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Hi no Tori (1967) (Manga)

Hi no Tori (1967)

Alternative Titles

English: Phoenix
Synonyms: Hi no Tori: Reimei-hen, Phoneix: Dawn
Japanese: 火の鳥


Type: Manga
Volumes: 16
Chapters: 19
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 1967 to Feb 1988
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Manga Shounen


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"All things are born and all things die. That is the law of heaven." According to legend, the Bird of Fire called the Phoenix is the eternal spirit of life, death and rebirth. She oversees the cycle of reincarnation and the rising and falling of civilizations and species. Those who can obtain her blood will be granted eternal life, while to others she can grant infinite wisdom, or eternal suffering. Throughout history, from the dawn of civilization to the extinction of the human race, those human souls touched by the Phoenix have hunted her over and over in multiple reincarnations, and their actions in one life determine or reflect the sins and sufferings of other lifetimes.

(Source: ANN)

Note: This is an incomplete series due to Tezuka's death.


Hi no Tori was published in English as Phoenix in 11 volumes by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint from March 12, 2003 to September 18, 2007.

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Aug 6, 2007
It is no surprise that the father of anime, Osamu Tezuka, has written such a perfect manga. As obscure as the series is, Phoenix is one of the best manga series known to the world. The art may be dated but the storyline is what makes this series amazing. Each volume has a different story, but contains the same motif: a struggle to gain immortality.

The first volume came out in the 1960's so the art style is much different than today's manga styles. At first, one may not think this series came from Japan because the characters look a lot like Betty Boop. The read more
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Jun 22, 2015
Phoenix by the god of manga himself Osamu Tezuka is more than a masterpiece. It is a piece of art that everyone should read. Even people who don't read manga should read these stories because they deserve so much more praise than what they have now and should be know as one of the greatest series of all time
Story:10. this manga is split into many different stories in various settings switching back and forth between the past and the future but all the stories have the Phoenix present in some way, shape or form. Each story read more
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In aesthetics these two mangas are very different. Tezuka, with his corpulent characters and often small squares on his pages, doesn't look as beautiful/cool/evolved as modern manga. "Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge" is far from as mature and epic as Hi no Tori, on the contrary it gives a somewhat pubertal impression. But both stories tell something about death and about living your life, and that's why I make this recommendation. Under the coat of adventure and humor, both stories ask questions that are relevant for all living beings! 
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Each is a masterpiece by the god of manga, Osamu Tezuka. Well paced multi-layered stories that are interesting, addicting, thought-provoking, and so very enjoyable to read. Each character is wonderfully developed and has emotional depth. Everyone should experience these two incredible classics. 
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