Osamu Tezuka is often referred to as the father of manga. Not without good reason. Although manga has been around long before Tezuka started publishing, it was he who turned it from niche entertainment to mainstream art. Inspired in equal parts by Disney, Takarazuka Revue and his university studies in medicine, he is the creator of immortal manga such as Astro Boy, Princess Knight, Black Jack, Buddha, Dororo, or the one we are dealing with today, Phoenix. Because today has been released the first teaser and a lot of relevant information of the new adaptation of this unfinished manga of the most famous mangaka in history.
Phoenix: Eden 17 is an adaptation by Studio 4ºC with director Shojiro Nishimi, director of the notable Mutafukaz, and screenwriters Katsunari Mano and Saku Konohana, whose most notable works are Death Note Light up the NEW World and Children of the Sea respectively. The character designer and art director are Tatsuzou Nishida and Shinji Kimura, respectively. Since most of the team is the same as in Children of the Sea, we can expect a very delicate animation work, a use of muted colors with much emphasis on the contrast of lights, and languid characters within the canons of Tezuka’s own character design.
In the case of this anime, we will follow Romi and his companion, who leave a devastated Earth in search of a new life on the planet Eden17. Unfortunately, in this new world, life is already extinct and they will have to find a way to survive in a context even more difficult than that of Earth. The anime is based on the original manga arc called Nostalgia, of which we will not give any details so as not to give away any of the possible plot of the anime.
Phoenix: Eden 17 can be seen through Disney +, with a world premiere date for September 13. This ONA, or anime created specifically for streaming services, will also have a version in the form of a film that will be titled Phoenix: Reminiscence of Flower, whose official premiere in Japan will be on November 3. But unless you are lucky enough to be in Japan on those dates, for now you will have to settle for its streaming premiere in less than two months.
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