Japan 2011 – the otaku’s tale July 4, 2011Posted by ayasawada in Anime, Culture, Japan, Manga, Travel.
Tags: Den Den Town, Kobe, Osaka, Osamu Tezuka, otaku, Takarazuka, Tetsujin 28-go
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No trip to Japan is complete without a bit of fanboying. I’ve written about the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum and Tetsujin 28 statue already (the Tezuka museum was probably the otaku highlight of my trip).
This post is largely mopping up a few random observations and running through this trip’s haul of merchandise. (more…)
Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum July 3, 2011Posted by ayasawada in Anime, Japan, Manga, Personal, Travel.
Tags: Anime, Astro Boy, Manga, Osamu Tezuka, Phoenix, Takarazuka, Tetsuwan Atom, Tezuka
One of the highlights of my trip to Japan was a visit to this shrine to the ‘God of Manga’ Osamu Tezuka.
Given how many times I’ve been to Kansai, I’d thought about stopping by many times before, but never quite had the time or inclination. For one thing, I haven’t actually read or watched that much of his original work. Probably the closest I’ve come is watching recent remakes or reimaginings, like Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto series. This is not to say I’m ignorant – I’m fully aware of Tezuka-sensei’s influence and history (it’s hard for any anime or manga fan not to be). In fact, one of the earliest anime I saw as a child was a bastardised cut of an adaptation of his Phoenix series. It confused the hell out of me as a five year old, but it says something about Tezuka’s vision that part of it still sticks in my memory despite my youth, not to mention the bad dubbing and editing.
The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum is based in Tezuka’s home town of Takarazuka, an easy 40 minute ride from Osaka Station on the JR Takarazuka line. Exiting the station into a little shopping mall, you quickly find Atom pointing the way. (more…)
Pluto May 6, 2011Posted by ayasawada in Manga, Rave.
Tags: Astro Boy, Manga, naoki urasawa, Osamu Tezuka, Pluto, Tetsuwan Atom, Tezuka, Urasawa
It takes some balls to reimagine the work of the ‘God of Manga’ Osamu Tezuka, let alone his most treasured work. But if anyone can, Naoki Urasawa can. I’m hyperbolic at times, but believe me when I say this is one of the best manga, maybe even sci-fi, that I’ve ever read.
Pluto takes the most famous story in Tezuka’s Astro Boy (The Greatest Robot on Earth arc) and gives it the Urasawa touch, parachuting in a murder-mystery, thriller aspects and enough robot sci-fi themes to have Asamov frothing at the mouth. It is brilliant because it satisfies the reader on so many levels: aesthetically, entertainingly, thoughtfully. (more…)