This is an animation version of the most popular masterpieces of the Phoenix series. The characters are pictured quite differently from the way they are in the original Manga, and several arguments occurred over the production of this animated cartoon itself. However, the high quality direction by Rintaro added stability to the work. The story is about two characters, Akanemaru, a sculpture genius, and ex-burglar Gao whose only purpose in life is sculpting, and how they struggle with the fate to compete with each other over their capacity and talent.
(C) Kadokawa Haruki Office Co., Ltd. / Tohoku Shinsha Co., Ltd. / Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.
Released at Toho's movie theaters for foreign films / 60 minutes / In color, Vista Vision
Kadokawa Haruki Office Co., Ltd., Tohoku Shinsha Co., Ltd. / December 20, 1986
Original Manga: Tezuka Osamu
Executive Producer: Kadokawa Haruki
Producers: Maruyama Masao, Rintaro, and Iwase Yasuteru
Screenplay: Takayashiki Hideo, Kaneharu Tomoko
Character Design and Picture Director: Sakai Akio
Original pictures: Noda Takuo, Matsubara Kyoko, Okamura Yutaka, Kurihara Reiko, Nabeshima Osamu, Kiyoyama Shigetaka, Hane Yoshiyuki, Tanabe Yoshinori, Kanada Yoshinori, Sakai Akio, Morimoto Koji
Art Director: Sue Kaoru
Background: Aoki Katsushi, Yoshizaki Masaki, Nagashima Yoko, Naganawa Kyoko, Yamakawa Akira, Ebisawa Kazuo, Ishikawa Yamako
Motion: Hiraishi Motoko, Nakai Hiromi, Yagi Motoki, Eda Reiko, Yoshida Hajime, Horiuchi Hiroyuki, Nagano Junichi, Watanabe Keiko, Daichi Hiroaki, Sasaki Hajime, Kawamura Tadateru, Nishiyama Tsutomu and others
Title Production: Kumagaya Yukio
Shooting Director: Ishikawa Kinichi
Technical Supervisor: Yamaki Iwao
Editing: Ogata Harutoshi
Production Studio: Project Team Argos, Madhouse
Music Director: Miyashita Tomio
Planning Cooperation: Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.