Buddha, Vol. 3: Devadatta
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Buddha, Vol. 3: Devadatta (Buddha #3)

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The Eisner and Harvey WinnerThe third volume of this epic graphic novel send Siddhartha further into a world mired in pain and suffering. The journey to peace and enlightenment looms far but bright.Prince Siddhartha quickly learns that the monk's path is covered in thorns and self-abuses much more profound than shaving your head. His new companions Dhepa and Assaji accompa...more
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Vertical (first published 1983)
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Devdutta's character is much different than I have known all my life. Charcaters from previous books - Naradutta, Dhempa, Thatta, Migailla - continue. I love the fact how charcters meet each other, how their stories entwine.

Of course, there are new chacters too - Bimbisara (king of Mgadh), Vishakha, Warrior Sukanda and fortune-teller Assaji. Siddharth's journey continues, albeit with obstacles.

Too small a manga this one!

This one starts with Siddhartha journeying across the mountain and through forest, being met by a peasant and when led back to his home, is introduced to Dhepa who instructs Siddhartha in the ways of a monk. The peasant, who has a James Brown amount of children asks if they'll train his eldest, who also wishes to become a monk, being said to be smart and not exuding that air at all, but Dhepa tells him his son looks too young to begin anyways and declines...more
Devadatta tells the story of Buddha's early journey as a monk. The story starts with his first day with Dhepa as his teacher. Dhepa tries to get Siddhartha to practice "ordeals," where a monk will physically punish their body in hopes of purifying it or being enlightened. Siddhartha proves to the world that he is great monk, and performs incredible acts, without having to perform any "ordeals."

Devadatta formally introduced in this story. He was briefly introduced in the last book, but finally ge...more
Selesai lagi! ^^
(Kenapa makin lama bacanya jadi makin cepat yah? >_<)

Eniwei, buku yang ketiga dari serial komik/manga Buddha ini memang lebih tipis daripada buku 1 dan 2.
Kali ini ceritanya berlanjut ke awal-awal pengembaraan Siddhartha.
Siddhartha bersilang jalan dengan Dhepa, murid rahib Naradatta, yang kehilangan salah satu matanya karena insiden dengan Migaila di buku 2.
Dari Dhepa, Siddhartha mempelajari banyak hal tentang tapa mati raga dan siksa diri yang biasa dilakukan oleh para rahi...more
Jan 19, 2012 Colin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have read at least Volume 2 of Tezuka's Buddha series.
Shelves: four-star
Spoilers follow.

Not as focused as the previous volume (despite being slimmer), Devadatta is nonetheless another strong entry in one of Tezuka's most enduring epics (he penned more than a few!) In this volume, Siddhartha begins to establish a unique path for himself as a monk--instead of submitting himself to the harsh tortures that seems to have been the norm in the world at the time, he instead strives to find his own path as a teacher and a healer. Early in the proceedings he joins forces, so...more
Jo Bennie
Prince Siddhartha, the boy who will one day become the Buddha, has cast off his life as a prince and becomes a monk. Volume 3 of Tezuka's epic chronicles his ordeals, opening with the beautiful boy monk asleep under a tree wakening in full awareness to a new day. We follow him as he meets with the monk Dhepa whose backstory was introduced to us in Volume 1. He takes Siddhartha to meet his master Naradatta introducing him along the way to the ascetic tradition of undertaking ordeals in order to c...more
Tyler Hill
While Volume 3 of Tezuka's Buddha series continues to follow the progress of Siddhartha, it -like volume 1- spends a large number of its pages focused on other secondary characters. In this case: Devadatta (the namesake of this volume) and Assaji.

(Potential spoilers to follow.)

Devadatta, the illegitimate son of an antagonist from the previous volumes serves as a counterpoint of sorts to Siddhartha. His life, which is racked with hardships is an sprawling journey involving childhood bullies, livi...more
Really, it is embarrassing to admit how much time went by between reading Volume 2 and 3. Even given that my old library didn't appear to have any graphic novels (at least not for grown-ups), and instead I had to buy all mind on the rare trips to Grand Rapids that I could convince Andrew to take me to the comic book store. I should have bought one of these volumes every time.

Okay, so now you know how strongly I feel about Tezuka's writing. But why? It's his sense of balance. He writes about such...more
Die Schwachen sterben. Die Starken überleben.

