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Masao Yokota and Tze-yue G. Hu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038099

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038099.001.0001

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Tezuka and Takarazuka

Tezuka and Takarazuka

Intertwined Roots of Japanese Popular Culture

(p.134) (p.135) Tezuka and Takarazuka
Japanese Animation

Makiko Yamanashi

University Press of Mississippi

One of the most important artists in Japanese animation and comics, particularly manga and anime, is Tezuka Osamu (1928–1989), who has written about 700 titles of manga and produced about 70 titles of anime. Today, Tezuka is recognized not only in Japan but also throughout the rest of the world for his role in elevating the status of manga and anime and turning them into a distinctive form of “popular art.” This chapter examines his formative years, and how the Takarazuka Revue Company shaped his early creative development and inspiration. It also considers Japanese popular culture in the latter half of the twentieth century in the context of Tezuka’s relation to Takarazuka and his subsequent prolific production of manga and anime work. Moreover, the chapter looks at the Tezuka Osamu Memorial Museum, located in the cultural area of Takarazuka City.

Keywords:   manga, anime, Japanese animation, comics, Tezuka Osamu, Japan, Takarazuka Revue Company, popular culture, Memorial Museum, Takarazuka City

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