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Hi no Tori

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
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: G - All Ages
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Score: 7.331 (scored by 1048 users)
Ranked: #20752
Popularity: #3539
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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.

(Source: ANN)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Hi no Tori
Spin-off: Hi no Tori: Houou Hen, Hi no Tori: Uchuu Hen, Hi no Tori: Yamato Hen
Other: Hi no Tori: Hagoromo Hen, Hi no Tori: Kizuna Hen

Characters & Voice Actors

Takeuchi, Junko
Takeuchi, Junko
Newman, Michelle
Newman, Michelle
The Phoenix
The Phoenix
Takeshita, Keiko
Takeshita, Keiko
Saruta, Hiko
Saruta, Hiko
Komura, Tetsuo
Komura, Tetsuo
Dr. Saruta
Dr. Saruta
Komura, Tetsuo
Komura, Tetsuo


Takahashi, Ryosuke
Kobayashi, Katsuyoshi
Sound Director
Nishita, Masayoshi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Character Design, Animation Director
Aoyama, Hiroshi
Episode Director, Storyboard

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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 the stories have is the Phoenix, and the immortal bird of legend tends not to play a huge role in any of the stories, often just being in the background watching the events unfold.

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

The first, four episode story is probably the best of the lot - it 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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These series are in many ways different, but both are very philosophical and thoughtprovoking. They are mature without sacrificing enjoyment and action. They also both revolve around the concept of eternal life and are partly or entirely post-apocalyptic. I strongly recommend both these series, which are amongst my all-time favorites.
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When I was watching Hinotori, I was reminded of Stranger. The first and fourth part of Hinotori had similiar resemblance of Stranger. The relationship between a boy and a man. Also the fight scenes too. The art and atmosphere of both shows were similar.
Black Jack 21 and Hi no Tori were both created by Osamu Tezuka. They both revolve around theories of eternal life, and the two also have very similar art and character-designs.
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Both are more or less about people and there quest to try to gain immortality
In Hi no Tori, eternal life is given to anyone who drinks the blood of the phoenix. In Mermaid Forest, eternal life is given to those who eat mermaid flesh. For various reasons, people search for these mythical creatures to obtain such a gift. However, others endure it as a form of punishment and wish to become normal human beings again. If you enjoyed one of these anime, then you might like the other.
Both anime have a story revolved around a man who is stuck wearing an animal mask. Hi no Tori features a 4-episode arc about a man whose head was replaced by a wolf's head. Guin Saga is a longer tale about a man with a leopard's head. These stories also take a serious approach to solving political affairs within an engaging, old-kingdom fantasy setting.

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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