The 7th special animated program for a 24-hour broadcast program is set up neither in space nor in the future, but in the present. Moreover, a special technique is used to improve the story's reality; the story synchronizes with actual time, as in the old "A Duel at Midday" or the recent "Nick of Time." There is no guest appearance of Tezuka Osamu's popular characters as before. Here, Tezuka Osamu concentrates on depicting a "crisis of the present." Tezuka Osamu's zeal is apparent in his participation in nine roles, including original plan, story line, rendition, character design, animation director, original pictures, motion pictures and color design. The "present crisis" involves the gene recombination crisis. This film was produced in 1984, when the Japanese government formally approved gene recombination experiments.
Original Plan, Story line and Pictures: Tezuka Osamu Planning: Tsuzuki Tadahiko (Nippon Television Network Corp.) Producers: Horikoshi Toru (Nippon Television Network Corp.), Matsutani Takamasa (Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.) Music: Haneda Kentaro Rendition: Tezuka Osamu, Oguma Kimiharu Art Director and Setting Design: Miyamoto Seiji Assistant Producer: Kubota Minoru Production Desk: Enomoto Hiroshi Character Design: Tezuka Osamu Nishimura Hiroshi Original Pictures: Nishimura Hiroshi, Kobayashi Junji, Yoshimura Masateru, Kano Kaoru, Seya Shinji, Masanobu Kozo, Ogata Yasuhiko, Udagawa Kazuhiko, Kato Seichi, Jingu Satoshi, Mitsuwa Takateru, Tanisawa Yutaka, Takahashi Shinya, Kanayama Akihiro, Hirota Mayumi, Noma Toshi, Chiaki Yuri, Ohara Kazuo, Kanazawa Katsumasa, Suzuki Shinichi, Kanami Yumiko, Shimada Hideaki, Tezuka Osamu Color Design: Tezuka Osamu, Suzuki Kazumi, Masuda Yoshiko, and Fujita Rika Art board: Miyamoto Seiji, Ishizu Setsuko Backgrounds: Hirashiro Masaharu, Akashi Sadakazu, Shimono Tetsuhito, Ishizu Setsuko, Nomura Tadashi, Tezuka Production Manga Section Mechanics Design: Aoi Kunio Camera Work Director: Sugaya Nobuyuki Editing: Inoue Kazuo, Inoue Editing Room Recording Director: Kato Satoshi Production: Nippon Television Network Corp., Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.
(c) Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.
Broadcast via the Nippon Television network / 90 minutes / In color
Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd. / August 19, 1984, Sunday 10:00 - 11:45