How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan--And Japan to the West The unlikely history of early cross-cultural encounters between the West and Japan, featuring acrobats, jugglers, and a colorful American impresario. Schodt takes us all around the world of 19th-century entertainment: It's a captivating story about a pioneer in international entertainment.
Paperback You will not believe me when I try to tell you about Osamu Tezuka. He drew overpages of manga in his lifetime, more than separate series, and more than 70 anime, films and movies. He was a pioneer every genre, from hard sci-fi to mahou shoujo to adult films. He developed the drawing and animation techniques that still dominate the industry today.
Today's greats, from Rintaro to Yoshiyuki Tomino, worked and studied with him. He was a political activist, writing against war, racism, environmental exploitation, medical corruption.
He was a national hero of Japan, and under consideration for the Nobel Prize in literature when he passed away in Astro Boy, Black Jack, Kimba the White Lion, Metropolis, Phoenix, Buddha and Princess Knight are only the best known of literally hundreds of creations which have impacted every corner of the manga world.
If you think this sounds like too much for one man to plausibly accomplish in a lifetime, you're far from the only one who finds Osamu Tezuka a little superhuman. Fred Schodt, author of Dreamland Japan Manga! In his long-awaited Astro Boy Essays, Schodt gives a concise and detailed introduction to the life, influence and significance of Tezuka in the history of Japan and the international comics world.
Focusing on Tezuka's best known work, the anti-racist children's classic Astro Boy, it gives efficient, approachable portraits of Osamu Tezuka's life and personality, the atmosphere in Japan during and after WWII and their effect on the manga industry, the nightmarish behind-the-scenes production schedule that birthed Japan's first animated TV series, and the spread of Astro Boy as a Japanese, and later an international symbol of peace, technology, hope for the future, and above all of Japan itself.
The rocky history of Astro Boy's American distribution gives a fascinating look at the beginnings of American anime fandom, and how many barriers had to be broken to achieve the comparatively-smooth licensing and distribution system in place today.
All the material is presented in a format beginners can understand, but with enough details that even experts will find themselves learning more with every page. The Astro Boy Essays is an invaluable contribution to manga scholarship, and provides a window for American otaku to finally learn about the "God" who made anime what it is today.
For more information about the book, see:The Astro Boy Essays is more of an introductory text, an initial analysis of Tezuka’s work rather than an attempt for a thorough look at his entire career.
And as such, Schodt presents it in his usual fascinating, though-provoking manner. The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution Paperback – July 1, Review this product. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 5 reviews.
Top Reviews. There was a /5(5). The Astro Boy Essays details many aspects of Osamu Tezuka's personal life, and the surroundings that led to the robot's creation.
Yes, it's a history lesson, but Tezuka is a fascinating person to learn about.4/5. The Astro Boy Essays is more of an introductory text, an initial analysis of Tezuka’s work rather than an attempt for a thorough look at his entire career. And as such, Schodt presents it in his usual fascinating, though-provoking manner.
Oct 21, · "Astro Boy" is yet another animated comedy in which the hero, who is about the same age as his target audience, is smarter, braver and stronger than the adults in his world. Toby is also a quick learner; after he dies in an accident, he's reborn inside a robot that looks just like him and retains all of his memories.
His father, in fact, treats him just like the original Toby.3/5. The Astro Boy essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the manga/anime revolution User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict.
Little robot hero Tetsuwan Atomu ("Mighty Atom"), called Astro Boy in the United States, is the best-known creation of revered manga master Tezuka ()/5(2).