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This is a collection of impassioned essays that speak to the children of the 21st century, looking around the world at the end of the 20th century - the advancing destruction of the environment, the devastation of the human spirit, and the runaway nature of science - and speaking to the children who will live in the 21st century.
"In the industrial, tri-level world of Metropolis, Duke Red is a powerful leader with plans to unveil a highly advanced robot named Tima. But Duke Red's violent son Rock distrusts robots, and intends to find and destroy Tima. Lost in the confusing labyrinth beneath Metropolis, Tima is beginning a friendship with the young nephew of a Japanese detective. But when Duke Red separates the two innocents, Tima's life--and the fate of the universe--is dangerously at stake"--Container.
Now in English is the first volume of the acclaimed Phoenix series, regarded as Tezuka's masterpiece. Osamu Tezuka painstakingly created his epic 12-volume series over several decades, stretching the limits of comics to address fundamental questions about existence. All 12 episodes of Phoenix are linked by the presence of the mythical bird, an immortal guardian of the universal life force. Beginning in A.D. 270, Phoenix: Dawn follows the ambitions of Queen Himiko, capturing with precise period detail the early phase of Japanese civilization.
Mangas by Tezuka
Astro Boy by Osamu TezukaDark Horse proudly presents one of the crown jewels of manga - Astro Boy! Created by the late Osamu Tezuka, a revered animator and cartoonist (who created over 150,000 pages of comics in his career!) considered the Walt Disney of Japan, Astro Boy was the first manga series to be adapted to animation and became a worldwide phenomenon, making Astro Boy the Mickey Mouse of anime - a jet-powered, super-strong, evil-robot-bashing, alien-invasion-smashing Mickey Mouse, that is!
Publication Date: 2002-04-09
Ayako by Joh Sasaki; Osamu TezukaOsamu Tezuka, godfather of manga, here defies the conventions of his manga by utilising a completely original cast and relying solely on historical drama to drive the plot. Ayako pulls no punches and does not allow for gimmicks as science-fiction or fantasy may. Instead, Tezuka weaves together a tale which at its core simply focuses on a single family, a family that could be considered a metaphor for a rapidly developing superpower. Overflowing with imagery of the cold war seen through Japan's eyes, this monumental tale is regarded as Tezuka's most political work.
Book of Human Insects by Osamu TezukaToshiko Tomura is the darling of the intelligentsia. A modern-day Michelangelo, this 20-year-old is already an established international stage actress, an up-and-coming architect, and the next recipient of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize as Japan's best new writer. She is the mastermind behind a series of murders. The ultimate mimic, she has plagiarised, blackmailed, stolen and replicated the works of scores of talents. Neglected as a child, she is challenging the concepts of gender inequality while unleashing her loneliness upon the world.
Metropolis by Osamu TezukaFrom Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro Boy, comes Metropolis, the legendary 1949 graphic novel that inspired the animated fame that floored audiences and critics alike. In a not-so-far-off future a beautiful, artifically created girl -- unaware of her non-human background -- searches for the non-existent parents she believes must exist, wandering alone in a world populated by humans and by the slave-driven robots who serve them.
Publication Date: 2003-04-22
Mw by Osamu TezukaYukis is a young bank employee, charismatic but devoid of all morality. Garai is the guilt-ridden Christian priest who atones for Yuki's sins. 15 years ago they witnessed and survived the chemical decimation of a seaside village rumoured to have been the hiding place of an experimental psychotic drug used by American GIs called MW. Driven by nothing but the desire to inflict evil, Yuki's salvation will only come from Garai's negotiation of the guilt-ridden torment of their forbidden love, and his responsibility to stop the vicious killer that the MW chemical has created.
どろろ / Dororo by 手塚治虫 / Tezuka OsamuHyakkimaru, son of a landlord, was born without any physical organs because his father made a contract with devils to trade his son's organs for power before Hyakkimaru was born. Seeking his own body parts, Hyakkimaru has to kill 48 monsters who took his body. On that way, he meets a child named Dororo, who is a child of thiefs....
マコとルミとチイAutobiographical stories of Tezuka family. Collection of comics originally published in Fujin no Tomo, Aug. 1979-Oct.1981 (Mako to Rumi to Chii), Feb.1961-Dec.1963 (Gomen ne Mama). With author's postscript.
Call Number: PN6720.M358 M35 1983
メタモルフォーゼ by 手塚治虫 / Tezuka OsamuAn anthology of stories on the topic of change and metamorphosis.
Collection of comics originally published in Shōnen Magajin, 1974-1977. With author's postscript.
勇者ダン by 手塚治虫 / Tezuka OsamuKotan, son of a descedant of Ainu, becomes a friend with a tiger named Dan. The tiger, which escaped from a train when he was sent to a zoo, was rescued by Kotan and his father. However, right after the family saved Dan, Kotan's parents were killed and Kotan himself was raised by an old Ainu who inherited a secret key that shows where the old treasure of Ainu is hidden. The old man was killed by a mysterious group which also is looking for the hidden treasure. Kotan inherited the key from the old man and begins to search for other two keys to find the hidden treasure with Dan.
This page is to introduce Tezuka Osamu, who is often referred to as the "Godfather of Manga". His works have been instrumental in contributing to what contemporary manga has grown into today. The library possesses a number of his works available in both Japanese and English, many of them are listed on this page. Please have a look at them and find your favorites!