The Osamu Tezuka Story

A Life in Manga and Anime

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Toshio Ban, Tezuka Pro­duc­tions, Fred­erik L. Schodt, trans­la­tor, Stone Bridge Press, Soft­cover $29.95 (928pp), 978-1-61172-025-9

Osamu Tezuka was a tow­er­ing fig­ure in Ja­panese manga and anime, re­ferred to as the God of Manga and Ja­pan’s Walt Dis­ney.

At over 860 pages plus ap­pen­dices, The Osamu Tezuka Story might seem im­pos­ing, but while the ac­count is thor­ough and well-de­tailed, Ban al­ways moves it along en­gag­ingly, mak­ing use of one of Tezuka’s char­ac­ters, Mus­ta­chio, to nar­rate. There are amus­ing scenes of edi­tors at­tempt­ing to mon­i­tor Tezuka and en­sure that he meets the dead­lines for their manga pub­li­ca­tions, but when Ban shows Tezuka es­cap­ing from win­dows or tak­ing a train to a dis­tant ho­tel for some soli­tude, it’s not just ex­cit­ing and funny, it also demon­strates the tre­men­dous pres­sure Tezuka was un­der to meet his com­mit­ments. Be­gin­ning with Tezuka’s child­hood, the book il­lu­mi­nates the crit­i­cal in­gre­di­ents of his ca­reer, in­clud­ing his med­i­cal de­gree, his busi­ness ven­tures, his pas­sion for ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, and, above all, his re­lent­less work ethic.

Draw­ing on Tezuka’s own manga bi­ogra­phies (I Am A Manga Artist, and oth­ers) as well as out­side ref­er­ences, Ban and his part­ners have cre­ated a land­mark guide to the life and ac­com­plish­ments of a mas­ter.

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