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

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  1,976 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
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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Sep 01, 2010 Philip rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Dec 13, 2014 Helmut rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, india
Da hilft auch kein Botox mehr
Der Sprung, den Buddha in diesem Band macht, ist erstaunlich - als ob er von heute auf morgen 30 Kilo zugenommen und 30 Jahre gealtert wäre. Vielleicht ist es das gemütliche Leben, das er sich mit seinen hunderten von Schülern angewöhnt hat? Letztlich, wie es einem Erleuchteten auch gehört, erkennt er aber, dass es nicht damit getan ist, immer den gleichen Schülern zu predigen, sondern dass es noch soviele Menschen gibt, die er besuchen muss. Und was wäre besser geei
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
Jan 17, 2012 Fredrik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 10, 2013 Randall rated it liked it
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
Jun 02, 2013 cindy rated it really liked it
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
Oct 17, 2007 Roos rated it really liked it  ·  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
David Ramirer
Feb 27, 2015 David Ramirer rated it it was amazing
es war abzusehen, dass gegen ende noch die größeren herausforderungen antanzen, und der swarovskyprinz ist ne harte nummer. auch die machtspielchen in der beginnenden weltreligionssektenorganisation sind schön dargestellt. das finale wird sicher noch einmal alles toppen.
Vinoth G
Aug 13, 2016 Vinoth G rated it really liked it
Puns hidden here and there puts a smile on your face. As the story moves forth the curiosity swells.
Chad Kohalyk
Nov 18, 2016 Chad Kohalyk rated it it was amazing
This was a really good one. The Buddha was a pretty central character in this story, and I think you can tell how Tezuka's storytelling has progressed. I mean, he had already been writing manga for over 20 years when he started, but this has a different flavour than say, Vol 2. Looking forward to the final volume.
Jan 22, 2017 Erika rated it it was amazing
Buddha at an older age.
Brian Childs
Sep 30, 2016 Brian Childs rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books, buddhism
Volume 7 was an especially strong volume in the series. It starts to get into some of the conflicts that defined Buddhism against other religions of the time. As always, the humor and the art make every page a delight to read.
Ginan Aulia Rahman
Assaji meramalkan Raja Bimbimsara akan mati pada usia 40 tahun oleh anaknya sendiri, Ajatasattu. Ramalan ini membuat Raja Bimbimsara takut. Ia berniat membunuh anak kandungnya. Ia memenjarakan anaknya supaya ia tidak terbunuh, ia menemukan alasan untuk memenjarakan anaknya karena anaknya memanah Siddartha. Ajatasattu kesal pada Sidharta, ia beranggapan Sidharta meracuni pikiran ayahnya. Dia heran kenapa bisa ia membunuh ayahnya sendiri? dia menganggap ramalan itu mustahil. Ramalan itu malah memb ...more
Dan Gorman
Jul 30, 2013 Dan Gorman rated it it was amazing
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
Magellan: Wherever he goes, he'll rely on your support.
Ananda: My support? He'd put faith in an ex-con like me?
M: Yes. You'll be right by his side when he breathes his last.

A: When he breathes his last? But he's living to a ripe old age, right?

M: Well, he's only human, you know. He'll live...
M: eighty or so.

M: But his teachings will never die. Over the course of 2,000 years, his teachings will spread across the world. His truths will save billions of people.

A: 2,000 years?! And after that?
Harini Padmanabhan
Aug 26, 2013 Harini Padmanabhan rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2012 Colin rated it really liked it
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
Sep 15, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
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
Feb 11, 2013 Scott rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 02, 2016 Luke rated it it was amazing
If there is one thing that can be said about this series, it is a great story. It may not be one hundred percent accurate to Buddha's real life, but it is as entertaining as it is enriching. In this story, Buddha is fully embodied as a man with flaws; a lot of the nourishment comes from the feeling of journeying with Buddha himself through his many trials and epiphanies. Tezuka's stylish aesthetic is on full display here, weaving between comedy, compassion, and heartbreak in his breathtaking dep ...more
Jan 29, 2013 an rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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
Dec 14, 2008 Colin rated it really liked it
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
Jul 25, 2011 Ram rated it really liked it
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
David Wardrop
Jan 04, 2016 David Wardrop rated it it was amazing
"a person's life changes, like a cloud. No life is uniformly happy or unhappy over its course." Buddha page 349 Chapter Six A Battle of Wills. Buddha as told by Osamu Tezuka is an epic in every sense of the word, much like any religious text/story or opera we follow an intriguing range of characters, life and death, trials and passions, achievements and defeats. The artowrk is amazing from simple cartoon to Hokusai style landscapes. What surprises me is just how emotional it can be I found mysel ...more
Lachlan Harris
Jan 29, 2015 Lachlan Harris rated it really liked it
This is Osama Tezuka's homage to the life of buddha. He is irrerent and dazzling. From some works he is the cartoonist in jaunty berret through to the masterful landscapes of upper india 600 years BCE. His works also carries the pathos, humour and strength of on e of those people whose thoughts and sermons have delivered a world value system.

i don't know how long Osama labored over this work. His work is still relevant and a interesting way to understand more about buddha and his life. When fini
Jul 26, 2008 Sandra rated it liked it
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
Apr 17, 2011 Miles McCoy rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 01, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 09, 2014 Ben rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddhism, manga
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.
M 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.
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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
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