Hi no Tori


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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Hinotori, Bird of Fire
Japanese: 火の鳥
English: Phoenix
German: Hinotori: The Phoenix
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 21, 2004 to Jun 27, 2004
Premiered: Spring 2004
Broadcast: Sundays at 19:30 (JST)
Source: Manga
Genres: AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.381 (scored by 31593,159 users)
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Ranked: #26412
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Popularity: #6251
Members: 10,674
Favorites: 38


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From prehistoric times to the distant future, Hi no Tori portrays how the legendary immortal bird Phoenix acts as a witness and chronicler for the history of mankind's endless struggle in search of power, justice, and freedom.

1. Reimei-hen (Dawn)
2. Fukkatsu-hen (Resurrection)
3. Igyou-hen (Transformation)
4. Taiyou-hen (The Sun)
5. Mirai-hen (Future)

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


The 2004 Hi no Tori TV series adapts five of Osamu Tezuka's manga chapters into thirteen episodes; in no particular order, they are the first, second, sixth, 11th, and 12th chapters. The animators did not try to copy Tezuka's drawing style and instead opted for a more generic style of TV animation—slick and polished. An English version of the TV series was released by Anime Works in October 2007.

In addition to being broadcast in high-definition, the anime's soundtrack features some of Tezuka's favorite music, such as Beethoven as well as the inclusion and usage of ancient Chinese instruments.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kobayashi, Katsuyoshi
Sound Director
Sugii, Gisaburou
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

"Hi no Tori" by Mika Nakashima


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 ...
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 ...
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. ...

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