Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy, Black Jack, and Princess Knight Get International Merchandise Release

13.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / Uncategorized

Amazon is now listing a new collection of merchandise based on Osamu Tezuka’s manga series Astro BoyPrincess Knight, and Black Jack in Japan, the US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy.

The items released at the end of April as part of the “Merch by Amazon” service. This Amazon-exclusive collection was first released in Japan, and with its surging popularity from fans, it’s now available to order in the US and Europe.

 

(C)Tezuka Productions

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    The key graphic art for the project was influenced by street culture and was provided by Victor Kaito, who is largely active in Paris, France.

     

    PROJECT [ATOM 2003-2023] aims to collaborate with a number of companies and products and will continue celebrating Astro Boy through the next year and beyond. Looking towards the next 20 years, what will Tezuka Productions create next? Fans of this piece of Japanese pop culture history won’t want to miss out on what the project does next, so keep checking back here for more information. 

     

    Comment from Kaito

    “Anime and manga are representative of Japanese pop culture, and they are both incredibly popular with French youth as well. I’ve been reading Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy since I was a small child, and the character, who was born in 2003, is turning 20. I feel like the world depicted in the Astro Boy series has become a reality. Looking back over the last two decades and looking 20 years into the future, how will science and technology be used to help the environment? How will it make life better for people? I tried to think like Astro Boy when I pondered these questions, and that’s how my art came to be.” 

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    840 colorful original Tezuka works are available, with the original texture of these creations kept intact. Osamu Tezuka left behind a massive number of manuscripts, with 95% of them being in black and white. Many of these images are very rare and have never been included in any books or magazines. How would you like to own one of these one-of-a-kind tokens?

     

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  • Exclusive Collection Releases in Collaboration with Japanese Manga Legend Osamu Tezuka

    25.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / SPOT

    HIRUME, a company in Japan that provides creative idea using Japanese traditional techniques and material, has launched an exclusive collection in collaboration with Osamu Tezuka, a Japanese manga legend, from March 24 to April 13 at HIRUME Hankyu Umeda in Osaka.

    Silk Scarf “Phoenix” | ¥42,000 (tax not included)

    Modal Cashmere Scarf | ¥52,000 (tax not included)

    3 set of Mamezara small plates | ¥3,800 (tax not included) / single Mamezara ¥1,500 (tax not included)

    2 set of Mamezara small plates | ¥2,800 (tax not included) / single Mamezara ¥1,500 (tax not included)

     

    Osamu Tezuka changed the concept of Japanese manga and established the ways to express manga with stories that led it into the realm of art. Tezuka’s characters continue influencing all genres, including literature and movies from generations to generations. His eternal theme of life and its preciousness was pierced in all his works which continue sending powerful messages.

     

    The collection has inspired by Tezuka’s manga series Phoenix, his life work that he continued to work passionately until his late years, and Black Jack, which is still popular overwhelmingly among the doctors. The silk scarf embellishes prints of Black Jack. Mamezara the small plates come with 2 designs of Phoenix and Black Jacks gorgeously.

     

    The collection with Osamu Tezuka’s manga that you can enjoy in your daily life is unmissable.

     

  • Osamu Tezuka’s ‘Phoenix’ Original Anime Production and Projection Mapping Showcased at Dogo Onsen

    17.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Dogo Onsen, a hot spring located in the city of Matsuyama in Ehime Prefecture, is currently undergoing maintenance work but is still open for business, with customers enjoying their dip in the onsen as usual. While this work is being carried out, the facility has launched the Dogo REBORN Project. As part of the project, Dogo Onsen is collaborating with Osamu Tezuka’s manga series Phoenix which includes the creation of an original anime by Tezuka Production along with a projection mapping show in the evenings.

    The first episode of the original anime production was posted in May 2019 and the second in February of this year. Earlier this month, on October 1, subtitles in English, Korean, and Traditional/Simplified Chinese were posted on both episodes. The third episode will be shown at Dogo Onsen.

    Dogo Onsen launched the “Dogo Reborn 2020 Campaign” on August 7 as a way to show gratitude to frontline medical workers, which included putting up a special art piece called Blue Phoenix along with over pieces of wall art with messages on them.

     

    The Dogo REBORN Project has much more planned going into the future.

     

    ©手塚プロダクション/松山市 2020
    ©TEZUKA PRODUCTIONS

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