Osamu Tezuka, the "Father of Manga" on show

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Osamu Tezuka, the "Father of Manga" on show

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Taiwan is paying tribute to a man they call ‘The Father of Manga’. The Japanese artist Osamu Tezuka is the subject of an exhibition of work that has a special place in the childhood memories of many Taiwanese people.

‘Osamu Tezuka’s World’ comprises more than 130 original manuscripts and TV animations, and there are recreations of scenes from his classic cartoons like ‘Black Jack’ and ‘Astro Boy’.

Astro Boy hit the big screen in a movie in 2009. He is a young robot with incredible powers created by the brilliant scientist, Tenma. Powered by positive “blue” energy, Astro Boy is endowed with super strength, X-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly.

Tezuka invented the distinctive large eye look of Japanese animation, taking inspiration from cartoons of the time such as Betty Boop and Walt Disney’s Bambi and Mickey Mouse.

The exhibition also includes some items from Japan’s Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, promoting messages of peace and respect for life – recurring themes in Tezuka’s works.

His son, Macoto Tezuka, said: “If you look at the recreated workspace he used to work in you see it is quite a tight area with a small desk and ordinary tools that everybody uses. But with these ordinary things, he made something really extraordinary. So humans have the ability to achieve something great, people should feel that power and be encouraged.”

Tezuka created more than 150,000 pages of cartoons and more than 60 TV animations during his 60 years of his life. He died in 1989.

The exhibition is open to the public at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall until October this year.