Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone

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Synonyms: Firebird 2772: Cosmos Zone of Love, Phoenix 2772, Space Firebird 2772, Phoenix 2772 - Space Firebird, Hinotori MOVIE, Hinotori 2772 Ai no Cosmo Zone, Space Firebird
Japanese: 火の鳥 2772 愛のコスモゾーン
German: Space Firebird 2772
Spanish: Space Firebird Hi No Tori 2772: El Niño del Espacio
French: Phénix: L'oiseau de Feu
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 15, 1980
Producers: TOHO
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Manga
Genres: AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: SpaceSpace
Duration: 2 hr. 1 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.541 (scored by 22402,240 users)
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Ranked: #65252
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Popularity: #8641
Members: 4,980
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In the distant future, on a dying Earth, human beings are synthetically produced and raised by artificial intelligence to hold specific roles in society. Among them lives Godo Shingo, a candid young cadet who demonstrates uncommon kindness toward living creatures and robots alike. Although Godo's superiors ridicule him for showing attachment to his nursemaid robot, Olga, he makes quite an impression as a sharpshooter and is entrusted with a special task—to capture the legendary immortal bird Phoenix, which has destroyed countless spaceships.

However, his life changes dramatically after falling in love with Rena, the president's daughter who is also the fiancée of Rock Holmes—the Chief of the Science Department. After the pair fails to elope, they are separated, and Godo is sentenced to prison camp labor. Luckily for him, their companions Olga and Pincho—Rena's alien pet—escape unnoticed and come to his rescue.

Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone follows an engaging adventure in outer space, exploring the idea of selfless love as an unparalleled power.

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Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone, the first anime adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Hi no Tori manga series, is based very loosely on the themes and elements of primarily the "Future" and "Resurrection" volumes. The movie features iconic characters of Tezuka's various works, with certain designs such as the Phoenix's having at least three renditions. The methods employed for special effects in the movie include scan camera shots, CGI, live-action filming, "2-frame photography," 3D manipulation, rotoscoping, and more.

Re-titled Space Firebird, the anime was one of the most widely distributed of the videos that have found their way into the Bargain Bin. The English version was first seen on US television in 1982, but was cut down by 20 minutes. A few months later, it was released in the UK on VHS & Betamax by Mountain Video in the same format and widely publicized. However, the video disappeared from store shelves two years later and was never re-released by another distributor. In the US, it was issued as VHS only in 1987 from the popular Celebrity Just For Kids. While the dub was the same, the movie was 10 minutes shorter, omitting some sundry scenes and the end credits.

In 1980, Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone won the Inkpot Award at the San Diego Comic Convention and the Animation Award at the first Las Vegas Film Festival. It was also nominated at the Saturn Awards for the best animated movie category in 1983.

Characters & Voice Actors


Tezuka, Osamu
Director, Script, Planning, Series Composition, Key Animation, Original Creator
Sugiyama, Taku
Kobayashi, Shichirou
Background Art
Kogawa, Tomonori
Mechanical Design, Layout, Key Animation, Animation Director


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Sep 26, 2009
Hi no Tori or Phoenix or Firebird is one of those end seventies/eighties movies which worth a look. it is a work of Tezuka (Atom/Astro, Blackjack, Leo Lion King...) whom is often regarded as the father of Manga!! I was therefore rather curious to watch this anime.

The story depicts a dystopia : A young pilot living in a society with genetic engineered individuals born for a precise purpose and belonging to specific classes has to find a mysterious being called 2772... What could that be?

Obviously the story and the art itself have many influences from movies or novels : ...
Aug 20, 2015
Round two with Tezuka (father of manga, creator of Astro Boy) is done. The first go was Umi no Triton, which was a total disaster. Going into this, thoughts were not high from his work turned to animation, and maybe his creations were a thing of the past (60s Astro Boy). However, this is not the case. Firebird 2772 is an animation masterpiece to say the least. If anybody has seen Disney’s Snow White, know of Betty Boop 20’s animation, Fantasia; then put all the best aspects of those films and shows, put a little sci-fi anime twist, and you got yourself Hi no Tori ...
Jan 13, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Even though Tezuka is held up on a high pedestal, as one of the the most important creators in all of manga and anime history, if you dig down into his works, turns there's plenty of bad mixed in with the good. He was just so prolific, so many stories he produced over the years.

Fortunately, 2772 turned out to be one of his better works. And this movie is a minor cinematic gem worth watching.

In the distant future, a young boy is raised with only one goal in mind: to become a ...

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