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About Osamu Tezuka

Osamu TEZUKA

-Manga Artist & Animator-

Osamu Tezuka, born on Nov. 3, 1928, made his debut in 1946 with his four-frame cartoon in the newspaper for kids.
In 1947, he released his first Story Manga titled "New Treasure Island".
Tezuka contributed to open the door to a new era of Manga and kept working as a leading figure in the postwar era.
Tezuka's works brought a great impact on younger cartoonists.

Tezuka also made a great achievement in the field of animation.
He established Mushi Production in 1962 and started broadcasting the first Japanese 30 min.
TV animation series, “Astro Boy” in 1963. In 1989, Tezuka ended his life at the age of sixty.
However, he drew about 150,000 sheets of manuscript, completed about 700 titles,
and created more than 1000 characters in his life.
He also produced about 60 animation works.



Greetings

Tezuka Productions President Takayuki Matsutani

Thank you for your interest in Osamu Tezuka and his works.


Osamu Tezuka, who died on February 9, 1988, at an early age of sixty, always cared about children who would be responsible for the next generation, and called them “Future People”. He wrote manga and made animations desperately to convey children the preciousness of peace, the misery of war and the importance of life.


On the other hand, he was a man who cared about quality of his works. It was back in the 70’s. One publisher offered Tezuka to publish his work in the form of paperbacks. He first declined the offer since he was particular about the paper size. He said, “My works are designed only for B5 sized weekly magazines, not for any other size.”

Considering printing technologies then, he probably thought his fine hairlines would blur or frame layouts would lose effectiveness in smaller sized books. He, however, finally accepted the offer reluctantly only for his adult manga works drawn with simple lines, asked again and again from the publisher for years.


Today most of his works are available in the form of paperbacks printed beautifully just as the original manuscripts as well as in the form of e-books. There were no personal computers or smart phones in his days, and I wonder what methods he would come up with if he were here now. Indeed, it is quite exciting to imagine what great works he would create with today’s advanced technologies.


We believe we should take advantage of a variety of media surrounding us as well as convey the attraction of conventional media such as TV and paper books to the next generation though they are now on the wane, and consider what we can give to “Future People”.


We, Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd, will strive to provide opportunities so that many people can read, watch and encounter Tezuka’s works. Our goal is to convey the messages Tezuka continued to deliver through his career, which is “the importance of life”.


Takayuki Matsutani
President



Corporate outline

Corporate name Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.
Founded January 23, 1968
Capital 20,000,000 yen
President Takayuki Matsutani
Director Makoto Tezuka
Director Rumiko Tezuka
Director Yoshihiro Shimizu


