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Anime: Ulysses 31

Ulysses 31 (originally titled Ulysse 31 in France, 宇宙伝説ユリシーズ31 in Japan) is an anime series co-produced by Tokyo Movie Shinsha studios and the French company DIC Entertainment. As the name implies, it is based on Homer's The Odyssey and heavily borrows plot elements from it, as well as various plot elements and characters from other famous Greek myths.

In the 31st century, spaceship commander Ulysses flies home from the Trojan War. On the way back to Earth, he rescues his son Telemachus and two young Zotrians (Yumi and Numinor) from a Human Sacrifice and destroys the Cyclops, angering Poseidon and the other gods who rule the universe of Olympus, from which it came. Zeus curses Ulysses by dragging Ulysses' ship, the Odyssey, through into Olympus, putting his crew and Numinor in suspended animation, and erasing the ship's memory files that contain Earth's location. Ulysses will now have to wander throughout unknown galaxies in the Olympus and face various threats and dangerous traps set by the gods until he finds the realm of Hades, at which point his crew will be revived and he will be allowed to travel back to Earth.

He is accompanied in his quest by his teenage son Telemachus; Yumi (Themis in French) a blue-skinned alien little girl with telepathic powers; and a small toy robot named Nono.

The series is an unusual product of international collaboration, that is still right now rather unique in its quality (there was a two-week delay for episode production, instead of the standard one-week; the French team was almost entirely made of professional illustrators, which forced the Japanese animation team to actually simplify the graphics, but also gave them enough inspiration to go much farther than what they were used to). A second season was planned but ultimately cancelled.

The Odyssey was originally planned to be animated by computer, but the single wireframe model generated was still too complex to render for the machines of the times. So, the only computer animation left is the opening credits.

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alternative title(s): Ulysse31; Ulysses31; Ulysse 31
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