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Space Firebird (1980)
"Hi no tori 2772: Ai no kosumozon" (original title)

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In the year 2772, a young cadet is sent to capture a mystical universal Phoenix, which possesses the power to rejuvenate the drained Earth.

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Cast overview:
Kaneto Shiozawa ...
Godô Shingo (voice)
Keiko Takeshita ...
The Phoenix (voice)
Hiroshi Ôtake ...
Crack (voice)
Katsue Miwa ...
Orga (voice)
Kazue Takahashi ...
Pincho (voice)
Kazuo Kumakura ...
Saruta (voice)
Masatô Ibu ...
Black Jack (voice)
Osamu Kobayashi ...
Ban
Shûichi Ikeda ...
Rock (voice)
Shûichirô Moriyama ...
Bolkan (voice)
Toshiko Fujita ...
Rena (voice)
Yasuo Hisamatsu ...
Lord Eat
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The 2720s: The Earth is in decay and so are many of its colonies. A young and terrible kid is growing up by himself in a single-room "kindergarten cell" surrounded by the high-tech of the new millennium. For one of his birthdays, he receives an android nurse: beautiful woman-transformer, programmed to teach and protect the kid. Eventually the kid grows, gets accepted in the Space Academy and discovers enemies and friends as he races through the known Universe in the search for the Space Firebird, a semi-mythical creature of energy. In an effort to know the race of such a tenacious explorer, the creature "enters" the android and falls in love with its master and friend. Written by Radu Luchianov <thes@nws.aubg.bg>

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The karmic wheel has turned to 2772.

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The film holds an unusual legacy as a combination of Osamu Tezuka's humanitarian fantasy, the use of western-styled animation, and a stellar musical score by Yasuo Higuchi. See more »

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Burn Baby Burn!
27 July 2000 | by (In Delta City waiting on a promised future) – See all my reviews

This movie is for anyone that thinks all Japanese Anime is good anime. There are parts of this 'movie' that make me think it was cut down from a series, but other parts that look like loss on the sides from the transition from widescreen. Too bad they couldn't lose the whole movie while they were at it.

It is far too convoluted, unevenly paced. characters drop dead in ways that suggest that we should care more than we do (Hence the 'cut from a series' theory) and the ending made about as much sense of the rest of the movie.

As a brief outline; The hero gets sent to space school to be a pilot. How he qualifies for this is not explained, but he musta been good, 'cos he already had a uniform on. Within 15 minutes, he attends school, gets in trouble with the law about visiting a garden, falls in love with a politician's daughter, is caught with said daughter and is sent to a labor prison. The plot picks up from there (Sort of). He then escapes and goes off into outer space to find the Firebird after stopping to pick up some really lame friends. When you're on the run, I guess you can't be too choosy.

I made a copy from a local late night tv broadcast and like to show it to my friends now and then as an example of what bad anime looks like.

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