Osamu Tezuka - All about the God of Manga


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Do you know the person responsible for the popularization of Japanese manga and anime? In this article we will talk about the God and Father of Manga, the famous Osamu Tezuka the famous creator of Astro Boy and countless classic works.

The history of Manga

Manga came into being in the early 20th century, and over the years, it has become worldwide known and indispensable to Japanese society. Its success can be attributed to its characteristics as particular as the great diversity of genres, the strong presence of the cinematographic language and the cartoon style.

Many of the Brazilian manga fans have become admirers of the creators of their favorite comics and anime, but have never heard of one of the great pioneers in the industry, responsible for the great successful manga.

It is not difficult to find, for example, otakus that refer to Akira Toriyama - creator of Dragon Ball - as “master”, having no idea that Toriyama, like many other mangaka, have as their main inspiration works of another great master, who implemented the manga's most striking features: Osamu Tezuka.

Osamu tezuka - o deus do mangá

Osamu Tezuka's success story

Osamu Tezuka born in the city of Osaka in 1926, he started his career creating comic strips for newspapers and has even worked with Walt Disney. Since his adolescence he drew for his classmates.

Unfortunately because of Second World War, Osamu Tezuka was attracted to graduating in medicine to help friends and the population who were suffering during the war, which resulted in poverty and hunger.

After the devastation caused by the Second World War, the Japanese population was completely desolate. It was then that Osamu Tezuka, thought that a good way to bring happiness to the Japanese (especially children), would be through comic and optimistic comics.

Osamu tezuka - o deus do mangá

Osamu Tezuka has had a very extensive career that we will see in detail. He was even in Brazil around 1984 teaching manga classes, opening an exhibition of his work and even helping directors of ABRADEMI.

Unfortunately he left us early, dying of cancer in 1989 at the age of 60, but his works will never fail to amuse and inspire future artists. Now let's talk about exactly those works that shaped history.

Osamu Tezuka's achievements

His first successful work was launched in 1946, with the name of: Shin Takarajima (The New Treasure Island) - a comic book that mixed elements of cinematographic language with comics.

Soon afterwards he made another success among young people called Jungle Taitei (Kimba, the White lion) in the year 1950. In addition to mangas, Osamu Tezuka in his career wrote some books and other works that many do not know.

Osamu tezuka - o deus do mangá

Tezuka created and designed numerous sleeves, among them Tetsuwan Atom (Astro Boy), which was very successful and was the first manga in history to receive a television adaptation as an Anime.

Another successful work is Ribon no Kishi (The Princess and the Knight), considered the precursor of shoujo sleeves. This work also yielded a classic 52-episode anime that was quite successful.

Astro Boy was also the first work to receive English dubbing to be shown to Americans. Tezuka had no gender limitations, in addition to fantasy stories he even wrote about Buddhism, Nazism and adult tales.

Osamu Tezuka did not invent manga, but he who popularized this phenomenon in Japan unprecedented. Osamu Tezuka is believed to have written nearly 700 stories for a total of 150,000 pages.

Osamu Tezuka's influence

It was Osamu Tezuka who introduced the big eyes to the sleeves, inspired by the work of Walt Disney and the actresses of the Takarazuka theater, whose eyes shone in the spotlight.

Tezuka's great passion for the seventh art was also present in his works. The artist introduced the cinematographic language to mangas, using various types of frames and decomposing movement in the pictures.

Osamu tezuka - o deus do mangá

Inspired by Hollywood scripts, he also created stories with striking clashes between heroes and villains and great drama, something that did not exist in Japanese comics until then.

Tezuka was also dedicated to spreading and popularizing Japanese comics around the world. He even befriended Moebius and Brazilian cartoonist Maurício de Sousa.

Due to his contributions to the medium, Tezuka received the nickname of Manga in Kamisama (God of Manga).

There is a museum in the Japan to remember its history. Not to mention that even today his classic works have been adapted for TV as in the case of Astro Boy and Black Jack.


If you want to appreciate the works of Osamu Tezuka that were released in Brazil, we will leave a list below if you want to go deeper into the history of the God of Mangas.