Devadatta hat kein leichtes Leben - von allen wird er nur gemobbt, verprügelt, halb tot geschlagen. Erst ein Tier bringt ihm wahre Zuneigung entgegen, doch auch diese kurze Phase seines Lebens endet tragisch. Der Asket Naradatta, der sich selbst von allem Menschlichen befreit hat, zeigt dem ebenso nur noch halbmenschlich lebenden Devadatta schließlich, dass sein Schicksal nichts außergewöhnliches, sondern das aller Lebewesen ist...

Parallel dazu verfo...more
Sometime in the early 90s I picked up the Japanese series in bunkobon (small-format paperback; Goodreads has only one of those registered, so I'm listing the English versions instead). I recently found the set stashed away in some boxes, so I decided to read through it again.

Tezuka playfully inserts anachronisms from lots of periods, but especially modern times. And he uses comically ridiculous depictions throughout. It works for me. But if you're looking for straight-up historical fiction, thi...more
Sheila Rooswitha
My favorite episode of the entire series (oh well, it might change because there are still 3episodes which are yet to be published). Mostly because of the lovely character, Devadatta. In this book, I get acquainted with little Devadatta, whose unfortunate life really moved me, thus become really in love with his innocently cruel personality. Mr. Tezuka was really successful to portray a cute kid with miserable life, and the elaborate side story was the best ever. In fact, the real historical Dev...more
Ben Ronis
In this profound graphic novel, Osamu Tezuka begins to explain the hardships Prince Siddhartha has to face before reaching enlightenment. He learns there is many more, difficult road blocks he must find a way through or around.

Pros: This book is engaging. It has a kind of flow and finesse to it that keeps the reader wanting more. The author uses tales of a young Siddhartha to teach the reader of Buddhism. He also provides comedic relief in a hilarious, yet subtle manner.

Cons: There are definite...more
Siddhartha is now a young monk pursuing knowledge and education. He runs into a one-eyed monk who attempts to educate him on the concept of ordeals–essentially punishments for the body designed to help attain enlightenment. The childhood of Devadatta is also depicted. He is bullied and becomes a killer at a young age, thrown out to the wolves who then raise him. Thus his hatred of humanity is explored.

It is odd though for a graphic novel series on an important topic like the Buddha’s life to fee...more
Laura Zurowski
I've thoroughly enjoyed the prior two volumes in this series, Kapilavastu and The Four Encounters, but in my opinion, this story is where the real substance of the Siddartha story begins.

In Devadatta, our prince has set out on his path to better understand and cultivate enlightenment and found, just like any other mortal who has ever decided to take up meditation or yoga or vegetarianism, that's it's not as easy as it sounds or looks. In fact, the road to right living can be extremely frustrati...more
Aug 03, 2011 Ami rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
A continuation of the story of the Buddha's life, woven in with the lives of characters whom I think are fictional (although I should look that up). We are briefly introduced to Devadatta, a young man who is prone to murderous rages. He is thrown out of his village and raised by wolves until he meets Naradatta, the monk from the first volume. Naradatta encourages Devadatta to re-enter the world of humans, but he is not particularly successful. Devadatta's story does not yet dovetail with that of...more
So freaking awesome. I'm still new to Goodreads and can't always figure out how to navigate. So this'll just be part 1 of a multi-part review of all the Buddha volumes.

What can I say? Does it get any better than a graphic novel/manga version of the life of Buddha filled with hilarious characterizations, exciting action sequences, breathtaking landscapes and poignant storytelling?


It does NOT get any better than this.

I want everyone and their mother to read these books!!!