1928 Osamu Tezuka is born as the eldest son of Yutaka and Fumiko Tezuka in Toyonaka city, Osaka on November 3.
1946 Diary of Ma-chan, his debut work, is serialized in Shokokumin Newspaper Kansai Edition (the predecessor of The Mainichi School Children’s Newspaper).
1951 Captain ATOM is serialized in the magazine, Shonen. Atom (Astro boy) as a supporting character in the work later becomes the main character in Astro Boy, the popular manga series starting from 1952.
1961 Osamu Tezuka receives a doctorate in medicine.
Osamu Tezuka Production of Animation is established, which is formally established as Mushi Productions in the following year.
1963 Astro Boy, the first Japanese animated TV series, starts on Fuji Television Network, recording high audience ratings.
Astro Boy is broadcast on NBC, the American national television network.
Osamu Tezuka wins the National Arts Festival Encouragement Award, the Ofuji Noburo Award at the Mainichi Film Contest, and the Blue Ribbon Educational and Cultural Film Award for Tales of the Street Corner.
1966 Wins the Special Award of the TV Reporters Society Award for Jungle Emperor Leo. Mushi Pro Shoji is founded. “COM” magazine is launched and starts serializing The Phoenix.
1968 Tezuka Productions Co Ltd. is established.
1972 TV animation series, Marvelous Melmo is broadcast on Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS).
1977 Osamu Tezuka wins the Kodansha Manga Award for The Three-eyed One and Black Jack.
The Complete Manga Works of Tezuka is published from Kodansha.
1980 TV animation series, Astro Boy (remake version, color), is broadcast on Nippon Television Network (NTV).
1989 Osamu Tezuka died on February 9 due to stomach cancer.
TV animation series, Blue Blink and Jungle Emperor Leo were broadcast on NHK and TV Tokyo respectively.
1990 The Ministry of Education Award of the Japan Manga Association Award is given to Osamu Tezuka.
The Osamu Tezuka Exhibition is held at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
TV animation series, Three-eyed One is broadcast on TV Tokyo.
1993 Black Jack OVA series Episode 1 – 3 is released.
1994 The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, run by Takarazuka City, is opened.
1995 Black Jack OVA series, Episode 4-5 is released.
1996 Black Jack OVA series, Episode 6 is released.
The animated feature film, Black Jack is released nationwide.
1997 The animated feature film, Jungle Emperor Leo is released nationwide.
1998 The anniversary projects are held commemorating the 70th anniversary of Osamu Tezuka and the 30th anniversary of Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.
2003 TV animation series, Astro Boy (new version) is broadcasted on Fuji Television Network.
Astro Boy is appointed to Special Envoy for the future by Shinjuku ward, Tokyo.
2004 TV animation series, Phoenix is broadcast on NHK.
2005 TV animation series, Black Jack is broadcast on Nippon Television Network (NTV).
2006 TV animation series, Black Jack 21 is broadcast on Nippon Television Network (NTV).
The exhibition, Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga is held at National Gallery of Melbourne, Australia.
2008 The exhibition, The 80th Anniversary of TEZUKA OSAMU – Message to the Future is held at Edo-Tokyo Museum.
2009 The animated feature film Astro Boy is released worldwide.
TV animation special, Jungle Emperor –The Brave Changes The Future- is broadcast on Fuji Television Network, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Fuji Television and the 80th anniversary of Osamu Tezuka.
2013 The exhibition, Osamu Tezuka x Shotaro Ishinomori – the Power of Manga – is held at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.
2018 The anniversary projects starts commemorating the 90th anniversary of Osamu Tezuka.


Organization Chart

President Licensing Division The 1st Business Department (promotion, merchandizing, etc.)
         
      The 2nd Business Department (films, events, distribution, shop licensing, etc.)
         
      The 3rd Business Department (Internet, mobile, etc.)
         
      Creative Department (planning, design, etc.)
         
         
  Publishing Division Publishing Department (publishing, publishing development, etc.)
         
      Archives Department
         
         
  Production Division (film production) Production Department
         
      Directing Department
         
      Drawing Department
         
  Systems Department    
         
         
  Accounting Department    
         
         
  General Affairs Department    
         
         
         
  Takarazuka Office    
         
         
Affiliate Company Beijing Xiele Art Co., Ltd.(China)    
         


Facilities

Headquarters

Tezuka Productions Headquarters Most of our licensing businesses are operated in this main office, facilitated with a screening room, meeting rooms and a showroom.

4-32-11, Takadanobaba, Shinjuku, Tokyo 169-8575
Tel: +81-3-3371-6411

- No admittance except on business.
- There is no store selleing Tezuka character products in the headquaters.

Visit the store below for Tezuka character products:

TOKYO ATOM
4-14-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo (on the 2nd floor, UDX buliding)
URL:http://udx-akibasquare.jp/index.php?pg=access

TEZUKA OSAMU SHOTEN
1-6-4 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo (on the 3rd floor, Marunouchi oazo)
URL:http://www.marunouchi.com/page/access/access_oazo.html

Studio

Tezuka Productions Studio Our animation works are produced in this studio located in Niza, Saitama. The late Tezuka’s workroom remains preserved, and his hand-written manga manuscripts as well as various animation-related materials are stored there.

4-4-14, Nobidome, Niiza City, Saitama 352-0011
Tel: +81-48-481-7771

Takarazuka Office

The office mainly provides services to The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum. It also operates various events related to Tezuka in the Kansai area of Japan.

The 1st Kimuraya Building 2 fl., 4-10, Mukogawa-cho, Takarazuka, Hyogo 665-0844
Tel: +81-797-83-1780

Affiliate/Facility

Beijing Studio
Beijing Xiele Art Co., Ltd.
Tezuka Lodge
Tezuka Lodge

Osamu Tezuka Official Site(EN)

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