A new story of "Hi no Tori, the Phoenix" is brought to you once more by a wonderful cast!
"Hi no Tori, the Phoenix: Dōgo Onsen Chapter"
Episode 2 "Shiki and Sōseki"
Following "Hi no Tori, the Phoenix: Dōgo Onsen Chapter" Prologue - Episode 1 that was released on May 24, 2019, a new "Hi no Tori, the Phoenix" story set in Dōgo Onsen has been born. The prologue, "Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona," featured the mythical age guardian gods of Dōgo Onsen, Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona's "Legend of the Tamanoishi." Episode 1, "Prince Shōtoku's Visit," took place in the Asuka period and featured the legend of Prince Shōtoku going to Dōgo Onsen. Now, Episode 2 crosses time and takes place in the Meiji period.
Loved by many for its tasteful appearance, the Dōgo Onsen Honkan was renovated in year 27 of the Meiji period by the first mayor of Dōgo Yunomachi, Yukiya Isaniwa. This story begins with the appearance of Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona in Yukiya Isaniwa's dreams and the bright light of the Phoenix. As if driven by his repeated dreams, Mayor Isaniwa decides to summon Matahachirō Sakamoto, whose family were castle carpenters on Matsuyama Castle, and have him rebuild Dōgo Onsen.
In year 28 of the Meiji period, the year after reconstruction of the Dōgo Onsen Honkan is complete, the poet, Shiki Masaoka of Matsuyama and his good friend Sōseki Natsume appear at Dōgo Onsen. Shiki was diagnosed with tuberculosis, a disease believed to be incurable at the time, and Sōseki was worried about him. One can imagine them walking along in a heated debate on the future of Japanese literature. Suddenly, the Phoenix, which was said to appear at historical turning points to lead humanity, appeared before Shiki. Bathed in bright light, what message does the Phoenix leave for these two men desperately trying to survive in this tumultuous age?
This is a new "Hi no Tori, the Phoenix" story that spans the ages. Wouldn't you like to enjoy this anime and learn its history, then visit Dōgo Onsen and enjoy the baths while you relax and sooth your body and soul?
(This is a work of fiction. Events depicted within contain portions that differ from historical fact.)
Takeshi Tsuruno as Ōkuninushi/Yukiya Isaniwa
Suzuko Mimori as Sukunahikona/Matahachirō Sakamoto
Jun Fukuyama as Shiki Masaoka
Sinnosuke Tachibana as Sōseki Natsume
Tetsuya Komura as Sarutahiko
Tomochika (""Just Right, Matsuyama"" Cheer group leader) as Madonna/Narration
Nana Mizuki as the Phoenix
Animation production: Tezuka Production
Production company: Pony Canyon
Writers: Shoichiro Masumoto, Taisuke Nishimura
Director: Fumihiro Yoshimura
© Tezuka Production / City of Matsuyama 2020 (Episode 2: roughly 6 minutes and 30 seconds)
The Dōgo Onsen Honkan is currently under repairs to preserve the building. While repairs are being done, it's still open and you can enjoy 100 % natural hot water of Dōgo Onsen
Dōgo Onsen, the famous hot spring with 3,000 years of history
The stone bathing rooms adorned with Tobe porcelain panel paintings and the baths with their large column-shaped water spouts called yugama are representative of the Dōgo Onsen Honkan's unique appeal.