Reviewed by: Dallas Marshall
Released by: Discotek Media / Eastern Star
Age Rating: All Ages
Region: 1 - North America
Length: 108 minutes
Audio: Japanese 2.0 Stereo
Long ago, spirits of fire and water lived as one. But jealous Algaroch, lord of the winds, drove a rift between King Oceanus and his sister Hyperia, queen of fire. Since then fire fairies and water sprites have been at war and forbidden from consorting, but when Prince Sirius, the king's chosen successor, meets Hyperia's beautiful daughter Malta, they fall madly in love. A wise, old turtle explains their one chance is to reach the hill of Elysium during the next solar eclipse, where a magic flower blossoms that can carry them to a distant star where fire and water live as one.
Masami Hata's and Sanrio's (yes the same people behind the saccharine cute Hello Kitty) The Legend of Sirius or The Sea Prince and the Fire Child as it is commonly called is by one of the most under appreciated and overlooked works of classic anime. Which is a real shame considering that has become one of my favorite anime films. The film was given a short life on VHS and was shown on cable a few times briefly as well and then was thrown into obscurity ever since (albeit building a cult fan base).
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