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When the movie was brought to the US it was billed as "the first X-rated animated movie". However, it wasn't submitted to the MPAA and at least one reviewer said it wouldn't have received an X-rating even if it was. Instead the distributor used the rating to cash in on the animated version of "Fritz the Cat" (the real first X-rated cartoon ever), which would premier only 3 days after "Cleopatra".
Second of Mushi Productions "Animerama" series.
Several popular anime and manga characters of its time made cameo appearances throughout the movie. These are Kamui from "Kamui Gaiden", Sazae-san, Astro Boy, Muyonosuke, Fuji Santarou and Nezumi-Otoko from "Gegege no Kitaro", as well as characters from "Kyojin no Hoshi" and "Dame Oyaji".
About 30 minutes were cut from the movie in the US version. Besides a couple of cameo appearances and a few random scenes, they completely removed the science fiction-story framing the movie, thus making a couple of scenes completely uncomprehendable (like Ionius mysteriously knowing how to produce explosives).
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