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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  4,474 ratings  ·  382 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, 400 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Vertical (first published April 12th 1983)
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Seth Hahne
Sep 19, 2007 Seth Hahne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with patience and a lot of money - or a good library
Shelves: comics
At 3013 pages, Osamu Tezuka's Buddha was something of an investment in time. I received the last two hardcover volumes of the collection (vol. 7 and 8) for my birthday at the end of July and began reading from start to finish in mid-August. It's true that one could possibly read the entire collection - and a handsome collection it is - in a day (at perhaps two hours per volume), but I didn't feel compelled to rush things.

In Buddha, Tezuka presents a curious blend of themes and styles. This proje
Sam Quixote
I admit I’m not the most enlightened (rim shot - thank you!) guy when it comes to Buddhism, or religion in general for that matter, in knowing its origins, tenets, and so on. But I do have a rudimentary understanding of Buddhism and the Buddha having read Hermann Hesse’s “Siddhartha” a few years ago, and because of osmosis through pop culture. Buddhists believe all life is sacred, something about existence being suffering, and reincarnation, with the Buddha as an enlightened chap who figured out ...more
Riku Sayuj
Nov 01, 2012 Riku Sayuj rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Riku by: Anand Ayyadurai
Anime Buddha with no expressions spared... what next?
Tyler Hill
I originally collected and read this series as it's hardcover volumes were releases in the United States, a half dozen years ago. But, having recently watched PBS's documentary about the life of Buddha, and having read several other books by Tezuka since then, I figured it was time to revisit the series.

In all honesty, while the series is essentially about the life of Buddha, it's a very hard series to encapsulate. To start, it's worth pointing out that Buddha isn't even born until about 2/3rds
I read this book several years ago, I confess, not a whit out if any interest in Manga. I'd read a scant few "manga" at the time & was thinking: why do all these books seem suspiciously similar to each other down to how the characters were drawn, their roles and (most) surprising, even most of the plot lines!
However, my first foray into the Manga of Tezuka was I can only compare to being introduced to some of the animated films of Miyazaki or even some of the works of the great Japanese fil
I tried but I couldn't like this manga. The storytelling feels flat for me. There are some recurring (POV? fictional?) characters in this manga, but I don't feel they give additional value for the story, and some of their plots are inconclusive.

Lots of fun. This is perhaps a good introduction both to buddhist ideas as well as manga for those who aren't quite prepared to read from the right to the left. Also, you will find yourself wanting to read quickly, as it is manga. You may not want to look for historical accuracy in this, but Buddhism has a lot of background texts and myth (itself an incredible understatement), and this may stoke the curious budding Buddhist to explore further.

You will find yourself wanting to finish the series,
It feels like it's from the eighties, and when the weird meta-comicky jokes start in like the last quarter, it feels unfocused instead of inventive. Still though, everything else totally works, dude was a comic book master genius, lots of things *do* feel inventive and exciting, and the little peanut who runs around naked and peeing on everybody- because of empathy with animals?- is my favorite comic book character in a long time.

Isla is totally right and now I totally want to read the rest of
Superlative! Stunning! Touching! Graphic! Would like to breeze through the other 7 parts.
Shashwata Datta
Wow. what a read.can't wait to read the rest. :)
Sandra Cañete
Un Siddartha sin duda muy humano.
Mahabharata dan Ramayana mengesankan keteraturan. Para brahmana yang bijaksana dan para satria yang gagah perkasa yang bertindak sesuai dharma masing-masing. Kita bisa menangkap kesan harmoni dan keselarasan dari sistem yang berlaku saat itu. Misalnya saja, waktu perang Bharatayudha terjadi, kedua belah pihak menyepakati dulu bahwa perang harus berlangsung di padang Kurusetra.

Sayangnya sebuah sistem bisa menjadi korup, seperti halnya yang terjadi di India pada saat lahirnya pangertan Siddharta G
This story is around the arc of the birth of Siddartha. There’s no main character (maybe Tatta, but the story is not told only on his perspective), and each chapter is told on parallel or on another point of view on different set of characters, a similar style that he use on Adolf. Tezuka takes some liberties, like appear in the story or making modern jokes, even one character on a rage brakes the vignettes. This helps lifting a lightly the serious veil, but not affecting the story or losing the ...more
Laura Zurowski
I'm very fortunate to live up the street from a most awesome bookstore, Copacetic Comics, which carries a very well-curated selection of graphic novels, comics, small-press/indie books, and other assorted words of interest.

I had gone into the store looking for Charles Burns' Black Hole (for the very eclectic book club I'm a member of) and as it was a quiet, summer afternoon, started chatting with the owner. Being a bit unschooled in graphic novels beyond the big-guns like Sandman, Persepolis, an
Die US-Paperback-Ausgabe von Vertical kostet nur halb so viel wie gebundene Ausgabe von Carlsen Comics. Da muss ich nicht wirklich nachdenken. — Die japanische Originalversion wurde gespiegelt und wird also westlich von links nach rechts geblättert & gelesen.

Meine erste Tezuka-Lektüre und ich verstehe, warum er als Großmeister gilt. Scheinbar mühelos gelingt ihm, Abenteuer, Geblödel, Tragik, Märchenhaftes & brutale Realität miteinander zu vermengen, um in diesem ersten Band (von acht) di
Tezuka's liberal adaptation of the Buddha story is both riveting and kitschy in its use of 80s lingo and Manga humor and silliness. In the end, Tezuka's ability to tell a fast-paced, well-oiled tale outshines all these cartoonish trappings.


