News out of Annecy is that Shibuya Productions, Tezuka Productions and Caribara Animation are teaming up on a new Astro Boy. The 2D/3D CG mix is planned for 26 half hour episodes, and while Tezuka Pro continue to control the IP, for the first time, producers of the new series have the right to create a completely new story. More after the jump.
Following Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno's illustration of Space Battleship Yamato for the cover of the Anime Busience' first issue and Evangelion original character designer and manga author Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's Akira cover on the second, Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo is the latest luminary to cover the business journal with an Astro Boy cover on the third. More after the jump.
Seattle-based art director and designer Bruce Yan recently opened his first one-person show, “Brand New” at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles with iconic logos redesigned to feature iconic characters, mostly from animated classics. So, along with likes of Ariel as the Starbucks mermaid and Bugs as the Playboy bunny, there was out great Hayao Miyaki inspired graphic work. See the results after the jump.
Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy is a true classic. It has been credited with shaping Japanese views on science and technology. The manga's popularity helped open doors for the series to become the first Japanese produced TV anime. And, if you want to read the original series, Dark Horse offers a translation in print and digital formats. They've just shared a history featurette for those interested in the seminal work. Get a look after the jump.
In January 1963, Osamu Tezuka introduced the first Japanese produced animated TV series in Astro Boy. In October 1962, Tatsunoko Production, the studio that would go on to produce Speed Racer, Gatchaman and Casshan would be founded. The two have now joined forces for a special 50-50 cross-over promotion. Get a look after the jump.
Happy 50th birthday to televised anime! Japanese anime had been made for theaters, but on January 1st, 1963 Osamu Tezuka revolutionized the medium by managing to get an adaptation of his hit manga Astro Boy on Japanese TV. "The Birth of Astro Boy” has shaped the artistic and financial character of anime every since. For the occasion Asahi Shimbun has put together a list of 50 masterpieces representing the electric range and heights of anime over the years. Get a look after the jump.
"God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka launched boy robot Astro Boy in 1952. "Dirty Uncle of Manga" Go Nagai created the pioneer cockpit-piloted robot Mazinger Z, as well as Devilman, in 1972. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum will hold a special exhibition from Oct. 26 honoring these anniversaries. More after the jump.
In April 1952, Osamu Tezuka launched the manga adventures of child robot hero Astro Boy. Post war manga landmark would prove to be so popular, launch the whole industry of televised anime with the seminal 1963 series. ZCgirl's ZC World line is marking the character's 60th anniversary with a new PVC figure. Check it out after the jump.
Japan's Asahi Shimbum newspaper has posted an obituary for anime industry veteran Noboru Ishiguro, who passed away at age 73. Ishiguro directed landmarks of the 80s, including the anime movie retelling of Macross, Do You Remember Love?, in addition to Megazone 23 and the 1980 remake of Astro Boy. More after the jump.
Virtual TV station/curator of digitized classic media, Network Awesome has begun running a five day retrospective on Japanese Animation produced leading up to when Osamu Tezuka revolutionized anime production with 1963's Astro Boy. More after the jump.
A Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan notice for a luncheon with Tezuka Productions' Takayuki Matsutani, f SOBA Project's Kazushi Inui and translator Frederik L. Schodt note plans to bring Osamu Tezuka's manga such as Astro Boy and Black Jack to English reading iPad users this July. More after the jump.