Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu

Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu

Osamu Tezuka / Jun 04, 2020

Buddha Vol Kapilavastu Osamu Tezuka s vaunted storytelling genius consummate skill at visual expression and warm humanity blossom fully in his eight volume epic of Siddhartha s life and times Tezuka evidences his profound

  • Title: Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu
  • Author: Osamu Tezuka
  • ISBN: 9781932234565
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Paperback
  • Osamu Tezuka s vaunted storytelling genius, consummate skill at visual expression, and warm humanity blossom fully in his eight volume epic of Siddhartha s life and times Tezuka evidences his profound grasp of the subject by contextualizing the Buddha s ideas the emphasis is on movement, action, emotion, and conflict as the prince Siddhartha runs away from home, travelsOsamu Tezuka s vaunted storytelling genius, consummate skill at visual expression, and warm humanity blossom fully in his eight volume epic of Siddhartha s life and times Tezuka evidences his profound grasp of the subject by contextualizing the Buddha s ideas the emphasis is on movement, action, emotion, and conflict as the prince Siddhartha runs away from home, travels across India, and questions Hindu practices such as ascetic self mutilation and caste oppression Rather than recommend resignation and impassivity, Tezuka s Buddha predicates enlightenment upon recognizing the interconnectedness of life, having compassion for the suffering, and ordering one s life sensibly Philosophical segments are threaded into interpersonal situations with ground breaking visual dynamism by an artist who makes sure never to lose his readers attention.Tezuka himself was a humanist rather than a Buddhist, and his magnum opus is not an attempt at propaganda Hermann Hesse s novel or Bertolucci s film is comparable in this regard in fact, Tezuka s approach is slightly irreverent in that it incorporates something that Western commentators often eschew, namely, humor.

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      • Osamu Tezuka

        From Dr Osamu Tezuka was a Japanese manga artist, animator, producer and medical doctor, although he never practiced medicine Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion He is often credited as the Father of Anime , and is often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, who served as a major inspiration during his formative years His prolific output, pioneering techniques, and innovative redefinitions of genres earned him such titles as the father of manga and the God of Manga.


    1. At 3013 pages, Osamu Tezuka's Buddha was something of an investment in time. I received the last two hardcover volumes of the collection (vol. 7 and 8) for my birthday at the end of July and began reading from start to finish in mid-August. It's true that one could possibly read the entire collection - and a handsome collection it is - in a day (at perhaps two hours per volume), but I didn't feel compelled to rush things.In Buddha, Tezuka presents a curious blend of themes and styles. This proje [...]

    2. Few months before, I read Sidhartha to know more about Buddha and eastern philosophy. That book gave me cancer. This is my first course towards recovery.Manga felt a bit childish at first, on a wtf level, like Dragonball with a messiah complex. Even locusts from Leviticus made an appearence. Well, once I made peace with the weirdness and explicitness, this Eisner award winning comic soon became an adorable run. This is a variegated and unique interpretation against the historical one we are fami [...]

    3. I admit I’m not the most enlightened (rim shot - thank you!) guy when it comes to Buddhism, or religion in general for that matter, in knowing its origins, tenets, and so on. But I do have a rudimentary understanding of Buddhism and the Buddha having read Hermann Hesse’s “Siddhartha” a few years ago, and because of osmosis through pop culture. Buddhists believe all life is sacred, something about existence being suffering, and reincarnation, with the Buddha as an enlightened chap who fig [...]

    4. I originally collected and read this series as it's hardcover volumes were releases in the United States, a half dozen years ago. But, having recently watched PBS's documentary about the life of Buddha, and having read several other books by Tezuka since then, I figured it was time to revisit the series. In all honesty, while the series is essentially about the life of Buddha, it's a very hard series to encapsulate. To start, it's worth pointing out that Buddha isn't even born until about 2/3rds [...]

    5. I tried but I couldn't like this manga. The storytelling feels flat for me. There are some recurring (POV? fictional?) characters in this manga, but I don't feel they give additional value for the story, and some of their plots are inconclusive.

    6. I read this book several years ago, I confess, not a whit out if any interest in Manga. I'd read a scant few "manga" at the time & was thinking: why do all these books seem suspiciously similar to each other down to how the characters were drawn, their roles and (most) surprising, even most of the plot lines! However, my first foray into the Manga of Tezuka was I can only compare to being introduced to some of the animated films of Miyazaki or even some of the works of the great Japanese fil [...]

