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Phoenix: The Complete Collection (2008)

Ryousuke Takahashi  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Ryousuke Takahashi
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ANIME WORKS
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F0TT3S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Throughout time, mankind has chased after the dream of immortality.
The Phoenix, in the form of a bird of fire, is said to hold the key to eternal life. Great warriors, greedy princesses, ambitious scientists and ordinary people desire its power. Great wars are fought in a vain attempt to possess it and, as a result, civilizations rise and fall. Phoenix is a collection of five stories from the past, present and future. Many will perish because of their desires, and they are the lucky ones. True pain comes for those who find immortality and experience the burden of living forever.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Pain of Eternity June 22, 2009
By Aion
It's hard to rate this series because it's a collection of five short stories. The only links the stories have is the Phoenix, and the immortal bird of legend tends not to play a huge role in any of the stories, often just being in the background watching the events unfold.

Some of the stories last for four episodes, others one. Some of the stories take place in the past, others in the future. Some of the stories involve battles between Gods, others focus on battles against nature. There's almost too much variation.

The first, four episode story is probably the best of the lot - it flowed well from episode to episode, despite there being a lot of twists. It started with a man washing ashore somewhere, getting captured by a tribe and needing to save the life of a woman to save himself from being executed. The focus then switched to an Apocalypto style raid on the tribe by another country. It then switched yet again, this time to a father and son type of story where one of the invaders raised one of the few survivors of the raid as his own. And, during all this, the story kept switching back to the man who washed ashore trying to survive with the woman from the tribe he saved at the start, with them ended up trapped in a cave and left to the mercy of nature.

Out of all of the stories, the was the most involving. I found myself struggling to care about a lot of the characters included in the series, with some taking drastic actions without any real development having occurred, but in the opening story it was easy to care about the 'father' and 'son' who tried to survive during times of war. My only real complaint about it is that the Phoenix might as well have not even been in this story at all. It did nothing other than get hunted on and off a few times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for an adaptation February 16, 2011
So, I originally started off by reading this series in the library. I was pulled in immediately because this work was different and I began to understand how Tezuka earned the title of "God(father) of Manga". In comparing the anime series to the manga, I was still impressed but a little disappointed to see that the Phoenix didn't interact with the characters more. There are moments in the book when the Phoenix directly addresses the characters and tries to impress the Buddhist sentiment of the natural life cycle, which the Phoenix is in juxtaposition to although the Phoenix too dies and rises (rebirth, karma). I also was a little saddened that not all the stories could have been adapted.

The one thing for me that really made this series stand out was the incorporation of history and mythology that while it isn't absent from modern manga, this series was particularly informative of (there's a reason for Saruta's big nose, it comes from mythology and Tezuka gives a brief description of this in the book). If some of you feel a little thrown by the series of short stories (I was, especially since Nagi and co were growing on me, now I'm trying to figure out who's reincarnated as who), the similar character designs, and the fates of the characters, it really helps to put into perspective that this is a Buddhist work (Tezuka's Buddha is supposed to be a movie soon). Thus the cyclical imagery and an appearance by Buddha himself in the opening credits. You ay not agree with the ideas, but if you're into anthropology/media studies/Japanese culture, this might be a good series to look into. not to mention the opening credits are pretty gorgeous and fall in line with the message of the series, of the natural cycle of things, balance, rebirth, change...good stuff. But I would also recommend reading the manga to get a full understanding of Phoenix. Good discussion material and a classic.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent stories for all mankind in anime form December 15, 2011
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original was a manga book series
in the our own
walt disney of japan...

now you get to see it..more or less
accurate to the book dvd movie form...

GET it
if you wish to know about life,
spiritual values and deep facts of thousands of years
and more...

serious people, and even young OPEN minded clean kids
will carry these lessons
for all their lives.

see how it changes your life.
english subtitles...are ok...they get to the point eventually.
msg gets across.
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