Phoenix (TV)

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Alternative title:
Bird of Fire
El Ave de Fuego (Spanish)
Hi no Tori
Hinotori (Japanese)
Hinotori - The Phoenix
火の鳥 (Japanese)
火之鳥 (Chinese (Taiwan))
Themes: historical
Plot Summary: Hi no Tori is a collection of stories that all have something in common. The Phoenix, whose blood is believed to give an eternal life to one who drinks it. Therefore many seek to kill it, but as the Phoenix of the tale, it's reborn from the ashes. Stories take place in future and the past, where humans fight with each other as always, and everyone is afraid to die. But still, every story teaches a lesson: Life is beginning of an eternity, an never-ending cycle.
User Ratings: 175 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 14 votes (sub:10, dub:3, others:1
1 Spanish dubbed
 Excellent: 18 votes (sub:12, dub:4, raw:1, others:1
1 German dubbed
 Very good: 45 votes (sub:31, dub:10, raw:3, ?:1)
 Good: 35 votes (sub:21, dub:13, ?:1)
 Decent: 30 votes (sub:22, dub:6, raw:1, others:1
1 Italian subtitled
 So-so: 18 votes (sub:11, dub:6, raw:1)
 Not really good: 8 votes (sub:5, dub:2, others:1
1 German dubbed
 Weak: 3 votes (sub:2, dub:1)
 Bad: 2 votes (dub:1, sub:1)
 Awful: 1 vote (dub:1)
 Worst ever: 1 vote (dub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 356 users, rank: #2389 (of 7785)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.989 (Good), std. dev.: 1.8516, rank: #3125 (of 7823)
Weighted mean: 6.993 (Good), rank: #2934 (of 7823) (seen all: 7.28 / seen some: 6.69 / won't finish: 4.34)
Bayesian estimate: 7.028 (Good), rank: #2512 (of 5891)
Running time: 25 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 13
Episode titles: We have 13
2004-03-21 to 2004-06-27
2005-01-23 (Ep 1-4, Italy - Future Film Festival)
2008-01-01 (Germany - Animax)
Opening Theme:
"'Hi no Tori' Opening Theme" by Min Chen, Mio Isayama and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Ending Theme:
"Hi no Tori" by Mika Nakashima
Trivia: We have 1
Phoenix DVD 3 (Apr 1, 2008)
Phoenix DVD 2 (Jan 24, 2008)
Phoenix DVD 1 (Jan 6, 2008)
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DVD (Region 1)
    Phoenix - Persistence of Time (DVD 1) 2007-10-30
    Phoenix - Eternal Recurrance (DVD 2) 2007-12-04
    Phoenix - Immutable Conclusion (DVD 3) 2008-02-05
    Phoenix - Endless Fables of Resurrection (DVD 1-3) 2008-11-25
    Phoenix - Perfect Collection [Litebox] (DVD 1-3) 2010-03-02

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Ryousuke Takahashi
Fuyunori Gobu (eps 1-4)
Gisaburō Sugii (ep 7)
Hirotoshi Kobayashi (eps 12-13)
Keiichi Hasegawa (eps 5-6)
Toru Nozaki (eps 8-11)
Fumihiro Yoshimura (eps 2, 12)
Gisaburō Sugii (ep 7)
Hiroshi Aoyama (ep 4)
Kazuo Terada (ep 1)
Masami Hata (eps 5, 13)
Masayoshi Nishida (ep 11)
Satoshi Kuwabara (ep 9)
Takuo Suzuki (ep 6)
Yoshio Takeuchi (eps 3, 8, 10)
Episode Director:
Fumihiro Yoshimura (eps 1, 5, 12)
Hiroshi Aoyama (ep 4)
Masayoshi Nishida (ep 11)
Rokou Ogiwara (ep 6)
Satoshi Kuwabara (ep 9)
Takuo Suzuki (ep 13)
Yoshio Takeuchi (eps 3, 10)
Yukimatsu Ito (ep 8)
Original creator: Osamu Tezuka
Animation Director:
Akio Sugino (eps 1-4)
Hiroshi Uchida
Kyuma Oshita
Masayoshi Nishida (eps 8-11)
Sound Director: Katsuyoshi Kobayashi
Executive producer:
Kensuke Kishi
Shinichi Tominaga