    7. Not a historically accurate or religiously orthodox retelling of the life and times of the Buddha. Rather, this is Osamu Tezuka throwing every idea in his gigantic brain onto the page. There's epic fantasy, philosophical musings, slapstick comedy, weird meta jokes, political commentary, action, and romance. Definitely not for everyone, but I loved it.

    8. So, you walk into a bookstore and you see shelf after shelf of manga, different categories, crazy volume after volume of individual titles and you go: nah, don't know where to start, too cartoony, don't get it, too much of an investment, what's the best way to go for an adult just wanting to sample some of the best stuff? That was me, 3-4 years ago, and since I was teaching a graphic novels class, I asked the young manga experts to suggest the best manga series they knew and so I read 1-2 of the [...]

    9. Lots of fun. This is perhaps a good introduction both to buddhist ideas as well as manga for those who aren't quite prepared to read from the right to the left. Also, you will find yourself wanting to read quickly, as it is manga. You may not want to look for historical accuracy in this, but Buddhism has a lot of background texts and myth (itself an incredible understatement), and this may stoke the curious budding Buddhist to explore further.You will find yourself wanting to finish the series, [...]

    10. Possibly the best of Tezuka's many many many works. Oddly enough I learned a ton about Buddha and Buddhism via this manga. The first volume is the slowest if you ask me because it's the only one where the title character isn't the main character until the end. This volume is important though because it about the caste system. The rest of the series only gets better. With that aside, the art in this and all Tezuka's works is breathtaking. I should note that Tezuka is mostly known for Astro Boy, b [...]

    11. First published at: meexia/bookie/2016/05/Buddha is an 8-volume manga by Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka is best known as the creator of Astro Boy, which I never watched or read, but I knew Tezuka has also produced some more grownup manga, like Buddha. This is my first time reading his work, as I noticed the big volumes readily available at the Westminster libraries.As titled, Buddha tells the story of Siddharta Gautama, on whose teaching Buddhism was founded. I have only a rough idea of Siddharta: how he [...]

    12. There are a lot of reasons why Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha: Volume I Kapilavastu is wrong. This is a version of the story of the Budda that includes humor, nudity, great violence, meat eating, and anachronisms and not very much Buddha. For all its faults I am taken in. I want to know more about such of these characters who survive the volume and how the story will bring us back to the foundation of Buddhism. The nudity is not for erotic purposes and make a claim for historic accuracy. The violence i [...]

    13. This book marks the beginning of a story that will span all of Siddharta's life yet Siddharta plays little to no part in this book. Instead we have the story of Tatta and Chapra and the suffering of all living things.Beginning off with a fable about the bear, fox, and the rabbit, we are off into a world of suffering where humans are given castes at their birth. The shudra, kshatriya, vaishyas, and the brahmin. No one is allowed to exceed their order and at the top the brahmin reside as the most [...]

    14. I'm giving this a 3 star rating for now and while it may seem harsh, here are my reasonings:* Osuma uses humor rather childishly in the book, which more often than not, is corny and completely misses the point, such as references to New York when likening a city in the story. I don't see the point of such comedy or odd analogies, and how it contributes to the overall style and story (if it does at all). While unique, I personally find that it detracts from the central message the joke was trying [...]

    15. One of the most interesting stories from the earth's historical traditions presented in the most entertaining way possible if you ever wanted to know what really went on around the time the Buddhawell became the Buddhaad this. But let me warn you, also, that even though each book in the series is independently an entertaining read, each one is not enough of a story or I should say of 'the' story I sort of see each book as a chapter (I'm on the third one) and only when I'm through with the 8th wi [...]

    16. The Buddha is the first in the series - a mammoth work set in its own universe spanning eight volumes, multiple characters and pages and pages of cleverly drawn graphics. What makes the story so interesting is how it interweaves the lives of several characters, dedicating a fair amount of space to each one of them - from the pariah Chapra to the novice monk Naradatta their stories are all dealt with importance. What is more, they're equally fascinating. One is as intrigued by the soul transfer a [...]

    17. It feels like it's from the eighties, and when the weird meta-comicky jokes start in like the last quarter, it feels unfocused instead of inventive. Still though, everything else totally works, dude was a comic book master genius, lots of things *do* feel inventive and exciting, and the little peanut who runs around naked and peeing on everybody- because of empathy with animals?- is my favorite comic book character in a long time. Isla is totally right and now I totally want to read the rest of [...]

