Ranked #1980
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 996 users)
Ranked: #19802
Popularity: #3347
Members: 3,040
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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, Animation Director, Character Design
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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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.
reportRecommended by hal89 - Add to favorites
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.

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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