From the earlier penmanship of studio Madhouse comes a short tale about a cutesy unicorn destined to travel through time and space, leaving both his memories and happiness behind. The first movie tells of his encounter with a sick girl and her grandfather inhabiting a town suffering from the pollutions of a nearby factory. The typical cheesy environmental themes are woven together with Unico's magical abilities that provide helpfulness amidst all the misery. Fundamentally speaking, this is ridiculous and naive enough (let's just ruin the big bad factory and everything will be swell!) to be meant for kids to see. This goes against the EXTREMELY depressing themes of forgetfulness and eternal suffering that are dealt with later on. Still, it has a decent plot and 25 minutes of your time is not a heavy price to pay for it.
Visually, Madhouse does a very good job with fluid animation and pretty character designs. Keep in mind though that this was made in the seventies, so visual splendor should not be anticipated. We get something similar though with a magnificent wind in the form of a woman sweeping across the town trying to penetrate the smoke from the factory. From a musical perspective matters are almost the same; the soundtrack is generally mediocre, the voice actors sound cute and Unico has his own theme song.
Characters are simply structured but suffice when you're creating a short running tale that's slightly too naive to suit children very well. Or maybe that's just cynical talk... the vital thing is that this is generally a pretty mediocre movie, but since it's so short and has its adorable (respectively suicide-invoking) perks you might as well do yourself a favor and check it out. Who knows, you might even smile at a few points! I'll wrap this review up by emphasizing that this movie in no way is inappropriate for children. It's just that after Unico has brought happiness to the ones around him, he still has to resume his personal torment. And that might be too sad for some younger audiences to handle.