Disney has ordered the brand new anime Phoenix: Eden 17 from STUDIO4?C, which relies on the “epic cult manga” Phoenix by Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka’s iconic works in manga, anime, and animation embrace Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Black Jack, Dororo and extra, setting a excessive bar for this anime. There’s additionally the large strain of Phoenix being the treasured unfinished venture that Tezuka seen as his “life’s work,” to not point out the truth that the manga was an anthology of 12 standalone tales set in several eras of time, from prehistoric historical past to the distant future.

As you possibly can see within the announcement trailer above, Phoenix: Eden17 seems as if it may very well be centered on a number of arcs (if not all of them) from Tezuka’s opus. “Nostalgia” actually coems to thoughts: revealed within the Nineteen Seventies, this story options the planet of Eden, in addition to a number of characters from different tales within the collection. “Universe” includes a story about astronauts attempting to flee a catastrophe in area on a mysterious planet (clearly seen within the footage); after that it will get more durable to discern, with tales like “Unusual Beings” and “Life” additionally hinted at within the footage.

Tezuka’s Phoenix has been beforehand tailored for the display: A live-action film based mostly on the “Daybreak” story arc was launched in 1978 underneath the title “Hello no Tori,” utilizing by live-action actors nad animated seqeunces directed by Tezuka (together with an Astro Boy cameo). The movie got here to the US in 1982 underneath the title The Phoenix (Hinotori); it’s now extremely obscure and arduous to seek out, solely being offered in DVD format over in Europe.

When it comes to anime, the varied story arcs of Phoenix have been tailored into anime a number of instances earlier than. Phoenix 2722 was a 1980 anime feature-film that Tezuka co-wrote with director Taku Sugiyama, and was loosely based mostly on a number of of the tales, which had been loosely strung collectively into one plot. The 1980 movie led to a 1986 sequel (Phoenix: Karma Chapter), in addition to two extra OVAs (Yamato Chapter and House Chapter) in 1987. The manga additionally received a 13-episode anime TV collection in 2004, which was dubbed in English by 2007.

Evidently, any work of Osamu Tezuka goes to be closely scrutinized by followers – however to try this, they must really watch this newest adaptation – a surge of curiosity Disney is relying on to maintain chipping away on the anime market.


Phoenix: Eden17 is predicted in 2023.