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. Check out the English subtitled promo that they prepared for the Cannes Film Festival after the the jump.
Kansai Club Publishing aims to publish a limited edition hard cover of manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka's 1969 horror and mystery short story collection and, a day into the Kickstarter fundraiser, launched on the 17th, they're over $2,500 into the $3,500. Get the details in their plans after the jump.
Harajuku's Bunbougu Cafe has an interesting gimmick. The basement establishment sells stationery and, for a membership fee, you can get an key to one of their desks with access to writing supplies. If you buy into that idea, it's not a huge leap to see the logic in them hosting an exhibit dedicated to prolific "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka. More after the jump.
The "osamu moet moso" project, aiming to "extract and embody Akiba-like elements contained in Osamu Tezuka’s works through the imaginations" is back with a new iteration of the now three-year-old blending of the works of the manga pioneer with moe. The 3.0 Concept Book is set to be offered at the Comitia doujinshi event this weekend. See what's inside after the jump.
Accounced back in February, high end fashion label Lacoste will be paying tribute to series' creator and "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka. The brand worked with Japanese designer Hiroaki Ohya on a collection of polos, T-shirts and footwear based on Astro Boy, Black Jack and The Mysterious Underground Man for spring/summer and Jungle Emperor Leo, Phoenix and Tezuka's adaptation of Crime and Punishment for fall/winter. See the spring/summer collection after the jump.
Publisher/retailer PictureBox Books has listed three innovative works of manga now planned for English release this fall. Osamu Tezuka's The Mysterious Underground Men is a 1947, pre-Astro Boy work from the pioneering "God of Manga." Seiichi Hayashis's Gold Pollen and Other Stories collects "gorgeous and searing" late-1960s short stories from pivotal alternative magazine Garo. More after the jump.
In the year in which revolutionary anime Astro Boy commemorates its 50th anniversary, high end fashion label Lacoste will be paying tribute to series' creator and "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka. More after the jump.
February 9th is known to be Day of Manga to remember Osamu Tezuka, who many consider to be the "god of manga" in Japan. Not only has he produced many masterpieces in his time, his work continues to inspire many of today's artists and authors. Read on for tribute art found across Twitter.
At the press conference for the musical adaptation of the Buddha manga in Tokyo on January 25th, Takayuki Matsutani, president of Tezuka Productions, announced that they will start production of the second part of Osamu Tezuka's Buddha anime film trilogy in this year. Hit the jump for more details.
Diamond Comic, the primary distributor of comics, manga and related goods to specialty comic shops has announced that Tezuka Productions has named them its "preferred partner" for distribution of its products worldwide outside of Japan. As a result, Diamond will distribute products based on the works of Osamu Tezuka, including, but not limited to Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, and Black Jack to North American retailers. More after the jump.