Gods once lived on earth, and two siblings, Oceanus - God of Water, and Hyperia - Goddess of Fire, lived in peace and dearly loved each other. However, the God of Wind, Algaroc, become jealous of the pair's happiness, and spread lies and deceit between them until their hatred for each other brought about war.
Finally, Algaroc was imprisoned by the King of Gods, but after that time, the brother and sister still despised each other, so the Children of Fire and Water forever remained apart. But, then Prince Syrius of the Water and Princess Malta of the Fire meet and fall in love. The love of Syrius and Malta may not be enough to surpass their parents' hatred. Whether they can stay together forever may be impossible
Hey this is my second review for a show that hasn't gotten any recognition.
Story-Well its the Romeo Juliet esque plot line with two sets of parents and or families in which despise each other. The introductory part of the story tells how the Water god and Fire god came into conflict.The sea prince is the son of the Water god at first he shows a trait for running away on his escapades. Conversingly the fire princess and or fire child is dutiful to her mother at first( guarding the flame etc..). After the two main characters encounter each other is less friendly with an exchange
of verbose name calling, but this is due to their parents respectively portraying the other side in a pejorative manner. Then of course after several meetings the veneer that taught them to hate each other was reproved. Afterwards segments of conflict insue in whether they can coexist and love one another.
Art-This show finished airing in the early 1980's. Don't expect pristine depictions of any scenery or setting. However the animation looked disney liked at times or similar to the style used by Ghibli films. For its epoch its quite well done and rarely are there any inconsistencies with the characters.
Sound-The music is clandestine and classical, almost scintillating that it illustrates the relationship between the characters.It's quite profound with the calming effects and peacefulness gained with the two main characters together without interruption.
Character-Sirius the sea prince is more akin the adventurous and disobient type. He adjusted rather quickly with the fire society disproving of his relationship with Malta. Malta however is calculating, calm and obedient for the most part but she also has her curious nature. Sirius had a direct influence on her changing of character in developing to become less dependent or questioning.
Enjoyment- The movie had its cheesy moments but that's what you should expect from Romeo and Juliet type romance. Childish and facile at times making it a proponent of disney themes but that doesn't trump the serious and poignant relationship that the main characters have for each other.
Overall-If you would like to diversify your list with an antiquated theme thats been done before but with different characterisations. The dosage of disney themes that this show ascribes to maybe be perilous to some. Overall a pretty good movie for its intended audience.
Legend of Sirius is a Disney Movie. OK, it’s not by Disney or by any of the staff from Disney, but not a single aspect of it makes me feel like it originated from Japan, obviously helped by watching the dub. It’s a re imagining of the classic Romeo and Juliet tale except this time set in a mythical land between Fire People and Water People. Because if there’s ever two things that don’t get along, fire vs water is only beaten by light vs dark and moe fans vs mecha fans. So much of this is classic Disney. The main character has a wise-cracking
smaller friend who helps him out when he is in a desperate state towards the end of the movie. He also has doofus rival who comes in and messes up his plans in a significant way where as earlier he was just a minor annoyance. There’s even the ever classic ‘forbidden zone’, that is actually called in-story the ‘forbidden zone, where the main character can’t go but does so anyway and makes his father angry. The more you look at it, the less it becomes Romeo and Juliet and the more it looks like The Lion King.
The animation style has come straight out of Fantasia. Again, none of this looks like anime in any way. The pencil lines to depict the roaring waves is very Night on Bald Mountain. The way the show sets it’s frames comes out of classic Disney as well with the way it draws the centre focus of the picture in a ethereal glow next to the hard pencil lined backgrounds they were set against. This was pretty understandable given the centre focus of a shot was often a Being of Fire and hence are meant to glow. It’s often been touted that Ghibli are a Japanese Ghibli, which is a pretty accurate description. However the fact remains that Ghibli still feels Japanesey and has it’s own unique style. Legend of Sirius is not Ghibli. It is Disney.
