Sirius no Densetsu

Title:Sirius no Densetsu
Sea Prince and the Fire Child
The Legend of Sirius
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Notables: FURUYA Toru
R1 License - Discotek
The Gods once lived on earth, and two siblings, Oceanus - God of Water, and Hyperia - Goddess of Fire, lived in peace and dearly loved each other. However, the God of Wind, Algaroc, become jealous of the pair's happiness, and spread lies and deceit between them until their hatred for each other brought about war. Finally, Algaroc was imprisoned by the King of Gods, but after that time, the brother and sister still despised each other, so the Children of Fire and Water forever remained apart. But, then Prince Syrius of the Water and Princess Malta of the Fire meet and fall in love. The love of Syrius and Malta may not be enough to surpass their parents' hatred. Whether they can stay together forever may be impossible.
(Summary Courtesy of Anime News Network)

108-minute film released on July 18, 1981.
Animated by Sanrio
Licensed in America by Discotek.
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Rent 7 6 6 6 7 Ggultra2764 [series:2736#1552]
Sanrio seemed to be going for a Romeo and Juliet style storyline in depicting the romance between Sirius and Malta for Legend of Sirius. The approach works decently here as the movie implements the themes of Shakespeare's tragedy effectively with love being great yet cruel, the rivalry between the tribes of the movie being pointless and the flaws of the couple in love contributing to their tragic demise. The movie is geared for a younger audience and it does show with the movie's simple storytelling, the plucky sidekicks/ friends that accompany Sirius and Malta, and the comic relief baddie that Sirius contends with at points in the movie. Still, the storytelling for it would be appealing enough for parents and older anime fans as well to see.

The animation is outdated with its simplistic designs on characters, but has its nice moments such as the destruction caused in the land and sea from Algorac's revival being nicely animated. Some beautifully drawn artwork stills are shown in the beginning and ending of the movies as the credits roll, both having beautiful ballads sung throughout their run. Beyond the mentioned ballads, the soundtrack to Legend of Sirius was otherwise rather forgettable for me.

If you're a fan of older anime titles or looking for a good family film, Legend of Sirius is definitely worth a look thanks to its solid storytelling of Romeo and Juliet-inspired tragic love.

Last updated Sunday, May 19 2013. Created Sunday, May 19 2013.

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