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Exploring the Works of Osamu Tezuka

Now when it comes to manga there is a ton of great choices in the modern age, whether it’s a near endless Shonen series or a range of other genres to really sink into. There is no shortage of quality manga in the modern age, which is why digging through the trenches of the past can be an overwhelming task. After all, who has the time to dig through quality manga from every era? It’s hard enough to collect and read through the likes of 90s classic Rurouni Kenshin or the wealth of volumes that make up the Dragon Ball/Z manga. I mean, that’s just going as far back as the 80s… but manga goes all the way back to the 1950s! Is it worth going that far back? Oh absolutely. It’s a remarkable journey to experience the beginnings of manga firsthand, and to realize it wasn’t just good “back in the old days” or “better now than the outdated stuff”, but that manga always has and will be amazing. The god and creator of …

First Thoughts: Young Black Jack – The Doctor Is In

Without Osamu Tezuka’s influence on the world of Japanese pop culture, chances are it wouldn’t be the same as it is today. When people hear his name, their minds will link directly back to Astro Boy, but Osamu Tezuka’s Mighty Atom isn’t the only creation of sheer brilliance that he has brought into the world, simply the most popular. Princess Knight, Kimba The White Lion, Phoenix, Buddha, these are the works that lead Japan onto the creative path it currently walks today. That’s why an Osamu Tezuka is titled “The God Of Manga“. In 2011, one of his darker series, Black Jack, was used as direct inspiration for a new Manga revolving around the younger life of the titular character. Tezuka having passed away decades ago, had nothing to do with it but the spirit of his creation carried on into the Yoshiaki Tabata/Yugo Okuma collaboration. This Manga was called Young Black Jack, and now, in 2015, it has finally gotten an Anime adaptation. Not having read Tezuka’s Black Jack, nor having read the Young Black …

First Teaser Trailer Released For the Upcoming “Astro Boy” Reboot

There’s something you absolutely need to see before the day is done and it the very first teaser trailer for the upcoming “Astro Boy” Anime reboot. The official website for the new series has today been updated to include said teaser trailer and, without giving too much away, I must say that it is looking to be something wonderfully magical. This new series marks the coming together of three international studios; Tezuka Productions (Japan), Caribara Animation (France), and Shibuya Animation (Monaco), all for one purpose and that’s to create a brand-new “Astro Boy” Anime series for this generation to enjoy. The reboot will feature a new story that, while very much like the original “Astro Boy”, will be filled with things we’ve yet to see “Mighty Atom” do or experience. Despite being directed at young boys and girls between the ages of eight and twelve, I can see how this new series will, once again, capture the hearts and minds of the older fans of the long-running series. I, for one, am excited to see what this …

Pluto Volume 2 Review

Pluto continues to amaze with a fantastic second volume of manga following on from the shocking events of volume one. As the body count continues to rise, Gisecht turns to a familiar face for assistance in his investigation. The case grows more and more difficult as questions outweigh answers and Gisecht discovers that robot memory may not be infallible. It goes without saying that Urasawa is a brilliant mangaka, but having the incredible source material of ‘The World’s Strongest Robot’ arc from the original Astro Boy does go along way. The magic of Tezuka’s original translates incredibly well into Urasawa’s distinctive gritty style. What I find most compelling however is the way that Urasawa takes Tezuka’s work and gives it a new perspective. His look into this world where robots and humans must coexist is utterly tantalizing. This volume focuses in on the notion that what makes humans primarily different from robots is their ability to forget. What is most interesting about this idea is that Pluto immediately proceeds to break that idea down and …

Osamu Tezuka’s Final Diary Entry Gets Film Adaptation

It goes without saying that Osamu Tezuka is one of the greatest minds in manga history. He paved the path for the entire manga industry and set the pace for all that have followed him. Heck even his diary notes have proven to be brilliant pieces of creative thought with one particularly important diary entry now getting a film adaptation set for 2015. The diary note set for the big screen was none other than his final entry ever. In a way this final idea fom Tezuka is his last creation, it jut never got a chance at life… until now. The note reads: I came up with a wonderful idea today! How does “Toile no Pieta” sound… A patient diagnosed with cancer thinks it is unreasonable to die without being able to do anything, so he starts to draw a picture on the ceiling of the hospital room’s bathroom … […] the Purification and the Ascension. This was the challenge to the world by the dying person! It sounds like a very powerful idea for …

Pluto Volume 1 Review

With a pedigree by the names of Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka, it is damn near impossible for Pluto to not be good. This first volume of Urasawa’s re-imagining of the wonderful world envisioned by Osamu Tezuka is utterly remarkable. Exploring human emotion through artificial beings is an incredible thing to tackle and Urasawa does so with the deftest of delicacy. Pluto tells us a lot about what it means to be human, all through a robot’s eyes. Urasawa’s take on Tezuka’s world of Astro Boy is a dark one indeed. The style feels almost like a cross between Urasawa’s Monster and Tezuka’s Astro Boy. A winning combination undoubtedly and the direction this story takes is astonishing to say the very least. The series follows a slew of murders taking place across the globe in a future world where humans and robots coexist. We follow Gisecht a robot detective tasked with the case of the series of murders. Gisecht looks very human in appearance, however on the inside he is machine. Throughout his travels to various …

Osamu Tezuka’s ‘Mysterious Underground Men’ Wins Eisner Award

Osamu Tezuka has won yet another award posthumously, this time it is the Eisner Award and it goes to the newly released English version of his 1948 classic The Mysterious Underground Men. The God of Manga claimed that this work was where he believed he had his first success. The manga is now fully released in colour and it is no surprise that it has already won an award. Tezuka’s special brand of story-telling has a strong basis in its examination of humanity at it’s core and The Mysterious Underground Men is said to be one of his finest endeavors in that pursuit. It won the Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material. The Mysterious Underground Men tells the story of Mimio the talking rabbit, as he struggles to prove his humanity while helping his friends save Earth from an invasion of angry humanoid ants. It is not surprising to see that nearly 70 years since its original release that Osamu Tezuka’s work can still be as ground-breaking today as they were back …