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Hi no Tori (Manga)

Hi no Tori

Alternative Titles

English: Phoenix
Japanese: 火の鳥

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 16
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 1954 to Feb 1988
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Manga Shounen

Statistics

Score: 8.721 (scored by 623 users)
Ranked: #382
Popularity: #1395
Members: 2,782
Favorites: 134
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2 based on the top manga page.

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Synopsis

"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.

Related Manga

Adaptation: Hi no Tori: Houou Hen, Hi no Tori: Uchuu Hen, Hi no Tori: Yamato Hen, Hi no Tori

Characters

 The Phoenix
The Phoenix
Main
 Dr. Saruta
Dr. Saruta
Supporting
 Rock
Holmes, Rock
Supporting



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Aug 6, 2007
mistress_reebi
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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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!
These are two of Osamu Tezuka's greatest works. Both are mature, artistically inventive and both series speak about important issues whilst staying entertaining.
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