What’s good stuff from Tezuka?

Many manga fans (often in teens) find his style of drawing very outdated and are not very likely to be talked into start reading his works. Osamu Tezuka is often refered to as “godfather of anime”, “father of manga”, “Japanese Walt Disney”… and as such he left behind huge opus of both anime and manga, some of them are for kids, but some of them are made for more mature manga readers.

Among his most notable anime are Astro Boy and Black Jack series and Metropolis movie, but I’ll focus here on best pieces of his manga that I have red and honestly liked (I will read more from the author when it becomes awailable and probably edit to add good stuff):

Adolf

Adolf

Exciting espionage mystery thriller about newspaper journalist searching the truth behind younger brother’s murder, young boys: Adolf Kamil of German-Jewish origin living in Japan and Adolf Kauffmann, son of high-ranking officer in German embassy in Japan who stumble upon information that may bring ruin the third Adolf in the story. Must say that this was one of the best seinen manga I ever red – storywise, and great WW2 historical fiction.

Astro Boy

Astro Boy

This manga is about a boy robot superhero who was created by dr. Tenma in order to replace his dead son, since he was imperfect, he was trown to garbage dump but found by good professor Ochanomizu and given mission to protect the world from sinister threats. Although¬† it was primarly made for kids I enjoyed it a lot… that reminds me that I still have to watch Astroboy animated movie from 2009.

Buddha

Buddha

I personally have no idea wheather is this is an accurate biography of Buddha but it was interesting read about beggining of one of the main eastern religions. Must say that I ignored fantastical elements but enjoyed depictions of India’s history and society in the time (which I found most interesting in this manga).

Ode to Kirihito

Ode to Kirihito

This manga is about a doctor (Tezuka actually had a medical degree from Osaka university, piece of trivia) who goes to remote village in order to research unknown desease but is tricked by his colleague and contracts the desease himself. Due to that he ends up in weird situations as he tries to find cure and save his life. This piece is also seinen and very interesting read.

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Horrors of Ito Junji

Manga author Ito Junji truly brings stories worth of discovering for any horror manga fan. His drawings are simple, yet he makes them have more presence by using thick ink lines. Themes he uses are most of the time everyday angst inspired and he elevates them into supernatural after a twist to them (that is expecially present in his one-shots). Wheather you’re already into manga or just want to see what’s it all about, manga of Itou Junji makes appeal to mature audience with it’s creativity, broad range of themes and reached cult status.

I decided to present here those that I liked most and ones that you, my dear reader, might want to check out:

Tomie

Tomie

Story about high school kids who encounter very beautiful girl that comes into their lives out of nowhere. They can love her, hate her or kill her, but she will always return (and that’s what’s scary). Whoever liked popular Sadako this might just be a thing for them.

Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection

Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Ayatsuri no Yashiki

16 volumes (each containing 5-7 separate one-shots) long collection of horror short stories that were innitially published in “Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi” mangazine. They are excellent pick for anybody who cherishes diversity and wants to be disturbed by contemporary Japanese horror.

Uzumaki

Uzumaki

This manga does not have monsters, ghosts, or serial killers… rather an phenomenon of sorts – Spirals. It is a manga about spirals and people in the small coastal town who see them often.¬† It is funny how something ordinary like that can be made into a scary story untill human psychology is added. Quite an original piece.

Gyo

Gyo

I consider this piece in particular “so bad it’s good”.¬† Story goes as this: young people on vacation in Okinawa start to notice that something stinks and soon afterwards they notice that dead fish are exiting the ocean and attacking. This was very enterntaining and funny read containing a healthy dose of disturbing and freaky.