    18. Die US-Paperback-Ausgabe von Vertical kostet nur halb so viel wie gebundene Ausgabe von Carlsen Comics. Da muss ich nicht wirklich nachdenken. — Die japanische Originalversion wurde gespiegelt und wird also westlich von links nach rechts geblättert & gelesen.Meine erste Tezuka-Lektüre und ich verstehe, warum er als Großmeister gilt. Scheinbar mühelos gelingt ihm, Abenteuer, Geblödel, Tragik, Märchenhaftes & brutale Realität miteinander zu vermengen, um in diesem ersten Band (von [...]

    19. I'm very fortunate to live up the street from a most awesome bookstore, Copacetic Comics, which carries a very well-curated selection of graphic novels, comics, small-press/indie books, and other assorted words of interest.I had gone into the store looking for Charles Burns' Black Hole (for the very eclectic book club I'm a member of) and as it was a quiet, summer afternoon, started chatting with the owner. Being a bit unschooled in graphic novels beyond the big-guns like Sandman, Persepolis, an [...]

    20. Mahabharata dan Ramayana mengesankan keteraturan. Para brahmana yang bijaksana dan para satria yang gagah perkasa yang bertindak sesuai dharma masing-masing. Kita bisa menangkap kesan harmoni dan keselarasan dari sistem yang berlaku saat itu. Misalnya saja, waktu perang Bharatayudha terjadi, kedua belah pihak menyepakati dulu bahwa perang harus berlangsung di padang Kurusetra.Sayangnya sebuah sistem bisa menjadi korup, seperti halnya yang terjadi di India pada saat lahirnya pangertan Siddharta G [...]

    21. This story is around the arc of the birth of Siddartha. There’s no main character (maybe Tatta, but the story is not told only on his perspective), and each chapter is told on parallel or on another point of view on different set of characters, a similar style that he use on Adolf. Tezuka takes some liberties, like appear in the story or making modern jokes, even one character on a rage brakes the vignettes. This helps lifting a lightly the serious veil, but not affecting the story or losing t [...]

    22. Tezuka's liberal adaptation of the Buddha story is both riveting and kitschy in its use of 80s lingo and Manga humor and silliness. In the end, Tezuka's ability to tell a fast-paced, well-oiled tale outshines all these cartoonish trappings.Notes:The mix of Manga humor and action with the gravitas of a spiritual text is discriminating and quite original. Tatta's use of 80s lingo takes away from the any of the period believability in the story. Chapra and Tatta's stories are heartbreaking but lose [...]

    23. Not really knowing anything about Buddha or Buddhism, this graphic novel was a great way for me to learn a bit about this very famous historical figure. Though I'm not a fan of the manga-style drawings, I believe that it was a valid choice to lighten up a story so filled with details and "mythological" events that supposedly let to formation of its main character.This first book (I believe there are six or seven more) introduces us to two interesting characters: Chapra the slave and Tatta the pa [...]

    24. Written by the late great Osamu Tezuka Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastuis a great start to a great series. Interestingly enough, Buddha (at this point known as Siddharta) is barely in the story, appearing as a newborn baby. The actual main characters of this book is the pariah Tatta, the brahmin Naradatta, the slave Chapra, and his mother who I don't think we ever learn the name of. The story focuses on their journey. Mostly Chapra's goal to rise up from his slave caste even though it is forbidden. T [...]

    25. Overall, I really enjoyed this first volume and would actually love to read the remaining seven volumes as some point. That point may not be right away, but at some point. This first volume follows three main characters: Tatta (a boy with special powers), Narradatta (a monk), and Chapra (a slave who wants to be a noble). Also, the groundwork is laid for the birth of Buddha, which does occur in this book.The illustrations are classic Tezuka and work very well despite the serious subject matter as [...]

    26. Buddha is the greatest man ever lived. His lessons and principles are followed by millions. This book is a marvelous attempt of Osamu tezuka to retell the story before Buddha's birth. And this book is a Manga, but that doesn't make it a failure to emotionally crippling you. It is enlightening to say the least. As our dear Moss once said 'Every value I've ever held is being questioned, and I'm loving it.'In this era of selfishness and greed life lessons of Buddha is a blessing and to be able to i [...]

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