The official website for Phoenix: Reminiscence of Flower (Hi no Tori: Eden no Hana, literally “Eden’s Flower”), the film version of the Phoenix: Eden17 anime adaptation of Osamu Tezuka‘s Phoenix manga, unveiled a new trailer and visual for the film on Thursday.
The film will open in Japan on November 3, and will feature a different ending from the Phoenix: Eden17 anime.
The four-episode Phoenix: Eden17 anime debuted worldwide on Disney+ on Wednesday. The anime’s Japanese title is Hi no Tori: Eden no Sora (literally, Phoenix: Eden’s Space).
The anime follows a woman named Romi and her partner as they depart from the devastated Earth and head for a new life on the planet Eden17. However, life has already been made extinct on the new world, so Romi finds herself eking out an even harsher life there. The anime is based on the “Nostalgia” arc of the original manga, which the official Osamu Tezuka website describes as follows:
The story line of this chapter begins with the death of George in an accident shortly after he and his lover Romi begin to live a new life by themselves on the desert Planet Eden 71. Romi was pregnant with George’s baby at that time.
Having decided to protect the planet and her child by herself, she repeatedly shuns the world to try to have descendents with George’s child. She tried many times but could only have boys. After isolating herself, she wakes up to find an affluent town named Eden.
Phoenix had let an amorphous cosmic creature named Moopie have children with the Romi’s descendents. Romi becomes the queen of Eden, but gradually begins to long for earth.
One day, an Eden boy named Com comes upon a mysterious spaceship made of rock in the prohibited deep mountains. Together with Romi, Com departs for the earth of his ancestors that he has never seen.
Shōjirō Nishimi (Mutafukaz, Batman: Gotham Knight “Have I Got a Story for You,” Ani-Kuri 15 “Invasion from Space – Hiroshi’s Case”) directied the anime at Studio 4°C. Katsunari Mano (Death Note Light up the NEW world) and Saku Konohana (Children of the Sea) served as scriptwriters. Tatsuzou Nishida (Children of the Sea chief animator) designed the characters, and was also the chief animation director. Shinji Kimura (Children of the Sea) was the art director.
The English all-boys vocal group Libera performed the ending theme song titled, “Eien no Kizuna” (Eternal Bonds).
Sources: Phoenix: Reminiscence of Flower anime’s website, Comic Natalie