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, 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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The Maid at my House Vol. 1

Runako is studying hard to someday succeed as owner of her family’s maid dispatching service company. One day, a request comes in from an entertainment production company and shockingly, it’s for their super-popular star, Seirei Moroboshi! But could it be that the image he projects on the TV is far different than his true secret face…?!

School of Horns Vol. 1

Grab life by the horns!In a world where horns are the defining trait of magic beings, larger horns mean more powerful magic! Eru, a freshman at a school for magic, is self-conscious about how tiny his horns are compared to those of his new classmates — Not only is his magic so weak it is barely noticeable, but things have a habit of going awry when he is around. He is the complete opposite of Rihito, one of the top students of their grade with exceptionally strong magic…who is Eru’s roommate!? And already seems to hate him!? With their continued encounters, will Eru continue to discover just how inferior his strength is? Or maybe, he just might find some power of his own…

Val x Love Vol. 3

The valkyries, defenseless without lovers, come under attack by demons! Their only salvation lies in Takuma, Nanaki, and a level of perversion unlike anything the world has ever seen!