Nana Mizuki Voices Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix for Bath House PR Anime
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Seasoned voice actress and singer Nana Mizuki will give life to Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix for the Dogo Onsen hot spring bath house collaborative anime. The anime is part of a revitalization project for the Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture bath house that began on January 15. The Dogo Onsen building is 125 years old and certain areas were due for a facelift.
Staff announced that Mizuki would join fellow cast members Takeshi Tsuruno and Suzuko Mimori at an event in Ginza on March 27. Osamu Tezuka's daughter Rumiko Tezuka and Matsuyama mayor Katsuhito Noshi attended the event.
A trailer for the anime was shown during the event. Mizuki voices the titular Phoenix, a role she said she was nervous about undertaking because the creature "transcends humanity" and she was unsure what such a being would sound like when voiced by a person.
Cast members Takeshi Tsuruno and Suzuko Mori voice Ninushi Ōoku and Hikona Sukuna, respectively.
Viz Media published the Phoenix manga in North America, and it describes the series:
Considered by many the peak of Osamu Tezuka's artistic achievement and called his "life's work" by the author, Phoenix is made up of twelve complex stories linked by the presence of the mythical bird, an immortal guardian of the universal life force. Read in order, the separate stories jump across time, alternating between a distant future and a distant past, converging on the present, with characters from one story being reincarnated in another.
The manga has inspired a series of anime film and OVA adaptations from 1978 to 1987, each adapting a different story in the manga. The manga also inspired a 2004 television anime.
Source: Comic Natalie