Animation producer:
Sumio Udagawa
Yoshihiro Shimizu
Assistant producer: Hiroshi Oosawa
Key Animation: Mao Lamdo
Sound Effects: Hidemi Tanaka
Theme Song Performance: Mika Nakashima (ED)
Keiko Takeshita as Hi no Tori
Tetsuo Komura as Saruta

Ai Uchikawa as Marimo (Sun Chapter)
Daisuke Namikawa as Masato Yamanobe (The Future Chapter)
Eizou Tsuda as Susanoo (Dawn Chapter)
Fumiko Osaka as Reiko (Revival Chapter)
Hiroshi Kamiya as Ōtomo no Ōji (Sun Chapter)
Junko Takeuchi as Nagi (Dawn Chapter)
Masaki Terasoma as Yumihiko (Dawn Chapter)
Masaru Ikeda as Emperor Tenji (Sun Chapter)
Masashi Hirose as Lamp (Revival Chapter)
Mayumi Asano as Sakonnosuke (Strange Beings Chapter)
Michio Nakao as Guzuri (Dawn Chapter)
Misa Kobayashi as Chihiro (Revival Chapter)
Naoya Uchida as Ōama no Ōji (Sun Chapter)
Nozomu Sasaki as Leona (Revival Chapter)
Osamu Saka as Old Masato (The Future Chapter)
Ryoko Kinomiya as Himiko (Dawn Chapter)
Sakiko Tamagawa as Hinako (Dawn Chapter)
Seiko Tomoe as Obaba (Sun Chapter)
Shigeru Ushiyama as Robita
Shinji Ogawa as Nielsen (Revival Chapter)
Takuya Kirimoto as Rock (The Future Chapter)
Tamie Kubota as Yaobikuni (Strange Beings Chapter)
Tetsuo Komura as
Iemasa (Strange Beings Chapter)
Saruta Hiko (Dawn Chapter)
Yasunori Matsumoto as Inugami Harima (Sun Chapter)
Yumi Touma as Tamami (The Future Chapter)

Akiko Nakagawa as
Girl (The Future Chapter)
Maid (Dawn Chapter)
Akio Ohtsuka as Chieftain (Dawn Chapter)
Akira Kume as Narrator
Atsuko Koganezawa as Queen Consort (Sun Chapter)
Bin Shimada as Kataira (Strange Beings Chapter)
Dai Matsumoto as
Soldier (Dawn Chapter)
Villager (Strange Beings Chapter)
Daisuke Gouri as Ibukimaru (Sun Chapter)
Daisuke Namikawa as Takeru (Dawn Chapter)
Eiji Yanagisawa as Soga no Yasumaro (Sun Chapter)
Eisuke Yoda as Ojiji (Dawn Chapter)
Hikaru Miyata as
Farmer (Sun Chapter)
Shaman (Dawn Chapter)
Hirofumi Nojima as Yazuchi (Dawn Chapter)
Hiroshi Iwasaki as Ritan (Sun Chapter)
Hisanori Koyatsu as Soldier (Dawn Chapter)
Hisao Egawa as Getsudan (Sun Chapter)
Ikuo Nishikawa as Elder (Dawn Chapter)
Kan Tanaka as Staff (Revival Chapter)
Kenji Nojima as Takechi no Ōji (Sun Chapter)
Koichi Sakaguchi as Shogun (Sun Chapter)
Kouji Haramaki as Soldier (Sun Chapter)
Kousei Hirota as Kimayumi (Sun Chapter)
Mahito Tsujimura as Chamberlain (Dawn Chapter)
Makoto Yasumura as Villager (Strange Beings Chapter)
Mantarô Iwao as
Leona's Father (Revival Chapter)
Staff (Revival Chapter)
Masafumi Kimura as Soldier (Dawn Chapter)
Megumi Kubota as Boy (Revival Chapter)
Naomi Kusumi as Himayumi (Sun Chapter)
Natsuko Sebata as Obaba (Dawn Chapter)
Reiko Takagi as Young Leona (Revival Chapter)
Rio Natsuki as Female (The Future Chapter)
Satsuki Tsuzumi as Maid (Dawn Chapter)
Sayuri Sadaoka as Old Woman (Strange Beings Chapter)
Shōzō Iizuka as Kamamushi (Dawn Chapter)
Takahiro Mizushima as Adam (The Future Chapter)
Takashi Nagasako as
Soldier (Dawn Chapter)
Village Mayor (Strange Beings Chapter)
Takayuki Kondou as Soldier (Dawn Chapter)
Takayuki Sugo as Rubetsu (Sun Chapter)
Takeshi Watabe as Hanguk (Sun Chapter)
Tamio Ohki as Hoben (Sun Chapter)
Tomohisa Asou as
Mayor (Sun Chapter)
Staff (Revival Chapter)
Tomoko Hiratsuji as Mother (Strange Beings Chapter)
Yōji Ueda as Villager (Strange Beings Chapter)
Yousuke Akimoto as Soldier (Dawn Chapter)
Yumi Nakatani as Uzume (Dawn Chapter)
Yūsaku Yara as Vladimir (Dawn Chapter)
Yutaka Nakano as Kunishi (Sun Chapter)
Yuuko Satou as Boy (The Future Chapter)
Yuzuru Fujimoto as Soga no Hatayasu (Sun Chapter)
Japanese companies
3d Animation: T2 Studio
Animation Production: Tezuka Productions
Co-Production: Thirteen/ WNET New York (International)
Music Performance: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Photography: T2 Studio
Production: NHK
English staff
English cast
Jay Snyder (eps 1-4)
Michael Sinterniklaas
Art Director: Merideth Mulroney
Translation: Michael Yamamoto-Davey
Executive producer: John Sirabella
Producer: Michael Sinterniklaas (eps 7-13)

