If you’re a manga fan, Frederik Schodt is a name you should know. Not only did the longtime translator and author write the first English-language book about Japanese comics, 1983’s Manga Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics, but he was the interpreter and personal friend of Osamu Tezuka, the comic artist whose smash-hit series like Astro Boy, Black Jack, and Princess Knight formed the blueprint for the modern anime and manga industry. Read on for our full interview!
Astro Boy is going grim and gritty, and it's touring the world! Manga adaptation PLUTO is back onstage with new and returning cast members, and the new production will be hitting theaters in both Japan and Europe. Find out more after the jump!
Actor Tatsuya Fujiwara plays a millionaire leading a double-life in an upcoming special episode of Tales of the Unusual (known in Japan as Yo ni mo Kimyou na Monogatari) that is based on a short manga by Osamu Tezuka. Hit the jump to learn more.
A new preview video goes behind the scenes for Hatsune Miku Sings Osamu Tezuka and Isao Tomita Live Music, an upcoming concept album featuring a three way collaboration between the virtual idol, the godfather of manga, and one of the pioneers of electronic music. Hit the jump to learn more.
New key visuals are now available for "Hatsune Miku x Osamu Tezuka Exhibition ~ The World Connected by Isao Tomita", an upcoming art exhibition that will be held at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takarazuka and that celebrates the birthdays of musician Isao Tomita and Vocaloid virtual diva Hatsune Miku. Hit the jump to check it out.