Second Part of Tezuka’s Buddha Anime Gets a Green Light & scheduled for a theatrical release this fall

Buddha: The Great Departure
Buddha: The Great Departure

At the press conference for the musical adaptation of the Buddha manga which was held in Tokyo on January 25th, Takayuki Matsutani, president of Tezuka Productions, announced that they will start production of the second part of Osamu Tezuka's Buddha anime film trilogy in this year. The trilogy is based on Tezuka's Buddha manga which was published in Japan from 1972 to 1983. The manga has been known as one of his representative works internationally.

The first film Buddha: The Great Departure directed by Kozo Morishita (Saint Seiya) was released in Japan on May 28th, 2011. The 1 billion yen (about US$11 million) budget film was not so successful at the box-office and received mixed reviews. So many fans have speculated there will be no more sequels.

On January 31st, Yusuke Okada, President and Chief Executive Officer of Toei, announced the film company's 2013 lineup of theatrical releases at a presentation in Tokyo. The lineup consists of 21 various films, including many tokusatsu, anime, and manga-related films, as well as the official the announcement of the second Buddha movie, which is scheduled for a theatrical release this fall.

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