For pretty obvious reasons, I don’t think it should come as a surprise that the Osamu Tezuka Museum was one of the biggest reasons I was excited to go to Osaka, even though I literally found out about it from Ed just a few days before my trip. Found in the small but absolutely beautiful town of Takarazuka, famous for its all woman-cast theatre, Tezuka’s little museum may just be the most wonderful place on earth. Filled with replications of Tezuka’s characters, ACTUAL HAND DRAWN MANGA PAGES, all sorts of classic merchandise, and (of course) manga, The Osamu Tezuka museum has hands down been the highlight of my trip. My only disappointment was that none of our editions of his books were found in the Museum. Can we do something about this?
NOTE: This was supposed to be posted last night but then the hotel internet cut out as I was uploading the pictures. It does that a lot…
This Phoenix statue was pretty neat. My friends and I all took pictures in front of it like the tourists we were.
They had these bronze engravings for all of Tezuka’s most popular characters. Astro, Saphire, Kimba, and others were present.
Giant Animatronic Tezuka overlooking children doing animation exercises SURE WHY NOT!
The lovely Princess Sapphire.
HAND DRAWN!!! It was an honor to be in the presence of his drawings.
Even the elevators were ridiculously cool. As were the inside of the bathrooms…
And, of course, the walls were LINED with manga.
There was also a reading library and a JUNGLE EMPEROR LEO themed cafe! The Osamu Tezuka Museum received 10 out of 10 points for being the most amazing place on the planet and, by default, the best museum ever. If you’re ever in Osaka I IMPLORE YOU to check it out!
- VIA DIAMOND: Imported from Japan! One of Osamu Tezuka’s most famous characters, Black Jack is a gifted surgeon who travels the world performing dangerous medical procedures to help the less fortunate. As part of the ZCWO Premier Collection, Black Jack is brought to life as a 1/6-scale collectible figure. Black Jack features a head sculpt by Raniman, painting by Gugu Chris, costume design by ZCWORLD Tailor Team, and graphic and art design by DoubleLine. The figure boasts a custom head sculpt, 5 hand pieces, black jacket and slacks, white shirt, red tie, black vest and overcoat, a full array of surgical tools, and a custom display stand. On-sale late March/early at better comic shops April 2013 for $170.
Who’s getting one?!