Father / ... (13 episodes, 1978)
Iemasa Kayumi ...
 Lepka (12 episodes, 1978)
Hiroshi Masuoka ...
 Gutch (12 episodes, 1978)
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The story takes place in the 21st century, 20 years after World War 3. The world as we know it has been destroyed, and 12 year old Conan lives on an island with his grandfather, believing they are the only two survivors of the war. But one day Conan discovers an unconscious girl on the beach. She is 11 year old Lana, and she's fleeing from the evil rulers of Industria, who want to kidnap her and use her as a bait to convince her grandfather (who has fled from Industria himself) to give up the lost secret of solar energy, which would allow Industria to rule over the world. After Lana is kidnapped from the island, Conan decides to rescue her and sets sail to Industria. Written by Micio Nero

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Loosely based on "The Incredible Tide" by Alexander Key. It is rather difficult to find this book today. The basic premise is same, but the story in the anime is mostly Miyazaki's original. In the book, Conan is 14 (in the anime he is 11), and doesn't have superhuman strength like Conan in the anime does. Miyazaki said he didn't like the book very much. When the project was brought to him, he made sure that he could change the story however he wanted. See more »

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Referenced in Waterworld (1995) See more »

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One of the greatest TV series
20 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

Highly dramatic and engaging, this TV series was near perfect and shows Miyazaki's talents for the first time he directed something. Interestingly, Miyazaki's characters that he developed in this TV series served as prototypes for the films he made. Indeed, this TV series is actually one 26 episode long film with many subplots that constitute each of the episodes.

Also, it is impressively dramatic considering it was a TV series marketed for children. The Japanese animated TV series were always much more dramatic and complex than American animated TV series, but in the 1970's anime it was still in its early stages and wasn't as well developed as it became in the 1980's, when it's range expanded to all demographic groups.

An excellent TV series, indeed, one of the most powerful ever made. Yes, I said powerful for an animated TV series from the 1970's, because it is.


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