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Hi no Tori (1967)

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. Previous to this, it had had a brief run in the educational publication Mangajin, from May to July, 1992 (issues #17 - #19).

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Apr 16, 2016
MrColumbo (All reviews)
Hi no Tori, known as Osamu Tezuka’s life work, is an episodic manga which contains eleven single stories overall. Some of them are set in prehistoric ages, the others in a science fictional future. The middle point – where all different ages presented in the manga converge – is the immortal phoenix whose blood makes other creatures immortal when they drink of it.

Before I get into detail what concerns the manga as a complete work, I want to talk about some episodic stories themself. Well, volume 1, „Dawn“, is quite ordinary first, but not bad at all. It’s set in a prehistoric time like read more
Dec 19, 2016
TheGoldStandard (All reviews)
Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix is a manga epic that strives to answer questions about life by encompassing the history of life. Each part of the story is a standalone work, focusing on a time period either in the past or future. Despite its focus on history, Phoenix is not a chronological tale; rather, it is one that alternates between past and future. It starts with the extremes with Vol. 1's Dawn and Vol. 2's Future (the beginning and ending of the tale) and gradually aims for the present with each release, as to show a "complete" fluid history. Unfortunately, Tezuka's death in 1989 prevented the story read more
Jun 22, 2015
ZeroYoshikage58 (All reviews)
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
Aug 6, 2007
mistress_reebi (All reviews)
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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