The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime
What better tribute to the “God of Manga” could there be than a manga-style biography? This English translation of Tezuka Osamu Monogatari brings the life of a truly great artist to American fans. The story is narrated by Mustachio, one of Tezuka’s own characters, and covers Tezuka’s entire lifespan. The artwork is amazingly detailed—a visual feast that incorporates samples of Tezuka’s drawings. In addition to hundreds of fascinating anecdotes about the man, the narrative also covers the history that gives context to his work, other manga artists, and a general history of manga and anime in Japan for much of the twentieth century. If you have any interest in manga, anime, or Japan, this is a great reference.
Especially interesting to me were the stories of his youth, when World War II raged and manga was considered dangerously frivolous. More amazing still was following the progress of his career as a wildly prolific artist, even as he studied and became a doctor. He never seemed to slow his pace, but continually sought out ways to accomplish his life’s work. His philosophy that good manga (which I translate to story in general) is just as healing to children’s spirits as medicine is to their bodies really resonates with my librarian/mother’s heart.
Stone Bridge Press
Toshio Ban • Tezuka Productions • Frederik L. Schodt, Translator