The opening ceremony for a new manga exhibition "Buddha - The Story in Manga and Art" was held at Tokyo National Museum on April 25. Osamu Tezuka, often called "God of Manga", devoted more than 10 years from 1972 to draw the manga "Buddha", the story of the founder of Buddhism. In this exhibition, Tezuka's original illustrations and Buddha statues will exhibit together for the first time. The exhibition will be held from April 26 to June 26.
A popular anime voice actress/singer, Nana Mizuki, who is a narrator of the exhibition, was also at the ceremony. Mizuki plays the voice of a thief girl, Migaila, in an up-coming anime movie "Tezuka Osamu no Buddha -Akai Sabaku yo! Utsukushiku". The movie, co-distributed by Toei and Warner Brothers Japan, is slated for release on May 25 in Japan. This year's Festival International du Film d'Animation d'Annecy, France's international animation festival, will screen the movie as out of competition in June.
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