PROJECT [ATOM 2003-2023] Begins, Features Art by French Creator Victor Kaito
27.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME
AAAA Artists & Creators, a creative project aiming to connect people, has launched PROJECT [ATOM 2003-2023] under the supervision of Tezuka Productions. In Osamu Tezuka’s vision of the 21st century, Astro Boy was born in 2003. In the year 2023, the popular animated series will celebrate its 60th anniversary.
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.”
©GLOBE. VICTOR KAITO
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AMBUSH® Announces Second Astro Boy Collaboration Collection in Extremely Limited Quantities
On July 29, AMBUSH® will launch some special collaboration items inspired by the legendary series Astro Boy! These items are available in extremely limited quantities.
Astro Boy is a sci-fi hero manga set in the future starring the titular 100,000 horsepower character Astro Boy. A kindhearted robot, Astro Boy uses his strength to save people from danger, and the character’s more human-like qualities highlight the relationship between people and technology. AMBUSH® is looking to the future, using Astro Boy to highlight what they think the days ahead will bring.
Astro Boy x AMBUSH Figure(Produced by Bait Inc)
Only 50 Pieces Available
Astro Boy x AMBUSH Necklace (Produced by Bait Inc)
Only 300 Pieces Available
This collection features an all-black Astro Boy figure by Bait and a necklace perfect for daily wear. Both show the character in his iconic pose and emphasize the heart detail carved into his chest, symbolizing his humanity.
Don’t miss these exclusive items before they’re gone!
Tezuka Productions Starts First Official NFT Project “From the Fragments of Tezuka Osamu”
Tezuka Productions has officially started an auction for the company’s first NFT project starting on December 1, 2021. These will feature the beloved character Astro Boy, an intrinsic part of Japanese popular culture.
Manga is a huge part of Japanese pop culture and has impacted people and industries around the world. Osamu Tezuka laid the foundation for the medium’s popularity, and is still called “the Godfather of Manga.” He studied medicine at Osaka University in his early years but soon decided to become a manga creator, making his debut in 1946. His works had a major impact in postwar Japan, appealing to readers of all ages with easy-to-read dialogue and many themes that spoke to the people, including dignity, the destruction of nature, and the harm of war. In his lifetime, he drew over 150,000 manuscripts and worked on over 700 titles.
This new NFT project features many of Tezuka’s beloved works and will be offered in two forms: Mosaic Art NFTs and Generative Art NFTs. While Astro Boy takes center stage for now, Black Jack and Phoenix will be coming soon.
In his later years, Tezuka wrote for boys’ magazines creating beloved children’s stories. It’s hard to imagine how the author would have handled the current pandemic sweeping the globe. Certainly, he would have tried to help cheer up the children of the world, and with this in mind, Tezuka Productions will donate 20% of each NFT sold to donate to UNICEF and other organizations benefiting children in Japan.
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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From the Fragments of Tezuka Osamu（手塚治虫のかけらたちより）
CAPCOM vs. Tezuka Osamu CHARACTERS’ Exhibition Coming to Ikebukuro PARCO
Originally held as a special exhibition at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takurazuka, the CAPCOM vs. Tezuka Osamu CHARACTERS’ Exhibition is coming to the Kanto Region for the first time starting October 1. The event will be held on the 7th floor of Ikebukuro PARCO until October 18, 2021.
The collection features characters from Tezuka’s many manga works, and pits them against many popular characters from Capcom properties, including Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, and more. Seeing popular personalities from Astro Boy and Black Jack with these modern video game characters is quite a sight!
This year’s event will feature new main event illustrations, new Devil May Cry and Ace Attorney exhibits, and an updated layout.
In addition to the products previously sold in Takarazuka, new merchandise will also be available for purchase at the venue.
CAPCOM vs. Tezuka Osamu CHARACTERS’ (Dash)
Running: October 1 – October 18, 2021 (11:00-20:00)
Where: PARCO FACTORY (Ikebukuro PARCO 7F)
Official Site: https://art.parco.jp/parcomuseum/detail/
Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy, Black Jack, and Princess Knight Get International Merchandise Release
Amazon is now listing a new collection of merchandise based on Osamu Tezuka’s manga series Astro Boy, Princess 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.
Osamu Tezuka x Merch by Amazon
Released: April 22, 2021
Amazon Japan Product Page: https://www.amazon.co.jp/space_age_tezuka
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/
Amazon Italy: https://www.amazon.it/
Amazon Spain: https://www.amazon.es/
Amazon France: https://www.amazon.fr/
Amazon Germany: https://www.amazon.de/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/
Exclusive Collection Releases in Collaboration with Japanese Manga Legend Osamu Tezuka
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.
HIRUME × TEZUKA CHARACTERS
Running ：From March 24 ,2021 to April 13,2021
Address: 61 Koto Koto Stage 6F, Umeda Hnakyu, Osaka
Osamu Tezuka’s ‘Phoenix’ Original Anime Production and Projection Mapping Showcased at Dogo Onsen
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.