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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Little Devils Vol. 1

When the hero Byron defeated the King of All Devils, he thought his mission was over. But instead of dying, the mighty monarch was split into twelve, adorable, trouble-making children! Now Byron has a new mission: raise these little devils as if they were his own. Fatherhood may just be this hero’s greatest challenge yet!

Infini-t Force 4

Para Bellum’s plan has the world racing towards destruction, but Gatchaman, Tekkaman, Casshan, and Polimar unite to confront this great evil! Little time remains, and it’s now that the heroes must show their true value!

Mononoke Sharing Vol. 2

Normal human Yuta was finally, finally getting used to being roommates with a menagerie of top-heavy monsters — when they managed to blow up the house! If she wants to make it through school, she’s got to find a new place to live… for all of them.