November 3, 2008 is the 80th anniversary of Tezuka Osamu.To commemorate this special year, we, Tezuka Productions, launch various events and projects for two years from Nov. 3, 2008 to Nov. 2, 2009. Below are some of the events now hold or being hold soon.
The events now hold or being hold soon!
Oct. 30, 2008 Takarazuka Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum Temporary Exhibition: Tezuka Osamu’s Five Periods (The Third Exhibition) “2008 – to the new world” starts.
The theme of this third exhibition is “future”. Focusing on the collaborative works with today’s creators, the exhibition introduces Tezuka characters still spreading and expanding even after his death.
April 2008 The Musical “HINOTORI” by WARABIZA starts
WARABIZA, a drama group, performs the musical “HINOTORI -Hoohen-“.The performance is planed to be held nationwide.Visit the site below for detailed schedule.
The latest performance will be held on Nov. 8 at Adachi Theater 1010 (Tokyo), on Nov. 29 at Nabari-citySeishonenCenter (Nabari-city, Mie).
Oct. 24, 2008 – Nov. 10, 2008 The Exhibition: Genes in Tezuka Osamu -Light in the darkness- is held.
In the exhibition, many of contemporary artists present Tezuka characters in their own ways, focusing on both dark and light side of Tezuka.Goods developed based on the exhibits are also available at the venue.
Mar. 13, 2008 Tezuka Gadgets are available on iGoogle!
Popular Tezuka Gadgets are now available on iGoogle.Chose your favorite from several gadgets, including Atom News which delivers a variety of news related to Tezuka Osamu and Buddha Gadget in which Buddha is just practicing Zazen!
August 2008 Tezuka contents are pre-installed in a new Soft Bank Panasonic cell phone 921P.
Tezuka contents are bundled to a new Soft Bank/Panasonic cell phone 921P.Some wall papers and other dress-up tools with Tezuka characters designed by TEZUKA OSAMU BY GASBOOK are pre-installed.
Soft Bank/Panasonic cell phone 921P http://panasonic.jp/mobile/softbank/921p/contents/index.html
Several events are held on the day!
Nov. 2 & Nov. 3, 2008 Tezuka Osamu Academy
|This academy aims to verify the role of Tezuka Osamu with a variety of guests from various aspects.For the primary period, three panel discussions are held at Edo Tokyo Museum. The second period will start on April 2009.|
Nov. 2 & Nov. 3, 2008 Tezuka Osamu Academy
To be more friendly and enjoyable for users, the Tezuka Osamu official site was renewed!
Nov. 3, 2008 NHK Special “Tezuka Osamu -The secret of creation” and TV drama “Tenku-ni-yumekagayaki Tezuka Osamu’s summer vacation” are out on DVD.
Two DVDs, a documentary film: “Tezuka Osamu – The secret of creation” and a drama of his youth “Tenku-ni-yumekagayaki Tezuka Osamu’s summer vacation” are released at the same time from NHK DVD.
Nov. 3, 2008 A free trial campaign for “Tezuka Osamu Anime World” and “Manga-no-mushi DX” starts. Now total of 80 episodes are available for free!
”Tezuka Osamu Anime World” and “Manga-no-mushi DX”, two mobile web sites, start a free trial campaign from Nov. 3.During the campaign period, total of 80 files are available for free at each site. Visit each site for further information.
Nov. 3, 2008 The Symposium: Lead the way to the future beyond Tezuka Osamu.
Takarazuka-city held a symposium for regional development titled “the 80th anniversary or Tezuka Osamu: Lead the way to the future beyond Tezuka Osamu”. Mr. Reiji Matsumoto, a famous manga artist, and Mr. Takayumi Matsutani, President of Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd. delivered key note speeches at the symposium.
November 2008 Casio G-Shock Astro Boy Watch is released.
|The popular watch maker, CASIO, is going to launch a new Astro Boy watch from G-SHOCK line!These limited watches have the logo of the 80th anniversary engraved on the back.|
Nov. 5, 2008 The CD “Tezuka Osamu and his favorite music” is released!
|This compilation CD album contains classical music pieces Tezuka Osamu was playing at his work place. Some pieces are recorded from the same music source Mr. Tezuka indeed listened to.The album may reveal the secret of his creation?|
Nov. 22, 2008 Tezuka Osamu Fan Meeting in Waseda is held!
Tezuka Osamu Fan Meeting is an event for Tezuka fans. A variety of programs, including Talk show of famous artists who know Tezuka Osamu as well as Quiz show, will be held at Waseda University Okuma Hall in Shinjuku, Tokyo.The event is open not only to Tezuka fans but also to general public.
A lot more coming for the 80th anniversary!
October 2009 (TBC) The 3D theatrical animation movie “Astro Boy” is released!
In October 2009, the 3D theatrical animation movie “Astro Boy” produced in Hollywood is released in the United States.
Past events for the 80th anniversary!
Oct. 20, 2008 “Tickets de Art” was held in Hanno city. Astro Boy appeared on the arte made with used stamps!
To revitalize Hanno city, elementary school students in Hanno city worked together to make a picture of Astro Boy with used train tickets. The picture was displayed at the goal gate of the walking event held on Oct. 25. Now the picture is displayed at the service center located in Hanno station.
Apr. 5, 2008 Wall pictures with Tezuka Characters are displayed at Waseda Exit at Takadanobaba Station!
Wall pictures with many of Tezuka characters have appeared at Takadanobaba station in Shinjuku, the present hometown of Tezuka Productions.
There are two pictures displayed: one is a seasonal landscape, another is a history picture of Takadanobaba.