The mix of Manga humor and action with the gravitas of a spiritual text is discriminating and quite original. Tatta's use of 80s lingo takes away from the any of the period believability in the story. Chapra and Tatta's stories are heartbreaking but lose
David Schaafsma
So, you walk into a bookstore and you see shelf after shelf of manga, different categories, crazy volume after volume of individual titles and you go: nah, don't know where to start, too cartoony, don't get it, too much of an investment, what's the best way to go for an adult just wanting to sample some of the best stuff? That was me, 3-4 years ago, and since I was teaching a graphic novels class, I asked the young manga experts to suggest the best manga series they knew and so I read 1-2 of the ...more
Nicolas R.
Written by the late great Osamu Tezuka Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastuis a great start to a great series. Interestingly enough, Buddha (at this point known as Siddharta) is barely in the story, appearing as a newborn baby. The actual main characters of this book is the pariah Tatta, the brahmin Naradatta, the slave Chapra, and his mother who I don't think we ever learn the name of. The story focuses on their journey. Mostly Chapra's goal to rise up from his slave caste even though it is forbidden. T ...more
Koen Claeys
Ein-de-lijk deze klassieker van Tezuka beginnen lezen. De torenhoge verwachtingen worden ingelost. Tezuka's adaptie leest als een fantasy-verhaal waarbij de invloed van Disney duidelijker dan ooit oogt. Tezuka was in de herfst van zijn leven zeker nog niet uitgeblust, integendeel.

Okay, so it's a cartoon. You really can't ignore that fact... it's not even a LEAP to say "Hey, this is the Disnified, Astro-Boy version of the story of Buddha..." because it IS.

Osamu Tezuka was heavily influence by early Disney animations, and he is the one who gave us Astro-Boy... and here we have, in his distinct artist style, the story (and the sub stories) of the Buddha.

You'll find a fresh way of looking at this tale, mythological or not, and probably, you'll find a new understanding too, o
Fun and easy retelling of the events that preceded the birth of the Buddha, as told by the grandfather of Manga, Osamu Tezuka, Buddha, Volume 1: Kapilavastu
is the first of eight volumes of the graphic novel adaptation of the Buddha's life.
John Pistelli
I will excuse myself from writing a lengthy review since I am insufficiently grounded in the narrative idiom and traditions of manga. I confess that I find some of the conventions personally off-putting: the cartoonishness of the figures, the shrill and totally unsubtle character interactions, the extreme decompression of the storytelling. My own taste in comics was formed under the influence of Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Dave McKean and others, who emphasized a denser and more layered presenta ...more
Daar ik geen zin heb om alle delen apart aan te vinken, geldt deze recensie voor de gehele reeks, van een tot acht.

Ik vond Buddha - een manga van Osama Tezuka, on andere bekend van Astroboy en ook wel de 'grootvader van de manga' genoemd - mooi, ontroerend, grappig en soms zelfs leerzaam. Ik weet niet precies in hoeverre de manga Buddha de biografieën van de historische Boeddha en die van heilige teksten getrouw volgt, maar ik heb zo een donkerbruin vermoeden dat meneer Tezuka het niet zo nauw n
These 10 graphic novels are entertaining, compassionate, thought-provoking and fun lessons on ethics. I personally delight in comics that take on serious topics in easy to approach ways. Thus bringing normally intimidating and dense literature into the minds of more picture-oriented folk. Here are the thoughts that this book engendered in me:

Is Buddhism a religion? There is a good argument suggesting it is not. It is rather like an ethical system or philosophy of life. If it is a religion It wou
Sundeep Supertramp
The best thing about this series is when you own all eight of them, which on stashing cover to cover the spines will form a wonderful piece of art - Three depictions of Buddha at different spans of time. A kid, a youngster and a mature Buddha forms.

I was in my class when I started reading this book. Fifteen past, I was shocked out of my wits with my progress. I had completed 95 pages! Mind you, I was just glancing through the pages, or just reading the dialogues (there were no narratives). I rea
Tanvir Muntasim
Consistently anachronistic, but always entertaining manga take on Buddha's life, I was very impressed with both the artwork and the effortless storytelling of the first volume and keenly looking forward to the the remaining 7 volumes!
every bit as charming & engaging as i'd hoped it would be. and FUNNY! much funnier than i'd even expected. i think the translation is wonderful, though it's almost impossible to tell unless it's awful...
Aug 11, 2007 Roos rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comicslover
Shelves: comiculun
Baru baca satu, tidak lebih dari 1 jam....lucu juga... pake guest star segala... kayaknya memang harus lanjut kedua dan seterusnya deh... 8 yak?
Harold Smithson (Suicide punishable by Death)
If you thought Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha was too long-winded and dull (on top of an inaccurate portrayal of Buddhism) then you'll be pleased to hear that it's been adapted to manga format, so it's more fun this time.

Buddha is not a journey through ancient India. Sure, it borrows from the country's history but it also takes a lot of liberties. Characters use English slang words and one merchant even knows what New York is. I understand that this was not supposed to be one hundred percent histori
Volume 1 isn't so much the beginnings of a fictionalized biography of Siddhartha Gautama (aka Shakyamuni, Gautama Buddha, The Buddha, or Buddha) as much as it is a typical Japanese comic set around the time of The Buddha’s omen-rich birth.

The majority of v1 follows the lives of:
- Two members of the Shudra caste, Chapra and his mother, who are slaves by birthright
- Tatta, an Untouchable (aka a Pariah [too lowly even for their own caste!]) with enviable "superpowers" presumably deriving from his
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From Wikipedia:
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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Buddha (8 books)
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