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Osamu Tezuka’s BUDDHA 2 anime film to be released February 2014

Toei will release OSAMU TEZUKA’S BUDDHA 2 (BUDDHA 2 手塚治虫のブッダ~終わりなき旅~, BUDDHA 2 Tezuka Osamu no Budda ~ Owarinakitabi ~) nationwide in Japan on February 8, 2014. Produced by Toei Animation in association with Tezuka Productions, the film continues the life story of Siddhartha — later known as Buddha — begun in OSAMU TEZUKA’S BUDDHA -THE GREAT DEPATURE– (手塚治虫のブッダ -赤い砂漠よ!美しく-, Tezuka Osamu No Budda Akai Sabaku Yo! Utsukushiku, 2011). After Siddhartha witnesses the deaths of his friends, he struggles with the questions “Why must mankind suffer? Why we do live?”

BUDDHA 2 is directed by Toshiaki Komura, who made his debut with the television anime GENJI TSUUSHIN AGEDAMA (ゲンジ通信あげだま, Murasaki Shikibu Genji Monogatari) in 1991. After joining Toei products, Komura’s major works include YES! PRETTY CURE 5 (Yes!プリキュア5, Yes! Purikyua 5, 2007), DIGIMON FUSION BATTLE (デジモンクロスウォーズ, Dejimon Kurosu Woozu, 2010) and TORIKO (トリコ, 2011). Kozo Morishita, director of the first film, returns as executive producer. Reiko Yoshida, known for DRAGON BALL Z (ドラゴンボールゼット, Doragon Booru Zetto) and K-ON! MOVIE (映画 けいおん!, Eiga Keion!, 2011), wrote the screenplays for both Buddha movies.

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Siddhartha

Story

Did you find what you dreamed of, young Buddha?

India, 2500 years ago. Siddhartha, heir to the throne of the Shakya Kingdom, gives up his royal privilege to embark on a great quest… continuing on his endless journey accompanied by Assaji, a mysterious boy who can foretell the future, and Dhepa, a one-eyed trainee monk. He witnesses what has become of Migaila, the woman he once loved, and the horrid death of Assaji who even prophesied his own end. Siddhartha is tormented by the suffering and death that humankind cannot escape from.

Meanwhile, there is upheaval over the secrecy concerning the birth of the Prince Virudhaka of Kosala Kingdom. The outraged Kosalan prince with his subservient giant, Yatala, makes a move on Shakya, once Siddhartha’s home and the root cause of his anguish.

A man who gave up his country and a man determined to destroy it — Siddhartha and Prince Virudhaka. The world starts turning rapidly when their paths cross…!!


Prince Virudhaka and his henchman, Yatala, lead an assault on the Shakya Kingdom

Voice Cast
Queen Maya: Sayuri Yoshinaga
Tatta: Kenichi Matsuyama
Prince Virudhaka: Yoko Maki
King Suddhodana: Kiyokazu Kanze
Siddhartha: Hidetaka Yoshioka
King Binbisara: Shinya Owada
Brahman: Tetsuo
King Pasenadi: Hiromasa Taguchi
Migaila: Nana Mizuki
Assaji: Miyuki Sawajiro
Depa: Keiji Fujiwara
Yatala: Ryuzaburo Ohtomo
Mother of Prince Virudhaka: Sumi Shimamoto
Princess Yashodara: Yumi Kakazu
Minister Bubu: Naomi Kusumi
Princess Pajapati: Kanako Tojo

Crew
Director: Toshiaki Komura
Screenplay: Reiko Yoshida
Original Comic: Osamu Tezuka
Executive Producer: Kozo Morishita
Producers: Riuko Tominaga, Bogdan Gyarmath
Character Designs: Hideaki Mashiba, Akihiro Asanuma
Animation Supervisor: Akihiro Asanuma
Art Director: Shinzo Yuki
Director of Photography: Masahiro Asanuma
Music: Michiru Oshima
Shakuhachi Performance: Dozan Fujiwara

Produced by: Osamu Tezuka’s BUDDHA 2 Production Committee
Production Company: Toei Animation Co., Ltd.
Produced in Association with: Tezuka Productions
Distributor: Toei Company, Ltd.
Sales Company: Toei Company, Ltd.

© Osamu Tezuka’s BUDDHA 2 Production Committee


Siddhartha’s friend, Tata, and former love, Migaila

Siddhartha travels with the one-eyed trainee monk, Depa, and Assaji, a boy who can foretell the future

Wolves encircle Assaji
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Osamu Tezuka x Lacoste L!ve 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

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The offshoot Lacoste L!ve brand continues its 2013 collaborative series with famous Japanese manga team Tezuka Productions seen in a new collection of short-sleeved tops. Often referred to as the ‘God of Manga’ and the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, Osamu Tezuka pioneered many unique techniques within Japanese animation during his lifetime, and is most known as the creator of Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, and Black Jack to name but a few.

Artistic impressions from the his extensive catalogue will now be featured on both polo shirts and T-shirts in three new stories – King Leo, Crime and Punishment, and The Phoenix. The Osamu Tezuka x Lacoste L!ve 2013 fall/winter collection is currently available through the French brand’s webstore.

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LACOSTE L!VE creates Osamu Tezuka manga line of shirts and shoes

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LACOSTE L!VE teams up with renowned Japanese manga team Tezuka Productions to create an exclusive capsule collection of polos, T-shirts and footwear inspired by the cast of characters that populate Osamu Tezuka’s fabled comic series. Osamu Tezuka was a Japanese manga artist, animator and producer. He is best known as the creator of Astro Boy. His pioneering techniques and innovative redefinitions of genres has often earned him the name of ‘God of Manga’, and he is considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, who served as a major inspiration during his formative years.

Designer Hiroaki Ohya was invited to collaborate with LACOSTE L!VE for this project.

‘When I was asked to work on this collaboration, I immediately recalled of a quote from 201 Words That Help You to Open Up a Path to the Future, which Osamu Tezuka published in 2005’. ‘Humans have had three dreams since the dawn of time. One is flight, another is transformation and the last is communicating with animals and nature’.

Ohya-san picked his favorite scenes from six original manga works (two representing each of the three dreams above) to create what he calls polo comics: ‘The stories are developed successively on the cover of the package, the front and sometimes back of the body of the polos and T-shirts and then the back of the package in the order of introduction, development, turn and conclusion’, offers the designer

‘Humans have had three dreams since the dawn of time. One is flight, another is transformation and the last is communicating with animals and nature’ wrote Osamu Tezuka in 201 Words That Help You to Open Up a Path to the Future.

This was the quote that designer Hiroaki Ohya recalled when beginning work with Lacoste L!VE, in a partnership that makes its second drop next month.

Comprising of six tops – a mixture of polos and jersey tees – the range is bright in colour and strong in ideas, as Ohya-san delved into the manga giant’s archive to pick scenes that celebrated the above.

‘The stories are developed successively on the cover of the package, the front and sometimes back of the body…in order of introduction, development, turn and conclusion,’ he says of the so-called polo comics.

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