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TEZUKA Osamu    [Edit]
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Associated Names
Тэдзука Осаму
데즈카 오사무
手冢治虫
手塚治蟲

Name (in native language)
手塚治虫

Birth Place
Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan

Birth Date
November 3, 1928

Zodiac
Scorpio

Last Updated
June 27th, 6:13am PST

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Osamu Tezuka was a great Japanese cartoonist and Doctor of Medicine. Osamu started his career as a comic artist in 1946 with Machan no Nikkicho (Machan's Diary) for the children's magazine Mainichi Shogakusei Shinbun while he was a student at Osaka University. His first best-selling comic, 'Shin Takarajima' (New Treasure Island) appeared in 1947, followed three years later by 'Jungle Taitei', which was published in Manga-Shonen.

Dozens of other successes followed in all kinds of genres, like science fiction, horror, fantasy and funny animals. He created manga adaptations of 'King Kong' (1947), 'Faust' (1949), 'Pinocchio' (1952), 'Round the World in 80 Days' (1953) and 'Crime and Punishment' (1953). After the science fiction feature 'Lost World' in 1948, he did the ecological saga 'Jungle Tatei' in Manga Shônen between 1950 and 1954. In 1951, he created 'Atom Taishi', which was later renamed to 'Tetsuwan-Atom'. Know internationally as 'Astro Boy', this comic became Tezuka's best known work.

Other creations of the 1950s and 1960s are the girls' strip 'Ribon no Kishi' (Ribon the Knight), the western 'Lemon Kid', 'Ogon no Trunk' (The Golden Trunk), and the science fiction stories 'Majin Garon', 'O'Man', 'Captain Ken', 'Big X' and 'W3'. Then came the horror tale 'Vampire', 'Hinotori', the historical strip 'Dororo' and the medical series 'Black Jack'.

'Black Jack' ran in Shonen Champion for six years, starting in 1973, and has led to live-action and animated movies, as well as a musical version. In 1972, Tezuka started to work on 'Buddha', a manga adaptation of Buddha's life. Special mention should be given to 'Adolf ni Tsugu', an epic tale of more than 1,000 pages, about World War II and beyond. His final comics work was 'Hidamari no Ki' (A Tree in the Sun).

From a very young age, Osamu Tezuka had been a great fan of Disney animation. Tezuka was also very successful in the animation field. Not only did he do the first TV show of animated cartoons (Astroboy, 1963), but he also produced the first Japanese color TV series (Jungle Tatei, 1965). Influenced by Disney and old movies, Tezuka has in turn influenced countless numbers of Japanese cartoonists. Tezuka's works are being reprinted again and again, earning him the undisputed title of 'King of Japanese Comics.' In 1994, the city of Takarazuka, where he grew up, inaugurated the Osamu Tezuka Museum of Comic Art. And in 1997, postage stamps with his artwork were sold in Japan.

In 1971 the semi-annual Tezuka awards were established by the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. In 1997 a different award named after Tezuka, namely the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, was brought into life.

The impact Tezuka has had on Japanese comics is almost impossible to exaggerate, because he created the present form of the medium. Maybe it stems from his medical education or from the Japanese character, but Tezuka had an enormous respect for life. This respect is a theme that can be traced throughout his work, the most important being 'Phoenix'. He has reportedly made about 150,000 comic strips in his life, and has been awarded many prizes for his efforts. Some of Tezuka's work has been translated into English, which is very laborious since the Japanese read from right to left. Other characters Osamu Tezuka created include Unico and Kimba.

In 1989 an asteroid was named after Tezuka. In 2016 Toshio Ban, one of Tezuka's former assistants, published a 900 page biography, 'The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime', drawn in a manga style.


AKATSUKA Fujio and ISHINOMORI Shotaro were once his assistants.

