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Unico is a manga and anime character by Osamu Tezuka. Unico is a baby unicorn with red hair, and has the magical power to grant wishes and happiness to anyone who finds him.

Unico's way of making people happy gets him into trouble with the gods, who believe that happiness should only be obtained by years of sacrifice and hard labor and not from meeting a little unicorn. The gods order the West Wind to banish Unico to the Hill of Oblivion. The West Wind, however, takes pity on Unico and decides not to carry out the gods' orders. When the gods learn of the deception, they send the Night Wind to finish the job. To stay one step ahead of the gods and the Night Wind, the West Wind must continually transport Unico from one place to another. As soon as the gods discover where Unico is, it's time for the West Wind to take Unico away again, often without getting the chance to say goodbye to the friends he's made - and without any memory of those friends, because Unico's memory is wiped clean each time.

Unico may be third only to Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion as the most popular of Tezuka's characters in the United States, and this is largely due to the 1981 and 1983 theatrical features, which were dubbed into English and received Stateside exposure through VHS release in the mid-1980s and airings on The Disney Channel. Unfortunately for Unico's American fans, prospects for a DVD rerelease of either film are bleak. Originally, Sanrio held the copyright to the Unico manga and all Unico anime. However, the copyrights to all Unico property shifted to Tezuka Productions after Tezuka's death in 1989. Unlike Sanrio, which has amassed a global fortune through merchandising of characters like Hello Kitty, Tezuka Productions has no American distribution arm. Thus, for the foreseeable future at least, Unico fans in the United States will have to track down the now-extremely-rare VHS releases or import the movies from Japan

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