In 5th century Japan, Prince Oguna of Yamato departs for Kyushu to conquer Kumaso. Oguna, however, had an additional motive in mind: to obtain the elixir of life, the lifeblood of a Phoenix, for the people who are to be immolated on account of his father's death. After entering the country of Kumaso, Oguna is attracted by the personality of Takeru, the King of Kumaso, and also falls in love with his younger sister, Kajika. However, appearing in front of Oguna, the Phoenix orders him to kill Takeru and go back to Yamato. Oguna goes back to his country with a cloth soaked with the Phoenix's blood. Although he tries to stop construction of a tomb for the king and the immolation, he fails, and is to be buried alive. He then lets the people who are to be immolated taste the blood of the Phoenix. Even after he is buried alive, he continues to sing a song against the immolations from underground.
Source: Official Site
Hi no Tori: Yamto Hen is a animated adaptation of Osamu Tezuka Phoenix manga Volume 3. I have not read the manga, but from what I heard it is episodic and takes place in different points in time. Past and future. There is a Phoenix that legend has it if you drink it's blood you will gain immortality, but no one has done this successfully. This story takes place in the far past. The main character Oguno from the Yamato people is wounded and cared by Kajika and her people the Kumaso. Their relationship builds. Oguno's original mission was to infiltrate the Kumaso tribe who are his people's (Yamato) enemy. One day he meets the Phoenix and the rest is for you to find out. The story is interesting. I loved the animation. I liked the character designs and it was a pretty looking 1980's anime. The sound was nice. The characters were good especially Oguno and Kajika. Kajika being my favorite. The story is tragic. That story might leave you with questions, but these are things you can ponder about.
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