Posted by psgels on 3 January 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews



The Yamato-hen is a bit of a step back from the Houou-hen, but really: who cares. With such a brilliant franchise as Hi no Tori, it’s still a very good and enjoyable movie!

I think that the biggest flaw for this one is that it becomes a bit too preachy in the end, the morals and values it tries to push on in the end are a bit too obvious, and the love story between the lead male and female just doesn’t live up to some of the other stories of Hi no Tori. It just misses something.

However, it has plenty of good stuff to boast. Like all of the Hi no Tori stories: it’s a great celebration of human evolution and progression. It tells of conflicting ideals, difficult choices that have to be made, betrayal and tragedy. It again puts a huge emphasis on character-development (something that a whole lot more movies should do!), which is powerful and creative.

I have a lot of respect for Osamu Tezuka, but that’s mostly because of his creativity, and his will to go with things that nobody else would think of. With Hi no Tori, however, he established himself as a truly brilliant storyteller, and Rintaro again did justice to this story, even though it’s not as good as the Houou chapter.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Tons of creative twists, despite the simple story.
Characters: 8/10 – Well developed, but some of them are a bit preachy at times.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Good art, animation and music.
Setting: 8/10 – One of the very few stories that tells about Japan’s tribal age.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 02:34 AM)
    @K-off: Granted he was exaggerating for effect with the nazi comment.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 02:30 AM)
    @Kaiser It’s a situation vastly different from the 30’s, but some comparisons are conceivably there. The influx of migrants w/ the rise of isis are surely beginning to crack apart at the EU’s welfare-system and it’ll be interesting to see how it’ll unfold as the years go by.
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    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 01:36 AM)
    With the way the EU is handling the migrant crises, my fathers reaction to that was that he felt the European union has almost become Nazi because of its poor handling of it. Britain will probably soon leave it too. He was talking about how there may be a dissolution of the EU in a decade if things go badly.
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    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 01:07 AM)
    @K-off: true enough, and he was pretty short-sided to even consider the middle-east. Still the famous Shah’s father from the old Iranian regime actually met with him. This thing is compounded by Hitler’s scapegoat tactic of blaming the Jews, but important to note that the new strong Islamic hatred was pretty much created after the formation of Israel.
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    (Wednesday, May 25. 2016 08:14 PM)
    The word Iran means “the land of the Aryans”, and the Germanic tribes that settled in Bavaria are correctly identified as nomadic people called Indo-Europeans, whom many settled in northern Iran. I heard similar theory of etymology for ‘Ireland’, but I’m not too sure about that one. So interestingly enough the Nazis were completely fine with Iran. The many strange forgotten wrinkles of history.

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