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Space Firebird (1980)

Hi no tori 2772: Ai no kosumozon (original title)
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 ...
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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13 July 1982 (USA)  »

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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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Classic Anime From Osamu Tezuka
28 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first watched this film when i was about 10. I didn't really like it then though i thought it was a bit weird and even scary. I only saw it again a few days ago when i found a VHS copy on the internet,that's 14 years after i first saw it. I'll have to say it's not the best anime of all time,and it's not the place to start if you're not a fan. But i loved it all the same as it reminds me of my childhood. My memories of it were right as it was weird though not scary. The animation was OK but the problem was the direction as it was very patchy. So if you don't like anime or Tezuka then don't bother. But it is definitely worth investigating,and frankly i prefer it over the newer animes which seem to be more about the animation and the special effects than the story or characters. Another thing about this movie is that it has great music.The version i've got is the dubbed version which as usual is crap. I know that it's been released on DVD(region 4),i hope it gets a release in the UK. 10/10

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