Ranked #2164

Hi no Tori

Alternative Titles

English: Bird of Fire
Synonyms: Hinotori, The Phoenix
Japanese: 火の鳥


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 21, 2004 to Jun 27, 2004
Premiered: Spring 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.321 (scored by 1,144 users)
Ranked: #21642
Popularity: #3912
Members: 3,724
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Hi no Tori is a collection of stories that all have something in common. The Phoenix, whose blood is believed to give an eternal life to one who drinks it. Therefore many seek to kill it, but as the Phoenix of the tale, it's reborn from the ashes. Stories take place in future and the past, where humans fight with each other as always, and everyone is afraid to die. But still, every story teaches a lesson: Life is beginning of an eternity, an never-ending cycle.

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Saruta, Hiko
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Komura, Tetsuo
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Holmes, Rock
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Kirimoto, Takuya
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Takahashi, Ryosuke
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Kobayashi, Katsuyoshi
Kobayashi, Katsuyoshi
Sound Director
Aoyama, Hiroshi
Aoyama, Hiroshi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Nishita, Masayoshi
Nishita, Masayoshi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Character Design, Animation Director

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Opening Theme

"'Hi no Tori' Opening Theme" by Min Chen, Mio Isayama & The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Ending Theme

"Hi no Tori" by Mika Nakashima

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Aug 2, 2008
Hi no Tori, also known as Phoenix, is an adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's most ambitious but ultimately unfinished manga.

I felt quite intimidated, being new to most of Tezuka's work, but the nature of the story and its excellent execution allows Hi no Tori to be surprisingly entertaining while still remaining emotionally and intellectually stimulating.


The premise seems simple on the surface: the hunt for an immortal bird whose blood is said to provide eternal life. It is not that, however, which leaves a lasting impression on the viewer, but everything else that happens around it. Each story arc has its own cast of characters whose read more
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Jun 22, 2009
It's hard to rate this series because it's a collection of five short stories. The only links they have is the Phoenix, and the immortal bird of legend tends not to play a huge role in any of them; often just being in the background watching events unfold.

Some of the stories last for four episodes, others one. Some take place in the past, others in the future. Some involve battles between Gods, others focus on battles against nature. There's almost TOO MUCH variation.

The opening four episode arc is probably the best of the lot - it flowed well from episode-to-episode, despite there being a lot read more
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Feb 22, 2013
Over the past while, I've been watching (and re-reading) Phoenix, a sprawling epic by that towering figuring of anime and manga, Osamu Tezuka.

I'd read most of the manga a while ago, but I'd not seen any of the anime based on it. Phoenix concerns itself with some pretty lofty themes; birth, death, the meaning of life, mankind's place in the universe and the quest for immortality.

The Phoenix is the classic fire bird that is reborn from the ashes, common to many mythologies both western and eastern - it's called Hi-no-Tori (bird of fire) in Japanese. Throughout the chronology of Phoenix, which spans eons, the bird read more
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Dec 25, 2010
My main qualm qith this series is that there are only 13 episodes, and only 5 of Osamu Tezuka's amazing stories are told through the course of the series. For fans of the manga, this may be a little disappointing. On the other hand, they may be impressed by the fluid animation, music and history used in the story arcs set in the past.

The art for some can be trying. Tezuka's art style was largely inspired by old American cartoons, such as those produced by Disney, as well as Betty Boop among others, and the character designs reflect this. read more
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