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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.
Former mountain climbers Goro Saruwatari and Jack "Lostman" Woodbridge have labored long and hard for their dream of going into space. Now, each through their own means, they've finally achieved that goal. Now they set their sights on the moon.
In the future, mysterious aliens called Victim have destroyed all the worlds of humanity except for Zion. Through the eyes of Ernest, a pilot of the Goddesses, we watch the rise and fall of the five Goddess pilots, and witness the growth of their successors, including the young Zero and Hiead. Though humanity's future appears bleak, it might just be saved by the efforts of these young men, and the female pilots that assist them...
When Mutta and Hibito were children, they made a promise to become astronauts together after spotting a UFO one night. Now adults, the duo's path couldn't have diverged more – Hibito is about to travel to the moon with NASA to help simulate the future exploration of Mars, and Mutta is unemployed, having recently headbutted his boss at an auto company. Still, the man can't shake his desire to surpass his younger brother, and soon, he becomes an applicant for Japan's JAXA space program. His ultimate goal, to get one step ahead of Hibito and go to Mars. But the path to becoming an astronaut is long and fraught with tests and challenges. Will Mutta and newfound friends Kenji and Serika manage to persevere and achieve their dream?
Undertaking independent ventures to travel to the planet Mars, "The Scientific Boys Club" builds a vessel to sail through the ethereal current of space, and Dr. Breckenridge creates a new version of his reflective space telescope to create a symmetric surface of the red planet. Both groups are faced with a variety of challenges before they are able to complete the perilous journey, and the doctor, accompanied by Jim and Ms. China, encounters several more on the symmetric surface. Will they manage to survive the voyage and Dr. Breckenridge's latest invention, a cellular shrinking machine?
In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.