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Shin Takarazima  
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The manga that made Tezuka famous. It is an action-adventure drama inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's book.
One day a boy named Pete finds a map of "Treasure Island" that his deceased father left behind. He starts on a voyage to find it together with "Captain," who was a friend of his father. But his ship is attacked by pirates, led by Bowarl, and the two are caught. When a storm hits the pirate ship, the two are thrown into the sea and washed up on the shore of a solitary island in the southern ocean. To their surprise, this island is the one they have been looking for....
The Western-style art and fast-paced storyline attracted much attention, and it became a best seller with 400,000 copies sold, laying the groundwork for the manga craze and its modern style.
The original version of "New Treasure Island" was based on Tezuka Osamu's manuscript, but substantial modifications were made by Sasaki Shichima, who cut nearly 60 pages and also changed some of the lines. When publishing "The Complete Works of Tezuka Osamu," Tezuka Osamu remade it based on his memory to make it closer to his original.


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Associated Names
La nouvelle Île au Trésor (French)
New Treasure Island
Shin Takarajima

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1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 6.2 / 10.0 (36 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.44 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 26th 2016, 7:20am PST



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Original Publisher
Ikuei Shuppan (1947)
Kodansha (Reprint)

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Weekly Pos #620 increased(+214)
Monthly Pos #1395 increased(+457)
3 Month Pos #2635 increased(+1104)
6 Month Pos #5021 increased(+654)
Year Pos #6044 increased(+1906)

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why the hell did i give it a 10?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Doomroar
March 10th, 2013, 2:55am
since im going to be probably the only one to give this manga a 10 i see it fit to give an explanation.
the thing itself is quite normal so a 6 to 8 rating is what is just. But the explanation at the end by the dog when he broke reality to the kid is really something that is hardly used ever, any way that just make the thing to jump so it scratches 8/10.

The next points have the origin on that wonder full and priceless section known as "the diary of my debut" a hence the name diary that allows us to get an idea of the environment from when this manga gets published, all of this of course from the view of Tezuka, he manages to relate in a lighthearted yet serious way all the things that happened in this postwar japan, without necessarily indulging into his family or university life (which i wish he had told), with social and political commentary you can see perfectly the kind of guy he was growing into, it also shows his inspirations and critics, how his family supported him, and how the manga world was at the time, really a wonderful job, thanks to the happyscans group for making this accessible. And then there is the explanation of the edition of this manga (on Spanish) which adds another level of insight to the things this publication had to go through, you may thing for this being a pioneer publication that detonates the boom of manga and to come from Tezuka himself, that the editing and reworking on it would have been minimum and close to the creators idea but as we find out the original Treasure island got plenty of things changed to the point the work inspired a certain degree of shame to Tezuka on his older years, nevertheless he gets back with this issue and tries to redeem the story. Whether he manages to do it or not is up to you.

But my point here with this long comment is to encourage you to read that short diary, a nice experience that adds to the whole adventure of reading what it is considered an historic relevant manga, not really for his plot itself but for the things it generated, not saying that the thing itself is bad but really Tezuka has way better things, and this one in particular is one of its humble (or taking into account it success at the time bold) beginnings.

... Last updated on March 10th, 2013, 2:57am
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