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Dr. Osamu Tezuka's Personal History (Vol. 3)

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Refer to Dr. Osamu Tezuka's personal history as Vol.3.
If you are interested in Tezuka World and understand it, it's a great pleasure for me.
Tezuka's allegations of racism has been as follows;
The content of Tezuka's work has met modern criticism for its allegedly racist depictions of black and southeast asian people, notably people from Vietnam. These depictions included drawing them in an exaggerated manner to suggest that the places they came from were poor and underdeveloped.
Yet, Tezuka constantly proclaimed that he had a neverending love for the Earth and believed strongly in the sanctity of human life. There was evidence of this in manga such as Buddha, where other races, including Caucasian, were drawn in an abstract, caricatured style and came from strange, far-away countries.

And Tezuka's Art Style has been as follows;
Tezuka is known for his imaginative stories and stylized Japanese adaptations of western literature. He loved reading novels and watching films that came from the West.
His early art style was basic and inspired by Disney, whom he greatly admired.
Tezuka used cinematic camera angles and panning in his early works and beyond, creating the illusion of watching a movie. His work, like that of other manga creators, was sometimes gritty and violent.
However, he stayed away from graphic violence in some titles such as Astro Boy. 

Early part of his works are as follows;

Diary of Ma-chan, 1946;

Tezuka debuted with this four-panel newspaper strip, published in the Osaka edition of Shokokumin Shimbun (Mainichi School Children's Newspaper).
The story is set shortly after Japan's defeat in the Second World War and follows the adventures of little Ma-chan, who wants to learn the English ABC's from the American soldiers occupying his country. Tezuka was only 17 years old when he produced this work.

Shin Takarajima (New Treasure Island), 1947;

This is the manga that made Tezuka a household name in Japan.
It is an action-adventure drama inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's book, about a boy named Pete who discovers a map to Treasure Island and embarks on a voyage to find it. 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.

Tuberculosis, 1948;
Published in its original form as a book (as was also the case with Metropolis), Tuberculosis is about the adventures of Kenichi (an early hero in several of Tezuka's early works) and his uncle inside of the human body after his uncle has created a serum called ZX which can shrink humans down to microscopic size.
Entering the body of a young boy, Yoshikawa, they find that he's been infected by tuberculosis bacteria, which are damaging the boy's lungs. Having befriended one of the bacteria (Mode), Kenichi and his uncle are soon caught in the middle of the battle between the tuberculosis bacteria and the boy's own immune system.
Tezuka was said to be quite pleased with Tuberculosis, and adapted it on two later occasions; the first in 1953 for The Monster on the 38th Parallel, and again in 1964 for an episode of Astro Boy.

By A.S. in May, 2009
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