Videos about Osamu Tezuka

We will also see some videos talking a little about Osamu Tezuka:

List of Animes made by Osamu Tezuka

Name fo MovieYearType
A Thousand and One Nights1969Movie
Adachi-Ga Hara1991Movie
Adventures of the Monkey King1966Pilot Movie
Amazing 3, The1965TV
Ambassador Magma1993OAV Series
Arabian Nights: Sinbad the Sailor1962Movie
Astro Boy1963TV
Astro Boy1980TV
Astro Boy2003TV
Astro Boy: The Brave in Space1964Movie
Atom: The Beginning2017TV
Bagi, the Monster of Mighty Nature1984Special TV
Big X1964TV
Black Jack1993OAV Series
Black Jack2004TV
Black Jack 212006TV
Black Jack: The 4 Miracles of Life2003TV Miniseries
Black Jack: The Movie1996Movie
Black Jack: The Two Doctors of Darkness2005Movie
Blue Blink1989TV
Blue Triton1971Pilot Movie
Brave Fire S091987Pilot Movie
Bremen 4: Angels in Hell1981Special TV
Broken Down Movie1985Experimental Film
Cigarettes and Ashes1965Experimental Film
Doggie March1963Movie
Don Dracula1982TV
Dororo1968Pilot Movie
Drop1965Experimental Film
Essays on Insects1995OAV
Fantastic Adventure of Unico 1, The1981Movie
Fantastic Adventure of Unico 2, The1983Movie
Flying Ben1967Pilot Movie
Fumoon1980Special TV
Galaxy Boy Troop1963TV
Galaxy Investigation 2100: Border Planet1986Special TV
Genesis1968Experimental Film
Goku's Great Adventures1967TV
Green Cat, The1983OAV
Gum Gum Punch1968Pilot Movie
Jetter Mars1977TV
Journey to the West, The1960Movie
Jumping1984Experimental Film
Jungle Emperor1965TV
Jungle Emperor1989TV
Jungle Emperor1997Movie
Jungle Emperor: Onward Leo!1966Movie
Kanashimi at the Belladonna1973Movie
Kindly Lion, The1970Movie
Legend of the Forest: Part-1, The1987Experimental Film
Lunn Flies into the Wind1985OAV
Male1962Experimental Film
Marvelous Melmo1971TV
Memory1964Experimental Film
Mermaid1964Experimental Film
Microid S1973TV
Misuke in Southn1971PR Movie
Misuke in the Land of Ice1970PR Movie
Muramasa1987Experimental Film
New Jungle Emperor, Go ahead Leo!1966TV
New Treasure Island1965Special TV
Norman1968Pilot Movie
Okazaki City in 70 Years1987PR Movie
Era uma vez1970PR Movie
One Million-year Trip: Bander Book1978Special TV
Phoenix -Space-, The1987OAV
Phoenix 2772, The: Space Firebird1980Movie
Phoenix, The: Chapter of Yamato1987OAV
Pictures at an Exhibition1966Experimental Film
Princess Knight1966Pilot Movie
Princess Knight1967TV
Push1987Experimental Film
Rain Boy1989OAV
Self-portrait1988Experimental Film
Space Journey: The First Dream of Wonder-Kun1969Special TV
Symphonic Poem: Jungle Emperor Leo1991OAV
Tales of a Street Corner1962Experimental Film
Tezuka Osamu Story: I am Son-goku1989Special TV
Tezuka's Ancestor, Dr. Ryoan2000TV
The Movie is Alive1990Movie
The Phoenix: Chapter of Dawn1978Movie
The Phoenix: Chapter of Ho-Ou1986OAV
Three-Eyed One, the1990TV
Three-eyed One, The: Prince in the Devil Island1985Special TV
Till a City Beneath the Sea Is Built1969Special TV
Time Slip of 10,000 Years, A: Prime Rose1983Special TV
Triton of the Sea1972TV
Triton of the Sea1979Movie
Undersea Super Train: Marine Express1979Special TV
Unico Especial Chapter: Saving our Fragile Earth2001Tezuka, Osamu World Movie
Unique: Short Story1979Pilot Movie
Vampire, The1969TV
World Famous Stories for Children: Thumb Princess1978Movie
Yamataro Comes Back1986OAV
Young Black Jack2015TV
Zero-Man1968Pilot Movie


To finish the article we will leave a list of Mangas and Books made by Osamu Tezuka. It is an extensive list, but so you can know which work was actually written by the God of Mangas. I hope you enjoyed the article, if you liked it share and leave your comments.