Duane Johnson (eps 7-8)
Jay Snyder (eps 1-4)
Michael Sinterniklaas (eps 7-13)
Stephanie Sheh (eps 5-6, 9-13)
Associate producer: Stephanie Sheh (eps 7-13)
DVD Authoring: Dave Beinlich
Editing: Derek Lieu
Mixing: Georgia Hilton
Production manager: Carrie Keranen
Production Supervision: Sean Molyneaux
Subtitling: Anna Yamamoto
Robert O'Gorman as Narrator
Suzanne Gilad as Phoenix

Addie Blaustein as Yumihiko (Dawn Chapter)
Barbara Goodson as Obaba (Sun Chapter)
Carrie Keranen as Hinaku (Dawn Chapter)
Christopher Kromer as Leona (Resurrection Chapter)
Crispin Freeman as Oh-ama-no-miko (Sun Chapter)
Danny Burstein as
Azumi-no-muraji Saruta (Sun Chapter)
Sarutahiko (Dawn Chapter)
Eden Riegel as
Chihiro (Resurrection Chapter)
Robita (The Future Chapter)
Fiona Jones as Lady Himiko (Dawn Chapter)
Gary Littman as Harima/Inugami (Sun Chapter)
James Urbaniak as Susanoo (Dawn Chapter)
Jay Snyder as Guzuri (Dawn Chapter)
John Avner as Hatayasu (Sun Chapter)
Kathleen McInerney as
Reiko (Resurrection Chapter)
Sakonnosuke (Strange Beings Chapter)
Yaobikuni (Strange Beings Chapter)
Michael McConnohie as Old Masato (The Future Chapter)
Michael Sinterniklaas as Masato (The Future Chapter)
Michelle Newman as Nagi (Dawn Chapter)
Michelle Ruff as Marimo (Sun Chapter)
Mike Pollock as Lamp (Resurrection Chapter)
Richard Epcar as Mokudan (Sun Chapter)
Stephanie Sheh as Tamami (The Future Chapter)
Steve Kramer as Houben (Sun Chapter)
Steven Jay Blum as Getsudan (Sun Chapter)
Ted Lewis as Nielsen (Resurrection Chapter)

