Tezuka In English
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Translations

Multilingual Astro Boy

Multilingual Astro Boy

English-language translations of Osamu Tezuka’s works have have come in several waves.  The earliest translation of his work was done as a labour of love by the amateur four-man team known as dadakai – which included noted manga scholar Frederick L. Schodt, author of Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics and Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga, two of the most influential and important books on the manga industry.  In 1977, the team began to translate chapters of Phoenix, with the unofficial approval of Osamu Tezuka himself.  This translation was published, in part, in Schodt’s 1983 edition of Manga! Manga!, and later served as the foundation for VIZ’s edition of Phoenix.

It wasn’t until 1995 that the first of Tezuka’s works began to be published in English, with Cadence Books (a short-lived imprint of VIZ) edition of Adolf, and a portion of Black Jack published by VIZ  in two graphic novels shortly thereafter.

However, Tezuka’s English-speaking fans really hit the jackpot in the early 2000s.  A boom in manga popularity in general, saw VIZ publish Tezuka’s masterpiece, PhoenixDark Horse jump in with his most well-known work, Astro Boy; and Vertical Inc. hit a home run with an Eisner Award-winning hardcover edition of his epic fictional biography, Buddha.  This was somewhat of a “golden period”, with Tezuka works steadily being released (primarily by Vertical Inc.), including a near-as-possible complete edition of Black Jack.  However, by the end of the decade, new releases became fewer and farther between.

English-language translations of Osamu Tezuka’s works have have come in several waves.

Most recently, most Tezuka translated manga has come through the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter. First used to fund a new printing of Swallowing the Earth, DMP began successfully funding such diverse new projects such as Barbara, Unico, Atom Cat and Triton of the Sea.

Of course, older titles like Tezuka’s are, generally-speaking, much more popular in Europe than in America, and many series have been published there which are not out in English.  To date, there are more Tezuka manga out in French than in any other European language.

However, If you know of Tezuka translations into languages we haven’t listed, please let us know — we’d be happy to include them.

English Manga

Check out our handy list below to see what Osamu Tezuka manga is available in English. Please note, manga series (sometimes individual volumes) fall in and out of print quite quickly. Although we try to keep this list as up-to-date as possible, if you...

French Manga

If you can read in French, you're in luck. There is, by far, more of Tezuka's manga translated into French than into any other European language. Although seven chapters of Tezuka's Rise of the Birdmen (1971-75) were published in France between 1978...

Italian Manga

Italy is another Tezuka hot-spot and there is a significant amount of Tezuka manga translated into Italian. Check out our handy table below to see what's available. Be sure to click on the English Title for more detailed (when available) series information!...

Spanish Manga

There is a relatively large number of Spanish-language (primarily European) releases. Check out our handy table below to see what's available. Be sure to click on the English Title for more detailed (when available) series information! Italian...

Korean Manga

Although many titles are out of print, Korean language editions of Tezuka's manga continue to be published. Check out our handy table below to see what's available in Korean. Be sure to click on the English Title for more detailed (when available)...

German Manga

Although there are not many German-language releases of Tezuka manga, the list is growing. Check out our handy table below to see what's available. Be sure to click on the English Title for more detailed (when available) series information! German...

Chinese Manga

CHINESE: not a complete list Singapore Editions: Astro Boy Black Jack Jungle Emperor Leo Hong Kong editions: Adventures of Rock Alabaster Ambassador Magma Apple with watch Mechanism Astro Boy ...

Portuguese Manga

Although there are not many Portuguese-language releases of Tezuka manga, the list is growing. Check out our handy table below to see what's available. Be sure to click on the English Title for more detailed (when available) series information! Italian...

Indonesian Manga

There are very few Indonesian language editions of Tezuka manga. Hopefully this list will grow in the future, but for now check out our handy table below to see what's available. Be sure to click on the English Title for more detailed (when available)...

Russian Manga

Although there are not many Russian-language releases of Tezuka manga, it's a start. Check out our handy table below to see what's available. Be sure to click on the English Title for more detailed (when available) series information! Italian...
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