  • 21st Century Adventure
  • A Tree in the Sun
  • Adventure Broadcasting Station
  • Adventure of Rock, The - 1952
  • Adventures of Rubi, The
  • Age of Adventure - 1951
  • Age of Great Floods
  • Akebono-san - 1959
  • Alabaster - 1970
  • Amazing 3, The - 1965
  • Ambassador Magma - 1965
  • Angel Gunfighter - 1949
  • Angel's Hill - 1960
  • Ant and the Giant, The
  • Apollo's Song - 1970
  • Apple with Watch Mechanism
  • Astro Boy - 1952
  • Astro Boy Chronicles
  • Astro Boy Special
  • Atom Cat
  • Ayako - 1972
  • Bagi, the Boss of the Earth - 1975
  • Bambi - 1951
  • Barbara - 1973
  • Benkei
  • Big X - 1963
  • Biiko-chan - 1957
  • Birdman Anthology - 1971
  • Black Jack - 1973
  • Bomb! - 1970
  • Book of Human Insects, The - 1970
  • Boy Detective Zumbera - 1975
  • Brave Dan - 1962
  • Buddha - 1972
  • Burunga I
  • Captain Atom - 1952
  • Captain Ken - 1960
  • Captain Ozma - 1961
  • Castle of Dawn, The
  • Cave In - 1969
  • Chief Detective Kenichi - 1954
  • Clockwork Apple, The
  • Crater, The
  • Crime and Punishment - 1953
  • Curtain is Still Blue Tonight, The - 1958
  • Detective Boy, Rock Holmes - 1949
  • Devil Garon, The - 1959
  • Devil of the Earth, The - 1954
  • Diary of Ma-chan - 1946
  • Don Dracula - 1979
  • Dororo - 1967
  • Dotsuitare - 1979
  • Dove, Fly Up to Heaven
  • Dr. Doronko
  • Dr. Mars - 1947
  • Dr. Thrill - 1959
  • Duke Goblin - 1985
  • Dust 8 - 1972
  • Damas
  • Earth War, The
  • Elephant's Kindness
  • Elephant's Sneeze
  • Essay on Idleness of Animals - 1973
  • Euphrates Tree, The
  • Fairy of Storms, The
  • Farewell, Night
  • Faust - 1950
  • Film Lives On, The - 1958
  • Fine Romance
  • Fire Mountain
  • Fire of Tutelary God
  • Fire Valley
  • Fisher
  • Flower & Barbarian
  • Flying Ben
  • Fossil Island - 1951
  • Fossil Man
  • Fountain of Crane
  • Four Card
  • Four Fencers of the Forest, The
  • Fuku-chan in 21st Century
  • Fusuke
  • Futureman Kaos
  • Gachaboi's Record of One Generation - 1970
  • Game
  • Garbage War
  • Gary bar pollution record
  • General Onimaru
  • Ghost
  • Ghost in jet base
  • Ghost Jungle
  • Ghost story at 1p.m.
  • Gikko-chan and Makko-chan
  • Giletta
  • Go Out!
  • God Father's son
  • Gold City
  • Gold Scale
  • Golden Bat
  • Golden Trunk, The
  • Good bye, Mali
  • Good bye, Mr. Eiichi Fukui
  • Good Morning Cusco
  • Goodbye Night
  • Goro of Hatchoike
  • Goto Matabei
  • Grand Dolls - 1968
  • Green outskirts
  • Gringo - 1987
  • Gu-chan & Paiko
  • Gum Gum Punch - 1967
  • Gut-chan
  • Hans and Hair of Money
  • Hatsuyume Family
  • Head of cheerleaders of Kanoko
  • Hello! Chippo
  • Higeoyaji, Dr. Ochanomizu
  • Himawari-san - 1956
  • Horror Tales of Yotsuya
  • How to Paint Osamu Tezuka Manga
  • Human being in the Moon World
  • Hungry Blues
  • Hurricane Z
  • Hyoroku and Gonroku
  • Hyotan Komako
  • I am a Ninja
  • I am Sarutobi!
  • IL - 1969
  • Ikki Mandara
  • Infant development of ESP
  • Infant in Womb Starts Talking
