Buddha, Vol. 7: Prince Ajatasattu
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Buddha, Vol. 7: Prince Ajatasattu (Buddha #7)

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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...more
Paperback, 418 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Vertical (first published August 11th 1983)
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Philip
I get mocked. Often. Maybe I should be offended by it, but generally I'm not. I understand that well over half my religious beliefs and convictions defy logic. Sometimes, when I'm thinking rationally, I can't believe half the beliefs that I believe - which isn't to say I don't believe them.

That's the problem with religion and supernatural: it's not rational. And that's the problem with people - they're always equating rational with good and irrational with bad, but that's not always the case. Po...more
Jennifer
This volume is once again treading on familiar ground - how religious practices and precepts are twisted by those interested in amassing power. It started out simple enough. Individual men -- monks, commoners, princes, being moved by Buddha's teachings and devoting themselves to follow him. Then, as more powerful, teaching monks joined him, their followers joined him as well. Until there are thousands. Now that it's no longer a handful of followers, sitting at Buddha's side on a hill somewhere,...more
Fredrik
Buku ke-7.
Angkanya menunjukkan satu hal... serial ini segera tamat.
*mendadak sedih dan depresi* T__T (halah)

Di buku ini ada banyak kejadian penting. Mungkin ini juga sebabnya buku ini menjadi salah satu yang paling tebal dari seluruh buku di serial.

Kisah dibuka dengan kembalinya Buddha ke ibukota Magadha yang secara otomatis menggenapi janji Buddha kepada Raja Bimbisara.
Bimbisara kemudian memutuskan untuk memenuhi janjinya juga, yakni memberikan sebidang tanah luas di Wenuwana untuk membangun wi...more
Randall
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 in m...more
cindy
Eventhough the title is Prince Ajatasattu, but this instalment carries the story of all princes, Ajatasattu, Crystal and of course Prince Siddartha, Buddha himself.

Between Ajatasattu and Crystal Prince, I don't know who's the one has the sadder story. The one who lived with a father that fears him, affraid that someday he might be killed by his own son, or the one who had to lived everyday knowing he had sent his mother to death. But my heart moved by both of them. I just wonder, if they are the...more
Roos
Oct 17, 2007 Roos rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
Shelves: comiculun
Buku Ke 7,

Ceritanya memang lebih banyak pada konflik murid dan calon murid Budha, bahkan Budha sendiri dalam memaknai pencerahannya..apa yang dilakukan terhadap dunia yang memang lagi pada saat yang menderita dan banyak orang yangperlu diselamatkan atau bahasa bukunya "Dicerahkan".

Termasuk proses Budha saat kembali ke tempat asalnya, Kapilawastu bertemu dengan orangtua, istri dan Rahula, anaknya.

Apa yang akan terjadi di buku 8 yak? Setelah Pangeran Kristal dan Tentara Kosala kembali ke Kosala...more
Dan Gorman
The second-to-last volume of this massive graphic novel is another fine installment. While Vol. 7 does not equal the tremendous emotional power of Vol. 4, Vol. 7 does come pretty close to equalling the intensity of emotion found at the novel's midpoint. Vol. 7 also matches Vol. 6 for intriguing religious & philosophic points. More than any other volume, Vol. 7, "Prince Ajatasattu," is a triumph of narrative. All the many threads and characters are coming together, and we are hurtling toward...more
Harini Padmanabhan
Things come to a head in this interesting volume. Bimbisara whom Buddha had met early in his travels still frets over the prophecy of his son killing him. Prince ajatasattu is convinced that Buddhas the reason for his fathers unhappiness and chooses to kill him. His plan fails and he is imprisoned. The cruel caste system interferes again and he loses more than he bargained for. Buddha sees the shakyas suffering and endures the biggest trail of all. The story lines are so beautifully connected wi...more
Colin
Jan 30, 2012 Colin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who know the story thus far.
Shelves: four-star
By this point in the story, Buddhism has become a full-fledged sect, and with the numerous new followers come many dissenters, some of whom threaten not only to split apart Buddha's disciples, but to also kill Buddha and put an end to his preaching altogether. Buddha and his most-trusted allies grapple with how to preserve Buddha's teachings after he has passed--and extra stress is put on the group when Buddha must leave the bulk of his disciples in order to fulfill an old promise, and to reunit...more
Susan
I hope I don't have to add a shelf for books-I-have-to-read-because-Library-Services-says-they're-naughty. For one thing, that's really long. For another, I don't like somebody at the central offices telling me what I can have in my library.