None of this is a bad thing, despite my description of it sounding like looking like the work of the most successful animation company of all time would be a bad thing. It’s just the easiest way to get you to picture what this movie is like. Because this movie, like much of classic Disney, is really damn good. There is the slight feeling that I’m in the wrong age bracket for this movie obviously, neither being below the age of 10 nor old enough to having 10 year olds call me dad. This is very much a family movie, despite the obvious tragedy that is the Romeo and Juliet story. The movie does work the story into a hopeful and beautiful ending, but I still found myself feeling pretty sad by the end of it all. I’d gotten myself really into the corny idealistic romance of Malta and Sirius. Well, See–ree-oos as Malta called him. No wonder the guy went batty for her when she had such a sexy accent, although wearing no clothes and having high heels naturally built into her physique probably helped.
Oh yes, I should probably add that you should watch this dubbed. Watching it in Japanese destroys the Disney feel of it and detracts from the beautiful artwork you should be ogling at. This is the type of movie corny line delivery adds to the experience. And since you’re watching it dubbed, you might as well watch it as it was intended. That is, stick it on one day when you’ve got to keep kids quiet for 2 hours but don’t want to stick on the bullcrap that passes for children’s television nowadays. They may try to hide behind the couch when the big villain makes his tentacley appearance (I certainly wanted to) and dry a few tears when the inevitable ending occurs, but it’s well worth the watch for the excellent storytelling and imaginative world building.
Basically it's a Romeo and Juliet style story, right down to the not-so-happily-ever-after ending.
Sanrio is a funny little company - known for their overwhelming cuteness overload with Hello Kitty and friends, and yet earlier in their existence they were also known for making movies with stories that are not exactly kiddie-friendly. Like Bell of Chirin.
In this case, you have a little bit of nudity, and (as mentioned above) non-Disney-everybody-happy ending. Its a tragic tale of forbidden love between two people who must forever be kept apart; but the real tragedy is there is hope
held out for a happy pairing, only to slip from their grasp.
Decent artwork, decent animation, decent sound. Could have done with a little less of the annoying sidekicks, though.
I’m reluctant to categorize Sea Prince and the Fire Child as a children’s cartoon―seeing as the overarching theme of Windaria, an ADULT-ORIENTED animated film felt a little bit less bleak. This film was produced by Sanrio Films, which also created the infamously dark “children’s” cartoon―Ringing Bell; which had me scratching my head as an adult―I can’t even imagine what a child would decipher a film that teaches, “if someone slaughters your entire family―hunt them down to… ask them to be your mentor, and then kill more of your own kind!” I don’t know, it’s a kooky film!
• This story, in layman’s terms, is a mythical rendition
of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which, probably sounds really cool―until you see how the plot is handled. There are several stupid mishaps by characters that could have easily been avoided; but, apparently, every single character in this fantastical Grecian tale is mentally impaired―causing problem after problem to intensify the tragedy.
• The romance is weak, but I don’t fault the story for that. Romeo and Juliet only happens because two people happen to meet and because crazily infatuated with each other, nothing new there. Piale’s (a lesbian fire fairy) dedication to Malta (essentially Juliet) seems stronger than the breadth of their love and her role in the film, while important, is very fleeting.
• Many characters die over stupid things, like, “I’m going to do this really risky thing to try to help this person, even though it might end our entire civilization.” The main hero and heroine don’t help with the stupidity, seeing as they are both bequeathed with the greatest responsibilities in their kingdoms and they both aren’t able to even live up to these titles for ONE day; they literally sacrifice the lives of hundreds or thousands mythical sea or fire creatures to smooch! It’s infuriating.
• People think that they thirsty character motivations in School Days is irritating―this is stupendously worse. In fact, School Days has much better catharsis and morality than this idiocy. This movie teaches youngsters that if you toss your duties onto other people, sacrifice the innocent lives of your kingdom to have a forbidden love, make decisions that further ensue calamity, and die holding onto that “pure” love―it will reunite the elders of the kingdom, in lieu of your death, despite their reasons for quarreling being incredibly pithy as well. Seriously, if the kingdoms of fire and water were torn apart at the seams because of the Wind God throwing shade and gossiping―how is the death of the lovers supposed to having any lasting impact on the illusory amalgamation of the two kingdoms?
• Overall, despite the production values being gorgeous―the animation and character designs reminded me of Disney’s Fantasia―the story, characters, and ethos of the story are severely lacking; Ringing Bell was much better, although the morality was also skewed. I give it a 3/10.