  • Inochi no Mamejishaku
  • Insect Collector - 1979
  • Instruction 7:00 AM!
  • Invitation to the Grotesque
  • Iron Road, The
  • Irregularity Fencer
  • Isolated Island in City
  • It is Difficult Though Understands
  • Jet King
  • Jetter Mars - 1977
  • Jiletta from Upside-Down
  • Jungle Emperor - 1966
  • Jungle Kingdom, The
  • Jungle Taro
  • Lay of the Rhine - 1973
  • Leo-chan
  • Lion Books - 1956
  • Little Wansa - 1971
  • Lord Iechika Mogami - 1972
  • Lost World - 1948
  • Ludwig B
  • Lunatic Japan
  • Magic House, The
  • Mako, Rumi and Chii
  • Man From Mars, A
  • Man of a Tail
  • Manga Classroom
  • Manga College
  • Manga Seminar on Biology
  • Marvelous Melmo
  • Melody of Iron
  • Men with Tails
  • Message to Adolf
  • Metamorphosis
  • Meteor Prince
  • Metropolis
  • Microid S
  • Midnight
  • Miracle Forest, The
  • Monster of the 38th Parallel, The
  • Moon and Wolves, The
  • Moony Man, The
  • Mr. Cactus
  • MW
  • Mysterious Underground Men, The
  • Neo Faust
  • New Treasure Island
  • Nextworld
  • Norman
  • Number 7
  • Ode to Kirihito
  • Old Folk's Home
  • Osamu Tezuka Essay Collection
  • Osamu Tezuka Lecture Collection
  • Osamu Tezuka Novel Collection
  • Osamu Tezuka Talk Collection
  • Osamu Tezuka's Scenario Collection
  • Osamu Tezuka's Special Manga Course
  • Paper Fortress
  • Peace Concert
  • Peacock Shell
  • Phoenix, The
  • Pinocchio
  • Pippy
  • Plains of Abusegahara, The
  • P-rn-graphic Pictures
  • Prime Rose
  • Princess Knight
  • Queen Eggplant
  • Queen Nasubi
  • Queer Arabian Nights
  • Rags & Jewels
  • Rain Boy
  • Rainbow Fortress
  • Rainbow Parakeet, The
  • Rainbow Prelude
  • Rally Up, Mankind!
  • Record of Peter Kyultan
  • Record of the Glass Castle
  • Rise of the Birdmen
  • Road to Utopian Lurue, The
  • Rock on Volcano Island
  • Roppu-kun
  • Runaway Tanker, The
  • Saboten-kun
  • Say Hello to Bookila!
  • Secret of Piron, The
  • Secrets of Osamu Tezuka's Manga
  • Sensation Z
  • Sensual Nights
  • Serenade of a Pig's Navel
  • SF Fancy Free
  • SF Mix
  • Shinsen-gumi, The
  • Short Arabesque
  • Shumari
  • Son of Godfather, The
  • Son-Goku the Monkey
  • Song of the White Peacock
  • Soyokaze-san
  • Spaceship Ringel Rock
  • Stories of Three Adolfs, The
  • Storm Fairy, The
  • Story of Tonkara Valley, The
  • Strange Boy, The
  • Super Taiheiki
  • Suspicion
  • Swallowing the Earth
  • Tales of Astro Boy
  • Tales of the Glass Castle
  • Tales of Turtle
  • Tange Sazen
  • Tezuka's Ancestor, Dr. Ryoan
  • Thief Akikazu Inoue, The
  • Three-eyed One, The
  • Thunder Mask
  • Tiger Books
  • Title Year
  • Tonkara Valley Story
  • Tree in the Sun, A
  • Triton of the Sea
  • Tuberculosis
  • Turtle Tales
  • Twenty First Century Adventure
  • Twin Knights, The
  • Under the Air
  • Vampires
  • Volcanic Eruption
  • Wansa-kun
  • White Pilot, The
  • Wonder Three
  • Wonderful Journey, The
  • X-Point on the South Pacific
  • Yaketpachi's Maria
  • Yokko-chan ga Kita Yo!
  • Zero Men