Barbara Goodson as Boy (Sun Chapter)
Christopher Kromer as Young Leona (Resurrection Chapter)
Danny Burstein as
Dr. Saruta (Resurrection Chapter)
Lord Iemasa (Transformation Chapter)
Dave Mallow as Kimite (Sun Chapter)
Doug Stone as
General (Sun Chapter)
Kimihiro (Sun Chapter)
Oguma (Sun Chapter)
Tonku (Sun Chapter)
Village Mayor (Transformation Chapter)
Eric Stuart as Rock (The Future Chapter)
Erica Schroeder as
Obaba (Dawn Chapter)
Uzume (Dawn Chapter)
J. David Brimmer as Kamamushi (Dawn Chapter)
Jay Snyder as Rubetsu (Sun Chapter)
Kathleen McInerney as
Boy (Resurrection Chapter)
Empress (Sun Chapter)
Liam O'Brien as Ohtomo (Sun Chapter)
Marc Diraison as Uraji (Dawn Chapter)
Marc Thompson as
Father (Resurrection Chapter)
Sorceror (Dawn Chapter)
Megan Hollingshead as
Air Car (The Future Chapter)
Female Robot (The Future Chapter)
PA Voice (The Future Chapter)
Michael McConnohie as Ibikumaru (Sun Chapter)
Mike Pollock as
Chamberlain (Dawn Chapter)
Farmer (Transformation Chapter)
Kahei (Transformation Chapter)
Soldier (Transformation Chapter)
Richard Epcar as Karakuni (Sun Chapter)
Richard Springle as
Chief Ninigi (Dawn Chapter)
Ojiji (Dawn Chapter)
Richard Toth as Houben (Sun Chapter)
Sebastian Arcelus as
Adam (The Future Chapter)
Takechi (Sun Chapter)
Stephanie Sheh as
Fantasy Baby (The Future Chapter)
Fantasy Daughter (The Future Chapter)
Fantasy Son (The Future Chapter)
Steve Kramer as
Kadan (Sun Chapter)
Officer (Sun Chapter)
Tsume Otoko (Sun Chapter)
Steven Jay Blum as
Emperor Tenji (Sun Chapter)
Governor (Sun Chapter)
Man (Transformation Chapter)
Oyori (Sun Chapter)
Soldier (Transformation Chapter)
English companies
ADR Production: NYAV Post
Animax South Africa
CVM TV (Jamaica)
Distributor: AnimeWorks
Internet Streaming: Amazon Prime Video
Licensed by: Media Blasters
Spanish staff
Spanish cast
Desireé González as Nagi (Mexican dub)
Gerardo Ortega as Leona (Mexican dub)
Joel Cortés as Doctor Nielsen (Mexican dub)
Rafael Escalante as Susanoo (Mexican dub)

Rafael Escalante (Mexican dub)
Spanish companies
ADR Studio: Bond Productions Mexico (Mexican dub)
SM Televisión (Mexico)
XHCDM-TDT (Mexico)
Licensed by: The Japan Foundation (Latin America)
German staff
German cast
Heide Domanowski as Phoenix

Daniel Claus as Nagi (Dawn Chapter)
David Turba as Rock (The Future Chapter)
Dieter Memel as Dr. Nielsen (Capter of Revival)
Erich Räuker as Yumihiko Amano (Chapter of Dawn)
Gunnar Helm as Dorfbewohner (Dawn Chapter)
Hans-Werner Bussinger as Toke Karo Jindayu Hanawa (Strange Beings Chapter)
Helga Sasse as Yao Bikuni (Strange Appearance)
Horst Lampe as Masato Yamanobe [Alt] (The Future Chapter)
Jörg Hengstler as Lamp (Capter of Revival)
Karin Schröder as Himiko (Capter of Dawn)
Karlo Hackenberger as Guzuri (Chapter of Dawn)
Maria Koschny as Sakonnoosuke (Strage Appearance)
Marie Bierstedt as
Frauen (The Future Chapter)
Reiko (Resurrection Chapter)
Marie-Luise Schramm as
Chihiro (Capter of Revival)
Tamami (The Future Chapter)
Matti Klemm as Uraji (Dawn Chapter)
Michael Iwannek as Takeru (Dawn Chapter)
Natascha Petz as Uzume (Dawn Chapter)
Robin Kahnmeyer as
Leona (Capter of Revival)
Masato Yamanobe (Capter of Life)
Sonja Scherff as Hinaku (Chapter of Dawn)
Stefan Staudinger as Susanoo (Dawn Chapter)
Thomas Schmuckert as Robita (The Future Chapter)
Uli Krohm as
Dr. Saruta (Capter of Revival and Life)
Hiko Saruta (Capter of Dawn)
Iemasa (Strange Appearance)
Uwe Büschken as
Dorfvorstand (Strange Beings Chapter)
Ninigi (Dawn Chapter)

Rainer Brandt as Erzähler (Narrator)
German companies
Broadcaster: Animax Germany (2008-01-01)
Distributor: OVA Films
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
Licensed by: Mighty Media Co., Ltd.
Chinese (Taiwan) cast

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