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

 -  Animation | Sci-Fi  -  13 July 1982 (USA)
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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

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 ...
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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's Japanese title "Ai no kosumozon" sounds a little strange as it incorporates the word "kosumozon", assumed by most to be a portmanteau of the English words "kosumo" ("cosmo") and "zon" ("zone"). However, according to Osamu Tezuka the "zon" is referring to "zoon", the Greek word for "life" (as used in the term "zoology"). Thus, "kosumozon" is meant to mean "space lifeform", which is a more sensible title as it refers to the Phoenix. See more »

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1 November 2004 | by (florida, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when i was 7 years old and i still remember it as th e matter of facts i have it on my collection, it may look not good to adults or to the "newer" anime fan. but to me this is a classic(note it's very suitable for children) if you grew up with Starzinger(Spaceketeers) Mazinger Z, Voltes V, Techno Police 21C, Starblazers, Space Warriors Baldios many more from the era you will enjoy this! You will love Olga (Godo's female cyborg) and Pincho (friendly alien pet)This is the original serialized story for the theatrical film "The Phoenix," the theme of which is the immortality of life. Against the background of a futuristic universe, Godo, who at first has karma as a human being, is transformed into a god through numerous ordeals. As this was the first full-animated film, the outlines of human figures are slightly blurred, presenting a technical problem to be overcome. The entire story reflects Tezuka Osamu's desire to portray transformation, including the episode in which a female-shaped robot falls in love with a man and has her dream granted by the Phoenix.

Winner of the Inkpot Award at the 1980 San Diego Comic Convention, and the

Animation Award at the 1st Las Vegas Film Festival, 1980


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