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Encyclopedia > Phoenix (manga)

Phoenix, originally Hi no Tori (火の鳥) in Japan, is a manga series made by Osamu Tezuka. Consists of 12 volumes. See below. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Rurouni Kenshin manga, volume 1 (English version) Manga (漫画) is the Japanese word for cartoons (not necessarily animated, this includes print cartoons); outside of Japan, it usually refers specifically to Japanese comics. ... Osamu Tezuka and his creations commemorated on two stamps Dr. Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫 Tezuka Osamu, November 3, 1928 - February 9, 1989) was a Japanese manga artist and animator born in ÅŒsaka. ...

Phoenix is published in English by Viz Communications. Six volumes have been translated as of now. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Viz, LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a major American manga publisher. ...

The story, Tezuka's "life's work", is a collection of short to moderate length episodes, springing back and forth through time, revolving around the eponymous Phoenix (who looks like a peacock rather than eagle). In one episode, the reader may be in ancient Japan during the period of the Genpei War, and the next episode the reader would be flung into the far future. As the series go on, the time periods get closer. An eponym is a person, whether real or fictitious, whose name has (or is thought to have) given rise to the name of a particular place, tribe, discovery, or other item. ... For similar myths bearing other names, see fire bird (mythology). ... Peacock re-directs here; for alternate uses see Peacock (disambiguation). ... Genera Several, see below. ... The Genpei or Gempei War (源平合戦、寿永・治承の乱) (1180-1185) was a war of ancient Japan, fought between the Taira and Minamoto clans. ...

Every story is based on the theme of the search for immortality. The common thread or character that binds all the various stories together is a Phoenix whose blood is believed to grant eternal life to those who drink it. Immortality is the concept of existing for a potentially infinite or indeterminate length of time. ...

One recurrent character throughout the series is Saruta, a stocky man with a huge roundish nose whose descendants go through extremely harsh trials.

The "Space", "Yamato" and "Karma" volumes have been adapted into animated films; "Karma" was adapted into a video game by Konami [1]. "Phoenix 2772" is available in an anime format. Phoenix also makes a cameo appearance in the 2004 Astro Boy: Omega Factor game created for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance, along with a number of other characters created by Osamu Tezuka. Konami Corporation (コナミ) (TYO: 9766) (NYSE: KNM) is a leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling computer and video games. ... Phoenix 2772 (Space Firebird) is a Japanese animated film by Osamu Tezuka. ... A scene from Cowboy Bebop (1998) Anime (アニメ) is Japanese animation, sometimes referred to in the Western world by the portmanteau Japanimation. ... 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nintendo (Japanese: 任天堂; (NASDAQ: NTDOF), (TYO: 7974)) was originally founded in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards, for use in a Japanese playing card game of the same name. ... The Game Boy line is the best-selling handheld to date The Game Boy Advance (GBA) is a handheld videogame console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. ...



The first volume, originally released in 1967. This story occurs in 240-270 A.D., in the era of Queen Himiko of the Yamatai Koku. Using her army, led by feudal general Saruta, to invade Japan, she seeks the Phoenix in order to get eternal youth. Himiko (卑弥呼. ...

Volume of Future: Masato on the left and Tamami on the right
Volume of Future: Masato on the left and Tamami on the right

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The second volume, originally released in 1967-68. This story happens chronologically at the very end of the saga. In 3404 A.D., the world has become super-modernized but humanity has reached its peak and shows decline. Masato, a young man, is living with his girlfriend, Tamami, a shapeshifting alien. Being pursued by Masato's boss, Rock, they have to take shelter at the isolated base of mad scientist Dr. Saruta, who attempts to preserve Earth life, with the assistance of his robot Robita. Eventually, nuclear war breaks out... Shapeshifting, transformation or transmogrification is a change in the form or shape of a person, especially: a change from human form to animal form and vice versa a change in appearance from one person to another Shapeshifting is not considered scientifically or medically possible, but it is a common theme... Look up alien in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Rock and his typical bad boy look. ... They LAUGHED at my theories at the institute! Fools! Ill destroy them all! A mad scientist is a stock character of popular fiction, either villainous, or benign and scatterbrained. ... Robita Robita is a fictional character, a robot who appears in Osamu Tezukas manga series Phoenix. ... Nuclear War is a card game designed by Douglas Malewicki, and originally published in 1966. ...


The third volume, originally released in 1968-69. This story occurs at 320-350 A.D. (Kofun period), and is based on the Yamato-takeru-no-mikoto legend. The decadent king of Yamato tries to get his own version of Japan's history written. A tribe called the Kumaso is writing the real history of Japan. The king sends his youngest son, Oguna, to murder their chief, Takeru. Oguna, confused, meets the Phoenix to know his true destiny. Kofun period (Japanese: 古墳時代, Kofun-jidai) is an era in the history of Japan from around AD 250 to 538. ...

Space (a.k.a. Universe)

The fourth tale, originally released in 1969. In the Viz edition, it is in the same book as "Yamato". The story of "Space" (a.k.a. "Universe") occurs in 2577 A.D., where members on a space shuttle break down into space, and eventually crash into a mysterious planet. Among them is Saruta, who is in rivalry with Makimura for Nana's heart. As they wander, they shall discover the Phoenix on the planet.


The fourth volume, originally released in 1969-1970. The story occurs in 720-752 A.D. (the period in which the Daibutsu of Todaiji was built), during the Nara period. One-eyed and one-armed young man Gao (who is Saruta's ancestor) turns into a murderous bandit when he is being rejected by his village. Along with woodcarver Akanemaru that he attacked, they shall discover spirituality, kharma, and try their hand as Buddhist sculptors. The Japanese title of "Karma" is "Ho-ou". Main hall of Tōdaiji Tōdai-ji (東大寺), the Eastern Great Temple, is a Buddhist temple in Nara, Japan. ... Spirituality is, in a narrow sense, a concern with matters of the spirit, however that may be defined; but it is also a wide term with many available readings: it may include belief in supernatural powers, as in religion; but the emphasis is on personal experience. ... Basic definition: Karma is a concept of eastern religions about the entire cycle of cause and effect. ... Statues of Buddha such as this, the Tian Tan Buddha statue in Hong Kong, remind followers to practice right living. ...


The fifth volume, originally released in 1970-1971. The story occurs in 2482-3344 A.D.. In an age of robotics, technology and science, young Leon dies in a car accident. He is brought to life by scientific surgery, but his brain, having become mostly artificial parts, makes him see living things, including humans, as distorted and repulsive elements, while he sees machines and robots as beauties. Leon falls in love with a worker robot, Chihiro, who appears as a beautiful girl to him, and will fight for this forbidden love. He will also find out the secret behind his accident... the story is told along the sideplot of a robot called Robita, who already appeared in "Future". Robita Robita is a fictional character, a robot who appears in Osamu Tezukas manga series Phoenix. ...

Robe of Feathers

Published in COM. 1971


Published in COM. 1971. Then in Manga Shonen 1976-1978.

Turbulent Times

Published in Manga Shonen 1978-1980.


Published in Manga Shonen 1980.

Strange Beings

Published in Manga Shonen 1981.


Published in The Wild Age 1986-1988

External links

  • Osamu Tezuka's Official site (in Japanese and English)

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