Now that the Spring 2016 anime season is getting into full swing, it’s time for streaming services to start adding older series and classics to their catalogs. Today Crunchyroll has done just that and kicked us off for the retro revivals by adding the sub and dub to both major Unico movies. Both movies will be available for streaming starting at 5pm PST in the United States and Canada.
The classic manga series by Osamu Tezuka was originally published back in the 70’s. After the manga ended, the series saw numerous animated adaptations including The Fantastic Adventure of Unico and Unico in the Island of Magic, which were released in 1981 and 1983 respectively.
For those interested in seeing something that represents the history of anime and how much it has changed over time, Crunchyroll has extended an opportunity to do just that. For those interested, Crunchyroll describes both movies:
The Fantastic Adventure of Unico:
Unico the Unicorn has the amazing power to make anyone he meets happy. Whether it’s because of his personality or the powers of his horn, no one knows. However, the gods become jealous of Unico, thinking that only they should be able to decide or allow people to be happy. Unico is banished to the Hill of Oblivion, and the West Wind is ordered to take him there. She can’t stand giving this fate to Unico, so Unico’s adventures begin, as the West Wind takes him from one place and time to the next, in a never ending journey to escape the wrath of the gods.
Unico in the Island of Magic:
Unico the unicorn has the amazing power to make anyone he meets happy. In this adventure, Unico finds himself with a new friend, a young girl named Cherry. However, Cherry’s long lost older brother Toby has finally come home, and is now a misguided apprentice to an insane (and not human) magician named Kuruku. When Cherry’s parents get turned into weird, almost zombie-like dolls called living puppets, she and Unico start a quest to the very ends of the earth to get her parents and brother back before Kuruku takes over the world.