Title:Taiyou no Yuusha Firebird
Released on year:1981
In the vast expanse of the future, where Earth teeters on the edge of oblivion, the fate of humanity hangs by a thread. Within this dystopian world, sentient beings are artificially manufactured and molded by advanced AI, assigned specific roles to uphold order. Enter Godo Shingo, an extraordinary young cadet whose unwavering compassion for all living beings, be it human or machine, sets him apart from the rest. Despite being ridiculed by his superiors for forming a deep bond with his nursemaid robot, the remarkable Olga, Godo proves his mettle as a sharpshooter and is entrusted with an extraordinary mission—to capture the mythical, ageless creature known as the Phoenix, an elusive menace responsible for countless spaceship's demise. Unbeknownst to Godo, his life takes an unforeseen turn when he falls irrevocably in love with Rena, the illustrious daughter of the President and the betrothed of Rock Holmes, the esteemed Chief of the Science Department. Their plans to elope tragically crumble, tearing them apart. Consequently, Godo finds himself sentenced to laborious prison camp drudgery. But destiny intercedes when his loyal companions, Olga and Pincho—a treasured extraterrestrial pet belonging to Rena—make a daring escape and launch a valiant rescue mission to free him. Unfolding against the backdrop of outer space, Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone ventures on an enthralling odyssey, delving into the potent force of selfless love. Brace yourself for a tale that tantalizes your imagination while meditating on the boundless power that lies within acts of altruism.
Welcome to the thrilling world of Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone! This anime masterpiece, adapted from Osamu Tezuka's renowned manga series Hi no Tori, will captivate your imagination and take you on an extraordinary journey. Drawing inspiration primarily from the "Future" and "Resurrection" volumes, this movie adds a unique twist to the beloved storyline. Prepare to encounter a host of iconic characters from Tezuka's diverse works, each carefully designed to showcase their distinct traits. Keep an eye out for the magnificent Phoenix, portrayed in not one, but three breathtaking renditions. The filmmakers have seamlessly blended cutting-edge techniques, including scan camera shots, CGI, live-action filming, and mesmerizing visual effects like "2-frame photography" and 3D manipulation. Experience the magic of rotoscoping as it brings the characters to life with astonishing realism. Originally titled Space Firebird, this extraordinary anime has gained widespread acclaim and popularity, making it one of the most sought-after videos in the Bargain Bin. Back in 1982, the English version made its debut on US television, albeit with a regrettable 20-minute cut. Shortly after, it hit the shelves in the UK on VHS and Betamax, courtesy of Mountain Video, garnering significant attention due to its unique format. However, two years later, the video mysteriously vanished from stores and was never re-released by any other distributor. In the US, the movie saw its release in 1987 solely on VHS, courtesy of the renowned Celebrity Just For Kids. While the dubbed version remained intact, the movie was condensed by 10 minutes, excising some scenes and even the end credits. The acclaim surrounding Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone continued to soar. In 1980, it earned the prestigious Inkpot Award at the San Diego Comic Convention, a testament to its creativity and impact. Furthermore, it secured the Animation Award at the inaugural Las Vegas Film Festival, impressing audiences and critics alike with its groundbreaking visuals. The movie even received a well-deserved nomination at the illustrious Saturn Awards in 1983, competing for the coveted title of the best-animated movie of the year. Embark on this thrilling sci-fi adventure and let Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone transport you to a world where imagination knows no bounds. Get ready to be enthralled by its captivating narrative and visually stunning animation. The legend of the Phoenix awaits you!