As the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum commemorates its 20th anniversary, an exhibit featuring the works of Osamu Tezuka, creator of the famous Astro Boy manga series will be shown in the gallery until June 30. Hailed as one of Japan’s most renowned manga and anime artist, the exhibit titled, “Tezuka Osamu: The Biggest Creator On Earth” will display his art as “works of literature.”
According to an Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum official, Yumiko Matsumoto described his work as “universal.” He said, “His works emit a refreshing radiance that doesn’t change over time. If you find a manga by Tezuka that speaks to you, keep it close by. Pick it up and read it again from time to time. With every reading you might find something new and feel encouraged, once again.” Tezuka’s work totaled to around 700 until the time of his death at the age of 60 in 1989. Most of his work showed his deep respect for “the dignity of life” based on his experiences during the Second World War, where he almost did not make it. He also incorporated developments in science and technology to his work, including its positive and negative impacts on human life.
The exhibit that will show 146 original hand-drawn works of Tezuka hopes to show the world his creation as a standard literary reading for the modern Japanese. The display will include Hi no Tori (“Phoenix”), about a man obsessed with immortality, while Buddha shows his depiction of life and death through Buddha’s life. The popular Black Jack manga series will also be displayed. It is a story about a wolf doctor called Black Jack and his medical adventures. A 25-page manuscript from Futatsu no Ai (“Two loves”) talking about a transplant operation will also be exhibited. Three of Tezuka’s unfinished works, including Gringo, will also be featured in the exhibit.
[via The Asahi Shimbun]