The problem here appears to be naked cartoon boobs. Admittedly lot of naked cartoon boobs, but I still think you could hand a crayon to any boy in elementary school and ask him to draw a naked woman and end up with something like this. A couple of curves, may...more
Mer Lara
Desertos são ambientes secos e hostis. Na maioria deles, os dias são super quentes enquanto as noites chegam a ser bem frias
Scott
I'm glad to say that Tezuka is back in great form in the seventh volume of his Buddha epic. Not that his artwork ever fell off in the course of the saga, but the plot here is picking up steam after the last couple of volumes. Devadatta's campaign to replace Buddha entirely is moving along, and Buddha returns to his homeland to find it utterly devastated - so clearly you can reach Nirvana but that doesn't mean that you're not going to still have to deal with all sorts of problems. All that, along...more
Mallika Soni
Now. Moving to the end... Yay!
Ram
I was able to finish up this book despite heavy work at office ..! King Bimbisara is destined to die in the hands of his very own son Ajatashatru at the age of 41. Ajatashatru shows no sign of hatred towards his father until Buddha enters his palace. Ajathasathry doesn't like the Idea of his father - an emperor bowing down in front of a Samanna so he tries to kill him and Budhha manages to survive from the brink of death ... graphics are awesome just like the other books .. hopefully I'll finish...more
an
terlalu banyak orang yang terhubung satu dengan yang lain. memang tercipta na manusia mempengaruhi nasib atau kisah hidup orang lain, walaupun tidak berkaitan langsung tanpa sadar kita saling mempengaruhi satu sama lain. untuk kali ini, buddha sudah mencapai pencerahan yang sebenar na, mulai berkotbah, menyebarkan ajaran na dan menarik pengikut. ntah kenapa lebih menarik mengikuti kisah pencarian na akan pertanyaan yang mengganggu na sampai memperoleh pencerahan daripada kisah na memperoleh peng...more
Colin
It's surprising that, after a couple thousand pages of the fictional/nonfictional story of the Buddha, that I'm still finding surprising aspects of Tezuka's storytelling technique. As the subject matter becomes more serious--Buddha's face ages here, going from "Astro Boy as Monk" look to something more like the current concept of the Buddha--Tezuka still manages to explore his medium, even drawing himself into the strip at one point when a rival monk casts doubt on the existence of anything, "ev...more
Sandra
I am nearing the end of my journey with Tezuka's 8-volume epic, and I have enjoyed every minute. I am not necessarily the biggest fan of the drawing style itself, but the plots are multiple, ambitious and deftly executed. I appreciate the moments of off-the-wall goofiness, of which there are surprisingly many. The Buddha has just rescued the Sakya tribe from slavery, and the Kosalan army is in retreat. An ominous cloud hangs over the end of volume 7...
Miles McCoy
This is probably the "happiest" of all the volumes so far. With Buddha getting on in years, he begins to travel his countryside and bring as much good will as possible to the humans of his land. This is one of the aspects of Buddhism that I appreciate the most (and should follow more >.<). While I enjoyed the earlier volumes of this manga for their plot, I am enjoying the latter volumes such as this one for the themes that they instill.
Alex
Closing on the end of Buddha's life and of a great manga series. It's amusing, well-done, and interesting history. That said, it's only history -- the books don't delve far into the content of Buddha's teaching, and I feel that gap. It's probably for the best -- I'm not sure whether adding deeper explication of the eight-fold path would have improved the manga -- but it's still noticeable.
Hriday
Superb. As impressive as the others. Every page, every block is filled with a million details and though one can go through this in a matter of hours, that wouldn't exactly be doing justice to a graphic novel of this quality. I wonder if there is any reader who will not go back or stay on a page just to take in the visual delights.

Fantastically illustrated and amazingly narrated.
Paolo
Dec 19, 2007 Paolo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Shelves: comics
Seven volumes into this epic (truly) narrative about the Buddha's life, & Im amazed at how Tezukas able to keep it thundering along. Meta-sequential, comedic, harrowing, bloody, vile, uplifting--the series offers all that Siddhartha's biography & teachings do. It kills me to know that I just completed the penultimate volume. Talk about heartbreaking. I could read this saga forever.
Ben
I first read Tezuka's Buddha two and a half years ago. It's eminently worth rereading. Built around a framework of accepted Buddha biography, much of the material is original. This complements, deepens and expands the Buddha story thematically and dramatically but never undermines or invalidates it. Buddha is epic in scale, clever, funny, touching, brutal and philosophical.
Delicious Strawberry
The 'Buddha' manga series has brought a new life and dimension to the character of Siddartha Gautama. The series has been a wonderful read, with one enjoyable plot point after another. Volume 7 is no less disappointing as Buddha gets on in his years and has to deal with the fame he has gained for his wisdom. Solid read, 4.5/5 stars.
Dusty
I'm sad to see Buddha looking so old (especially when so many other characters, like Tatta and Dhepa, seem ageless in comparison). But it was good to see Buddha finally return home to the kingdom of which he was born prince. On now to the final volume...
Aalif
Despite being a cartoonist & the son of a comic book creator, I have never been a huge fan of graphic novels. Until I read this one. The story is Ajatsatru is like a movie plot, and Osamu Tezuka's storytelling is so modern. I look forward to reading the rest soon!
Mark
Jan 24, 2013 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
You can see the pieces falling into place here for some grand tragedy, but Tezuka does it again. This volume doesn't diminish in quality and Tezuka's mastery of the medium continues to shine. I can't wait to finish it up with the next volume.
~Lyn~
Buddha pulang ke Kapilawastu dan menjumpai tanah kelahirannya sudah dijajah oleh Kosala. Kembalinya Buddha tidak saja menguatkan batin istri dan putranya, bahkan sempat membuat Kosala angkat kaki dari Kapilawastu dengan damai.
Mips
maar nog steeds ***** voor de flitsende duels, de regen die zo zalig met bakken uit de hemel kan vallen, de stem van het volk, de anachronismen en die ene driftkikker, die zijn eigen 'tekstvakje' aan diggelen 'sprong'
Gphatty
One of the strongest entries in this series to date. The philosophy; religion; and action (yes, action in a book about Buddha) are all really well combined here. Can't wait to get to the ending.
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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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