Phoenix(1956) is split up into three arcs. I feel like each of them deserve individual scoring which will be averaged to get my final ratings. This review will be as spoiler-free as possible.
A look at an Egyptian power struggle with the Phoenix shaping history. This arc easily had the most compelling story.
Tezuka has his unique art style that is used throughout all of his works. This one doesn't stand out so I give it my default art rating.
This is the only arc where the main characters get much development. They are good but nothing special even here.
Didn't have the overall impact Tezuka's works usually do but it was a fun tale nonetheless.
The Trojan horse story(overused) in which Daia and Krav play a crucial role that is a pretty good read
Same as Egypt
After the first arc, the main characters reset and end up basically defaulting to the same characters in the first arc
This arc should have had an original story like the other two but it was the longest and had some good moments.
A very basic but kinda cool Roman story that didn't make much sense.
Same as Greece
The main characters reset again and don't really get much focus.
Seemed like there should have been more time put into this one but it was pretty fun
The stories, when read together, paint a picture of the lives of Daia, Krav and Chirol.
Art isn't something I almost ever care about. I will give it a 7 if I don't find things I hate or love about it.
The characters just didn't get enough focus outside of the first arc and they weren't much to brag about even then.
This is a fun trip through history. Not nearly as thought-provoking as most Tezuka works. Maybe if it got finished, it would have been.
Being unfinished, this story has a huge hole in it as far as closure goes. The characters are too pushed aside to be really good. Bottom line: This manga needed more chapters. read more