どろろ Dororo Short documentary 1/13「魂の鼓動」古橋一浩×小林靖子





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Published on Jan 16, 2019

Furuhashi Kazuhiro(Director) × Kobayashi yasuko(Series Composition)
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From August 27, 1967 to July 22, 1968
Appeared serially in "Weekly Shonen Sunday" (Shogakukan Inc.)

The setting is the warring-state period of Japanese history. A variety of monsters and ghosts appear one after another in this work. Although they look like all-too-familiar figures of Asian legends and fables, they are in fact products of Tezuka Osamu's imagination.
At the time, Japan saw a sudden thriller Manga craze initiated by the work of Mizuki Shigeru, a popular thriller cartoonist. Mizuki's works were often compared with Tezuka Osamu's "Dororo," but "Dororo" can be regarded as more of a traditional hero story rather than as a thriller in that the main character, who was born to a noble family, was forced to leave home but finally became a hero after many years of struggle.
Though this work's serialization was never finished, the animated program for television was broadcast later on. "Dororo" was completed with a "Part II" series, which was published in the monthly magazine "Boken-o"

Tezuka Osamu was born the eldest son of three children on November 3rd, 1928, in Toyonaka City, Osaka. An extremely witty and imaginative boy, he grew up in a liberal family exposed to manga and animation.

As a boy he also had a love for insects reminiscent of Fabre, and, reflecting the level of his interest in the insect world, later incorporated the ideogram for "insect" into his pen name.

Having developed an intense understanding of the preciousness of life from his wartime experience, Tezuka Osamu aimed to become a physician and later earned his license, but ultimately chose the profession he loved best: manga artist and animated film writer.

Tezuka Osamu's manga and animated films had a tremendous impact on the shaping of the psychology of Japan's postwar youth. His work changed the concept of the Japanese cartoon, transforming it into an irresistible art form and incorporating a variety of new styles in creating the "story cartoon." Changing the face of literature and movies, his work also influenced a range of other genres.

His impact on animated film was equal to that which he had on the manga world. The lovable characters appearing in works such as Japan's first animated TV series "ASTRO BOY," the color animated TV series "Jungle Emperor Leo", and the two-hour animated special "Bander Book," captured the hearts of the Japanese through the medium of television, propelling the animated film to tremendous popularity in Japanese general society.

Tezuka Osamu's work was exported to the U.S., Europe, and other Asian countries, becoming the stuff of dreams for children around the world. He also ventured into the world of full-length adult animation, exploring all possibilities of the field of animation.

In addition to his record of achievement in TV and commercial animation, he also received international acclaim for his work in experimental animation in his later years.

His enduring theme that of the preciousness of life, formed the crux of all of Tezuka Osamu's works. Tezuka Osamu, creator of a great cultural asset and gifted with an unbeatable pioneering spirit combined with an enduring passion for his work and a consistent view to the future, lived out his entire life tirelessly pursuing his efforts, passing away at the age of 60 on February 8th, 1989.


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