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Phoenix, Vol. 1: Persistence of Time


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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 wa

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Anime Works
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TZJC82
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,746 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 6, 2007
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I ordered this blindly despite the fact that Amazon doesn't really give you any information on what exactly this Phoenix vol is based on.

Fans of the manga series will be glad to know that this is in fact the more recent TV series adaptation and not the "Phoenix 2772" movie from 1980 (which is based on the tone of the manga rather than any actual story arc).

If you're not familiar with these stories you may want to read up on the Phoenix series before committing to this. The message in Phoenix is as simple as it is far reaching. Life, Love, Death, Power, Resurrection, Redemption, Renewal.

The first 4 episodes contain story arcs from Dawn with Nagi and Saruta and Queen Himiko. Episode 5 starts the Resurrection storyline with Leon and Chichiro. If you are familiar with the Phoenix series or even Tezuka you will find some of the scenes (especially the growing bond between Nagi and Saruta) really effective in this format. Dawn is frought with battles and death, and while it's not gory, seeing Tezuka's doe eyed Disneylike animals slump over in death could be disturbing to some. Same with human deaths.

Quality is consistent with an animated TV show not as smooth as movie quality animation but computer effects do make things look sooooo much better then an anime TV show of even 10 years ago. Sometimes however, it seems a bit out of place and distracting. I also wish the they could have edited the commercial cuts somehow.

While I will continue to buy these subsequent volumes as they become available I wonder why they didn't release what I believe is a 15 episode series as a box set. Maybe because they are testing the waters?

Extras include a textless opening and closing credit sequence....and that's it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 13, 2009
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Overall, this animated version is a fairly faithful retelling of the 'Yamato' storyline in the Phoenix manga, with the addition of the first episode of the next story. I love the animation. It was a bit sloppy at times, but not often, and was very smooth and clean in its simpleness, and I liked the character designs. While the writing is a bit cheesy at times (especially with the quintuplet babies) this DVD is a solid piece of work and is a must for any Phoenix fan. While it wasn't as good as it could have been, I wasn't disappointed - animated or movie versions are never exactly the same as their printed versions. overall a solid 4/5 stars.
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By Charles V Gilmore on February 20, 2015
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One of the greatest stories in ages. I can recommend it to anyone.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. B. Bryant on June 18, 2008
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This volume has been sitting in my review pile for weeks waiting to be reviewed. Before I put it in I asked a couple of people I know what their opinions of it were and for the most part I got some favorable reviews and while I'm not necessarily saying that this first volume was bad, I will say that I found way too many aspects of it done poorly. The writing can border on cheesy, the animation looks like something that Walt Disney dreamed up after a weekend bender and the story has left me less than impressed thus far. I'm not going to recommend it to others but if you find yourself bored with nothing else to do, this anime might help you kill a couple of hours at least until you find something better to do or watch.
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