Get to know the work of Osamu Tezuka

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The image of the god of comics

The image of the god of comics

Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫 November 3, 1928 – February 9, 1989) was a Japanese manga artist, an animator, a producer, and a medical doctor, although he never practiced medicine. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion and Black Jack. He is often credited as the “Godfather of Anime”, and is often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, who served as a major inspiration during his formative years. His prolific output, pioneering techniques, and innovative redefinitions of genres earned him such titles as “the father of manga”, “the god of comics” and “kamisama of manga”.
There are two interesting spots related to the God of mange in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Takadanobaba in Tokyo

Tezuka Production and Astro Boy

Tezuka Production and Astro Boy

The God of manga in Japan, Osamu Tezuka’s own company Tezuka Production is in Takadanobaba, Shinjuku Ward. Takadanobaba is also known as the setting of “ASTRO BOY.” The characters of Osamu Tezuka are used as regional currency here, ornamenting such places as the wall along the shopping street which runs underneath the town train tracks.

Takadanobaba  a wall picture

Takadanobaba a wall picture

Astro Boy, a fictional character created by Osamu Tezuka in 1952, was supposedly “born” in Takadanobaba on April 7, 2003. In commemoration, starting in 2003, the JR platform uses the theme music from the TV series to signal the departure of a train. Also, many lamp posts in the area carry pictures from the TV series, and two large murals depicting Tezuka’s works are across the street of JR Takadanobaba Station.

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The home of “ASTRO BOY”, Niiza City

a street sign and Tezuka Studio

a street sign and Tezuka Studio

“ASTRO BOY,” work of the God of manga, Osamu Tezuka. Turned into an anime in 1963, “ASTRO BOY” boasts immense popularity. The story stars Astro, a robot with feelings. Trapped between being a robot and a human, Astro struggles to find a balance between the two. Tezuka Production, the studio which created “ASTRO BOY,” is located in Niiza City, and in honor of this the city has awarded Astro with special residential status on the year when Astro was born, 7 April, 2003. Additionally, the city adorns street seals with the image of Astro and hosts a stamp collection rally each year starting from Niiza and Shiki Stations.

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Japan Anime Tourism Guide published by Japan Tourism Agency
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