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Gender
Male

Genres
Shounen(122)  Drama(73)  Sci-fi(67)  Adventure(60)  Comedy(52)  Action(49)  Fantasy(44)  Seinen(39)  Historical(35)  Supernatural(32)  Mystery(30)  Tragedy(27)  Psychological(23)  Romance(21)  Mature(20)  Slice of Life(19)  Shoujo(13)  Horror(8)  School Life(8)  Mecha(6)  Gender Bender(5)  Josei(3)  Ecchi(2)  Adult(1)  Shounen Ai(1) 

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Series Title (Click for series info)
Genre
Comedy, Seinen
2017
Sci-fi, Shounen
1959
Drama, Sci-fi, Shounen, Tragedy
1981
Action, Historical, Mature, Mystery, Psychological, Seinen, Tragedy
1983
Adventure, Sci-fi, Shounen, Tragedy
1970
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Shounen
1970
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Shoujo
1960
Action, Sci-fi, Shounen
2009
Historical, Mature, Psychological, Romance, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural, Tragedy
1970
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
1955
Shounen
1961
Action, Mecha, Sci-fi
2003
Comedy, Drama, Psychological, School Life, Sci-fi, Seinen
2014
Action, Sci-fi, Shounen
1986
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Shounen
1967
Comedy, Seinen
2009
Historical, Mature, Psychological, Romance, Seinen, Tragedy
1972
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
1951
Drama, Mature, Psychological, Romance, Seinen
1973
Historical, Shounen
1953
Action, Historical, Sci-fi, Shounen
1963
Drama, Psychological, Shounen, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Tragedy
1973
Shounen
2009
Drama, Horror, Shounen, Supernatural
2005
Comedy, Drama, Seinen
2005
Adventure, Comedy, School Life, Sci-fi, Shounen, Slice of Life
2019
Drama, Josei, Psychological
2005
Drama, Seinen
2006
Drama, Shounen
2014
Seinen
2008
Adventure, Comedy, Shounen
1952
Horror, Romance, Shounen, Supernatural
1970
Mystery, Shounen
1960
Sci-fi
1969
Adventure, Historical, Shounen
1951
Adventure, Comedy, Historical, Mature, Psychological, Shounen, Supernatural, Tragedy
1972
Comedy, Sci-fi, Shounen
1985
Sci-fi
1968
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Shounen
1960
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Shounen
1948
Mystery, Sci-fi, Shounen
1954
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Seinen
1968
Shounen
1957
Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen
1951
Comedy, Shounen
1957
Adventure, Sci-fi, Shounen
1948
Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Mystery, School Life, Seinen, Slice of Life
2019
Action, Drama, Sci-fi
1971
Action, Comedy, Drama, Sci-fi
2016
Shounen
1969
Adventure, Drama
1975
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Shounen
1948
Drama, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural
2006
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Shounen
1979
Comedy, School Life, Shounen
1976
Action, Adventure, Historical, Shounen, Supernatural, Tragedy
1967
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Shounen, Supernatural
2018
Comedy, Seinen, Slice of Life
1979
Action, Drama, Mature, Seinen
2016
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural
1972
Drama, Mystery, Shounen, Supernatural
1973
Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Shounen
1949
Shounen, Slice of Life
1958
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Shounen
1966
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Shoujo
1970
Fantasy, Shounen
1961
Adventure, Shounen
1950
Adventure, Fantasy, Gender Bender, Shoujo
1958
Adult, Comedy, Fantasy, Historical, Mature, Sci-fi, Seinen, Slice of Life, Supernatural
1969
Shounen
2019
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-fi, Shounen
1948
Drama, Mature, Psychological, Sci-fi, Seinen, Tragedy
1970
Action, Sci-fi, Shounen
1985
Comedy, Shounen, Slice of Life
1982
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural
1968
Drama, Psychological, Seinen
1987
Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life
1967
Action, Adventure, Drama, Historical, Shounen, Tragedy
1964
Historical, Shounen
1950
Historical, Mature, Psychological, Romance, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural, Tragedy
1954
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Shounen
1980
Drama, Mature, Psychological, Seinen
1979
Action, Drama, Historical, Mature, Seinen, Slice of Life, Tragedy
1981
Drama, Horror, Mature, Mystery, Supernatural, Tragedy
1993
Shounen
1957
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Seinen
1957
Drama, Mature, Psychological, Seinen
1969
Action, Historical, Seinen
1974
Adventure, Drama, Shounen, Supernatural
2020
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen
1948
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural
1959
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Shounen
1948
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Shounen
1950
Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen
1958
