The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution

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Stone Bridge Press, Jul 1, 2007 - Performing Arts - 248 pages
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The pioneering genius of Japan’s “God of Comics,” Osamu Tezuka (1928–89), is examined through his life’s masterwork: Tetsuwan Atomu, also known as Mighty Atom or Astro Boy, a comic series featuring a cute little android who yearns to be more human. The history of Tetsuwan Atomu and Tezuka’s role in it is a road map to understanding the development of new media in Japan and the United States. Topics include Tezuka’s life, the art of animation, the connection between fantasy robots and technology, spin-offs, and Astro Boy’s cultural impact.

Frederik L. Schodt is a translator and author of numerous books about Japan, including Manga! Manga! and Dreamland Japan. He often served as Osamu Tezuka’s English interpreter. In 2009 he was received the The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his contribution to the introduction and promotion of Japanese contemporary popular culture.

 

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Astro boy made an incredibly impression on me as a young 8 year old boy. I enjoyed this work very much. Schodt did a wonderful job in exploring the person (Osamu Tezuka) behind the great creation of ... Read full review

The Astro Boy essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the manga/anime revolution

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Little robot hero Tetsuwan Atomu ("Mighty Atom"), called Astro Boy in the United States, is the best-known creation of revered manga master Tezuka (1928-89). Schodt not only wrote the first book in ... Read full review

Contents

Afterword
167
Japanese and English Manga Titles
177
Japanese and English Animation Episode Titles
185
Notes
197
Bibliography
204
Index
212
Other books by Frederik L Schodt published by Stone Bridge Press
216
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Fluent in spoken and written Japanese, Frederik L. Schodt is an author, interpreter, and translator who has written extensively on Japanese culture and Japan-U.S. relations. His classic Manga! Manga! introduced the English-speaking world to Japanese comics culture.

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