In the year 2058, mankind is about to take its first leap into the distant reaches of space. Using the resources at the tail end of a comet, massive spaceships will be sent to the corners of the universe in an attempt to colonize other worlds, but due to the length of time it will take to arrive at even the closest solar system, the comets must be destroyed in-flight, resulting in super-fast speeds that will kill any life onboard; only frozen sperm and eggs, and machines will survive the journey. Carrying the unborn children of the Robinsons, the first of these ships must now set forth to Ozma; and with its precious cargo is coupled the hopes and fears of all humanity.
From swordsmen to robots, from ancient tribal cultures to civilizations that reach the stars, there is one force that dominates all others: life. From birth to death, and rebirth again, it is life that permeates the soul and opens up to us the mysteries of the universe. Within this tale of the phoenix and those who would be touched by its beauty, we are shown the joys and tragedies that life sometimes hands us, and what we, as humans, must do to survive...
Hi no Tori is epic and brilliantly unique enough that I have only made a single recommendation for it - until this day. Hi no Tori and Space Fantasia 2001 Nights are two peas in a pod, and are quite possibly the best recommendations for each other. Each is an epic journey that spans centuries, combining multiple stories into a narrative that will leave you breathless.
While Hi no Tori does not take place exclusively in space, its last arc will remind you of nothing other than Space Fantasia 2001 Nights.
There's not much more to say: if you liked one, you WILL like the other. There is no doubt in my mind.
Both are epic stories, spanning thousands, even billions of years, in order to show the persistence of life and humanity. The last arc of Hi no Tori is especially reminiscent of 2001, so if that is what struck your fancy, it's worth seeing both.
Both Space Fantasia and Hi no Tori are essentially tales about life. Space Fantasia is about the inhabitation of a different planet in order to make the human race live on, where Hi no Tori focusses more on the question of what eternal life is. If you liked the themes in either of these shows, definitely give the other a watch.
After discovering an element on the moon that, when used to create a nuclear reaction, would power the Earth for the next 1,000 years, the leaders of sixteen countries declared that their space programs would be combined into the International Space Agency (ISA) – and fifteen nuclear reactors would be built on the moon by the year 2023. Lostman and Goro are two young climbers who have conquered the highest point on Earth – Mt. Everest – and now look to the skies for their next challenge: to become astronauts and explore the stars. While Goro becomes a construction specialist, Lostman joins the air force; both will work their hardest to make their way into space, by whatever means necessary.
Moonlight Mile and Space Fantasia 2001 Nights are realistic looks at mankind's attempts to travel into space. SF is a bit more fantastical in nature, but each has a tone and feel that will remind you of the other.
SF is an epic journey into the stars, while MM is the beginning of a basic one; if you liked one, you'd like the other.