I feel so damned luck...more
Mer Lara
I am out of words with the purity, profound work of Tezuka on this amazing adaptation of the whole life of Siddartha... It is simple beatiful. You may cry at the end, I warn you. So much truth and beauty.
Volume 3 of Tezuka's Buddha saga divides its time about evenly between following Siddhartha on his wanderings, and following the childhood development of Devadatta, who we learn early on is someday going to be a thorn in Buddha's side - for now, though, he's going through a series of painful experiences geared to turn him bitter. Siddhartha isn't faring all that much better, though - his wanderings reintroduce him to some old acquaintances, but with unhappy results for pretty much all involved....more
I loved the way Tezuka narrates the story with incredible graphics that takes you to creative vision of him about ancient India. Its Indo-japanses fusion and he would have stayed here to capture those stunning visuals. Every charecter he introduced in the first book keeps on coming back to the main story and makes it more and more interesting. I would disagree with the some facts like depicting slave women with bare chests etc...but give him a break ..He is Japaounese. In this part, talks more a...more
Reading Tezuka's fictional biography (???) of Buddha is a lot like reading a novel by John Irving; it takes a long time to get going, and then suddenly gets really good. After the 700+ pages of the first books, we get the adult Siddhartha, a wannabe monk, traveling across Asia. Along the way, he meets a monk who's burned his eye out, a bandit he's met before, a snot-nosed (literally dripping in every panel) kid who gains the power of prophecy, and various kings and warriors. If you're this far...more
Dan Gorman
The plot thickens, as Siddhartha Gautama begins his career as a wandering monk, the young Devadatta struggles to survive while failing to grasp the nature of karmic cause & effect, and the bandit chieftain Tatta & his men cross paths with Siddhartha once more. The philosophical undertones of the story are becoming increasingly important to the plot - although vague at times, Osamu Tezuka does a pretty good job of showing the various belief systems of ancient India, which shaped the Buddh...more
Really interesting interpretation of the life of the Buddha. Blending the style of shonen manga with the story of a wandering ascetic and his friends/followers, Tezuka injects comedy into philosophy, humanity into history and reality into religious belief. It is a book driven by religious yearning and yet is also a look at the societal conditions of the time. Because it's Tezuka there's also heavy emphasis on class, and his trademark stunning artwork, but mostly this is a very human and at times...more
Sachin Dev
Slightly depressing. the Tunnel is long and dark until Siddhartha attains enlightenment and we are further dragged into this misery-ridden world - introduced to the hapless Devadatta, an orphan who is subjected to so much cruelty and misery and misfortune that the only principle he wants to live by, is that strongest survive and the weak will perish.

I didnt like this too much but Tezuka's vision remains strong and we move further along with Sidhartha in his journey of ordeals in order to find t...more
Craig a.k.a Meatstack
The continuation of the story of Buddha, and this volume chronicles some of his ordeals...but..

But it's the image of the self-immolating rabbit from the first volume that keeps popping back up in my head..even now, two books later.

It's been, thus far, and amazing story, with a focus undulating through characters like a snake. It's not until this volume that you finally learn who the focus of the entire series is set upon.

I don't know how I learned or found out about this series, but I'm pretty g...more
Nick Tramdack
Just a sliver of Osamu Tezuka's unbelievably huge oeuvre, this book impressed me with its humanism and its reluctance to treat history as something monumental, old, and removed. The choice of giving these ancient characters lots of snappy, contemporary dialogue really helps to remove the rust from the past.

"So my husband's ex has been trying to kill me using a kid! Think again, bitch!" ---spoken by an Indian princess circa 600 BCE.

Can't wait to pick up this series again.

Aug 11, 2007 Roos rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Friends
Baca buku ini sempat bikin leher pegel dan mata kabur, habis baca di metromini yang lagi ngebut dan goyang-goyang...( Sopirnya: Schummy... )tapi cepet juga selesainya he..he...

Kasihan Dewadatta memang nasip baik tidak berpihak padanya, Selain dari keturunan orang yang "tidak baik" dia pun diselalu dipertemukan dengan orang-orang yang tidak punya niat baik sama dia bahkan cenderung menghindarinya.

Petualangan Sidharta dalam mencari pencerahan-pun dimulai disini.
Delicious Strawberry
Continuing from Volume 2, the adventures of young Buddha are rife with grief and suffering. Having taken on the life of a monk, he learns more hard lessons in life, and his patience is sorely tested. However, Buddha is not the only character of this story, as we are introduced to young Devadatta, an orphan who has had many hard knocks in life. All in all, a very good installment, Tezuka made this series really shine with his top-notch writing.
Another beautiful and provocative installment in the life of Buddha.

Devadatta revolves around the title character, who was born in the last book to the short lived king. The book flips back and forth in time between the child Devadatta and the young (but by no means a child any longer) Siddhartha.

I love how this book juxtaposes the seemingly simple manga/anime style with the elaborate and realistic landscapes. It's a masterpiece.
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Dr. Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫) was a Japanese manga artist, animator, producer and medical doctor, although he never practiced medicine. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. He is often credited as the "Father of Anime", and is often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, who served as a major inspiration during his f...more
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