The official website for “Phoenix: Reminiscence of Flower” (Hi no Tori: Eden no Hana), the film adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s “Phoenix” manga and based on the “Phoenix: Eden17” anime, unveiled an exciting new trailer and visual for the movie on Thursday.
The film is set to make its Japanese debut on November 3 and promises a distinctive ending compared to the “Phoenix: Eden17” anime.
“Phoenix: Eden17,” a four-episode anime series, premiered worldwide on Disney+ just this Wednesday. In Japanese, it goes by the title “Hi no Tori: Eden no Sora” (literally, “Phoenix: Eden’s Space”). The narrative follows Romi, a woman, and her companion as they depart from Earth’s ravaged remains in search of a new life on the enigmatic planet Eden17.
However, upon their arrival, they discover that life has already been extinguished on this newfound world, thrusting Romi into an even harsher existence. The anime is adapted from the “Nostalgia” arc of Tezuka’s original manga, which is vividly described on the official Osamu Tezuka website as follows:
The tale commences with the tragic demise of George in a fateful accident, just as he and his beloved Romi embark on their solitary existence on the arid Planet Eden 71, with Romi carrying George’s unborn child. Resolute in her decision to safeguard the planet and raise her child alone, she repeatedly withdraws from society in her quest to propagate George’s lineage. Despite her relentless efforts, she only manages to bear sons. After years of self-imposed isolation, Romi awakens to a thriving metropolis named Eden.
Phoenix, in an unexpected twist, allows an amorphous cosmic entity named Moopie to father offspring with Romi’s descendants. Romi ascends to the throne as Eden’s queen but soon begins to yearn for Earth.
One fateful day, a young Edenite named Com stumbles upon a mysterious spaceship hewn from stone hidden deep within the forbidden mountains. Together with Romi, Com embarks on a journey to the Earth of his forebears, a land he has never known.
Shōjirō Nishimi (known for “Mutafukaz” and “Batman: Gotham Knight’s” “Have I Got a Story for You”) helmed the anime at Studio 4°C. Scriptwriting duties were expertly handled by Katsunari Mano (famed for “Death Note: Light Up the NEW World”) and Saku Konohana (notable for “Children of the Sea”). Tatsuzou Nishida (chief animator for “Children of the Sea”) designed the characters and served as the chief animation director, while Shinji Kimura (known for “Children of the Sea”) contributed as the art director.
The enchanting ending theme, “Eien no Kizuna” (Eternal Bonds), was performed by the English all-boys vocal group, Libera.