Flower Angel (found Harmony Gold English dub of "Lunlun the Flower Child" anime series; 1985)
The title card from the Harmony Gold dub.
Date found: 04 Aug 2018
Found by: TVFromThePast
Flower Angel is an English adaptation of the 1979 magical girl anime Lunlun the Flower Child (花の子ルンルン, Hana no Ko Runrun), produced by Harmony Gold in 1985. It was compressed into a movie for TV and covered 6 of the original 50-episode series. The episodes that were featured in the film were episodes 1, 7, 24, 29, 49 and 50. The 37th episode was also covered, but it was only the intro to coincide with the beginning events of the 49th episode. The 95-minute compressed film was licensed by Ziv International, whom did an earlier English dub in 1980, and received a new music score by Mark Mercury under the name The Bullets. In 1987, the dubbed movie was released on VHS in the UK by Kids Cartoon Collection and two years later by InterVision Video under their PlayTime banner.
Along with the new score, the dub received a new voice cast differing the original Ziv dub and the characters were renamed to Angel (Lunlun), Lily (Cateau), Periwinkle (Nuveau), Princess Wysteria (Togenishia), Ragweed (Yabouki) and Stefan (Serge Flora). The biggest difference between the dub and the Japanese original is with the ending of the 50th episode. In the dub, Angel goes to Lumia where she learns she is to marry the prince. The King relents and lets her return to Earth to her family and Stefan. In the Japanese dub, the King passes the crown to his youngest son, Stefan's brother.
This dubbed version may have originally had a different title since the ripple-like formation that the rest of the credits have can be seen under the blue square with the new title.
As of 2018, the full Harmony Gold English dub cannot be found on the internet. Although, both Kids Cartoon Collection and InterVision releases can be found on eBay, Amazon.co.uk, and the Italian version of the film called Lulu l Angelo de Fiori can be found on YouTube. The clips of the English dub that are on the internet are the intro to the movie and a couple of VHS logo openings to the film on YouTube. The most noteworthy clip that is on YouTube is the edited ending of the 50th episode, which is the only way of seeing some bits of the dub.
On May 20th, 2018, Facebook user TVFromThePast recently received the full English dubbed film from eBay and is currently in the process of converting the VHS to a DVD. On June 10th, 2018, TVFromThePast announced that he will be posting the full movie on his YouTube account or on his Facebook page in the coming weeks in July. On August 4th, 2018, he posted the full Flower Angel VHS onto his Facebook account which can be found right here. It is later uploaded to YouTube a couple of hours later after the Facebook post.
Sadly in early 2019, the TVFromThePast's YouTube and Facebook accounts were terminated by multiple copyright claims and the dubbed film was lost again until April 4th, 2019, when Facebook user My Little Pony And Friends Channel uploaded the full movie on their Facebook page at 720p as opposed to the original VHS quality but it was missing some scenes. On December 13th, 2019, Archive user BP Classic Video's uploaded the full movie using footage from the DVDs and the sound from the original Kids Cartoon Collection VHS. On December 27th, 2019, BP Classic Video's uploaded the original VHS copy of the Flower Angel which was originally uploaded by TVFromThePast.
- eBay listing for the Flower Angel VHS. Retrieved 21 Mar '18
- Amazon UK listing for the American English dub of Flower Angel. Retrieved 21 Mar '18
- Amazon UK listing for the Video Playtime airing of Flower Angel. Retrieved 21 Mar '18
- Mark Mercury's website which lists his credits, including Flower Angel. Retrieved 21 Mar '18
- Retro Junk page which features the intro to the dub. Retrieved 21 Mar '19
- Gutenberg article on the differences between the Japanese and English dubs of the film. Retrieved 21 Mar '18
- Review of Lunlun the Flower Child by Anime Bargain Bin Reviews. Retrieved 21 Mar '18
- Post from TVFromThePast explaining that they were in the process of converting the film to DVD. Retrieved 20 May '18
- Facebook post from My Little Pony and Friends Channel, where they have uploaded the full English dubbed film. Retrieved 04 Apr '19
- BP Classic Video's upload of the English dubbed film. Retrieved 13 Dec '19
- The original VHS upload by YouTuber TVFromThePast. Retrieved 28 Dec '19