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Ulysses 31

Hitting TV screens in 1981, Ulysses 31was a France-Japanese animated television series that updated the Greek mythology of Odysseus (known as “Ulysses” in Latin) to the 31st century. It ran for one season of 26 half-hour episodes . It was the first show produced by DiC Entertainment.

The plot line of the series (written by Jean Chalopin) is a scifi update of the struggles of Ulysses and his crew against the divine entities that rule the universe aka the ancient gods from Greek mythology.

The Gods of Olympus are angered when Ulysses, commander of the giant spaceship Odyssey, kills the giant Cyclops to save a group of enslaved children, including his son.

Zeus sentences Ulysses to travel the universe with his crew frozen until he finds the Kingdom of Hades, at which point his crew will be revived and he will be able to return to Earth. Along the way they encounter numerous other famous figures from Greek mythology who have been given a scifi twist.

In the final episode, Ulysses and his companions reach the Kingdom of Hades. They meet Orpheus, who seeks Ulysses’ help to find his love, Eurydice, who has been taken to the Kingdom of Hades by Charon. Hades, the god of death, tells Ulysses that he must leave his companions behind if he wishes to return to Earth. He rejects the offer, which was a final test, and they all return home.

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