Reservations aside, Schodt has again managed to produce a wonderful book, a much-needed first comprehensive study in English about one of the most important people in the history of both comics and animation. The Astro Boy Essays: The story of how cultural differences between Japanese and Americans were reflected in the show and had to be resolved through dubbing and editing is fascinating enough, but Schodt also explores just how deep an impression Tezuka made with the show on key figures in the American film industry, some more likely to have noticed it Walt Disneysome less so Stanley Kubrick.
Tezuka can hardly be blamed for inventing limited animation techniques for TV productions Americans were there at least a decade earlierbut he did make it popular enough to encourage many other studios to jump on the wagon.
Writings On Modern Manga have achieved a status of canonical texts among those wish to study the field. And the fact that he did it with a black-and-white series, at a time when color broadcasts were taking over in America, makes it even more amazing.
This is his first review for Animated Views. With such a prolific career in comics, it should come as a surprise that in his short life Tezuka had time for other projects — but the role Tezuka played in the history of Japanese animation is at least as significant as his work in comics.
He created dozens of memorable heroes in different genres that defined and paved the way for artists who followed in his footsteps ever since. Japanese animation received a stigma for making things quickly, cheaply, and without much care for quality, a stigma that would accompany it for many years to come.
And as such, Schodt presents it in his usual fascinating, though-provoking manner. In his new book, The Astro Boy Essays: So, The Astro Boy Essays may be the first book in English devoted entirely to Tezuka, but it focuses on only a fragment of his work— a very important fragment, to be sure, but still only a fragment.
Schodt also reminds the readers that Tezuka was not working in a vacuum, and that an animation industry existed in Japan long before he set up his studio, Mushi Production, to adapt Tetsuwan Atomu into an animated TV series in The final chapter of the book deals with Tezuka and his iconic hero in the years following the bankruptcy of Mushi productions.
Schodt is a scholar of Japanese culture, known mostly for his work on manga Japanese comicsas both a translator and as a researcher of the subject.
Raz is an avid student of animation, and has written and lectured on the subject. Other scholars — notably Fred Patten in his essays anthology Watching Anime, Reading Mangaalso discussed Tezuka; but The Astro Boy Essays is the first book in English devoted entirely to Tezuka and his work, albeit from a very narrow focus.
Again, there is a discussion of the artistic influences on Tezuka from other animators, in particular Disney and Fleischer, along with the revelation that Tezuka actually considered a career in animation long before he turned to comics, and in fact created a second animated short as kid.
For those chiefly concerned with the animated incarnation, however, things start getting interesting around chapter 4, which describes how Atomu made the transition from comics to TV animation, eventually revolutionizing the Japanese animation industry.The Astro Boy Essays is more of an introductory text, an initial analysis of Tezuka’s work rather than an attempt for a thorough look at his entire career.
And as such, Schodt presents it in his usual fascinating, though-provoking manner. The Astro Boy Essays details many aspects of Osamu Tezuka's personal life, and the surroundings that led to the robot's creation.
Yes, it's a history lesson, but Tezuka is a fascinating person to learn about.4/5. The Astro Boy essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the manga/anime revolution User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict Little robot hero Tetsuwan Atomu ("Mighty Atom"), called Astro Boy in the United States, is the best-known creation of revered manga master Tezuka ()/5(2).
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The pioneering genius of Japan's "God of Comics," Osamu Tezuka () 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 Astro Boy Essays The pioneering genius of Japan’s “God of Comics,” Osamu Tezuka (–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.Download