In 2011, Toei launched an anime trilogy adaptation of manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka's interpretation of the life of Gautama Buddha with aims of finding a broad audience for the epic movies. While the first, Buddha: The Great Departure, didn't meet with huge success, commercially or critically, the studio confirmed in January that they're continuing with the series with part two due in 2014. The latest on the project is that Kenichi Matsuyama has joined the voice cast.
The prolific Reiko Yoshia (K-on!, Girls und Panzer) is back on the scripts, but Toshiaki Komura (Precure, Ultimate Muscle) replaces Kozo Morishita as director on Buddha 2: Tezuka Osamu no Buddha ~Owarinaki Tabi~.
In this movie, 60's star Sayuri Yoshinaga voices Queen Māyā of Sakya, mother of Siddhārtha Gautama.
Death Note's Kenichi Matsuyama is the adult Tatta - Tezuka's original character. A Pariah who, has a child had a special connection with nature and ability to commune with animals, that he loses has he ages into a violent bandit
Vertical has released the manga in North America.