Hi no Tori (1967)
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Hi no Tori (1967)

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Synonyms: Hi no Tori: Reimei-hen, Phoenix: Dawn
Japanese: 火の鳥
English: Phoenix
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 16
Chapters: 19
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 20, 1966 to Feb 1988
Genres: Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Romance Romance, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi, Supernatural Supernatural
Themes: Historical Historical, Psychological Psychological, Space Space
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Manga Shounen
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)


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Ranked: #832
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From time immemorial to the age of space colonization, there is one legend that has stayed unchanged in every history book—the tale of the immortal bird Phoenix. A being whose blood is said to grant eternal life or wisdom, the radiant figure ensures the continuation of sentient life in the universe as it oversees human civilizations and their development.

Yet, mankind remains a slave to its habits; from happiness and sorrow, to wrath and love, a myriad of emotions continue to play an integral part of human life. Simultaneously, time and time again, certain beliefs and agendas persist over the centuries to disturb the fragile equilibrium of the world's preordained nature and principles. It appears that fate, with its dynamic variables, can manifest itself in many ways—and oftentimes exhibits a bizarre sense of humor.

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


Hi no Tori was published over the course of 21 years from 1967 to 1988, but was left incomplete due to Tezuka's death in 1989. The first seven chapters were serialized by COM magazine between 1967 to 1971; the remaining chapters were published by Manga Shounen and Yasei Jidai.

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).

A live-action film following the Dawn storyline directed by Kon Ichikawa was released on August 12, 1978 in Japan and later on in March 30, 1979 in the United States.

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Jul 27, 2021
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Phoenix. It’s a 10. Let’s get that out of the way first. Moving on, Phoenix is a work written by the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka, over a span of 20+ years. It was regarded by him as his life’s work. And having read it, I can attest to it. I have had the privilege of reading many mangas from the master over his nearly 40 year career and was eagerly anticipating to have a go at this one. And boy it sure delivered. From start to finish, it was one of the most ambitious works I have had the ...
Dec 10, 2020
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Osamu Tezuka is a figure who I feel needs no introduction. Often labeled the god of manga, he’s made so much throughout his career, from Dororo, Astro Boy, Message to Adolf, Buddha & so many more. It’s safe to say this man created a legacy throughout his 60 year life. Today we’ll be looking at his manga called Phoenix. Phoenix was considered by Tezuka to be his life's work, originally beginning in 1956, getting cancelled shortly after, & rebooted in 1967. It ran for over 20 years but was tragically left unfinished due to Tezuka’s death in 1989. Without further ado, ...
May 20, 2020
While critics lavished this manga with praise, at the risk of being ostracized by the anime connoisseurs, I found this manga fairly dull, machinated and repetitive.

Art hasn't really aged well. The story is its main selling point, but while the premise is interesting, the story usually plays into the oldest cliché in history -- desiring immortality because of human greed. Maybe 80% of the stories begin this way and doesn't change much in the process. There's always a character that wants to live forever because they want to become god or something similar. Worst is the Sun chapter that's basically a historical retell of ...

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