In 1981, after giving a talk at a medical university, a medical researcher who had been in the audience contacted Tezuka and sent him some documents detailing his own family history in medicine. In fact, Osamu Tezuka is part of a medical dynasty of sorts.
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By August 1973, after fumbling along for a few years without Tezuka, Mushi Productions folded with a debt of roughly ¥400 million. While reading about it the next day in the newspaper, Tezuka was quite surprised to hear that people were saying that he was finished. He had been so closely associated with Mushi Productions, that the public's perception of its demise was Tezuka's own professional demise.
By 1965, Astro Boy (1963-66) was already entering it's third year in production, Mushi Productions had started work on a new animated television series known as Wonder 3 (1965-66), and was gearing up for it's latest ground-breaking series - the first full-colour animated television program in Japan, Jungle Emperor (1965-66).
In 1958 Tezuka had two meetings that would shape his life. The first was a visit by staff from Toei Animation who were interested in developing Tezuka's manga series, Son-Goku the Monkey (1952-59) as an animated feature film.
Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫) was born on November 3, 1928 to Yutaka (father) and Fumiko (mother) Tezuka. Although he was born in Toyonaka, a city near Osaka, the family soon moved to Takarazuka City, Hyogo - the home of the famous Takarazuka Revue.
With the success of his early animated weekly television programs, Tezuka decided to set his sights on a longer, higher quality television animation projects.
Osamu Tezuka is well-known as being the “father of Japanese television animation”. When he first decided to try his hand at animation, he decided to do something that had never been tried in Japan – a weekly television anime series.
Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫) is a manga author and creator of many of the first Japanese animation. While Tezuka’s best known creation is, arguably, the world-renowned children’s series Astro Boy (1952-68), he drew more than 150,000 pages of manga in his lifetime - touching on every style and genre. He wrote for every age-group, from young children to mature audiences, and single-handedly created the majority of the genres and character-types we see in manga and anime today.
Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989), the "God of Manga", was arguably the greatest manga/anime artist of the 20th Century, and had it not been for him, Japanese anime and manga would not be what they are today. Although best known (especially outside Japan) as the creator of Astro Boy, the "boy robot with 100,000 horsepower", he was instrumental in developing (if not outright creating) nearly every genre of manga in existence today.