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Shounen
1948
Josei, Romance
2013
Shounen, Slice of Life
1974
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Shounen
1947
Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
1951
Mystery, Shounen
1954
Action, Adventure, Historical, Shounen
1949
Mature, Mystery, Psychological, Seinen, Supernatural, Tragedy
1970
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen
1949
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Shounen
1951
Mature, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, Sci-fi, Seinen, Supernatural, Tragedy
1968
Action, Shounen, Supernatural
2019
Action, Historical
1953
Fantasy, Shounen
1965
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen
1956
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi, Shounen
1948
Comedy, Drama, Historical, Shounen, Slice of Life
1987
Comedy, Shounen, Slice of Life
1946
Action, Mecha, Romance, Sci-fi, Shounen
1965
Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen
1948
Sci-fi, Shounen
1959
Action, Sci-fi, Shounen
2004
Comedy, Josei, Slice of Life
1979
1950
Adventure, Comedy, School Life, Sci-fi
1956
Fantasy, Seinen
2009
Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural, Tragedy
1976
Comedy, Drama, Gender Bender, Mecha, Sci-fi, Shounen
1949
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Shounen
1973
Drama, Shounen
1986
Sci-fi, Shounen
1978
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural
1974
Adventure, Drama, Ecchi, Mature, School Life, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural
2017
Adventure, School Life, Shounen, Supernatural
2020
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Shounen
1948
Mature, Mystery, Psychological, Seinen, Shounen Ai, Tragedy
1976
Action, Mystery, Shounen
1981
Shoujo
1954
Horror, Psychological, Seinen
1988
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Gender Bender
2018
Shounen
1974
Historical, Romance, Shoujo
1975
Fantasy, Shoujo
1956
Mature, Psychological, Seinen, Tragedy
1970
Mystery, Sci-fi, Seinen
1967
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen
1968
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Shounen
1961
Action, Historical, Shounen
1969
Adventure, Historical, Shounen
1960
Adventure, Seinen, Supernatural
2020
Mystery, Seinen
1957
Sci-fi, Shounen
1961
Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Psychological, Seinen, Slice of Life
2020
1970
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Shounen
1952
Fantasy, Shounen
1951
Sci-fi, Shounen
1960
Action, Mature, Mystery, Psychological, Sci-fi, Seinen, Tragedy
2004
Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-fi, Shounen
1982
Mystery, Shounen
1959
2013
Adventure, Fantasy, Gender Bender, Shoujo
1953
Adventure, Sci-fi, Shounen
1952
Sci-fi, Shounen
1963
Action, Drama, Historical, Shounen, Slice of Life
1955
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen
1948
Comedy, Drama, Historical, Shounen
1951
Fantasy, Gender Bender, Shoujo, Supernatural
2008
Shounen
1957
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-fi
1964
Sci-fi, Shounen
1979
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Shounen
1947
1951
Historical, Shounen
1966
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Seinen
1961
1982
Mystery, Shounen
1949
Seinen
1978
Drama, Historical, Romance, Shoujo
1955
Historical
1958
Comedy
1981
Seinen
1982
1953
1954
Historical
1962
Mature, Psychological, Seinen, Supernatural, Tragedy
1974
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mecha, Sci-fi, Shounen
1951
1993
Drama, Historical, Mecha
1997
2001
2001
2000
2001
2001
1996
2012
2012
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Sci-fi, Shounen, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Tragedy
1998
2012
Drama, Mystery, Shounen, Supernatural, Tragedy
1969
Adventure, Mystery, Shounen
1959
Action, Fantasy, Mecha, Sci-fi
1980
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural, Tragedy
1961
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Tragedy
1970
Adventure, Drama, Shoujo, Tragedy
1955
Shounen
--
Drama, Historical, Psychological, Shounen, Slice of Life
1953
Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural
1971
Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
1969
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo, Tragedy
1976
Action, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Shounen, Supernatural
1966
Sci-fi, Shounen
1965
Comedy, Historical, Seinen, Supernatural
2020
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Slice of Life
1971
Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Fantasy, Romance, School Life, Shounen
1970
Adventure, Drama, Seinen, Slice of Life
1959
Action, Adventure, Drama, Historical, Romance, Shounen, Tragedy
1959
Drama, Fantasy, Shounen
1985
Drama, Historical, Psychological, Seinen
2011
Shounen
1949
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Shounen
1962
Shoujo
1982
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